Friday, March 14, 2014

The meaning of Stop

I came across an interesting little story the other day.  A story of a man who didn't understand the meaning of Stop.  And I'm pretty sure this isn't what you're thinking.  This was not a case of a date gone bad... and it wasn't a case of an overeater, or an overdrinker, or an over-- anything.  This was a case of a man who didn't know when to Stop.

Raymond Garcia.... hmmm.. I can't seem to find any information on what he does, but he lives in Roswell, New Mexico.  Yes, I know, that's bringing a bit of a smirk to your face, but this isn't a story about aliens (either the earthly, or non-earthly type)... and I don't think it's a story about a government cover-up  (although how would I know?).  It's a story about a man and a stop sign.

Yep, that's right, an ordinary, red octagonal sign on a post, with the word "Stop" in white letters.

As near as I can tell, the Stop sign was just standing there, at the corner of Main and West Deming, minding its own business.  At least -- that's the sign's story.  But in all fairness, it was a little before 2:30 in the morning, so there wasn't any traffic, and there weren't any witnesses.  For all I know, the sign did something truly outrageous or offensive, and Mr. Garcia decided that enough was enough. Perhaps he would have been ok with Yield, or even Caution, but Stop was just more than Ray could take.  In any event, Raymond Garcia started beating up on the sign.  There are rumors that the sign was badly dented, and had scratches in its paint.

The reports don't indicate whether or not the sign fought back, but when police showed up and tried to separate the two, Raymond Garcia starting fighting with the police.. and ultimately he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault against a police office, and resisting arrest.  But I find it highly suspicious that he was not charged with failure to stop.  Which makes me wonder if  - perhaps the sign was partly to blame?  At any rate, I hope Mr. Garcia has learned his lesson... and that now when he sees a Stop sign, he stops.

Yes, this is a silly post, but I found the news article amusing, and wanted to share it with you. Today is March 14, also known as 3/14 or 3.14, also known as Pi day, or pie day.  Seemed like a good day for a silly post.
And of course pie goes well with tea, and I hear the kettle boiling, so I'm off to make another cup of tea.


  1. The fam just got back from Village Inn...where we had pie in honor of Pi day!