If you want to stay alive and out of jail.
My friends and I are planning a trip in the early part of November. Last year, we spent a week in Vegas for my birthday. Most of us flew there except for Tempest and Bill, and only because I was suited up for the trip there, it wasn’t too big a deal until I tried to fly back. Let’s just say that the TSA isn’t exactly happy if you have five grand in cash in your pocket and don’t put it anywhere where those bastards have an opportunity to steal it like in your check in or carry on luggage. Let’s just say the “special room” and I have a history. I’ve decided to drive anywhere I go in the states anymore but fuck, even though it costs me less, I’m wondering if it’s worth it.
I’ve gotten used to enhanced “security screening” over the years in airports given what I used to do for a living, but Mardi Gras back in March seemed drivable. I’ve got reliable cars and since I’d had both of my vehicles serviced, the only decision I had to make is considering the gas mileage. So, I picked the Mustang for the trip. Driving there was no problem but driving back from New Orleans from our last meetup gave me a wakeup call that I can ignore no longer.
If you drive a nice vehicle, YOU ARE A TARGET.
Drive a Camry? You can pretty much get away with anything. Drive a Ford Focus? Same thing. Drive anything else that most people can’t afford?
Be prepared to get pulled over. And if you are a single white male like me, be prepared to get pulled over multiple times if you are driving more than five hundred miles trying to get to your destination. Plus, no matter how early it is in the morning, be prepared to be exposed to a field sobriety test. It’s a good thing I practice moving my eyes back and forth over a 190 degree angle.
So, I’ve decided to take the Mustang to the Tunica meetup. But, instead of just mounting a GPS to my windshield, I’m mounting video cameras and audio recorders in all of the openings of a car that has never been involved in any type of crime, not to say the owner of said vehicle. Plus, I removed the limo tint that came with the vehicle when I bought it and spent the money to make it look just like it rolled off the showroom.
I’m extremely interested in how many times I get pulled over when I leave on Saturday Novermber 8th and arrive the next day. I’m probably going to get pulled over more on the way back, but by then, I should have quite a few videos up online and maybe by then they might leave me alone.
I’ll post pics of the cameras and all the other stuff when I get it installed.