Burner, Glad to see you are back to feeling like you again. Sure you aren't 100% yet, but that's just a yet.... You and Steve are lucky, that no matter which one of you is down at the moment, the other is there to help support each other through it. Many positive thoughts go out to you both!
Last Edit: Apr 22, 2014 19:18:07 GMT -5 by hcsodale
Well, it was definitely a surprise to me too! And, it is only an honorary degree. However, I feel like Judy skipping down the yellow brick road wearing those mahvelous sparkly red slippers. I was going to say something about the pope and those red Prada slippers he wears but I decided, given the nature of the honorarium, I would behave myself. Gawd that ain't easy!
ANYway, it is now Bear, DD (Doctor of Divinity.) ... (and a collective GASP is heard clear down the hall from the BluePride break room!)
Yes, 'tis true! It goes along with being an ordained minister and my other degrees. For one thing, what it means is I can now legally officiate at weddings and such... and I choose to limit it to our LGBT community pairings. That's the permanent kind, folks... like our dear Frank and Steve, and Carroll and Stephen! "Weekend Passes" are only for the straights not wearing underwear in Las Vegas, ala Britney Spears.
So, once everyone settles down after hearing the news, Tommy is going to lead us in a nice song selection from the Law Enforcement Handbook. That will be followed by shoe-shaped red iced cookies served in the BluePride break room at the end of the service.
The Reverend Bear, DD. ____________________________.
The CARE is in the CARING. M.H. - Thanatology / Traumatology - MPH, MS, MS, LSPT, CT, FT, CPE
Guys, honestly I cannot thank you enough for all your kind words and good thoughts. And Tommy, thanks so much for keeping the others up to date on what's going on in this household (2015 cannot come fast enough!).
As Tommy noted, I 've been home since March 1 but, other than just checking email, I haven't done a damned thing on the computer for over a month and a half. Tonight is the first time I've signed into BluePride since returning to the "real" world and I must say, I was overwhelmed reading all postings. You guys are absolutely the greatest. And Bear, thanks so much for the links. I started to read them as I was going through the posts, here, but then decided that, in itself, might take a long time, so I just sent the links in an email to myself and will get back to them later.
Let's hit the good news first. Yes, I know there's a lot of crap going on inside my body, but outwardly I feel great. If anything, maybe a little slower in my gait, but I'm walking all over the place...to and from doctor appointments, the grocery store etc. Today was the longest...about 20 City blocks which equates to about one mile. A little tired, yes, but not washed out by any means. Hey, a good part of that could be age! And this may sound counterintuitive but after the oncologist drew the bone marrow a few weeks ago he was pleased to report that only half of the cells were leukemic. I guess compared to where I'd been at the start that IS an improvement.
The oral chemotherapy (one pill, twice daily) hasn't produced a single side effect and I can only hope it's doing what it is supposed to do. In the meantime I still see the oncologist once a week. Blood tests are done each time and there's a whole bunch of numbers that keep going up and down, but nothing the doc seems to be worried about. When he sees the white blood cell count decline he gives me a few more shots of something called Neupogen to bring them back up. Can't wait for my body to do the work itself but, hey, life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. I just have to deal with it and not be impatient (easier said than done).
I noted in some of Tommy's comments that he remarked on my general upbeat attitude, and Bear's pointing out that this, in itself, is a great asset for someone going through this stuff. Well, I certainly changed a lot back in '97 when I had the heart attack. Before that I used to worry and overthink everything, but that episode turned me around in the sense that, now, I worry about those things I can change, and not about those I cannot change. A day at a time. [Yes, I know I sound like a PSA for Alcoholic's Anonymous, but the philosophy is sound.]
The month of March was really one of slow recovery, as could only be expected after three solid weeks in bed in the hospital. Lacking strength and energy but trying to do as much as I could, a little more each day. Mentally my mind was still fuzzy...not spaced out or anything, but not really able to concentrate on things as a "normal" person would. And that was NOT a good thing as I had income taxes to do and get posted by April 15! And this year was the first in which Steve and I could claim the status of "married filing jointly" so it took a little more effort to figure out exactly what changes I had to consider vis a vis prior years' returns. But it got done...by the 14th! I was early. Of course, as Tommy has related, during this time Steve was the one to take ill and be hospitalized. The care receiver became the care giver. But there are no complaints. He had a much tougher go of it than what I'm going through, but that's what couples do for each other. He's home now but the question of what continues to cause his chronic cough is still unanswered and he has another doctor's appointment this Thursday with a throat specialist. Let's hope they find the cause so they can know what they're treating rather than do a trial-and-error range of Rx to see what will work to resolve the issue.
I'm reminded of Maurice Chevalier, whose words I can but paraphrase: "Getting old is a bitch...but it sure beats the alternative!"
Anyway, enough of the soap opera for now. I just wanted to thank all of you and to bring you up to date. Hugs and kisses to all.
