Bring an Aussie to Work Day

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.

Nick trying to fit in with the Po-lice.

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.

A few weeks ago, the Happy Medic and I were lucky enough to play host to a gen­tle­man from the other side of the freak­ing planet.  If you’ve ever watched The Crossover Show, you may be famil­iar with the antics of one Nick Williams.

He of the ran­dom head­wear in an oddly hon­or­ing homage to yours truly.

Months ago, Nick threat­ened to make his way to our cor­ner of the world and he made good.

Nick trying to fit in with the Po-lice.

Nick try­ing to fit in with the Po-lice.

Nick arrived as a pos­si­bly men­tal reader/viewer and left as a def­i­nitely men­tal friend.  He had the oppor­tu­nity to ride with SFFD and spent a day with me on patrol.  (I opted for a car since Nick was too much of a wuss to ride bitch.)

Speak­ing of our ride-along, Nick also got to wit­ness the Amer­i­can judi­cial sys­tem in action, aka Traf­fic Court.

As a way of set­ting up the forth­com­ing shenani­gans, I should men­tion that I like the judge we have. He has a good sense of humor and knows when it’s time to get down to busi­ness.  He is also fond of kids and always treats them well when they are in court…be they defendant’s kids or cop’s kids.

One of the ways he shows his appre­ci­a­tion is he keeps a small bowl of candy (usu­ally in the form of lol­lipops) on his desk.

On the day in ques­tion, he walked in and saw an off-duty offi­cer sit­ting with his son.  The judge tossed the cop a sucker and it made its way to the kid.

Cue the whin­ing from all us cops that didn’t get suckers.

The judge said, “What, you guys want some candy?”

To which I replied, “I brought an Australian!”

The judge said some­thing in reply, but to be hon­est, I was too amused with myself to hear what he said.

Even­tu­ally, my turn came to testify.

Then, this happened:

Judge: MC, would your friend like some candy?

MC: I am sure that he would, your honor!

The judge took his bowl and put it on the ledge of the bench.  No one moved.  No one made a sound.

Until I looked at Nick and, like a scold­ing father, said, “Well, go on, then!”

Nick turned an imme­di­ate deep crim­son shade, which when com­bined with the green jump­suit of his ambu­lance com­pany from back home only added to my bliss, and shuf­fled up Peanuts-style to the bench.  He grabbed him­self a lolly and made his way back to his seat.

It. Was. Precious.

The best part?

Pho­to­graphic Evidence:



And just so you don’t think all I did was tor­ture our new mate:



He was a great sport and I must have told the story back at the PD a dozen times.  I’ve been smil­ing ear-to-ear as I write this.

On a seri­ous note, it took an expe­ri­ence like hav­ing a new friend come across the world to spend time together to remind me of the power of social media and what this blog has meant to me over the last six years.  Nick fell into a groove with Justin and I like we’d been mates for years.

I can’t tell you what that means to me.

I know an Aus­tralian that has a place to crash when­ever he finds him­self in the my neck of the woods.

Cheers, mate!

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