25 years, 3 weeks, 12 hours. 9-1-1 and done.

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August 2, 2019. After 25 years, 3 weeks, and 12 hours, I’m officially retired. Here’s a look back at some of what I saw.

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That’s a wrap!

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25 years, 3 weeks, 12 hours.

That’s how long I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday was my last day.  Here’s my signoff on the radio.

Here’s the text:

Calling all cars, calling all cars, and units and stations
copy BOL

(break)

Visalia one continuing,

After 25 years, 3 weeks, and 12 hours, “Radio, Jim” is officially 10-42 at 1800 hours.
It’s been my pleasure and honor to be one of the voices on the other end of this radio and the phone for that time.

Being able to support you, and serve the citizens of Tulare County as part of the team here in dispatch, has been at times nerve wracking, infuriating, suspenseful, frequently amusing, but always rewarding. I can’t imagine having done anything else as a career. (well, astronaut, maybe, but NASA never seemed interested)

My time here has seen three sheriffs, six dispatch supervisors, and various shift supervisors. Sometimes I wonder how many deputies and officer’s voices have come across my headset? There’s been a bunch, and sometimes it seemed like they were all trying to talk at once!

Being a dispatcher means being part of a team, and I want to compliment all of the dispatchers I’ve worked with over the years. The comeraderie and support for each other is what makes this place operate so well. I feel fortunate to have been a part of that.

So now I hang up my headset for the last time, and head off into retirement. Thank you for putting up with me, and for allowing me to be part of this family and team. Stay safe, be nice to the dispatchers, and know that from time to time I’ll be listening.

Visalia 1, Dispatcher Reeves, clear at (time)

Now, time to relax, reflect, take some bike rides and country drives, and cogitate on what comes next.

I’m not asking this time…

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Hair Furor is spending millions to hold a July 4th celebration that is a military junta’s wet dream. Tanks, jets, and who knows what else, in addition to the traditional fireworks, are planned.

A fly in the ointment, though.

Weather for Washington, D.C. is forecast to be rather nasty.

I know I played a rather significant part in delaying heavy rains that threatened to spoil PrideVisalia 2019, but I’ve decided I’m not going to intervene in this instance.

One, I don’t want to risk my standing with the weather gods by returning to that request too often. The gods, while sometimes generous in unexpected ways, can become quickly annoyed by the presumptuousness of humans that assume too much. I may need to hold my good standing in reserve for the next PrideVisalia, or November’s Over The Edge. We can’t have nasty weather for those events!

Two, I think it highly appropriate for Trump to have the gods rain on his parade.

So, no… I’m not going to ask.

You’re welcome.

Stonewall

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Here is some information about the Stonewall Inn, and the riots that broke out there 50 years ago today.

Stonewall is the best remembered response to police raids and violence against the LGBT community, but it was not the first. Many other places saw patrons of LGBT-friendly establishments, both bars and other venues (even a donut shop in L.A.!), fight back against police harassment. We remember Stonewall because it inspired Pride Parades and festivals that have become traditional around the world in June.

 

Image: The Center on Colfax, Denver

Yeah, I think he *is* loaded

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trump_doofusYeah, I think he’s loaded, all right.

First he said we were “cocked and loaded” (that’s not how that phrase goes, Donnie, unless you’re referring to the XXX gay video by that name) about Iran, now he’s pulled back from ICE’s plans to conduct sweeps starting Sunday.

This is not how you’re supposed to run the government of the world’s only superpower. Hair Furor must have found a way to make money off the current immigration status, so he’s put a stop to the planned raids.

Or he’s just insane. Either way, we’re screwed.

Hair Trigger Backs Down – Why?

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The bombs were ready to fly. Hair Trigger (Trump) had already given the orders to attack. Iran had taken the bait by shooting down a United States drone, and Trump was ready to start his war. Suddenly he pulled back. Why?

Probably because Vlad said:

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Putin talks (no more Russian Mob money), Donnie obeys. The war hawks in the United States are going to have to work that much harder to make Hair Furor ignore Vlad’s plans for Iran. I’m sure they’re already plotting how to get around Putin.

Keep your wits about you, it’s only going to get worse.

Hey, NANCY PELOSI! ITMFA! What are you waiting for?

The GOP’s Bestest, Brightest, most stable genius

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See the celestial object on the left? That’s Mars. See the one on the right? That’s the Moon. They are not part of each other. The President of the United States in 2019 does not know this.

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The Republican Party in the 21st century has given us George Bush and Donald Trump. While I always thought Bush was not the brightest bulb in his family’s chandelier, I always assumed he had a basic knowledge of how things were. With Trump, one wonders if he ever learned anything over his lifetime other than how to get rich cheating contractors, the government, and banks.

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Donald J. Trump. The best the GOP has to offer. Putin approved, protected by McConnell.

Hey, Donnie? Going to Mars *IS* rocket science, so lets leave it up to the rocket scientists to figure out the best way to get there. It’s clear they’ve decided the Moon is an important waypoint in that journey, so we go there first.

Oh, and in case you missed it, the Moon is 238,000 miles away, and Mars is 34 million (at it’s closest approach). The Moon is not part of Mars. And it’s not made of green cheese. Just thought you’d like to know.

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