So the cop noticed me snapping this flick. He backed up the old “think & drive” mobile & got out to talk to me. What transpired went something like this:
Cop: Why are you taking my picture?
Me: Don’t you think it’s ironic that a car that says “think & drive” is parked so it’s blocking the bike path?
Cop: (awkward silence)
Cop: Don’t you know what we’re doing here?
Me: (Trying to hold back the flood of smart-ass responses that question left an opening for) Um, no. What are you doing here?
Cop: We’re cracking down on seatbelt and restraint infractions (and something about it being crackdown on seatbelt infraction month, trying to make it sound all important like).
Me: Okay. Look, I know it’s early in the season…
Cop: (interrupts) it’s the beginning of a month long campaign.
Me: I meant the bicycling season, and there’s not as many of us cyclists out here as there are in the summer, but…
Cop: (interrupts again) Do you want me to move onto the street? There’s room there for me.
Me: (smiles & nods)
Cop: Get out of my way so I can move this car then.
Me: Thank you. Have a good evening.
And then I continued on my journey down the busiest bike path in E-town in my little bikey world as the cop took a break from protecting us from ourselves to back up the bike path and reposition himself next to the gridlock. The dude was the one of the least jerky cops I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with.