Hanging out at black box warning today…

So Le Clown, who needs no introduction to my blogger friends, invited me to share some thoughts over on Black Box Warning. It’s a long post, but I think my writing is easy to get through and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it.

It’s not a humor post, so if you’re in the mood to laugh, pass on this one.

A law man’s thoughts…

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25 Responses to Hanging out at black box warning today…

  1. aliciabenton says:

    Incredibly written, Don.

  2. Le Clown says:

    Don,
    It’s a fantastic post, and albeit being on the longer side, it reads easily, which says a great deal about the quality of your writing.
    Le Clown

  3. I had to take a nap in the middle, but after I woke up and finished it I was all proud of you and stuff.

    • Lol. It did get away from me there a little bit and I had to cut myself off from saying more. I’m glad you made it through the whole thing though. Now you can teach your boys about perseverance and not feel like a hypocrite and stuff.

  4. Just finished your post on BBW. Yay for you! I had no idea you were an officer. From this post, https://donofalltrades.com/2013/06/11/the-fried-chicken-palace-adventures/, I didn’t get the “moonlighting as a gloried security officer” part and thought that is what you did as a career.

    I actually used to work for the Los Angeles Police Dept. No no, I wasn’t an officer. I am to emotional to be an officer. Just reading the story about the family in the van with the deaf parents and kids who signed for them tore me up. There is no way I could see that in person and not bring it home and cry and cry and cry.

    I was a Records Clerk. I started at the City of Los Angeles in the Sanitation Dept. In 2001 and stayed there for 6 months before I transferred to the Wilshire Station of the LAPD on the PM Watch. I got to work at 2pm and left at 11pm. I really enjoyed it but some of the things I saw were pretty intense. Well, intense for me. I know to others, it seemed like nothing.

    The holding cells and the long metal holding bench was just outside my office door. I sat at a desk with four computers in a larger room where the files were kept. I processed the police reports, having to read them thoroughly (never liked doing that) and input the reports into the computer.
    I would have to pass by the holding cells a lot to get to the other room where the new reports were. Once, there was a guy on the holding bench who suddenly slumped over and was bleeding A LOT. I got a bit quesy from that. I remember Snoop Doggy Dog was brought into our Station for drug possession. That was fun times. I was also called many names from the people in those cells all the time. It used to really get the officers agitated when the people in the cells would yell at the civilian workers. But they all were so protective over me. I got to know them all and a few I didn’t like, mostly because they were cheating on their wives and didn’t mind the whole world knowing. But most, were really lovely men and woman. One female officer was this little tiny, skinny girl who looked no older than 20. I remember one day she came in out of uniform and I saw how tiny and skinny she really was. The uniform bulked her up a bit.

    I eventually transfered from Wilshire Station to Parker Center 911/Communications which was in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. I was a timekeeping clerk in the 911 building.

    Anyway, I’m rambling and this is turning out to be a huge comment but I will say I miss working for the P.D. I always wanted to get back into another P.D. to be a Clerk but it never happened.

    Thanks for a great post in BBW. I have come to enjoy that place and have learned so much from it.

  5. Loved it! It’s hard to remember that we’re all humans, we were all babies, and we all have lived and loved at some point in our lives. This was a nice little reminder, thank you!

  6. hastywords says:

    I am so glad you posted on Black Box….I look forward to reading this blog like a good book. I love your writing style!!!

  7. Amber Perea says:

    How do I not know of Le Clown?

  8. Valerie says:

    Very well written and insightful. I’ll need another drink after reading… And there’s nothing wrong with a Bud Light Lime every once in a while. It truly is a refreshing beverage.

    Hugs!

    Valerie

  9. barbtaub says:

    Beautiful, moving post. (Except for the Bud Light Lime. Really, Don?)

  10. Cordelia says:

    Powerful post, my friend, and masterfully written. You rock. 🙂

  11. So, on the other post (Dandy Randy …), I said that I would be your newest fan. And then I read this one. So now I have to change that from newest to biggest fan. Sheesh. This was good stuff. Truly.

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