Sorry, this is a flat-out MAJOR rant.
Tonight Patty and I went to a concert down at Riverfront. We had a great time. The music was good and we were super-happy when we left. We came home, still super happy. I chilled out, had a coupla beers and did some bike philosophy. Our dog had been incarcerated for a while and was kinda amped up. We're all set up for nightime, so we grabbed a bike and an LED frisbee and headed over to Manito, like we've done a hundred times. It was late, a bit after midnight. Not that unusual.
WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS BIG-ASS GRASS FIELD, A MIDDLE-AGED GUY AND HIS DOG. I WAS CHUCKING A GLOW-IN-THE-DARK FRIZ, AND MY DOG WAS CHASING IT. SUPER-BASIC SHIT.
So we watch a security vehicle pull into the parking lot on the other side of the park. He's doing his job, checking things out, and I keep chucking the friz, knowing that we're not any kind of security threat. We've been out here many times when park and security guys have come and gone. I know it's late, but we're pretty inocuous. A dude with his dog in the park after dark. No worries.
But the blue LED light must have gotten this dumbass all X-Files-revved-up. Pretty soon the douchebag starts walking my direction with a flashlight pointed in my face. I call out "hello", but he doesn't respond, just keeps walking towards me. I was blinded and never saw his screwball mug.
I'm barely smart enough to know that reacting was the totally stupid, wrong thing to do, so I didn't. I kissed this "authority's" ass and got on my bike and rode home with my dog in tow, because you're a total idiot if you force a confrontation in a public place after dark. But his tone was WAY wrong. This dipshit was totally into weilding his dink-ass power, and I'm screaming pissed at this moment. He tells me that the park is closed at 11 o'clock. WTF??? Shouldn't there be at least one sign somewhere if this is true? And even if it is, shouldn't there be a little discretion excercised? I wasn't hosting a kegger. I was playing catch with my dog.
I'm a decent citizen - I pay my share of taxes and try to be a responsible steward of the community.
Wow, does this ever chap my hide.