All of which leaves you the next 25 miles of open road to contemplate the meaning of life in a world with few enduring certainties.
But it could be worse. You might have been in Glendale and it was a fully grown man in a bunny suit that decided to suddenly walk in front of your car. And if so, you'd better hope you stopped in time because otherwise you could be cited and ticketed for something you really shouldn't have done.
Here is how the Glendale News Press reported this on Wednesday:
Police used an officer dressed for Easter to remind drivers to stop - (Glendale) The large furry rabbit walking between Central and Garfield Avenues Wednesday was no hallucination, especially for drivers who failed to yield. For an hour and a half, Glendale Police Officer Tom Broadway donned the eye-catching costume during an enforcement sting aimed at educating motorists to yield for pedestrians walking along unmarked crosswalks.
Now isn't that just like a government employee? Trying to convince us that yielding to some mysterious inner need to dress up in a hare suit and walk out into the middle of traffic was actually done to make us better citizens? Have you noticed lately that when you're dealing with certain personality types in a position of government authority, everything they do is supposedly for our own good? Even dressing up like the Easter Bunny and walking in front of cars? It's like they somehow believe none of us ever had mothers.
The article continues:
Police cited 24 motorists on suspicion of failing to yield to Broadway as he walked across Central. "One of the violators said he was confused by it," Sgt. Dennis Smith said. "He said it hopped in front of him."
Of course, not everyone was happy about this. And we're not just talking about the motorists that received a ticket from the guy in a bunny suit. One Glendale City Councilmember felt the need to speak out.
But the operation infuriated Councilman John Drayman, who said he learned of the sting only after it had taken place. Calling the enforcement sting a "stupid traffic stunt" that was "breathtakingly dangerous," Drayman said city resources would have been more appropriately used to clamp down on speeding motorists - an issue that prompts daily complaints from the public.
"The police may be experts in public safety, but they don't have a padlock on common sense," he said. "This is not law enforcement, this is taking public safety personnel, dressing them as bunny rabbits to confuse, disorient and shock drivers and then cite them with traffic tickets."
No word if Councilman Drayman's insensitive characterization of this Police effort will lead to a POA initiated lawsuit against the City of Glendale.