That’s right, my friends, The Crossover Show Podcast is making its triumphant return on May 1st!
My intrepid co-host and best buddy, Happy Medic, and I are returning to the airwaves. After taking damn near a year off, we have completely re-tooled the format.
We’ve returned to our original media of straight-up audio. Although we both immensely enjoyed the Google Hangout experience, we decided that an actual format and some, what’s it called…forethought?, may be a nice addition.
Consequently, we spent some actual time having a pint coming up with a coherent show that will deliver you some excellent content.
At the end of the training week this past week, one of the instructors made a statement reminiscent of an axiom I’ve long held to be one of the most important foundational beliefs in my life:
Work smarter…not harder.
Now, he didn’t say those exact words, but the meaning was the same. He was talking about attitudes and personalities during citizen contacts, be they calls for service or traffic stops. He implored the class to be more human, to be less robotic. Try hard not to be a “cop”.
When I put “cop” in those quotation marks, it likely elicits some kind of response in you. You can conceptualize what a “cop” represents. It may be positive. It may be negative. But, I think we can all agree that if we are to formulate a stereotype of a police officer, certain characteristics come to mind.
As I said in the last post, I’m in DRE training for a two-week period. Once the training is complete and the certification days come and go, I’ll be officially recognized as a DRE.
What that means is, basically, more work for me. It’s cool, though…another feather in the cap and another line on the CV is a good thing. Plus, taking drunks and dopers off the street and out from behind the wheel makes it more likely I won’t get called out to another fatal crash.
At least that’s my thinking.
I posted the video below on the FB page yesterday, but it’s pretty funny, so I thought I’d throw it here as well.
I just finished up editing the second episode of the upcoming reboot of #TheCrossoverShow podcast and we actually bring up DRE. I’m pretty sure when DRE is the subject of a whole episode, HM and I will get into it about how he thinks cops taking blood pressure is stupid and how I disagree and it’s important information given the totality of the circumstances of a case.
It’ll be epic. Plus, you know we’ll have a beer or two on board, so the irony isn’t lost on either of us.
This week (and next) finds me in DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) training. The training runs from 8 to 5, but, depending on traffic, the commute can be anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes each way.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I’m totally going to mine the archives for some posts you have likely never read.
Since my mind is full of whether or not CNS Depressants cause Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (they do) and whether or not Narcotic Analgesics dilate or constrict the pupils (they constrict), you get the benefit of reading a blast from the past.
Today’s blast, from May of 2011, was one of my more entertaining stops…if you consider rage and borderline insanity entertaining.
I understand the irony of that statement given the fact that you’re reading this on some form of the aforementioned technology. You may be reading this on your tablet, smart phone, or inter-cranial hologram projector (I’m trying to stay relevant for future generations).
“So, why the trepidation, MC?”
Glad you asked.
My buddy Thaddeus Setla (@setla) is a gifted film-maker, videographer, editor, and director. He recently hit me up to tell me about his upcoming short film project, the TXT Generation. The film is about cyber-bullying, sexting, and family dynamics. It surrounds a father forced into his worst nightmare after his 11-year-old daughter is subjected to the unthinkable and he must confront the boy who has just changed her innocence.
For those of you unaware, all three MClets are Y-chromosome deficient. (That means they’re girls for you beat cops.) After talking to Ted about this project, I hit up the project FB page and their Seed&Spark page (wherein you can help support the project). This is the video I saw:
On April 2nd, 2015, I attended my 24th police officer funeral.
Officer Michael Johnson of the San Jose Police Department made the ultimate sacrifice on March 24th, 2015.
During the service, Johnson’s friend and Academy mate, Dave Solis, said words that will stick with me for quite some time:
Choose to live differently. Don’t wait for your funeral to be a hero. You can honor Mike that way.
Often when it comes to police funerals, the departed are (rightfully so) heralded as heroes. While that is a wonderful and appropriate sentiment, and in conjunction with what Dave Solis said, it got me wondering…do we have to die to be heroes in the public eye? In the eyes of our brothers? In our own eyes?
There is a famous Jim Rohn quote that I’ve taken to heart over the last 18 months or so:
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
When I first heard the quote, it resonated with me. By the time I’d heard it for the twentieth, I figured perhaps God has knocking on my head with some tenacity.
That was when I culled my Facebook friends.
I didn’t care if we’d known one another since elementary school, if we work(ed) together, or if we were family. If all you posted was negative updates or, God help you, anti-police rhetoric, I cut the cord with a sense of urgency and pride.