Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The non stop flight from the big city to Abu Dhabi should have taken 15 hours at most. But NOOOOOOOO! Some poor sap got sick somewhere approaching Greece. Did the flight continue to Athens maybe? No the pilot turned the plane around and backtracked to Milan, Italy. Wow! Italy. They at least opened the doors so we could breath some fresh air as we sat on the tarmac for four hours. So when you hear a big city copper brag about when "I was in Milan...." you can call him on it. The flight finally made it to Abu Dhabi at one in the morning, five hours behind schedule.
Normally, the big city copper is all about adventuring. The ability to adapt and improvise is one of my prized assets but after eight hours or so the "quaintness" faded fast. The plane was filled to capacity. The seats in coach were cramped and uncomfortable. There were too many squalling babies. The whole thing began to look and feel like the chicken and goat buses I've ridden. You know the ones you see in the third world documentaries. Mercifully, passing through customs and immigration was a breeze and the hour's drive to Dubai was uneventful.
The next day was spent at the pool, enjoying my grandkids, and napping. (to fight off the jet lag) Tomorrow, the adventure continues. A boat ride through the straits of Hormuz and into the country of Oman is the planned tour.
I'll let you know how it went. I will hopefully impress you with some good photos too but that will have to wait till we return.
Monday, October 26, 2009
A camel ride on the shore of the Persian Gulf. Hot Hot Hot at least 115 degrees.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
A copper was buried today. Quietly. Only family, friends, and those police officers who knew him.
A sergeant who knew him from the early days, wondered why the order for a full honors burial never came out. He hastily arranged for two escort vehicles and a handful of officers to show up at the funeral home for an impromptu honor guard to show the family the respect that was due to their loved one.
The man was a hero. An apparently unsung one but a hero none the less.
A few years ago, the officer was working in a high crime district helping to train a young recruit. While patrolling late one night they came upon a car parked near an industrial area. The man in the car was alone. He had a newspaper in his lap. The officers sensed no danger.
Both officers came up on the same side, realizing the error, the veteran copper waved back the younger officer and approached the driver.
The man stepped from the car but kept the newspaper over his hand. Now aware of the danger, the copper lunged for the man as a nine shot .22 revolver came into view. He grabbed for the gun hand as the offender fired. Four bullets entered under the officers body armor into the officers torso. The officer fell away injured and bleeding.
The man then turned and fired three more shots at the young recruit a few feet away. Struck in the vest, belly, and belt buckle the young copper was able to draw his weapon and fire several times, killing the assailant.
Severely injured, the veteran copper was rushed to the trauma center. He survived the attack.
Coppers know how much damage a .22 slug can do at close range. Even after months of rehab it was determined that the officer would no longer be able to carry out his police duties. He was retired on disability.
Still a young man, he struggled to live his life to the fullest.
He died quietly, a hero.
He was buried quietly, without the honors due him for his sacrifice.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This week the big city has the honor of hosting the Medal of Honor Convention.