Attention. Do NOT attempt to cross the street in Santa Monica if you do not have a full "walk" sign permitting you to do so. I just took a little spin around the block in an attempt to shake off my slumber and had a run in with the law. Maybe it was because I was on my Blackberry talking to Chicken Ass, but I decided to cross the street while the "red hand" was still up. I swear I looked both ways first. No cars. Felt safe. Except that 3/4 of the way across I realized there was a cop on a motorcycle at the corner. Sh*t. "Excuse me, miss, I need to talk to you," he said.
"Jen, let me call you back."
The conversation started off with him saying, "You leave me no choice but to give you a ticket." Which left me thinking you gotta be kidding me! I have given this town far too much money for parking meters and parking tickets and now...NOW...I'm going to get a ticket for crossing 4 seconds too soon???
"Really? I'm sorry. You're right. I know. I understand."
He went on to lecture me about why it was unsafe to do what I did, especially since all my attention was being paid to my phone call. I said, "Yeah, I have to be honest, I didn't even see you until I was already to the corner." This seemed to be the turning point when he decided he was just going to warn me. I apologized and thanked him for not giving me a ticket.
Whew. Lesson learned.
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