We were in the
state of Main, north of NY, a "turning point" and up to one week stay.
a flight we had two days in Main and should be in civil fly to New York with an U.S. airline "absorbed antes proceeding" there to take the plane back to Germany on duty.
Main is very beautiful in its own way, forests and small Villages without
But if you know it in the fall somewhat dull.
A colleague, let's call him
Norbert, spoke to me, he was formerly in the german army, the Luftwaffe, even our politicians had flown as a FA, he knew Washington DC very good, some time he was stationed there.
He had inquired at the airport after rewriting of tickets and received a positive
He would D.C. like to see if I would come along.
We talked to our captain, if we have a few days in DC could stay.
We were known as reliable, he only
asked that we would have to contact him by phone every day and would arrive one day before the departure in NYC.
So off to D.C.
Here we checked inexpensively
in Arlington, here is the well-known military cemetery, in a motel one that housed German soldiers and it was party time.
He knew the most interesting places and discos .......
In George Town, the Old Town, with a french flair we made some party ...
A car was hired and off we went.
in the United States, alcohol is prohibited at the wheel, but as long as you move safely in traffic, also not a cop gets upset) and we had enough over the years of experience in driving in
There are recognized bizarre laws ...
As a "tourist" make youself always friendly ignorant stupid.
But we did not know everything yet, we still had to learn ...
We met interested girls from the University .....
Just as we were driving back to the motel, the car was gone.
Coincidentally there was a patrol car by the police, we were explaned. In the long line of parked cars, a parking spot was that we had used by us
Here was a
nondescript little bridge and in the U.S. is basically no parking on bridges, why the officials did not know why.
In approximately 1 mile there was the yard, 24
h would be opened, could possibly get there the car, so we walked there. The colored man, all in white
uniformed officers, was very friendly. Against
a penalty of $ 70, we can take the car and everything is under 100 U.S. $ and is not in the hunt. Or we could take our stuff out of the car or at 10:00 h to go to the rapid court.
We were once
again in the spirit of adventure, a slight alcohol fog was certainly with us in the game and reported at 10:00 h for the rapid court.
bureaucracy, got a form and put us in front of the "Hearing Room 5" to "pews" with about 40 other people waiting.
Suddenly a colored guy in motorcycle outfit, tiped on my
shoulder and asked me, how are you today?
We were a bit confused, but no one we knew in D.C..
We had not been detected the officer of the yard without his white uniform.
We asked if he had duty in court today?
He laughed. He had parked his motorcycle on the sidewalk and was now landed here as a patient.
When we asked why he had not attended the hearing in
uniform, it said, then I bekome as a police officer twice the punishment ....
It was a huge hearing room and 20
attendees were called, had to sit on chairs in a circle at the wall.
Well off we went, in contrast to those affected had in Germany, in
microphone, swear to tell the truth.
The first Case, a woman
had not let her drivin licence from another state rewrite: GUILTY.
2nd In case someone had an cycling hit: GUILTY.
The third Case, WE: Norbert went forward and swore. Now we had to stay with the truth, otherwise the risk is too great.
We are from
Germany and want to look at DC, did not know that parking on bridges in the United States was prohibited and the police could not tell us why.
In contrast, in old Germany, one must always park on bridges, unless there
are signs prohibiting there.
The judge, well, a German policeman knows certainly
not all the laws ....
Norbert, better kept the mouth shut ..
question, so you are in D.C. as tourists, (which we were also, truth) and want to enjoy DC?
The judge: I am altering the penalty of $ 70 to 0, I will
give you a letter, collect your car and enjoy your time in DC !
Won, give me 5 ..
Again something for the photo album .....
that was class, a minimum of bureaucracy.
Enjoyd the city and seen the girls again ....
We were definitely on time next day in NYC .......