This has been a pretty rough year, especially the second half of it. But in spite of all the bad that has happened, I hope everyone finds the way to have a Merry Christmas. If you're working, stay safe and go home to your loved ones. If you're not working, treasure the time you spend with your loved ones. In spite of all the bad, find the good and hold on to it.
I’m DONE! Christmas 2012 is on. My white shirt is in the dyer, the shoes are polished, and all I need to do now is shower. Tonight, Traditional Christmas Eve Vigil Mass with the family. I hope everyone shows up this year. The family is shrinking, so it’s important we get together for these annual celebrations. We’ll have the traditional tamales, beans and rice, sweet tea (it’s Texas) afterwards. No Christmas Carols, we were never a Bing Crosby type of family. Turns out, neither were they. Yet, just being together, talking is something that worth more than any Norman Rockwell existence.
Yet, after our "goodnights" are said, and I travel back to my apartment, when the traffic is noticeably lighter, when the noise of the city subsides, when, there is no one around but me and my faith. It is then, the Silent Night comes, that this Christmas envelopes the night. For it is in the silence of this Christmas Eve night that it all comes home. The loves, the joys, the happiness, the loss, the pain, the despair, all of it, ever so present, swirling in its own mystical cyclone.
Flash, Breathe, Exhale,
Out there, beyond my warm and safe abode, are men and women, wearing the badge that stand in quiet alert forging the barrier between evil and us. Unsung heroes, regular men and women they are, no different than I. Keep them safe, Lord, save their way to their front door where hugs and kisses await this Christmas morn.
Christmas will come. For you and me, Christmas always arrives. To each of us, it comes, to share, to experience, to express. I hope your Christmas is a meaningful, warm, and joyous one. Hug much, smile much, be kind, but most of all… BELIEVE! For a Child is born!
I hope everyone else is having fun. As for myself it has been a great latter portion of the year.
My brother is getting married next fall so this holiday season we've been getting to know his fiancés family. They all came over to my house, which I share with my dad, and had dinner. It was GUUUUURRREEAAATTT! Especially since I had to work during the day.
One of the coolest comments after the party had ended and the guests had left came from my dad. He told me and my sister that this was a really great christmas present, being able to have his kids over, their loved ones and being able to remember it in the morning. My dad has been sober for two years now and this was so cool!!
I'm working through the holidays. I've been putting in about 20 hours of overtime each week. I don't mind though, my pulling extra shifts allows those guys I work with who have kids to spend it with them.
I hope every one has a great new year, enjoy the drunks! I'm working then too! Hopefully they'll stay out of the fountain at work unlike the homeless :-[
P.s. If you run into Australians just tell them you're from Canada. Apparently Aussies don't like Canucks. I was working outside a bar the other night when two drunk Aussies come waddling out complaining about Canadians. I'm in Minnesota so being a border state I start having a little fun and tell them I'm from Canada, complete with a fake accent ya know! I had the Aussies going for a few minutes then I told them I'm a true blue American right as they were apologizing to me. They liked the joke, the bouncer gave me the weirdest look tho...
Busting through books and breaking down walls, such is the life of a LEO student.
Very nice posts, Mac & Josh. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Mine was very nice and very busy. Lots of family and lots of running around. I'm glad I had a few "Break Glass In Case Of Emergency" gifts with me! Boy, did they come in handy! Some unexpected relatives showed up on Sunday and we had a houseful. And Christmas itself was great too. There's a very good chance that I gained a few tons pounds in the last week or so.
My laptop wasn't at it's best during the time I was away. Two tin cans and some string would've been better than my hopeless old lapper. But now I have a Kindle Fire so that might help next time. I just have to learn to use the damn thing!
Let's hope the new year doesn't have as many tragedies as we've had in the past year. And let's have more postings and more members here! And of course, a gigantic Congratulations to Carroll and Stephen. I hope they did a slow dance with each other while listening to the music from the video I posted under the miscellaneous videos section. It's so romantic. Gazing into each others eyes while being careful to not fall into the pool!
And the bad news during Christmas was hearing that that nut shot and killed two responding firefighters in upstate New York. And he wounded two others. What is this world coming to? Glad to know that so many people and businesses are actually paying to house firefighters from all over the state and surrounding states for the funeral services. And Jack Klugman and Charles Durning passed away at 90 and 89 respectively. And somehow, someway, Zsa Zsa Gabor still seems to hang on. I just don't understand that.
Last Edit: Dec 27, 2012 19:46:19 GMT -5 by bluepride
So, I was sitting at the computer playing the "When we get married" video. Stephen comes up behind me, takes me out of the chair and we started dancing to it. Bluepride, you must be a mind reader !!! Burner, it truly was a great day. One that I will never forget. By the way, tell your Stephen that friends made up a "Ketubah" for us and it will be on the wall in the dining room.
