If you, one day, had to appear before a jury of your motorist peers, do you think wearing a beard would help you? I don’t. I would shave it off.
Would you call Mighk as an expert witness to help you? I don’t think I would.
Mighk has a tougher row to hoe than most of us do. He must dance between the engineers with their engineering degrees and their urge to “fix things”, and also answer to us ordinary folk who question the need for brilliantly flashing lights to say that pedestrians have the right to cross “here” when they have the right without anything marked or not flashing to cross “there.”
And then I think about Chipseal in Texas. And I think about how I was “arrested” (although it wasn’t called that because we don’t arrest minors in Florida) many years ago.
Chipseal listened to a judge that gave him some bum advice and told him a jury would understand what he had to say. They “understood” alright. He wore a beard, didn’t have a driver’s license and they stuck him in the “oddball” class and dealt with him accordingly.
Even when I was 15, I knew nothing I could say could save me from the “helpful” police when I was stopped for riding my bicycle. Hope may spring eternal, but not when it comes to being confronted by the police.
Truth be told, if I were Chipseal, I would just buckle under and ride where the police told me to ride just to get past the baloney.
I don’t envy Mighk. Chipseal’s path is clear. My path is clear. Mighk’s is not.