AT 6:55 pm I pulled over to the shoulder to thumb up a Blackberry response to get myself on the record for just one more urgent email. At 7:02 pm, I looked up to see a jackbooted state trooper exit the patrol car parked behind me and walk in my direction.
I was in high dudgeon and all full of myself, plugged up with the headset and whatnot, so as he came closer I rolled down my window, waved the BBerry at him and started shouting "OH GAWD. DON"T TELL ME THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE ME A TICKET FOR TRYING TO HANG ONTO MY JOB." Which made him laugh and walk away.
So I might have to rescind my previously firm stance of NJ State Troopers= my sworn enemy/heartless oppressor. He let me go even though I did kind of drop it into gear and tear away as fast as mechanically possible, all the while mumbling and gesticulating. Like a crazy person. Which might explain why he backed off.
No definite conclusions about this right now - I have to process this overnight. Anyway, I'm as free as a bird now. Score 1 for the crazy people.