A long, long time ago
I can still remember…
Waaaaay back in high school, Mandy went to Italy and was kind enough to bring me home a souvenir… a switchblade knife of my very own. It looked just like one of those â€œOh my itâ€™s a switchblade oh ha ha itâ€™s really just a combâ€ gags, except that it really was a switchblade. It wasnâ€™t very big, it wasnâ€™t particularly sharp even, but it was mine and I loved it.
Recently, a pal was regaling me with a tale of humorous switchblade antics, and I thought to myself, â€œHey! I have a switchblade! Um, where is it?â€ Iâ€™ve looked in my jewelry box, and in the other, littler jewelry box, in the drawer where I keep the patches that Mandy also brought back from Italy, in the Blackened VooDoo box that Iâ€™ve been toting around for years and I donâ€™t even REMEMBER whatâ€™s in it… and I canâ€™t find that thing anywhere.
Now, a switchblade isnâ€™t the kind of thing you throw away. Nor is it the type of item that youâ€™d sell at a garage sale. It is the kind of thing Iâ€™d give to a friend who would appreciate it more than I do, but… I donâ€™t think I have any friends who fall into that category. So I do have hope that it will turn up. But…
I did a little research online tonight. Turns out that in the state of Colorado, it is illegal to carry OR POSSESS a switchblade. And for my posse in California, itâ€™s legal to possess a switchblade, but you can only legally carry it if the blade is UNDER TWO INCHES (misdemeanor crime otherwise). However… in California… if your knife contains a â€œdetent or similar mechanism that provides some resistance to opening the knife,â€ then your knife is no longer considered a switchblade and there is no length limit unless youâ€™re on school property. However (again), that is STATE law. Individual cities may have their own ordinances.
Yeah, so, thereâ€™s your public service announcement for the day. Itâ€™s a jungle out there.