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Old 12-05-2005, 03:11 PM   #1
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This sure spoke to me ... thought it might for ya'll, too, especially during this busy season....
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Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so often? When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror.

The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand. Bob? Bob from Church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A cop catching a guy from his own church. And he was just a guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office.

Jumping out of the car, Jack approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in uniform. "Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."

"Hello, Jack." No smile. "Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids." "Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain. Good.

"I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit--just this once." Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. "Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?"

"I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct." Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics. "What'd you clock me at?" "Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"

"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as saw you. I was barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket. "Please, Jack, in the car." Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window. The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad. Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license? Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left.

There was Bob, a folded paper in hand. Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.
"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice. Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror, then unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost? Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:

"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it -- a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left."

"Bob...," Jack began, and turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 10 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

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Life is precious. Handle with care. Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.

This is an important message; please pass it along to your friends and family. Drive safely and carefully, especially this holiday season when everyone is in a hurry and distracted.

May today there be peace within you.

"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
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Old 12-05-2005, 03:54 PM   #2
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Donna, Do we need to turn the volumn down for this one? Mike B

This is good. We've had a rash of patrol related incidents late'ly. Two with fatalitys. Caused by speed and carelessness.
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Old 12-05-2005, 04:44 PM   #3
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Very poignant and sad.
Reminds me of some of the near misses of my youth.

Maybe we should move this over to General Chat, out of the Jokes forum.
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:04 PM   #4
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>>out of the jokes forum

Nah, this forum's also for "stories & tall tales." Not just jokes.

Thanks, Donna. Timely thoughts.
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:20 PM   #5
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Excellent! Thanks for the reminder! Even though I'm a little older now, there are times when my mind is on other things and the speed creeps up there. It doesn't seem to happen when towing but it's never excusable. We've had 3 deaths in our community in the last 6 weeks, all within 6 miles of home. Speed was part of the problem in both accidents.
The potential for heartache is just not worth the few seconds saved.
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P.S., I agree with Bill Abbay, particularly during this busy season. This serious reminder needs to reach as many people as possible and I believe General Chat is checked more often than Jokes, Stories & Tall tales.
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:31 PM   #6
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Thank you for sharing this, Donna.
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