... no, nothing, it's just I can't get that song out of my head. Hopefully if I put it in yours, I'll be free. If you don't know the song, well, I dare you to click here.
So I had my second ride-along last week, and had some pretty funny moments I thought I'd share.
first was when my officer was talking earnestly to a couple of people
by the side of the road. Just for giggles I thought I'd freak him out a
little, so while his back was turned I put the car in reverse and then
eased away from him, about 30 yards. When he saw where his car was he
did a triple take and came sprinting over, all arms and legs. But he
looked mighty relieved when his donut was still atop his in-car computer
and he even managed to smile a little. But he did tell me to take the
hand-brake off next time I move his car.
Which I did
about an hour later. He was talking to a drunk fellow who kept
staggering away from the police car so I did the opposite of the first: I
drove it up real close behind him and then hit the button for the
siren. You should have seen the pair of them jump! Hilarious.
back at the office, a couple of developments. One initiative coming
out of juvie court relates to bullying and inappropriate behavior
between kids. One day a week for the fall semester, all kids in Austin
schools will dress as the opposite gender. Boys will have to wear
skirts or dresses, girls will have to wear "masculine" trousers and
shirts. Even shoes. At recess, boys will play organized hop-scotch
and the girls flag football. The idea is to have each gender get a
better understanding of what it's like to be on the 'other' side.
best news is that there's a surplus in the county budget so in order to
use it up (something about needing to use it up or the federal govt
won't give us certain grants again) they're telling us prosecutors we
can leave our cars at home and the county will send taxis to take us to
work every morning. pretty cool, eh? And good for the environment
because they're using a fleet of electric cars. I wonder if we have to
tip the drivers every morning? That could get expensive.
and back to schools, what do you get when you mix education and
electricity? Yes, tasers in schools! Apparently it's part motivational
but once a month at Austin schools, certain kids not deemed to be trying
hard enough academically will be given the opportunity to volunteer to
be tased in front of their class mates. In exchange, their grades are
all moved up one letter. Sounded weird to me at first, but I can see
how other kids might be motivated by it. And it's kind of a second
chance for the kid being tased - he gets his grades restored a little.
And, in case it got by you, happy April Fool's Day.