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Oh just the usual type of morning for me... (long)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Okay. so after my 5:30 am workout at the gym (body combat) -- YAY me for getting up and going twice a week in the mornings now. On the way to work, I accidently tried to break into the Air Force base here in town. See below for detailed story on what an idiot I am.

OMG. So this morning, I am working over at a different hospital than I normally work at. On the way there, there was so much traffic on the freeway, that I decided to get off a mile early, and avoid all the traffic (I should know better). Well I'm driving along, lalalalala, and all of a sudden there is a HUGE amount of traffic on this street now too. I thought there had to be another accident, and I was stuck in the middle of at least a hundred cars in three lanes of traffic. Well we are slowly moving along and there is what looks like a military gate there. I'm thinking, there's no way we are at the military base (I do know there is a huge base on the south side of town, and I'm in that general vicinity) -- where are all these commuters going to? They must let you drive right through or something. Hah. Uh anyway, so I get up there, and there are two lanes, with two checkpoint military people at each lane. I rolled down my window, and the first person waived me on, and I got to the second person who I thought also waived me on, but apparently he put his hand out to stop me, but I kept driving. Ack. I sorta thought, gee that's weird, but there's the road I am looking for right in front of me, so I'll just turn right and get to the hospital and what on earth are these military people doing here anyways? And it looked like a normal part of the city, there was an elementary school right off the street. Anyway, so like two minutes later a police officer comes with his lights on (a MILITARY police officer, mind you), and then its all sorta clicking -- "Could I possibly actually be on the real military base? How could they make it so easy to get onto the base?" So, he sits there and waits for a backup person, which takes like another 2 or 3 minutes. I'm realizing that I don't actually have a registration yet for my car since I just bought it a week ago and it's "in the mail", but thankfully I've got the receipt in the glovebox. He finally comes over, asks me a bunch of questions, like why am I trying to break onto the base (well not really, but that was basically the gist of it.) Takes my license and other info, then goes back and talks to the other guy. Soon one of them leave, and the guy with my license comes back and says that he has to wait for his boss to come over, and 'You know you are on a military base? We don't just let anyone on here." And I'm thinking duh. I'm stupid. So I tried explaining how I ended up there, and why I kept driving -- then he asks me if I've been drinking. I was like, NO I haven't been drinking! I must have looked really indignant, because he was like, 'okay, I'm just supposed to ask.' Anyway, so his "boss" arrives in another police car which parks across the street. He seriously looks like someone off of supercomando. And goes over all the questions with me again. He's like how could you possibly not know that you are on a military base. So I try to explain again how I got there, and that obviously I'm lost and in the wrong place. So then he tells me 'You know, you are in violation of blahblahblah code point 2-0-4. I could have you arrested and have your car towed off." So I responded with 'Well I hope you aren't going to do that since I'm just trying to get to work. I'm obviously lost." (I had already explained that I don't usually work at this particular hospital.) So he tells the first guy, well just give her a 797-0 (or something), and he leaves. So apparently the 797-0 is a huge questionnaire. He asked me all sorts of information about where I was born, my social security number (which at first I was thinking I'm not giving you that, but then I'm like uh, I don't have a choice -- and then he explained all this was protected information and it wasn't going anywhere -- great!), and if this was my natural hair color, what I do for a living, if I could name someone who could say that I was who I say I am. OMG. So finally, he goes back to his car and calls someone and we wait some more, and he comes back and says to follow him. Oh and by the way, they don't call it a 'base', they call it an installation (or something). So I asked him how I could get out and to where I was supposed to be going, and he was like, I am going to escort you out (and hold onto your license until we get out), so that you don't see anymore of the "installation" than you have already seen. Yeah. I've seen an elementary school and some random buildings at this point. So then I follow him in his car out to where I first came in from, and pull over, and he comes up and gives me my license back, then explains to me how to get to where I'm going. Omg, I'm such an idiot, really, I'm lucky that I'm not in military jail at the moment especially with all that just happened in DC. Anyway, so that whole little excursion took about 50 minutes this morning. Yay. I'm probably on some 'watch' list now. lol.

So, how's your morning been?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ILOVEMALI 9/22/2013 2:44AM

    This could almost be funny some day... ((hugs))

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GREGGWEISBROD 9/20/2013 9:45AM

    Wowie zowie!!! :-D That was so incredibly exciting to read! Sorry you had to go through that, but man, what an awesome story! lol! I would have been like, "maybe next time you'll tell your gate people to use their words instead of their ambiguous hand gestures!" :-D Fifty minutes though, pewh, that stinks. Glad you're alright! And congrats on the early morning workouts!!! I'm so impressed by those that have the will power to get up that early and sweat!!! Have a great weekend. :-)

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MATTEROFHEART 9/20/2013 8:57AM

    Wow! What a morning! I would have been scared to death!

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JUMPINJULIE 9/19/2013 2:15PM

    OMG I'm sorry.

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MOVEITMARY 9/18/2013 1:30AM

    Good grief! Good on you for keeping your cool in the midst of their high-and-mightyness. You are probably right, they are all upset because of the recent shootin.

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BRADMILL2922 9/18/2013 12:12AM

    Wow, crazy stuff!

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/17/2013 7:23PM

    You are hilarious!! emoticon emoticon And I would have been scared to death!! When I lived in Albuquerque, I almost did the same thing since it didn't look like an "installation"! LOL emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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1TOBFIT 9/17/2013 4:22PM

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WHAT and adventure ! That's the best story I've read today!
That really makes my morning commute seem quite boring. Oh wait, I live near an Air Force base, er, "Installation". I wonder if........nah.....better not..hehe


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SUCCESSN2015 9/17/2013 3:56PM

    Something doesn't seem right to me at ALL. Having been a military wife and having been on SEVERAL different military basses when you entered the "checkpoint" they're suppose to check ID, not just wave you through. If that had actually happened at that point you could of told the guard or whoever "Hey look I'm lost how do I get to ______ ." Sounds like to me someone dropped a major ball.

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JUNEAU2010 9/17/2013 3:44PM

    emoticon Bet you won't do that again!

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JOANNKW 9/17/2013 2:51PM

    Oh, more thoughts. KKOB 77 AM has traffic on the 7's, I'm never sure about anyone else. They mention it, but they don't advertise the time, so I switch to AM if it seems oddly heavy traffic-wise. Also, I find that I never seem to save anytime ditching the freeway, no matter how slow it seems. SB I-15 can be incredibly slow as the freeway makes that gentle curve before the Big-I, and can get even worse South of the Big-I, but it shakes out faster than any other route I've found. If you aren't on it, then it may be worse, but once everyone gets off, it is not great! It has taken me a long time to learn that no matter how slow it is, unless lanes are closed, I'm better off sticking to the Highway.

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JOANNKW 9/17/2013 2:47PM

    ROFL! What is funny is that it is so easy to get on base (it used to be even easier, but still!) Photo ID, evidence of emissions testing, and SS # (you were right on that one - you were wise to give it to them!) I wonder if you'll show up on the DOE / NNSA list of shame (see Y-12 and the three folks, including the 82 yr old nun who broke into the site there)! Their biggest mistake was in failing to give you clear information about stopping. (Y-12 waved someone onto the site there after the great beak-in - even though they were supposedly checking every badge!) Everyone I know calls it the base - so I guess they were just being official w/ the whole installation thing. You have my sympathy, but frankly, it sounds like the guard at the gate needed to be much clearer!

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TIG123GER 9/17/2013 2:43PM

    Jeez, definitely better than that! I am SO sorry you had to go through that but it is quite a story to tell once you get past the pain! Hope it got better once you got out of there.

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