Re: Jason's Bad Day
- From: Jason Pawloski <jpawloski@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 20:49:15 -0700 (PDT)
On Jun 11, 8:36 am, "Justin K Rhodes" <justinrho...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
"Jason Pawloski" <jpawlo...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
So on Saturday I drove out to SF to hang out and stuff. Most of the
actual time in SF was spent waiting for a police officer to show up
because a homeless guy stole my sunglasses (RANDY HIRSCH SIDE NOTE:
The offender was black).
Anyhoo, I recently renewed my registration and got a vanity license
plate - IAMALLN, which is a poker reference (I'm all in). Nevada
apparently has a series of stupid laws about vanity plates. 1) As soon
as I paid for the vanity plate, my old plate is immediately
"cancelled" and 2) They give you a temporary movement permit, which
you put on your WINDSHIELD and not where the license plate goes!!!! So
basically I'm driving around with no license plate.
I'm about 2 blocks from the Martinez BART station where I usually park-
and-ride into the city. Now, this goes without saying, but I want to
emphasize this point: I was essentially at my destination, which means
I was essentially at the furthest point from my home. Ok?
So a cop pulls me over. (RANDY HIRSCH SIDE NOTE: The cop was black).
It went something like this:
"Do you know why I pulled you over?"
"Because I have no license plate?"
(Brief explanation of Nevada's backwards and non-sensical laws).
"Do you have your registration and your license?"
I hand it over to him. He asks about warrants and he kind of off-
handedly asked for my insurance card which I begun to dig through my
wallet for. Before I found it he went back to make sure everything was
Now I started sweating because I remember my wallet took an
unfortunate trip through the washing machine a couple of weeks ago
which resulted in the damage of a lot of casino cards, business cards,
and other flimsy material. Sure enough, I was without my insurance
The officer comes back and completely forgets about the insurance card
because he has other news for me: "Your registration is suspended. It
shows suspended on the 14th." I'm thinking to myself "WTF" - I had a
bit of luck on my side because I still had the receipt from when I
went to the DMV showing that I re-registered and all of that. The cop
wasn't really interested or listening to what I was saying and he kind
of just said "I'm not going to give you a ticket, just go to the DMV
on Tuesday and make sure you don't leave until it's cleared up."
I have to drive back from SF to Reno.
No license plate.
No proof of insurance.
Obviously without a license plate, any cop I come across is going to
pull me over.
And to make things more interesting, my headlight was out too (I
actually knew about this but I forgot about it, because I drive so
infrequently now it's not on the front of my mind like it usually
Somehow, I made all 225 miles without being pulled over. I would say I
got extremely lucky.
God wasn't done with me yet though. I was literally 50 feet from my
apartment at the front gate, and about 10 feet from where I enter the
code to get through the gate. Suddenly, it feels like my lower back
collapsed. The pain was so intense I couldn't even drive to my parking
space, I parked it curbside and hobbled home. I have no idea what the
hell I did to my back, although I have had previous back injuries so
the long hours sitting maybe just aggravated it (I only stopped once
near SF to eat on the way back). Who knows, but I'm mostly better now.
I'm curious what happened with my registration though... should find
Sorry for chiming in late, I haven't checked usenet in a few weeks.
Cool plate... I saw the pic on your facebook, but couldn't figure out what
it meant. There again, apart from losing a few thou at the slot machines
over the years, I'm not much of a gambler. If I ever get a personalized
plate, and I think it's only a matter of time before I do, I think I want to
somehow convey my passion for exploring and trying new things. Problem is,
brevity isn't one of my strong points.
I usually buy my sunglasses at the dollar store. Some of my friends wear
oakleys and other expensive brands... I don't see the sense in it, but it
seems like a lot of people enjoy treating themselves to the luxury. I'm more
likely to sit on a pair and break them before they get stolen
Sounds like the officer was cool. In my line of work, I've checked
want/license/reg info from just about every state in the union. Every state
has its own method of entering DMV info into the system, and it can be a
royal pain to interpret the info. Especially Nevada's returns, which are
some of the most long-winded, cumbersome, and confusing I've ever seen.
Bottom line is, any good experienced officer should take the confusion
factor under advisement, and I'm sure that based on your demeanor and
paperwork, he felt you were legit, even if his computer(or his dispatcher)
gave him bad info. Then again it's possible that the VIN may have come back
to your old plate, which was indeed cancelled for the purposes of issuing
you a new one, and your temp tag wasn't in the nationwide system. I could
rant and rave for days about the need for uniformity across state lines.
Did you ever find out what was wrong with your back? Occasionally, I have
certain joints that start creaking or aching for no apparent reason. It's
Hey man, how's it going? I have to admit, I'm guilty of neglecting MTR
a lot lately as well. It seems that there are just so few posts that
pique my interest that it doesn't seem worth it to check it more
frequently than, say, once a week.
Yeah the cop was really cool, although as Slater pointed out, I guess
the worst he could have done is issue me a ticket, which would be
dismissed when I showed proof of registration/insurance. That entails
making another trip out to SF, which I hardly call a punishment. But
he seemed pretty understanding about the situation and was probably
more interested in warrant fishing than anything else (one thing I've
learned from watching COPS is that there is a high correlation between
registration issues/car equipment malfunction/etc. and people with
The back has gotten significantly worse in the last 48 hours and now I
have shooting pain in my leg which is indictative of a more serious
problem than pulling a muscle. I went in for X-rays on Friday and my
doctor should have them by Monday and I'll have to wait and see. She
already referred me to physical therapy but I'll have to wait on the
results to be sure. I googled this extensively and it seems I probably
have a pinched nerve.
I'll be in town on the weekend of the 26th, including all-day Friday
(although I'm going to the Clapton/Winwood concert in Glendale that
day). If you want to get some drinks on the 27th let me know. I'll be
staying at the Tapatio on 7th St south of Thunderbird, but I'm not
sure where I'll be drinking exactly. Mostly depends on who is going to
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