Wednesday, April 12, 2017

You Can Buy Them Books, But They Just Eat The Covers

0545, I-25, North Chugwater, WY  Exit, a roadside pit stop was in order.  Off on the service road next to the railroad tracks was a good spot. About 100 yards away was a parked pickup truck with an attached gooseneck trailer.  Nothing unusual, many trucks large and small park there to catch some sleep.

About to finish, I hear short, random beeps. Not quite as loud as a truck horn, but they are coming from the parked pickup. Even with a clear sky and full moon, this 72 year old fat body isn’t walking up to another vehicle in a deserted area. On the cell phone, call 911. (Should add  the WY 511 number didn’t work)

“911, what is your emergency?

“Not an emergency, but a situation that may be a problem”.

“Go ahead”.

So we discuss what I see, hear, where I’m at, where the vehicle in question is at, etc.

Going North to Wheatland, I see the State Trooper headed South with his gumballs flashing followed by an ambulance running code.

My stop, the Wheatland hospital, is small and I enter by the emergency room. Stop to chat with the nurses. They are listening to the scanner. Lurid nonsense about a jackknifed truck/gooseneck pointed South in the Northbound lanes!!!! Clue them in.

My business at the hospital takes awhile. Going back to I-25 I spot a Wyoming trooper pulling into Arby’s drive through. Stop and have a chat. Tell him my version. He laughs. He was the one making the run.

We drive through his zone at the same time six days a week. Our Prius is noticeable with no wheel covers and a fleet license plate. Don’t need police problems.


Not sorry I made the call. Am sorry the 911 dispatcher didn’t listen and made assumptions. Maybe she was bored? 

10 comments:

  1. Out in the country, the training is spotty and the dispatcher pay may not exceed that at McDonalds...I don't know that to be the case, but I know a person from Cody who tried to be a dispatcher and failed to pass the (simple) test. Said person ended up as an ambulance driver (no test) and apprentice EMT tech (never passed that test either). I don't know what they're doing now. Maybe fast food, maybe moved on to something less demanding.

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    1. Lots of rural services are covered by volunteers or part timers. That said, I expect better from a Wyoming woman.

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  2. The two beeps could have come from someone being banged against the steering column while getting laid. You could have been arrested for disturbing the "piece". If one spends enough time on the road, one will see all kinds of stuff and experience all kinds of things. Blogging fodder for sure.

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    1. You do have a dirty mind! That is why I enjoy your comments and have "friended" you on koobacaF.

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    2. Is it wrong that I immediately began visualizing the logistics of somehow incorporating the steering column for a session of, er, auto eroticism?

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    3. Probably should check with your significant other.

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    4. I checked with him. He said, "As long as I'm allowed to watch."

      What does he mean?

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    5. He wants a show. Be creative. What can you do in a Yaris?

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  3. Every time I hear something like this, I'm reminded of the children's game of telephone... sigh

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