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What I Wish I'd Told Them

January 4, 2011

Life's unfair. Get over it. If you understand this point you will have a long and healthy career and make it to retirement without hating everyone around you.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

December 28, 2010

The funny thing is most Americans can't even name the time zone they live in much less understand why they are changing their clocks twice a year, and they have to ask the flight attendant what time it is wherever they've just landed.

Everything Old is New Again

November 5, 2010

My friend pointed to his weird five-toed footwear and said since wearing them his body had found new vigor and was pain-free.

Illusion of Confidence

October 31, 2010

The scary part is when we ourselves are confidently wrong we're completely oblivious to it.

Stings, Stabs, and Bites

September 16, 2010

Nothing focuses the mind during a search warrant like discovering a diamondback rattlesnake in a dresser drawer.

The Bureaucratic Touch

August 10, 2010

We put high sensation-seeking folks like you in a highly structured bureaucracy and are shocked when it stresses the heck out of you.

The Dawn

July 29, 2010

Kids, lawnmowers, dogs, court, phone calls, worry, sunlight, spouses, chores, side jobs, storms. Everything seems to conspire to deny us our rest.

Not Getting 'Burned'

June 7, 2010

You can always tell the veterans because they don't wear hats or fake mustaches anymore.

A Weighty Issue

May 20, 2010

Crime fighters have a unique problem. Our meals are part of our socialization, our warrior bread-breaking ritual.

Deadly Routine

April 22, 2010

Routine doesn't just make us comfortable, it actually "detrains" us, robs us of our edge, and can even steal our lives.

Cognitive Dissonance

March 11, 2010

I focused on several likely hiding places: a container of Comet cleanser, filled with just cleanser; a PVC piece of pipe—only a bomb; a box of "SOS" pads....wait a minute!

Not Your Average Drunk

January 5, 2010

Something wasn't right. The apparent drunk hadn't felt right, smelled right, or acted right.

The Stupid Factor

December 10, 2009

I especially love the folks who are not only stupid but self-righteously stupid, which ought to have its own special term like "extremepidity."

A Vision of the Apocalypse

November 30, 2009

I was driving into town to get ready for a late swing shift and found myself admiring the massive towering anvil-headed clouds bearing down.

Bad Habits

October 14, 2009

Every time someone tries to kick our butts and we have him fully subdued and cuffed and searched we should look deeply into his eyes and say, "Thanks, I needed that!"

The Cuisine of the Road

September 17, 2009

Somewhere in crime fighters' brains is a junction of sensation and risk that makes us truly appreciate a good repast.

Backing Into Space

August 7, 2009

Dave Smith recounts his LAPD SWAT training, when he was "in the midst of a training scenario requiring a Spiderman-like trip from the top of a very tall building to a window on the sixth floor ... With only the hookers and cabbies of downtown Los Angeles to bear witness, I stepped backward into space 14 stories above the street."

Cutting Through the Noise

July 21, 2009

I find the world is filled with more and more "noise" that makes it difficult to find the actual "signal" that is the information we truly need.

My Life as an Expert

June 1, 2009

To the experts, this naked fellow was shot excessively at close range even after he had raised his legs in surrender…that's right, his legs.

The Marathon

May 1, 2009

An elderly woman passed us rather crisply and we were aghast to read the back of her shirt: "I'm 65 and a grandmother, but I'm ahead of YOU!"

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