Thursday, January 24, 2008

I am not the author, but this speaks volumes:

Received from a friend:


A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired.  During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives.  Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups - porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.


When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said: "Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.  While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate.  In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.


Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups.  They are just tools to hold and contain life.  The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life  you have.  Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us.  God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don't have the best of everything.  They just make the best of everything that they have.  


Live simply.  

Love generously. 

Care deeply.  

Speak kindly.  

And enjoy your hot chocolate.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Irony in full-force for the local university newspaper

When I got a copy of today's O'Colly (university newspaper), I noticed the "above the fold" headline to be:  A linguistic letdown


The article with that headline was expanding on the idea that cell phone and internet lingo might have contributed to students' poor grammar in recent years, which would include spelling, proper capitalization and punctuation.  The photo to accompany the story was a possible paper that might have been turned in as a class assignment.  The image below was obtained from their web-site, but isn't as easy to read as the larger version on the front page.


Here is what I am able to read from printed copy:

an analysis of thermodynamic pro...

    i think that thermodynamics are when

pressure gets bigger b/c of heat.  not hotz like

heath ledger, but hotz like a fire,  if u need

sum amount of heat, then teh press will ...

  ---- blurred out image ----


Where is the irony you ask?  Obviously, I doubt this story was written overnight, and the work involved not only the writing of the article, but the preparation of the 'paper' being turned in for a class.  I also doubt whoever put the image together had any clue that a photo of Heath Ledger would be displayed immediately above their story.  Heath Ledger's photo had the caption of 'Batman', 'Brokeback' actor dies at 28.  Yep, that's the irony ...


I won't start trying to share various slants of morbid humor here, as I:

1. Don't want to offend too many people

2. Have so many different possible quips to say, I wouldn't know where to start!


Image from the paper's website:


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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It's all about the funny!

A friend sent me this, and I just thought I would share it with you as well:


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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Have you ever wanted to say "Thank You"...

thankyouBeing that I am not really a shy individual, I haven't had a problem with stepping up to any military or public safety personnel to tell them THANKS for the service they are performing.  However, if you are somewhat reluctant to walk up to a stranger and share that feeling, maybe you should visit


I have embedded one of their videos below (hosted by YouTube) for your viewing pleasure:


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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

It's been a while since I been tagged for a List <qty> of <adjective> things about you that your readers probably don't know, but it happened yesterday over at 5150Life.  This particular tag is a Share Seven Weird things about yourself.  Those of you who have been following this blog for a while or have known me/worked with me in the past are probably wondering how I could narrow the list down to only seven.  I will try to provide some good (but not incriminating) information about myself here:


The rules are as follows: Simply link to the person who tagged you. SHARE SEVEN WEIRD things about yourself. Tag SEVEN bloggers to do the same AND include a link to their blog. Let each person know that they have been tagged and finally post the rules on your blog.


In compliance with the above mentioned rules, I have already complied with the "link to the person who tagged you" (see first paragraph) and "post the rules on your blog" (see second paragraph)


I. With the current configuration of my prosthetic leg, I have the ability to quickly disconnect the foot, turn it around, and re-attach it backwards!  It only takes me a few steps to adjust my gait (walking pattern) so that I don't limp or stumble.  This has been used for such fun as practical jokes and to interrupt  stressful times at the office.  Seems that people don't see someone walking with one foot pointed backwards everyday of the week!


II. I can't stand a repetitive sound/noise to continue on for more than a few minutes.  This can range from someone singing the same short verse or line of a song over and over and over and over and over (you get the idea), whiney dog yipping to get in the house, etc.  If the sound is one that tends to naturally occur or is mechanical in nature, they don't seem to bother me as much.


III. The last three cars I have bought cost a total of $2,500 and were later sold for a total of $2,800 (if you don't consider the amount I knocked off the last car due to charitable Christmas write-off0:

---1983 Pontiac J2000 w/+120K miles- bought for $300, driven for 2.5 years, sold for $500


---1964 Ford Falcon w/53K original miles- bought for $1,500 three days before my fall (which ultimately led to the amputation), sold for $1,500 (image and original television commercial 5MB Mpeg or 1MB RealMedia file)


---1981 Olds Cutlass Supreme w/41K original miles- bought for $700, driven for 2 years and sold for $800 (price reduced prior to receiving funds).  Linked image is tan in color, mine was gold.


IV. Valium makes me hyper!  Yep, the stuff that is supposed to be able to sedate elephants, rhinos and other large land mammals actually makes me wired like a little kid on Jolt Cola and Pop Rocks.  We found this out the weekend of the fatality pursuit I was involved with about 12-13 years ago (when I was still a cop).  Long story very short: I was in pursuit of a motorcycle rider, in speed well above the posted maximum.  He crashed and subsequently died.  I didn't deal with it very well mentally and a few days later suffered an anxiety attack while on duty and was rushed to the ER.  While there, I was given two doses of valium, which only slightly relieved the anxiety symptoms.  When I was finally released later that evening, my wife was told I would probably sleep for 12 hours, considering the dose I had been given.  I actually didn't get any sleep until sometime the next day.


