"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." Mark Twain (1835-1910
After an AA meeting this morning I found a guy admiring my scooter (Bergman 650). He asked me, "How many times have the cops stopped you on this thing?" He sounded resentful of something--what? He obviously resented "cops" and maybe even the fact that I owned a nice, large, fast scooter, and he did not?
Anyway, under his questioning, I told him that I had owned the bike for nearly two years, 20,000 miles register on the odometer, and I have a tendency to go slightly over--well, wayyyy over--the speed limit. Also, I have not been stopped one time on my scooter, for any reason/violations, real or trumped up.
His claim was that police officers randomly stop bikers under suspicion they "might be" carrying some of the so-popular contraband--drugs, baby! I told him I thought it ridiculous that I'd be stopped, just because I'm "riding". It was no use to remind him of the "number one offender" (resentment) at that moment, especially since he did not ask. But he sounded like the former me...everyone was "out to get me".
But it did get me thinking about this line I read on someone's blog this morning:
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." Mark Twain (1835-1910). So I figured this fellow (a bi-monthly in-and-out alkie) might be now in "distortion mode". How frequently I distort fact--more frequently I wrongfully notice how others do so--not my business--grin! Fact is fact. Truth IS truth. It is not necessarily "what I believe", nor what you think. How quickly I jump to be the one who "knows" everything....
Does anyone have facts about police anywhere who stop, harass, and sometimes even arrest peeps because they are riding a motorcycle or scooter, and for no other visible, viable reason? I have all my life heard of this behavior being practiced, but just have never encountered it.
God, I'm glad I am not a cop.
I have enough problem being ME! UGH!
I'm Still SOBER today!
You, too? GOOD!
You, too? GOOD!
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