Yesterday the warm weather decided to take a vacation. I had my Citizen Police Academy jacket in the car and threw that on when I went for dinner before class. I was standing alone, minding my business when a woman beside me leaned over to talk to me. It was terribly awkward...
Woman: Thank you, Officer.
Me: I’m not a cop. I’m in a class. (Figuring she misunderstood the jacket. It is NOT the same as a real police jacket. I even pointed to the word “Citizen” on it.)
Woman stared blankly at me...and made me unbelievably nervous with the look she had.
Me: uh...I’m a writer...
Woman stared harder, obviously not caring.
Me: ...uh, thank you?
Woman smiled and walked away.
I’ve been wearing that jacket out into public for weeks. That was the first time anyone mistook it for something a police officer would wear. It does have the police patch on it and “police academy” with the word “citizen” very prominently stitched. You can buy windbreakers that say POLICE on the back, so clearly not just police wear this sort of clothing. And to top it off: I look nothing like a cop. If I was a cop, citizens should be concerned!
Class was great last night. I was miserable, sleepy, bloated, grumpy, and cold but I enjoyed the entire three hours. Vice just made me want to write a sequel to Undercover Sins. Gabriel is in the vice unit, after all. But I have other things on my plate so I shouldn’t add more to it. Besides, it is still early to tell if my novel is even liked by the public. I’ve received a few comments on facebook and email, and I think the chess scene made the largest impact. I know when I see chess being played now I giggle to myself.