I may have inadvertently put my brother on the terrorist watch list. You see, I’m a dork. My husband is being transferred to work in northern Virginia so I was in the DC area looking to see what towns we should consider while looking for a home. I was alone, driving my brother’s car through Arlington to DC. (He lives in DC).
I was feeling rather cocky that I was seeing all the right landmarks and therefore going the right direction. I had managed to go to a number of towns that day without getting lost. My problem is I looked down at the map on the Navigation system and saw I had a turn ahead, panicked and proceeded to exit immediately. As I came off the exit I came to some road work and a lady with a flag waved me down a lane and when I passed the construction I saw turning right meant I would be going into a parking structure. A Pentagon parking structure. Uh Oh! I bit my lip. I couldn’t go forward.
So, I turned left. Suddenly a police car came toward me and I heard over a loud speaker “You are going the wrong way on a one way street”! Another police car pulled along side him with lights flashing and siren wailing. Still biting my lip, I waved, stopped biting my lip, mouthed “thank you” and did a u-turn followed by a quick right turn. I then looked in my rearview mirror to see if I was being pulled over. I was not.
I began to breath heavily since I had been holding my breath, drove over a bridge and got myself back on the highway. I managed to get to my brother’s home without further incident. My brother was out of town for a couple days and I conveniently forgot to tell him about the incident.
I hope they didn’t write his license plate number down. I think I better tell him about the incident.
In my defense, (since my wrong turn was near the Department of Defense), if I wasn’t a dork I wouldn’t have as many funny life stories to laugh about; and sophisticated people can be boring.
On the other hand, they probably are less likely to get their brother on a watch list.