Last week a friend sent me an e-mail that said the following:
If you saw ME in a police car what would you think I got arrested for?
My response to her was immediate. I said she would be arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. . .on Diet Doctor Pepper (you get one guess as to who it was).
And so I was curious. As I often am. What would my friends say? I figured it would be Driving While Sarcastic. But do you know, not one person referenced my actual driving skills, except for my "loyal" sister who assumed I would be arrested for road rage. In my defense, I don't think I've road raged for a very long time. Having kids and/or living in a small town tends to change your behavior. The neighbors just don't take kindly to me flipping them off around here.
So what did everyone say?
The very first response came from a different Christie who was sure I was going to the Big House because I was caught selling bootleg organic fruits and vegetables.
A few others agreed with her.
Kristie thought I'd flattened the tires of Eamonn's opponents at a bike race (which I think I'll try in the future, just for fun).
Cari thought it would be for getting my, um, breasts out in public--a long ago reference to a saying Eamonn shouted at me after imbibing with a little too much Christmas cheer at a holiday party. Everyone thought it was hilarious. I can laugh about it. Now. But I won't reprint the "saying" here because I'm sure there are public decency laws on Blogspot.
But to a person, everyone else said I would be arrested for protesting something. Jen even wrote PROTESTING in big, huge capital letters--she apparently feels strongly about her answer.
Marci went as far to say I was protesting something for Greenpeace and everyone got tired of it and called the cops on me (this sounds scarily real).
Other people weren't sure what exactly I was protesting--just general protesting.
I have to say, I was surprised. I don't think of myself as a protester, but apparently that's not the case! I always thought I was just standing up for what I believe in. Are they the same? Heck, I don't know.
But the whole thing was hilarious and I got a good laugh out of people's answers.
And now, I've got to go make some picket signs. We're having an eat-in at a local park on Monday to make Congress aware of the need for more funding for school lunches.
I'm totally serious.
Check it out and see if there's an eat-in in your area and you can join me in the back of the cop car.
OK, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised so many people said "protesting."