Or so I learned today. I was heading to work around noon today (that's another post as to why I was home this morning). The street connecting a main highway to my neighborhood has a series of 4-way stops. We all know what those are, right? We all know how to stop at stop signs (unless we're blatantly running them), right? Not so much! Let this be a lesson to get you to check out how you behave at stop signs.
So I'm driving my normal route to the interstate (at a safe speed, I might add) and I get to a particular intersection that is a 4-way stop and as I'm stopping.....ahem...I guess it's "stopping", I look left, I look right and I see the state trooper sitting there. I'm wearing my seatbelt, I'm talking on my hands free cell phone, I wasn't speeding on my approach, my vehicle is in perfect operating condition. All clear. No one is around so I continue on my merry way. I look in my rear-view mirror and above-mentioned state trooper is coming behind me with his lights on. What??
I have my license, registration and insurance card ready and we proceed to have what I imagine to be a standard conversation:
ST: "Ma'am - do know why I stopped you?"
Me: "Um - I know I wasn't speeding."
ST: "So you don't have any idea?"
Me: "Well - I saw you on the side road, but I didn't run through the stop sign....."
ST: "You did what we call a California Roll"
Me (to myself): 'Oh - I thought that was sushi'
Me: "Oh - a rolling stop?"
And the conversation continued and we had a nice chat. I was polite (and scared to death - it's been ages since I've been pulled over, and never by a ST) and he was very nice. He said he was going to give me only a warning.......although he did say he should give me a ticket since I had a license plate from a certain university - to which I replied that I was getting rid of said plate at the end of this month (and I really am - that wasn't for his benefit).
So he issues my warning and says it's between me, him and his boss so his boss knows he's doing something today. I can live with that. And I'm definitely not arguing....the law does say the vehicle must come to a complete stop.
I proceed on my still-merry-but-not-quite-as-merry-as-before way, now hungry from thinking about sushi, and call D to let him know he needs to come to a complete stop at all 4-way stops. Guess what he says.
"Oh yeah - I meant to tell you there was a ST sitting at that intersection this morning when I went out."
Then he says "Wouldn't it have been funny if I had seen him and didn't tell you and then you got a ticket?" To which I replied "Oh yeah - really funny." But - my sweet husband does get the last word.....
"Well - how was I supposed to know you didn't stop at stop signs?"
Um....yeah. Thanks, babe. Love ya.