To start with, I never wanted to go with people whom I don’t know. They don’t speak the languages I understand and keep yapping around in some different language.
Due respect to the language but I hate such people who don’t try to make others feel comfortable.
Imagine if you only know English and you travel with a bunch of people from Uzbekistan who yap around in Hebrew, of which, you don’t understand a word.
How can you enjoy with such kind of people?
I preferred staying home but had to go because someone insisted that I come. I don’t know the reason why. Could be that they wanted someone to share the car and living expenses or because I was the second driver amongst the 5 people who were going.
I went to Door Country Wisconsin which can be termed as paradise for soul searching. It comprises of small villages which have a lake front. The place also has beautiful state parks, water sports and beautiful places to stay.
My idea of having fun at such a beautiful place is to go on the waterfront and grill something accompanied by playing some music, reading a book and talking. The people whom I went with are more of “picture perfect” kind. All they did was clicked pictures wherever we went. They love to click pictures and post them on networking sites like Orkut, Facebook etc.
I am so passé that stage. I did that on my trips back in 2006 when I was a newbie tourist. Now, I have graduated from the tourist mindset and like to enjoy natural beauty and be one with it. I did not even carry a camera with me because I knew people will have it.
Moreover, I sent my camera to my folks back in India long ago. I don’t even feel the need to have a camera. I really don’t know why. Call me old or just stupid.
Ok, so ask me what was so sick about the trip I had?
I got a driving speed citation. Yes, I got pulled over for speeding in Wisconsin. I hate it.
I was on 79 and the limit was 65.
Here goes the scene:
Cop: Hi, Do you know on what speed you were driving?
Me: Yes, 75.
Cop: I clocked you on 79. Do you know what the limit is?
Me: Yes, it is 65.
Now, the cop looks back into the car and sees three immigrants(A,B,C) with thick black moustaches who were not wearing seat belts !
Cop to A,B,C – Why are you guys not wearing seat belts? Do you know that it is a rule?
A,B,C – Staring at the cop like how a deer looks when caught under the headlights.
Cop – I am talking to you guys. Can I see your ID?
Now, A and B were carrying their home country driver’s ID and their passports. So, they flashed their home country ID’s. C started murmuring something which no one understood.
Cop to C – Sir, Can I please see your ID?
C – I don’t have ID
Cop – Do you have any picture id?
C – I have debit card. I’ll give or what ?
Cop – What will I do with your debit card? Step out of the car please.
The whole drama got over. The cop investigated C and also looked up my driving history, car records etc. He finally gave me a ticket for $186.
We started driving back and we asked C that how could he not carry an ID with him. He said that he did not have a US ID to which we responded that he should have had his passport with him. After a while, I asked “Didn’t your company give you any training as to what you need to do in a different country”
Look at C’s audacity “Actually I skipped the training because they were not providing lunch in the training”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing ! I have made a thumb rule !
“DON’T GO WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE FREAKIN DUMB ASSES”
Some immigrants always behave like immigrants even after staying in a different country for a long time. Preserve your Indian values but please atleast try to be sensible. Keep the paperwork in order and behave responsible for yourself.
Doesn’t really work if you depend on other people all the time. Get a life losers !
I am agitated because if these dumb asses were wearing seatbelts the cop wouldn’t divert his attention to them. He would have concentrated on me and my speeding ticket. I would have given a smile, a sweet sorry and a cute puppy face. This has always worked for me in the past and I escaped thrice from tickets. This time I got dinged !
Wishful Thinking !