“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Saturday, July 18, 2009


- The week finished off as busy as it started. Spent a sixteen-hour day working with an unnamed group of Feds providing them some local support, the kind of thing that fortunately doesn't come along that often, but when it does tends to be quite the big production of folks and effort involved. On the one hand, get the Feds involved and you can just about guarantee it turns into a stunning goat-rope with changes every five minutes that have everyone jumping through hoops... On the other, despite what a lot of people preconceive as "Local/Federal" animosity is usually not present - at least at the levels I work at. Headquarters folks can be idiots no matter where you work, but the guy on the street usually tends to be pretty decent & it was the same this time, which was nice.

- Another couple of reminders from the job, along with the military & federal guys along: #1, dang these guys are getting younger and younger! Very much felt my age looking at some of the "kids", especially realizing several of them had combat tours already under their belts & were experienced. #2 - based on pictures and such, I still have the hottest wife amongst local, Federal and military bomb squads that I've seen :D I'm happy to take that prize.

- I won't go into particular names, but if you want to know a lot about the character of someone/group, listen to the comments made by those who work for them when amongst their peers... Apparently the impression being made by the administration and staffers upon those who work closely for them is NOT very good at all... Kind of sobering.

- Spent the past two days packing & preparing for the aforementioned six week training trip... Managed to get everything sorted out, taking enough to be comfortable but not insane & will have my computer along for sanity recovery. Not sure how much blogging I'll get in, but at least I can get online.

- The wife and I actually got a sitter last night (who we are QUITE grateful for!) and made it out to see the new Harry Potter installment. Sad that it's probably been close to a year since the last time we made it out to a movie in the theater... Anyway, I did enjoy it, although as my wife pointed out saying they took liberties with the plot and story is putting it mildly!

- Also made sure to cook some nice meals the past few nights to make up for being out of town. Not sure who's going to miss my being able to cook more - my wife likes the meals, and I'm going to miss the kitchen... Despite what some would prefer, I myself don't relish the thought of eating in restaurants for the next month and a half every meal.

- Yes folks, I was good - spent time with the kids as well! Going to miss my little monkeys every day... even when they wear me out they do it with a smile!

Anyway, I have to be up at OMG-what-time-is-it tomorrow, so I will wrap this up. More posting to follow as appropriate.


Firelady said...

Safe travels

Front Porch Society said...

Have a safe trip out there and enjoy your time learning! :)

Yes, it is sad when the officers who work for an agency/supervisor have nothing positive to say about who they represent. Time for the higher uppers to sit back and reassess how they treat their officers.

Had to laugh at the "hottest wife" comment. lol. :)

Gothelittle Rose said...

My husband and I saw the HP movie this afternoon. We're very grateful to our sitter as well! It isn't so easy to arrange leaving a breastfed baby in someone else's care for four hours...

We liked it, but agree that "slight liberties with the book" is an understatement. Still, there's only so much you can do in two and a half hours that honestly felt more like one and a half!