The stupid power of knowledge
“What the heck, that’s weird.” I blurted out loud, as I pulled onto the on ramp of the highway. Immediately I thought, “should I get my camera out and take a picture of that?” That’s when I realized he was looking right at me, and no, I should not. First reason: I’m driving. Second reason: it’s a freaking highway patrolman.
So, here’s what I saw:
I know. I know. You probably thought that picture was going to be something more crazy. But, still, I’m confused here. Isn’t that like an old car? I mean, I don’t know much about cars, but that doesn’t look new to me. Or does it? I was so confused. And why did he keep looking over at me?
So, I googled: Kansas Highway Patrol
New Retro Car
Wait, not in my car. I didn’t google anything in my car. I really try to not google anything in my car, unless I’m at a stoplight. In which case, the phone and google are both fair game. Clearly, I waited until I got to work, then googled it. Here’s what I found.
First thought: This article is from April 2012, why have I never seen these cars on the street?
Second thought: I should probably be watching the news or reading the newspaper, or something. You know, so I know about this stuff.
Sure, some of the things that you hear on the news or read in the newspaper may be stupid. And who really cares about an old looking police car. I mean, really, I didn’t at the time. But, I did want to know if it was a legit police car. I mean, let’s say I did pull out my phone and take a picture of it. He surely would have pulled me over. How would I have known if he were a real police officer, and not some crazy serial killer. You know, the Retro Police Car Serial Killer. Totally could happen.
Anyway, if I would actually keep up on those pesky current events, then when something like this comes up I certainly wouldn’t have to waste my time googling it. Or, worse yet, writing a blog post about it. Sometimes it’s just good to know what’s going on.
Or, in my case, knowledge is making myself not look stupid. I would never make someone else look stupid for not knowing something. That’s mean.
I had also been wondering, since yesterday, where my daughter got the phrase, “What the heck, that’s weird.” She told me that when I asked her how her first homemade lunch was, “Well, Mommy, I didn’t ask you for grapes, so when I saw the grapes in my lunch I thought, ‘what the heck, that’s weird.'”
So, I basically killed two birds with one stone here. Knowledge is power, people.