If anyone has noticed the reduced number of posts here lately, that is only because I am in Greece on vacation and the Internet here apparently operates by mule. In a few days I should be back in a country where electrons travel at the speed God intended, and more regular posting will then resume.
In the meantime, as long as the mule is here in the town square I will send off this short post about one of the more pressing issues of our time, the American fight against pants that sag. The Smoking Gun reported earlier this month that 29-year-old Kenneth Smith was arrested in Riviera Beach, Florida, and charged with disorderly conduct for wearing pants low enough to “expose an undergarment in public.” While others have been cited under similar laws elsewhere, to my knowledge this is the first actual arrest under one of the ordinances springing up around the country in an effort to battle the scourge of baggy pants. Because this is a first offense, the maximum penalty is a $150 fine, but subsequent pants-related offenses could mean up to 30 days in jail.
According to the police report, the officer was called to the scene to investigate a report of a man selling drugs out of a blue Chevy Impala. He found the Impala, but his attention seems to have been drawn instead to Smith, standing nearby, and his pants, standing a full two inches below the waist. Smith was promptly arrested. The driver of the Impala apparently was not. Thus was justice done.
No one’s pants sag here, but they do all drive like maniacs even though there are goats all over the road. I guess each country has its issues.