September 9, 2009
A "BUI" In Boulder???
The four of us have bi-weekly outings, catching up, sharing tales and talking about all things EXCEPT triathlon. Aaahhhh.
On this particular evening, Leanne and I knew we'd be knocking back a few adult beverages. Thinking we were being responsible, we decided to bike to the bar (gotta LOVE Boulder!). In Boulder things are so bike friendly that there are usually more bike stands in public places than car parking lots. After a few margaritas, our group of 4 decided to take our party to The West End on Pearl St. Since Leanne and I biked, we told Morgan and Laura we'd meet them there....
Leanne and I were laughing and carrying on as we pedaled our way down the streets of Boulder. As I saw a McDonalds to our right I yelled out to her, "Right turn!! Drive thru!!!!" Without missing a beat, my fearless partner-in-crime made a sharp right and a beeline towards the drive through speaker. I was cracking up at her fearless quest...
I then noticed the police car behind us.... in my "feel no pain" state, I rushed to the police officer car and jokingly asked the officer if he wanted a milkshake. ? He laughed and cautioned me "and my friend" to be careful out there tonight, and I thanked him. He was EXTREMELY cool about this because, as I later learned, being on bikes after drinking is a SERIOUS offense in Boulder.
Apparently this is JUST AS SERIOUS as a DUI. REALLY?? Something about this just doesn't make sense to me. Somehow I think hitting someone with a car, and hitting someone while on my bike would be hugely different. Maybe I'm missing something, but this seemed absurd.
Ah well, a fun night was had with my girls, as usual. Next time we'll just ake a cab... :)