The Spirit of New Jersey Cruise
was the President of the Bergen County Health Officer's Society and had rented the Spirit of NJ for our 50th anniversary lunch cruise. Of course I was running late and got lost near the dock so I pulled into a gas station where two police officers were standing.
I jumped out of the car and was frantically waving my arm about. Ihad started asking directions when one of the cops said, "Is that your car?"
My car was actually a retired police cruiser which the Health Department got second hand. With the driver's side door still open, the car had exited the parking lot and was headed down the road against traffic. I ran after the car, caught up to it, and dove in head first.
The only problem was my patent leather dress shoes were being dragged along the asphalt. With my legs dragging along the street I steered the car to the side of the road, jumped a sidewalk, and crashed into an old wooden stockade fence. When the officers strolled over, they were actually hysterical and felt bad for me.
They knocked on the homeowners door and some lady told them to let me go, she would fix the fence. I made it to the cruise on time, unlike one poor Health Officer standing alone on the dock, and conducted our 50th Anniversary Celebration. The shoes went into the garbage that night.