You know what never ceases to amaze me?  No, it wasn’t the traf­fic stop with the 18-year-old hooker with the love child…although that’s an amus­ing tale.

No, what never ceases to amaze me is when I’m try­ing to con­duct a traf­fic stop and sud­denly the dri­ver of the vehi­cle I’m attempt­ing to stop becomes a com­plete stick­ler for the rules of the road.

Case in point:

I recently stopped some­one for speed­ing.  I pulled out and hit the emer­gency lights. The vehi­cle just kept on a-goin’.

What the hell?!? Con­tinue Reading…

Motor­cops have many skills.

For exam­ple, we see things most peo­ple don’t see.  We can spot a hang­ing seat­belt at 100′.  We can visu­ally esti­mate speed to within 2 MPH at about 1000′.  We can see you do things you your­self had no idea you were even doing.

Motor­cops are magical.

Here’s proof: Con­tinue Reading…

Today, the Wife and kids were out and about doing their usual Wife/kids stuff.  I was at the PD fuck­ing around on Face­book com­pil­ing impor­tant sta­tis­ti­cal data, à la Happy Medic, when I came across the Wife’s sta­tus update.  Why it was on Microsoft Access, I have no idea, but that’s not really ger­mane to this post and I don’t appre­ci­ate the com­pletely base­less alle­ga­tion, I’ll have you know.

At any rate, they all saw a pur­ple heart license plate and a Wounded War­rior Alumni bumper sticker.  The Wife told the McLets “an Amer­i­can Hero is dri­ving that car”.  She went not to explain what a pur­ple heart sig­ni­fied a bit about the Wounded War­rior Project.

This was the rest of the sta­tus update:

McLet#2 (four-years-old): ummm, excuse me, Mom, but that doesn’t look like a hero’s car.

The Wife: What do you think a hero’s car looks like? 

McLet#2: I don’t know. It’s miss­ing some­thing.… (she thinks for a sec­ond). Maybe flames?

McLet#1 (7-years-old): McLet #2, it’s not the car that makes the hero. Any­one can be a hero.

I know it’s weird that my eldest calls our mid­dle child “McLet #2″, but it’s a habit we just can’t get her to break.

And I can’t argue that hav­ing flames on your car is pretty badass.  That kid is hep.

Also, McLet #1 and #2 are incred­i­ble.  (So is McLet #3 (2-years-old), by the way, but in this case was mys­te­ri­ously silent.)

Uniform Stories

March 31, 2014 — 3 Comments

Not too long ago, I was con­tacted by a young man claim­ing to be from some web­site and he liked my writing.

Ini­tially, I hov­ered over the delete but­ton because I antic­i­pated the typ­i­cal “You write good.  Our site will be very com­ple­men­tary to yours.  For to write some things many read­ers enjoy, you shall love out site.”

For what­ever rea­son (I prob­a­bly had a cou­ple a beers in me), I read on.

This email was a bit dif­fer­ent.  He ref­er­enced actual posts and The Crossover Show.  Dude even claimed he watched the damn thing.  I don’t even watch it.  I’m like Bobby De Niro (Bobby D, if you’re as close as we are) like that.  We don’t watch our own stuff. Con­tinue Reading…

Yes, I’m going to gloss right over the fact that I haven’t posted con­sis­tently since July of last year and only once in the last six months.

Miss me?

Of course you did.

That being said, I have to tell you one of the fun­ni­est sto­ries I have ever had the priv­i­lege of wit­ness­ing.  It involves an Aussie, a green jump­suit, a judge…and a lollipop.

I promise it isn’t a dirty joke.

Con­tinue Reading…

Youngstrom Anniversary

September 5, 2013 — 7 Comments

A year ago, Ofr. Kenyon Youngstrom was shot and killed.

I was there.

This was how I felt at the time.

Today, I am remem­ber­ing him and the experience.

You can read the orig­i­nal post below…thanks for read­ing. Con­tinue Reading…

As you may or may not be aware, I recently launched my new busi­ness, GPS Finan­cial Coach­ing.  It is steadily grow­ing and I’m over­joyed to report my client list is expand­ing.  What fol­lows is a post from my GPS blog in which I had the oppor­tu­nity to be inter­viewed for a video pod­cast led by Brian Cain, the founder of Mil­len­nial Cop, a site ded­i­cated to lead­er­ship in law enforcement.

Cain approached me for an inter­view about per­sonal finance as it relates pri­mar­ily to the LEO com­mu­nity.  As it hap­pens, I’m not short on knowl­edge in either area.  ‘Twas a good fit.  Other than feel­ing weird being on a video pod­cast sans hel­met, I enjoyed the inter­view and am happy to present it here.

I know a lot of you are hurt­ing finan­cially and could ben­e­fit from some direc­tion.  That is WHY I cre­ated GPS.  Check out the inter­view and the web­site and let me know how I can assist.

Con­tinue Reading…