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2012 13:17:13 GMT -5 by prydeguys
Aww.....how nice! I'm glad you and Stephen did a nice slow (I hope!) dance to that tune. It is just so great and romantic! The music that's out there today cannot compare to the older stuff. And I hope the room went dark and a mirrored ball turned slowly to make it even more romantic. I can just see it in my mind!
Finally, about 95% of my Christmas shopping is done! Now, just things like stocking stuffers to get...... And the hardest part of all....the wrapping. I always considerd myself the worst wrapper in the world. And some members of my family can attest to that! But a friend gave me a few gifts a few weeks ago and it appears that I met my match! His wrapping skills were worse than mine, if that's possible! Ha Ha!! Oh well......Now time for some Christmas fun!
Liberace was a really good pianist, but he sucked on the organ!!
Busy, busy, busy! Wrapping, cleaning, getting ready to spend a lot of time with family before Christmas. Leaving either Saturday or Sunday. Till then it's warp speed busy. Yikes! Next year I'm going to prepare for Christmas starting in August!
I've posted this before but I love it so much I'm posting it again!
Yes, it is I, Blu06 aka Mac from Texas! Contrary to numerous but always dubious reports, I did not fall off my stilettoes and subsequently off the face of the earth. Though, I admit to learning that if one dances the Macarena, one should not wear Spanxs and Five Inch Pumps, especially if one has a bit of a belly and low testosterone, but I do digress and getting way off tangent.
As it happens, life gave me a challenging 2014 to live. I've survived so far but the war is not over, but détente is called for a time being due to the joy of the season.
So, here I sit, Christmas Eve, 2014 or rather Christmas 2015 (it's almost 2am). All is quiet, that Christmas Silent Night I've wrote about in posts of Christmas past. Allis well. I cannot and will not complain about the challenges that presently provide my life with adversity.
Yet, to explain a bit,
Last January, mom took a spill. No broken bones, thank God. Life did change instantly though; walkers, grab bars, ramps, in-home care, BAM! Mom is ninety-one now and every day now is a blessing I personally realize with the humblest of posture. Can it be, am growing up? I do not feel grown. I feel scared most of the time.
Last March, the day I returned from my FMLA leave (due to caring for mom after the fall in January), my supervisor notified me that a "restructure" in the office taken place that did not include me at the position I earned seven years prior(before he was employed with us) and worked to earn for the last twenty-four years. Needless to say, as the Queen of England has said, "WE WERE NOT PLEASED!". My attorney shares my displeasure. So, being the confident individual that I am, aren't all Law Enforcement people are, grin, I entered a grievance at my place of employment. My hearing is set for next month, January 20. So, if you are a praying sort, I can use about every prayer, good vibes, thoughts you guys can send my way. I am truly facing a David -v- Goliath situation. Be Not Afraid, so said Pope John Paul II. I attribute the lessons I've learned from my police training and practical experiences to the intensity of my fortitude. However, I learned and experience every sense and perspective of the word "stress".
In the meantime, I've continued my reserving at the PD, entering my eleventh year as a Police Officer last September (bowing a most gentlemanly bow). I finally took the courses that earned me my Intermediate License. I know with a little focus and determination, I can earn my Advance and Master Peace Officer licenses. We added some young bucks to the PD. Now, I'm the old fart, HA! Now, that's a new experience, a police officer asking me for advice, Ha!
So, here I sit this Christmas Eve. I do not want. I love my family. I remember so much of the Christmases past and now see the worthiness of every Christmas carol, every line at the department store, every smile, every hug, every moment with my family, and every yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. I miss my dad tremendously. Seventeen Christmases now, and still, I remember that night like it was now. Every year that passes only re-enforces the awe in which I hold his accomplishments of a good honest purposeful life. He was the strongest man I've ever known.
I know for some, you're on the job now, and I pray you be safe. It's not the best of times for us who wear the badge, even more so for those who wear it daily, eight, ten, twelve, hours only to put in over-time. What thoughts are wrestling in the minds of our brothers and sisters while trying to be the best professional. Our values, our purpose, our work, our dedication, us... all on the line in an instant.
I always refer to my old adage:
It is to Protect. It is to Serve. To This I Stay True. Always Blue.
Be Safe my brothers and sisters. You are one of the underrated, unspoken, under appreciated reasons why this nation is free.
The American Police Officer, unlike so many police of other nations,
We Run Into the Fray, Not From It!
We run into harms way because we believe in the notion that:
"We hold these truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
And with this truth, we walk the thin blue line so that we defend with our lives if need be, the law of the land:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more Perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the Domestic Tranquility, Provide for the Common Defense, Promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to Ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
It is to Protect. It is to Serve. To This We Stay True. Always Blue.
With the most sincerest Merry Christmas
PS, I apologize for the length, but I was always a long winded diva. I'll do my best in 2015 to stick around more. I sense 2015 will be very interesting but so much better.