Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Traveling in style

A story in two parts:

My little brother, HP, travels extensively for work. While chatting in San Fran, he shared a story with me regarding traveling in style.

After a lavish dinner and cocktails galore, he spearheaded some fun with some of his company's biggest customers. He is one of the most fun and charming people I know and  his clients (and colleagues) love him. As they are leaving one location, the gaggle of friends/customers walked out the door while suggesting they take their party to yet another location. One of them lamented that cabs would be scarce at that hour. HP, one who always gets things done, assures the flock he will have no issue hailing a taxi to take them to their next destination. He walks out of the building, points to a cab sitting at the curb, opens the door, hops in and says, "HOTEL MONACO!"

The man in the front seat pauses, slowly turns around and responds, "I can't do that."

HP responds in a jovial fashion, "Of course you can, it's not far. Start that meter."

The man replies, "Actually. I can't. I work for CPD."

"CPD?" My brother asks.

"Chicago Police Department. You are sitting in the back of my police car."

Nevermind the lights or the cage-lined interior. I think vodka tonic makes your eyes fuzzy. My little brother has never sat in that ride for a split second and after likely saying OHSH*T to before referenced officer of CPD, he flew out of that car to the laughing ovation of his entire group. How not to travel in style. But OH I wish I would have been part of that laughing ovation.

How to travel in style? Carry one of these.


And these five lucky beach-loving bag ladies are going to be carrying one of these for their next poolside rendezvous. Congratulations to:

SMALL BAG WINNERS:
Zizette @ Chez Zizi
Carol Monroe (via email.)

LARGE BAG WINNERS:
Pricilla @ The Maaaaaa of Pricilla
Myya @ Myya Says
Jules @ Mean Girl Garage ( YOU DID IT!!!!!)

Please email me and I will put you in touch with V. You can also select the color of your choice.  Enjoy the bags and enjoy your summer relaxation be it on the sand, at the pool, or in your own backyard.  And remember, a police car is NOT a proper mode of transportation. 

64 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

Now that is one of the funniest stories I've ever heard. Oh, to see the look on your brother's face as realization dawned on him. Not to mention the look on the officer's face! Kat

Amy said...

Oh, yeah! I'm sure he made that cop's night too.

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Yep, that cop had a fun story to tell his wife that evening! Classic!! Thanks for the laugh this morning!

Pam said...

congrats to the winner! And what a hilarious story!

My name is PJ. said...

Now THAT'S funny!

Congrats to the winners!

Little Ms Blogger said...

Jules finally won. Thank heavens, I don't know if she'd ever recover from not winning.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, I love it! I bet your brother made that cop's night with his faux pas, too! ;)

Congrats to the winners! :)

DaisyGal said...

that is the BEST story ever!!!! I love it!!! that is certainly LOL!


congrats to all the winners!!!!

jinksy said...

Truth is always better than fiction in the long run...

Maria said...

That would have been a sight to see! I bet the cop had a good chuckle too!

When Pigs Fly said...

I so rarely win anything. Congrats to those who got the great little bags!

Buckeroomama said...

That probably would be one of those stories that the cop would retell at gatherings with his mates!

Andrea -The Blogging Mama said...

I once took a cab in Germany 4 blocks. I thought the cabbie would really argue about going so short a distance. But I was like "Hello! Cast on foot! I'm not walking 4 blocks!"

Not very exciting I know...

MommyLovesStilettos said...

What a great story!! I would love to have seen someone do that! Haha :)

Eva Gallant said...

OMG! I'll bet that cop chuckled about that one for days!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Thanks for the morning giggle!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great story. I'm sure the cop is telling that story too.

Jen said...

Boo! So disappointed I didn't score one of those awesome bags, but congrats to the ladies who did! Rock them at the pool/beach, girls!

However, this little anecdote about your brother put a smile back on my face. LOL... I think even in my most drunken state, I would recognize a police cruiser from a taxi cab!

secret agent woman said...

That's very funny - and lucky the cop wasn't looking to meet his "public drunkeness" citation quota!

Kristina P. said...

You really continue to make my case for not drinking, stronger everyday.

Khak said...

I almost lost my coffee reading this. This is so funny.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Too darn funny!
Congrats to stylish bag winners!
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Teddy Started It said...

Well thank goodness that story was so freaking funny - cuz I'm pretty sad I didn't win one of those bubble bags. Your brother sounds like a hoot!

Salt said...

HAHAHA! AWESOME story!
And congrats to the winners. Lucky people.

AmyLK said...

Congrats to the winners! I wish I was one. :( Hp gave the Cop something to share back at the station that night!

