Out of sight, out of mind

I know from experience that there are many terrible situations and circumstances to be trapped in.  I also know that two of the worst feelings in the entire world are: to be terribly afraid when you know you have done nothing wrong; and to be technically free, but feel like you are living a life in prison nevertheless.  You have guessed correctly.  I have felt those two feelings very, very often the past two years, and yesterday was no exception.  Because I was personally harassed again, in a public park, no legitimate reason, by two cops. 

I was sitting in our car by myself, and I certainly look like an adult, not a small child.  However, I was busy with my daily duties, being in a public park or not.  I looked up and I saw two policewomen in a police car staring at me…literally staring for a least a minute or two without moving.  And they were parked right in front of our car.  One of them I think I recognized, while the other reminded me of Animal Farm and how she had the face of a squashed pig.  Anyway, one shrugged, and then they drove further away, hesitating.  They finally left, but not half an hour had passed before another police car approached me…and its driver got out and headed right toward me.  Remember, I was alone…my mom was not with me this time.

This police bozo was a guy, and do you know what he said to me?  The same crap from before…he told me he had gotten a call from someone, saying that I looked “disoriented.”  What?  Come again?  Disoriented?  All right, let’s back up here…if someone truly called in and said I looked like I was literally walking in circles and not knowing where I was or looked sick, they would call an ambulance or something like that, wouldn’t they?  Not the cops.  Second, it is not a crime to sit in a car and distract yourself by reading books or even a nap…it is your legal right.  I wasn’t doing anything wrong, and I certainly wasn’t disoriented.  What a word to use.  Ugh.  I generally have a passable sense of direction.  The next thing he wanted was…you guessed right again.  He wanted my ID.  And my mom’s ID. 

Okay, this was already beyond too far.  Someone supposedly called about me…not my mom.  He had no right to ask me for anything, let alone her.  But when my mom saw him approach me alone, of course she came to my defense.  She wanted to leave, but the bozo policeman threatened her with arrest.  Hmmm…that seems to be the major gun in the arsenals of police officers (actual or pretend).  Either they threaten and intimidate you with arrest, or they pull their guns on you.  And what’s with their greeting of “How are you?”  They “cut to the chase” pretty quick after spreading that phony line around, so why bother?  Yes, I’m rolling my eyes right now. 

Okay, we’re back to my story.  To continue…he took my information, since I do not have an ID and I care less about inconsequential details.  I wanted him to stop bothering my mom, you see.  Anyway, he did, but he called up another cop to “help” him.  He laughingly explained the situation to his friend (out of earshot, of course) and then this new policeman came up to us (we were both in the car by now) and asked us what we were doing in the park.  Yeah, as if it were any of their business what we were doing in the park, so long as we weren’t breaking any rules (which we weren’t).  They called about me being “disoriented,” not being in the park.  I told him something, and they decided to leave us alone…after I told them that it was ironic about them “worrying” about my “disorientation”, when punks openly smoke marijuana in that park whenever they like.  Of course, it didn’t end there…police officer #1 stayed in his car without moving in the park for more than an hour after his friend had left.

Now, I ask you…it was strange, wasn’t it, that if those first policewomen who came called up those other policemen to come about my “disorientation,” why didn’t they just get out and ask me about that nonsense in the first place, instead of calling up some other bozos when they were already there in the park?  Second, if not them, than who?  How did this all happen?  There are always teenagers in that park, and no one has called about them being “disoriented” after they openly smoke the acrid fumes of some drug.  Yeah, it leaves an after-smell…it’s disgusting. 

Anyway, this is a mysterious story of my life…it’s recent, it’s up-to-date, and I hate it all very much.  But that’s obvious, isn’t it?

Natalie Gorna

Bookshop Talk again!

Yes, as you guessed from my ingenious blog title, another one of my reviews got posted today on Bookshop Talk—my review of The Outspoken Princess and The Gentle Knight!  Here’s the link to this post: http://www.bookshoptalk.com/2011/03/outspoken-princess-and-gentle-knight.html.  [Reminder: my review of Midnight Pearls also got posted on this same site a few months ago (see this blog entry)] 

I’m very happy about this, especially since another of my reviews has already been set to be published on Bookshop Talk next week in a back-to-back review of one novel.  I should also announce that I’ve been asked to be a regular contributor (of reviews) to Bookshop Talk…yes, I’m very excited about all this, considering that today has been a horrible day altogether and that these few events were the only bright spots so far. 🙂

On the Examiner front…there’s a whole Facebook “sweep” going on there…new upgrades, basically.  I’m pleased that certain reviews of  mine that were missing photos still have the photos if you click on the “missing box” right on those reviews.  Anyway, this week’s quota of book reviews (as stated in last week’s blog entry) has already been fulfilled (I managed to review Animal Farm in the end!), but I’m still working on all my movie reviews.  Here comes a writer’s block… 😦

Natalie Gorna

February 26th

Just stopping in to comment on my quota of reviews for the Examiner…this week’s tally adds up to 182 book reviews and 64 movie reviews.  The end of next week will see the tally raised up to 185 book reviews and 67 movie reviews in total by me on the Examiner.  Otherwise, my review status with Bookshop Talk is in a standstill as well as everything else is indefinitely.  I’m reading only two books now…and I will drop my rule of referring you to my Goodreads badge this time and tell what they are.  I already finished re-reading Animal Farm and reading the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, which was brilliant (it’s the basis for the musical My Fair Lady, which I also like to a certain degree).  🙂 Now I’m concentrating on finishing Jane Austen’s Persuasion and making better progress with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  I also am excited about two new films that are coming to theaters in a matter of weeks…Red Riding Hood and a new adaptation of Jane Eyre; I can’t wait till Wikipedia features long, detailed articles about both.  😉 Well, I leave my blog now to continue my reading…and writing, of course.  Farewell…

Natalie Gorna