Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Police Academy

On my run tonight (the usual 4 1/2 mile route in warm, humid weather...enough said!), I was approaching the school. At the parking lot entrance, there are these huge orange highway department-style signs that say “POLICE TRAINING IN PROGRESS.”

Sure enough, there were a pair of Minnetonka’s Finest doing a mock drill. They had two squad cars, lights blazing, with a car “pulled over.” The officers were on the loudspeakers, guns drawn, ordering the “suspect” inside the car to get out. They went through all of the proper motions to take this guy into custody.

Thoughts immediately drifted to the old police comedies, such as the ”Police Academy” movies, or the highly underrated and short-lived Zucker brothers' TV show, ”Police Squad!”. I was waiting for one of them to knock over a scaffolding with the squad car or something.

Anyhow, this is not something you see every day. In fact, I have never seen this in my neighborhood, and I found it pretty entertaining. I resisted the urge to shout “Use the taser on him!” for fear that they might use me for a training exercise... :)

In running news, a couple months ago I wrote about Dean Karnazes and the promotion with The North Face where he is going to attempt 50 marathons in 50 days. Apparently, there is another gentleman that is already doing this! His name is Sam Thompson, an ultramarathoner from Mississippi. He is running in all all 50 states plus D.C. in an effort to raise awareness and money for the continued rebuilding of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. And he is almost done!

Scott Dunlap covered this story in his trail running blog, and he noted that Thompson was suddenly signed to The North Face Team while his quest was in progress! It would seem The North Face might be trying to save face since Thompson will be done more than a month before Karnazes starts. Even so, as Dunlap points out, there are no losers here, and everything is being done for a positive causes. It is just fun to have some little conspiracy theories! :)

Until next time,

Jean
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