Pricilla said...

Brothers can be so entertaining.

Thank you!
I am quite excited! I will be a most stylish goat!

Dumblond said...

HAHA! That sounds like something my mom would do...That should probably make me concerned...
This story has so many winners. You get to tell it to your readers, your brother gets to tell it and the police officer gets to share it! Probably as a cautionary tale to young kids about the effects of drinking.

Pres. Kathy said...

That is hilarious!!!

Intense Guy said...

I'm told some of "those" backseats really smell bad.

:)

Such a nut.

Linda said...

Oh that is a funny story! Love it and your brother! Hey two nuts from the same family tree (said with much love and respect!!) Congrats to the winners of those way cute bags!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I hate when that happens!
Mary

Bossy Betty said...

Could be a clue that the party needs to come to an end.... I'm just sayin'....

Aging Mommy said...

Great story! I bet that officer was trying so very hard not to laugh!

Jules said...

NO EFFING WAY POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Happy DANCE! Happy DANCE!*

I had ACTUALLY BEEN to your blog this morning to grab your email but thought, "Eh, I'll read this later on....what's the point....."

TOO FUNNY!

Can I gloat??? I want to gloat......... I mean, HOW MANY CONTESTS HAVE I ENTERED HERE?????? WOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and I liked your post too. :)

HalfAsstic.com said...

Oh, I think I would love your brother to death! Are you SURE he didn't do it just for the laugh? No... I guess not. ;-)

Ashley Stone said...

funny story!!

shortmama said...

That is awesome!

blueviolet said...

Now that is a GREAT story!!! Congrats to the lucky bag winners!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Can I just call him "Hewlett" for short?

Vivienne said...

Your brother sounds like someone I'd like to hang out with every now and again. :) Those kinds of people are always fun and good energy.

J.J. said...

I've been in the back of a cop car twice. Both times voluntarily, but never because I thought it was a cab/taxi. lol!

Chez Zizi said...

You always have the best stories. You also absolutely made my day! I am so excited!!!
Zizette

Jennifer said...

Let's see... How many cocktails does it take to make a guy think a cruiser is a cab??? Hmmmm.... Somebody had tee many martunis.

Kimi@SoManyKids said...

Now that is FUNNY!!! He is lucky he didn't end up going for a short cruise in that car anyway, lol

Shana said...

Thanks for visiting.
That is a great story !!!

The Empress said...

My brother's stories are my favorite ones, too.

And not just b/c he's my brother...they really are the best.

Shell said...

LMAO!!! I could see my husband doing this.

Myya said...

I was gone for a long weekend & came back to read this... HOW FUN I WON!!! Oh & your lil brother... I would have died laughing at him & you bet I would have gotten pics! Priceless! Thanks again for the win, I'm sooo excited : )

Dorkys Ramos said...

LOL, well it sure made for a good story :p

The Robin's Nest said...

That is fantastic and I absolutely want to hang out with your brother!

M-Cat said...

Too funny about your brother!

That is something I would totally do. And do it stone-cold sober

Babes Mami said...

Love the brother! Even though I didn't win...congrats to the winners!

Slamdunk said...

I bet your lil bro was fodder for at least a week of officer to officer banter.

You did not mention if he shut the patrol car door or not. If he did shut the door, and since, they don't open from the inside, the driver/CPD officer would then be in charge of when the embarrassing situation ended--prolonging the agony I am sure.

Tracie said...

That is too funny! Should be a scene in a movie.

Cathi said...

Haha....that is a funny story! Dang - I missed the contest, but congrats to all the winners! xxoo :)

Laoch of Chicago said...

Knowing the Chicago PD he is fortunate the billy-clubs were not swinging or that the bird-dogging on the way to 3015 S California Ave did not damage his delicate head.

On the bright side the Hotel Monaco is pretty nice.

Ms. Salti said...

Niiice! Good job little bro!

And for the record, I hate Jules. I wanted one of those bags for the pool!

Christiejolu said...

HAHAHAHA! That is such an awesome story....

Baloney said...

Oh no. I bet the officer loved retelling that story!
Congrats to the bag winners!

Erin said...

That's definitely one of the funniest stories I've heard in a long, long time!

Glad you had so much fun & congrats to the winners!

Mighty M said...

I bet the cop is still telling that story - hilarious!

Cranky Mommy said...

I read the Nibbles story before this one - so you do have plenty of fodder for your own jestfest.

Jenn@the loves of jenn said...

That is hilarious!!! I'm so bummed I missed the contest...I was out of town. Maybe I'll just have to buy myself one.

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