Sunday, May 23
Anyway, I was at the Euless Main branch of a major national coffee chain when I wrote that email from my iPhone. And it was true, if a bit misleading. You see, I had an unusual encounter with a "nice" motorist shortly before.
At one of the four way stops on my way for my caffeine fix, I sighted a motorist coming up to the stop on my right. Really, we both stopped at the sign at the same time. As the motorist was ON MY RIGHT, I waved him on. He waved back. Rather than my usual practice of putting my foot down to further encourage the "nice" motorist with the right of way, I went and waved my "thanks." Yup, y'all figured out it was the man in the Euless PD cruiser that was waving me on. THAT is the "discretion" part of this post. A policeman waves me on at a stop, I'm NOT going to argue with the officer, they outrank my usual motorist who will normally take his/her turn even if I have to unclip and put my foot down. BTW, I can't say I can confirm eye contact at any part of this encounter. After going, the thought occurred to me that a salute might have been more apropos than a civilian wave, but it seemed a minor point.
On this little trip, I saw two more police. Another Euless Officer who I did salute as I rode by (he waved back at me), and a Bedford Officer who passed me going north on FM157 (technically in Euless at the time) as I headed home. It was a real "officery" day. I'm almost surprised they weren't lined up in front of my house.
Those guys have a tough job. Experiences such as this keep me positive that the police are really NOT looking to ticket cyclists, other than as a byproduct of things that most motorists object to.