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My Inner Cro-Magnon

My Inner Cro-Magnon

What the heck happened to us? Cro-Magnons were big, athletic, and healthy until they died (mostly young), and had bigger brains than we do.

March 14, 2011

Dumping Garbage

Dumping Garbage

We have to decide not to carry garbage around ourselves and not to accept it from others.

February 10, 2011

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Spring Forward, Fall Back

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.

December 28, 2010

Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

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

November 5, 2010

Illusion of Confidence

Illusion of Confidence

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

October 31, 2010

Stings, Stabs, and Bites

Stings, Stabs, and Bites

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

September 16, 2010

The Bureaucratic Touch

The Bureaucratic Touch

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

August 10, 2010

A Weighty Issue

A Weighty Issue

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

May 20, 2010

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

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!

March 11, 2010

Not Your Average Drunk

Not Your Average Drunk

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

January 5, 2010

The Stupid Factor

The Stupid Factor

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

December 10, 2009

A Vision of the Apocalypse

A Vision of the Apocalypse

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.

November 30, 2009

My Life as an Expert

My Life as an Expert

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.

June 1, 2009

The Marathon

The Marathon

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!"

May 1, 2009

You Bet Your Badge

You Bet Your Badge

One of the strangest things we do in our crime fighting career is play a strange game I like to call, "You Bet Your Badge." Having the thrill of that badge being pinned to your chest instantly enters you in the game where things you do and say can cause that wonderfully important piece of metal to be removed.

March 1, 2009

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