So, I get my first moving violation ever in life this morning. I'm getting off the highway, follow another car through a light that turns yellow in the process and the next thing I know a cop, whom I saw in at the stop light for the cross traffic, rolling up behind me. So I pull over and he yells over the loud speaker for me to go around the corner and pull over. So I pull into the parking lot in the drive way right around the corner (there isn't really anywhere on the side of the street). It's some Hispanic dude with Gutierrez on his tag. I open my car door and he jumps back shouting "JUST STAY IN THE CAR MA'AM". I look at him and almost laugh and say "okay" (as in chill, dude)! So then he proceeds to tell me that I ran a red light. I tell him that I did no such thing because it turned yellow after I started my turn. He proceeds to tell me about some two second rule he has which means absolutely jack shit to me because the light MAY have turned red after I was already through it but it was not red when I started out nor when I finished my turn. Anyhow, I had all of my stuff handy and give it to him. He writes the citation and I tell him I will be showing up in court to fight it.
I must say that this morning, since I wet my dreads in the shower (which is normal), I decided to wear one of my crocheted kufis to cover the top part of my head until I got to work. It is a nice, vibrant pink. So, as I am writing his name down in my little notebook, I tell him "Oh, and I am not a Muslim, despite this little hat." He looked at me kinda crazy and as he walked away I stated, quite loudly "You ought to be ashamed of yourself!"
It would be different if I'd had my share of tickets. I've only been stopped in my 27 years of driving because I had out of state plates (when I first moved to Cali and hadn't registered yet) and because of expired stickers (because I owed 6 dollars that I forgot to mail in ... and I know white folks who drive for YEARS with out of state plates and expired tags) and each of those two times the judge laughed me out of court and told me to have a nice day because he didn't know why I was there. I never paid a dime.
So, I WILL be showing up to court to face Mr. Gutierrez - badge number 17906 - of the California Highway Patrol. Freak!
Other than that, I plan on having a great day!