so for the 1st time in my 11 years on the west coast I was pulled over by police.....it was a d.u.i. check point.... as i approached i was trying decide how i was gonna handle this. am i going to go sovereign citizen on him and just denounce his authority to ask me anything? was i gonna go plead the 5th and not answer any questions and tell him he could talk to my lawyer if he wanted to ask me anything? was i gonna make a u-turn and make a run for it? how long is this gonna take? is he gonna wanna search my car? is he in a bad mood? is he racist? has he killed anyone yet? does he have the itch to do it? do cops get more respect from their peers when they murder an unharmed person of color? Do you have all these thought cross your mind when you get pulled over? well many thought racing through may head, yet this is just a traffic stop. So I am looking around at my surroundings and they are letting some people just pass through while others are being pulled to the side. It’s a no brainer I am gonna get pulled to the side. Luckily my lady is with me so I have a witness. I am driving her car thank god, I ask her to get the papers ready, insurance, registration. I decide since I have nothing to hide so I am going to try the semi compliant route. There is a line of officers to my left about 12 of them. The first one signals me to pull over. I look over to my lady and she still hasn't found all the paper work. In my car that shit is right on top all in one place. Anyhow I get signaled to keep driving so I pass officer 1-10 and there are two left. The very last one is getting information from the car in front of me. It's about 11pm so part of me expects the flash lights and extra officers all simultaneously invading my privacy without probable cause. Probable cause, I tried to make sure just in case they wanted to try and take advantage of me that I didn't have any probable cause in eyesight, but then I remember it's my lady's car so I am good. For disclosure purposes I do smoke and drink often. I had just spent a wonderful evening with my lady at the beach so I may or may not have partaken in some extra-curricular enhancements. For legal purposes I admit nothing. The moment of truth arrives. Dude bends over sticks his nose in my window and super close to my face. I can smell his breathe so I am sure he can smell mine. He is looking directly into my eyes from about six inches away. "have you had anything to SMOKE today." I am thinking to myself in micro-nano seconds does he mean all day? I immediately calmly slightly irritated respond no. "have you had anything to drink today" and I immediately thought about the d.u.i. lawyer radio commercials out here. I listen to sports radio for some reason. Never say you drank anything no matter how long ago in the day it was, so I immediately replied no. We sat there for an awkward moment close enough to kiss. I know my breathe wasn't right. It was ripe with white mouth and all other calamities one might get from partaking in mood enhancers. Although I had mad thoughts racing through my mind. I was actually not scared and not worried. He looked deep into my eyes and saw no fear whatsoever. He saw a black man that has been pulled over countless times and survived. A black man that is highly experienced in pull over tactics. He saw a black man that is truly disappointed in the system that attacks men that look like him instead of protecting them. He saw we can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way. he choose the easy way. He told me to have a good night, and let me pass through without incident. To me it is unfortunately something like a d.u.i. checkpoint, which is there to help make sure people don't party too hard and drive becomes something so much larger to part of our population. My first reaction to seeing them was concern for my life and not about getting a ticket for driving under the influence. That is really sucky.