V. Excessive cellphone texting drives me crazy.  This has nothing to do with #2 above (repetitive noises).  If you can text back and forth with a person for an entire conversation, just CALL THE PERSON!  If you already have the cell phone in your hands, and are 'chatting' with another person, why not just call them.

Note: I don't 'text', nor do I have a plan for it, but that will change when Sarah goes to college later this year.

Instant Messenger use on a computer doesn't count in this category. 

Texting to leave a message for another person when they have a chance to read it also doesn't count in this category


VI. I bite my fingernails.  There, I said it (or, actually, typed it).  Close-up pictures of me will normally have my hands hidden as I know my nails and cuticles look awful.  I have 'quit' before, just to fall off the wagon and start chewing/tearing them off.


VII. I multitask like crazy.  I have been known to be chatting with three or more people at the same time about different subjects (in person, on the phone or multiple IM chat windows).  These conversations might be going on while also prepping large-scale distribution email messages being addressed to a population of over 25K email addresses or some other computer support-related activity. (yes, 25,000 addresses - someone has to send out the "important information" mailings for the various university departments)


There you have it, the seven items I decided to share today.


The bloggers I have decided to 'tag' are:

Bubby: he was my Yoda, in regards to blogging

Brent: the first cop-blog I started following

Ambulance Driver: I really hope he 'plays well with others', as his should be fun to read

Johnny Law: another one that should provide for interesting reading

LawDog: just to get mentioned in his blog

Murphy: I regularly 'lurk' at his blog

Jack Army: I don't remember how I stumbled across his blog, but I'm glad I did

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And the winner is .... ME!

The last few sockets I have had made included an additional outer layer of cloth laminated to the carbon fiber, as a way of providing a little personality to the leg (previous posts with images: My logo on the socket, Cars socket & my website has a small image of one as well). is a company founded by a prosthetist/amputee who recognized the fact that a prosthesis can be both functional and fashionable. Their SleeveArt concept takes high quality material (Spandex and Lycra) with fun and interesting designs, and turns them into sleeves that are pulled on over the socket of a prosthetic.  This way, an amputee can change the 'displayed personality" as they desire.  They really have some cool designs.


Visitors to the website can signup (via email) for a monthly drawing to win two sleeves ... one is the choice of the winner, and the second is the choice of the company.  I was lucky enough to be drawn as the final winner in 2007.  I've reviewed the available options several times (like I said, they have some really cool designs) and I finally made my decision.  I have emailed the information and now I will just sit back and wait for the postman to bring my my goodies.


Oh, did I forget to mention which sleeve I requested?  Well, when my choice and the mystery sleeve arrive, I will get some pictures of them and share in a future post.  Why don't you visit and check out their inventory?  Feel free to leave a comment with your vote of which one I should have chosen (pinks, purples, Flamingo and Child styles are not available as voting options!).

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Calling All Cops! - free training available (except $6 s/h)

Hi, I'm Ron and I'm an RSS Junkie!

(your response:  Hi Ron!)


Seriously, I use RSS feeds to keep up with a large variety of websites and blogs.  These feeds range from Microsoft related (for Windows Mobile, XP or Vista), Document Imaging, humor, law enforcement (cause I still have close ties to teh Law enforcement community), EMT and a few other topics.  I like using an RSS reader so I aware when new articles are posted, without having to visit each site each day.


One of the RSS feeds I have is for Blue Sheepdog, a site dedicated to "Serving Those Who Protect: Police Training and Officer Survival Tips".  A post from yesterday was titled Vehicle Stop Interdictions - Drug Interdiction for Patrol: Excellent Police Training Course from The Backup Training Corporation.  Within the article was a list of three great reasons to use the training, with number two being "FREE" (#1 was content is current and #3 was college credit available).  When a state employee sees the word FREE, it is almost a requirement for us to investigate further.



The Backup Training Corporation is offering the free training to SWORN* officer in the USA.  Topics in the course include: indicators of drug couriers, roadside interviews, search and seizure case law, concealment locations and methods, “source” states and frequent overland routes, the use of K-9s, profiling, documentation, and more. You can find a more complete list of training topics here.  They also have a FAQ about the free training here.


One of the great aspects of the service is the fact that the training can be used to satisfy state training mandates in many states:


Their map with "click-able states" can be found here

The A-Z Approval list is located here


With the increased training requirements for law enforcement, as well as the problem with shift-work and area coverage, this self-paced computer-based training seems to have an ideal opportunity to assist departments, both small and large. 


If there is a LEO in your life, share this information with them.  If they already know about it, that's great ... but if they don't, they need to look into it!


Note: I do not work for/with The Backup Training Corporation, nor will I receive any compensation from them for this posting.  This is done solely as an act to share information so that I may Serve Those Who Protect!


And, as Sgt Esterhous from Hill Street Blues would always say:

    "Hey - let's be careful out there"



*Those qualified include: any sworn law enforcement, military, or corrections personnel who act in a law enforcement capacity

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Note: Not all of Oklahoma is this backwards

Man stabs another man with a pork chop bone


News report out of Ardmore OK advises than 38-year-old Tony Willis was arrested after he allegedly stab another man in the neck with a pork chop bone during a food fight.  This occurred outside a local business on New Year's day.


You can read the complete, albeit short, report here.


At least you gotta give the suspect credit for the ingenuity of using what he had available as a weapon.

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