2 am, 5/16/2013
Wit, Wisdom, and Whimsy. (your mileage may vary)
May 16, 2013
2 am, 5/16/2013
April 14, 2013
It began in 1981, at the Contra Costa County (CA) Sheriff’s Department, where a time was set aside to recognize the service of their dispatch staff. For three years, only CCSO participated, but in time, as word spread, other agencies around the United States adopted the idea. In 1991, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what became H.J. Res. 284 to create “National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.” Introduced again in 1993 and 1994, the act became permanent, and the second full week of April each year is now a nationally recognized time to honor dispatchers and telecommunicators at public safety agencies across the country.
April 12, 2013
I don’t often order people around on 9-1-1 calls. It’s not my place to tell them what to do, or how to behave. My job is simply to gather information, and dispatch the appropriate equipment and people to deal with their emergency. This morning a 9-1-1 call came in that tossed all my training right out the window. I had to use my “cop voice”, and order someone (and it took several times) to do something. I really don’t recall the last time I’ve done that.
This morning’s call, however, had me in full “get your ass back home right now!” mode.
April 9, 2013
“Daisy”, our newest K9, visits us during a slow moment in dispatch. Until she’s trained, her primary attack form will be licking people into submission.
April 6, 2013
Perception is everything. For me, it turned out to be the difference between a 'potluck dinner', and a (wink wink nudge nudge) "potluck dinner". For over 15 years that I'm aware of, local members of the gay community in my county have held monthly potluck dinners at their homes. People volunteer their homes, coordinators set up a yearly schedule, and the word is spread to everyone they think might be interested.
March 14, 2013
February 13, 2013
Built in 1891, and occupied only by it’s original owners, Porterville’s Zalud House is thought by some to be haunted. The home stands today as it has through it’s entire history, never remodeled, and furnished with the possessions of the Zalud family.
Pearle Zalud lived in the house until her death at the age of 84 in 1970. Pearle and several of her family members have died in the residence, and one piece of furniture sits in an upstairs bedroom, still displaying the bullet hole created when Pearle’s brother-in-law, William Brooks, was shot while sitting in it at a bank in downtown Porterville.
On February 12, 2013, the Tuesday Evening Dining Group (TEDG) went to Porterville for dinner, a walking historical tour of downtown, and a special visit inside the Zalud House. Hosted by Porterville’s Paranormal Movement Investigations team, TEDG went ghost hunting! Did we find any? Well….
February 12, 2013
Upon the announcement of the impending resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at the end of February, QueerLandia immediately contacted our secret Vatican correspondent, Pompous Erroneous (not his real name), and directed him to find out what was REALLY going on. After hours of diligent digging, we can now report why the Pope is leaving, and what his plans are for the rest of his life.