Residents question why Latta mayor fired the town's first female police chief
LATTA, SC -
The Mayor of the Town Of Latta fired the town's Police Chief on Tuesday.
Latta town councilman Jarett Taylor told us the mayor fired Crystal Moore because she received 7 reprimands.
News13 was there as Moore, the first female chief of Latta, packed her belongings and left her office late Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the news of Moore's firing spread throughout Latta. And some of her supporters rallied in front of Latta Town Hall.
Some said they simply don't understand why Chief Moore was fired.
One Council Member told News13 that the seven reprimands Moore received on Tuesday from the mayor were the first reprimands Moore ever received on the job --- and that's after working for the police department in Latta for more than 20 years.
Dozens of supports rallied outside of Latta Town Hall Wednesday in support of fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore.
"This woman has been a veteran of the department and a pillar of this community for years," said Kevin Drawhorn, a Latta resident and supporter of Moore.
Some council members say the mayor didn't follow protocol when he fired Chief Moore.The group plans to discuss the issue in a Latta town council meeting Thursday at 5:30 pm.
"We have codes, but this Mayor refuses to obey anything in that book he don't want to," said Lutherine Williams, a Latta Council member.
Specifically, she says, Mayor Earl Bullard should have first given Chief Moore a verbal warning, then a written one. Then, discuss the matter with council before giving her the boot.
Council members say that Mayor Bullard didn't do any of that.
"If an employee does something, you don't wait three or four days or two or three weeks to do something about it," Williams said.
Instead, Williams says the mayor gave Chief Moore all seven written reprimands in one day. They were her first reprimands during her 20-plus years on the job.
"I looked at the reasons, some of them are questionable," said Brian Mason, another Latta Council member.
Some residents believe the mayor firing Crystal Moore was payback. Moore investigated Mayor Bullard's most recent hire, Parks And Rec Director Vontray Sellers.
NEWS 13 first broke the story of sellers driving a Latta town vehicle while his license was suspended back in February...Chief Moore found the mayor neglected to conduct a background check on Sellers.
"Since he's been in here, it's been haywire!," said Tammy Taylor, a Latta resident.
Some Latta residents and elected officials say Mayor Bullard had a vendetta against Moore well before he hired sellers -- because Chief Moore is openly gay.
"Before he was sworn in office, he said Anne and Crystal would not have a job," Williams said.
The recording of a phone conversation obtained by news 13 appears to back that up.
Councilman Jared Taylor recorded Mayor Bullard saying he "doesn't agree with some lifestyles."
Part of the conversation says: "I would much rather have someone who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I have somebody who's lifestyle is questionable around children. Because that ain't the damn way it supposed to be," the mayor is heard on a recording.
Here is the full text of the telephone recording with the Mayor speaking:
"I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody's face... somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.
Because that ain't the damn way it's supposed to be. You know.. you got people out there -- I'm telling you buddy -- I don't agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don't say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around. "
I'm not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I'm not going to see them do it with 2 men neither."
I'm not going to do it. Because that ain't the way the world works. "
Now, all these people showering down and saying 'Oh it's a different lifestyle they can have it.' Ok, fine and dandy, but I don't have to look at it and I don't want my child around it."
What an idiotic thing for this backward, bumbling fool to do. TheChief has never been reprimanded in all of her years on her department. Until now. And clearly, for no good reason. At least the people of the town are standing up for her. Let's see where this goes.
Not sure if this would come under TSA Security humor or non-cop giggles...
HAHAHAHAHA.... This story - or the follow-up comment - is priceless!...
It looked like a hungry passenger's lunch, but enchiladas carried through security at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif. contained more than just rice, beans and a delicious sauce, according to the TSA. Stashed inside it was an 8.5-inch knife.
The article goes on: San Francisco Weekly identified the sauce as mole', but the passenger herself has not been named... ___________.
Reader Follow-up comment: "SF Weekly identified the sauce as mole, but the passenger herself has not been named." may be one of the greatest sentences in journalism history. This will be the first time a Pulitzer was awarded for a single line.
Bear's thoughts: Had I written something like that in one of my masters research analysis papers, the professors would have laughed me out of the program!
Okay... chocolate mole' cookies being served in the BluePride Break Room!
I went to the funeral today. It was in a neighborhood where I worked in the mid-90's. As expected, it was very somber and humbling. And there were thousands upon thousands of Police Officers from all over New York City, State and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The photo above doesn't do justice to the numbers of attendees. Not that it matters in any way, but I'm actually in this photo. You'd never find me but I did. One thing that always happens at Line Of Duty Funerals is that you run in to old colleagues from all over. It was nice to see old friends and speak with them as if we'd last spoken 5 minutes ago. That's how it is. There were certainly a lot of lip-quivering moments and once again I had the feeling of "you never really retire". You don't. RIP, Police Officer Guerra.
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2014 16:31:22 GMT -5 by bluepride