Monday, February 8, 2010

Friday Night Caper

If you think people who winter in Arizona in retirement communities just play bingo or shuffleboard, you are sadly mistaken.

Let me tell you about my Friday evening.

The Background

This is Bob and Judy.

They are from Canada. Bob is ex-RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).

Bob earned the nickname "Crash" for crashing seven, count 'em, seven, police vehicles in one year.

Apparently he's not a good bicyclist, either.

Meet Harold.

Harold is blind. Has been since the age of 27. I saw Harold at the pool a few days ago. He told me that he was taking his daily walk with another friend named Bob. RCMP Bob rode by on his bicycle, said hello to Walking Bob and didn't see Harold until the last minute and almost ran him over!

"That doesn't surprise me," I told Harold. "RCMP Bob just told me that he had lost control of his bike the other day when riding into his patio and that he ran into his porch railings!"

"Well," Harold said, "running into a PORCH and running into ME are two different things!"

We couldn't just let this information go. We had to do something about it. RCMP Bob is a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh. We knew he could take a joke.

Meet the Team of Instigators

Larry and Norma, Colorado

Mike and Kathy, Michigan

Pat, Illinois

The Plan

We wanted to attach training wheels to Bob's bike, but couldn't find a used pair anywhere, even though we went to a couple of Good Will stores. Larry ended up making the wheels from cardboard. They turned out pretty good.

I was able to get my hands on the yellow tape used at construction sites. Although it didn't say "DO NOT CROSS" like police tape, it did say "CAUTION".

I typed up a letter using the local police department letterhead on it (which I copied from the internet). The gist of the letter stated that Bob's bike was being impounded as of February 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm. It would not be released until he met the following requirements:

1) Pass a bicycle safety course,

2) Apologize to Harold for almost running him over. What was he thinking for God's sake?

3) Apologize to his wife for denting the porch railings.

I added some other little digs in there and signed the letter "Officer Goodbody".

Bob and Judy were going to be gone on Friday night to the annual Canada Day dance held here in the park, along with all our other Canadian friends. The instigators and I opted to go out to celebrate being American by eating at a Mexican restaurant where their Margaritas are huge and appetizers are half price during happy hour. We firmed up our plans for the big caper over our drinks.

After dinner a somewhat giddy group went to three stores looking for white chalk so we could outline a body that was lying on the sidewalk like Bob had run somebody (namely Harold) over.

Here's Larry attaching the training wheels to Bob's bike.

The finished product

Next we attached the caution tape from the porch to the grapefruit tree,

from the tree, across the patio driveway (behind their car) and attached it to the pole on the other side of the patio,

and all the way down the side of the driveway and around his bike.

Larry volunteered to be the run down victim.

Larry doesn't move an inch and Kathy does her magic with chalk.

The final product.

We taped the letter from Officer Goodbody to their front door. Then everybody went their separate ways. I didn't get a chance to talk to Bob and Judy till the following afternoon. They said that they laughed so hard when they saw all the stuff we had done. They figured it was us "Americans" since all the "Canadians" were out at the dance. We all had a good laugh, but I have to watch my back because I know paybacks are hell.


Rae said...

What a hoot! So funny. You must have been a very mischievous child. You are such a prankster. Sounds like a lot of fun with some really good friends.

Wanda said...

That beats Bingo...I wonder what or who is next on the know it's coming! Those cardboard training wheels turned out really good! Crazy Fun!

Barb said...

LOL! You and your friends are having way too much fun out there!

misslynda said...

That is funny. You all did a great job - - - and without destruction to property like a teenager might have done. Very, very creative!

Allen said...

I did not know you had it in you. LOL that is the greatest prank I have seen in a long time.

It sounds like you all have a great time there. I knew I should have moved to AZ instead of FL.

Pat said...

You all might notice that I'm not in any of the pictures. Heh, discriminating evidence! But everyone knows I take my camera with me everywhere AND Bob said he still had his fingerprint powder left from his job - turns out it's "all the American Women here" - he says as he points to all of us who are laughing.

I also want to say that Bob was/is a respected RCMP and had many dedicated years in the force. He's quite a popular guy down here in this area, especially in his uniform. He's appeared on the local TV stations and always is involved for Canada Day events. So just because he crashed 7 vehicles in one year doesn't mean he was a bad cop - some of those crashes weren't his fault!

Betty said...

That is too funny!
love those friends.
Betty xx

Anonymous said...

That is a great prank...thanks for giving me a good chuckle this morning!

Sunny said...

OMG! That's just too funny! The training wheels cracked me up.
I'd be watching over my shoulder, if I were you. LOL!
Sunny :)

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You are having too much fun!!

Prizler Photography said...

Oh my, this is so fun!!! I love what you did. Sounds like you have a great group of friends! (makes me want to join in!)

Anonymous said...

that is better than a sienfeld

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh my gosh, I just LOVE this!

Carletta said...

I want to be traveling with you all!
Sounds like so much fun!

SquirrelQueen said...

The training wheels are my favorite part. You folks have way too much fun which is the way it should be.

Toni said...

I just love the chalk outline! You can never have too much fun!

Snowflake said...

I'm thinking there will be pay back when you're not expecting it!!!

Joanne said...

LOL Thank you for sharing this. It made my day...and oh please you must keep us informed of the pay back...hehe It should be a good one...LOL

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

OMG! That was so funny I snorted my coffee. I think you would have liked my "pumpkin contest" entry for 2008. (I think it may be on my blog somewhere.) I did the same thing with candy pumpkins and "Cars" movie cars. LOL!