Took the kids on a field trip to the police station with the homeschool group we belong to.
What I like about this picture is that the police officer is holding his hands in almost the exact same way that Abraham Lincoln is in the picture behind him.
Here’s another picture of the kids listening to the police officer. Apparently this is the part where he was telling them about bloody murders judging by The Boy’s face. I must have missed that part. (Click on the picture to see the horrified expression in more detail.)
The police officer may have had a speech prepared for us, but he didn’t deliver it. Instead he let us ask questions. Fortunately we had enough questions to last the full hour. Questions like, “How many guns do you carry?” “Do you have guns in the cars?” “How many bullets are in the guns?” “When do you get to pull out your guns?” “What other weapons do you have?” “Do you get into fistfights?” “What do you do when jewel thieves crawl into windows?” (Playing too many violent video games, huh, junior?)
Now, maybe these seem to be valid questions…until you realize that this is the Gettysburg police force. Gettysburg, people! From 12 a.m. until 8 a.m. there are only six police officers on duty in the entire county! There’s a murder every 10 years. 10 years! The last one was in 2009.
But Gettysburg is a tourist destination. Surely a few of the 3 million tourists cause trouble?
Yeah, it’s a tourist destination…for historians. Well…I guess historians can get rowdy, just like anybody else.
The top three complaints to the police department are, in no particular order:
1. Not enough parking.
2. The horse-drawn carriages are blocking the road.
3. Too many people are taking ghost tours at the same time.
I love living here.
Star Trek quote of the day: I’m not a magician, Spock. Just an old country doctor.
Red Shirt death toll: 1