I watched the first couple episodes. Tommy, FYI, Maggie Gyllenhaal is the prostitute that works without a Pimp. She definitely comes off as the smartest of the girls out there, to the point she is considering making porn movies herself and not just getting a one time fee to act in one. I think though, she is soon to get the snot smacked out of her by the one or more of the Pimps that are taking offense to her working solo, competing against their girls. They have shown a pimp confronting her twice about this so far that I have seen. The last episode I saw, she was bringing home movie projector or camera stuff. I like James Franco, but I have issue with how easily willing he was to absorb his brother's indebtedness to the Mafia without so much as being pissed off at his brother. The show is really playing up the rough and seedy side of NYC in the early 70's, where NYC got its negative reputation.
Thanks for the well wishes and prayers. Myself and Jumper87 in Tampa and St. Pete respectively, are well, with no structural losses to our homes or vehicles. My yard took an ass whooping, and I didn't have electricity for 45 hours, but that's piddly for how lucky we were compared to so many others that really got spanked.
Congratulations on another year! Yes, the postings have slowed considerably, but if you were to be able to get a tally on the number of times the forum/site is accessed each day over the course of the last year, I think we would be shocked at how many people do still check it out. Though the forum is mostly viewed by visitors who don't log in, they are people who are still interested in what the site has discussed that could be relevant to each of their lives. I think that it is a positive thing that for the most part, LGBTQ issues are mostly a non-issue in many Law Enforcement agencies. I'm not foolish enough to think issues aren't there, but I do feel that they are not as egregious as they were 12 years ago when this site was started and especially years before that. Thankfully the general public perspective on LGBTQ persons has evolved, though again, I'm not foolish enough to think all is well. This forum though, has been an outlet for venting, for searching for guidance, for finding camaraderie to LGBTQ persons in traditionally conservative careers in Law Enforcement/ Emergency Response. I feel the forum still holds value for these reasons and I will continue to enjoy the opportunities it provides to meet with and discuss topics with other similarly interested members. Thank you Tommy.
Welcome to the site! Though it has just this year disbanded, Florida LEGAL had several members that live and work in the south Florida (including Broward down to Monroe Co) area and several on the the south west side of Florida. I am west central Florida. I know there are some a little north of me and in central (Orlando) Florida. Many of them are also BluePride members, though they seldom if ever post to this sight. Maybe during their lurking around they will see your messages and hit you up. I hope so. This has been a much more active site in the past but has slowed down greatly. I have met some wonderful people through BluePride and have had occasion to meet and socialize with them in several other states besides Florida! There are plenty of interesting topics to read about as well as some goofy stuff in the various threads. I'm sure you'll be hearing from at least a couple others who will also extend their welcomes to you as well!
Welcome Chris! I am also recently retired from Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa after 32 years. Our agency turned over most all Arson Investigations to the County and or State Fire Marshals when they occurred. I had a few cases where I got to work very closely with them and really appreciated learning the new things about arson investigation. I worked several areas in the S.O. during my career, but was very proud of the 10 years I spent in Homicide (as Master Detective, then Corporal, then Sergeant) and I am very proud of the S.O., one of the largest in the country and very well respected. Like Admin mentioned, it has slowed down a lot on the site, but it's good to see some new interest. Welcome! Dale
AGAIN?? Don't worry Tommy, I'm not going to let today sneak by that easily......This may be late in the day, but it's not too late to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMMY! Still out there charming the pants off 'em I bet! Wishing you another Happy and Healthy year ahead my friend.
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Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Tea Party, Green Party or even pink with purple polka dots party, whether you believe in and support our President Elect or not, how can he openly say he has no faith in our country's intelligence agencies, doubts their findings and then claims to have better information because he knows more than them?? He is effectively telling the world that our country is clueless as to intelligence investigations. That sounds to me like a challenge to all the other countries to see if they can ALSO pull one over on us. Is it just me or am I reading too much into this?
Neat shot (if it were less grainy...) I got to take some great shots of snowy trees like that in Switzerland several years back. It looks like the area will be a great area to really work on camera techniques and skills. Get enough excellent shots under your belt and you can start marketing either some of your completed work or your services as a photographer. Both could be a nice challenge if you develop this hobby.
Four, or is it now Five...Officers shot in less than 48 hours. Oh that's right....it's our job to be the targets of aggression and hatred because we hold others to the laws of the country (heavy sarcasm intended here).
I loved my job, but I was ready to go. I was just starting to feel that it was my time and I wanted to leave while I still had a positive attitude and before I turned into a disgruntled dinosaur like I have seen so many before me evolve into. I am still in touch with several of the people I worked with and will meet with them for lunch every few weeks. It's not all shop talk and they seem to really be interested in life outside of being a cop. One thing I have started spending a lot of time doing besides planning for and then traveling, is bicycling. I am a wuss for being afraid of motorcycles, but with the bicycle I am usually on dedicated bike/walking trails or in dedicated bike travel lanes when I do go onto roadways, though I don't often have need to. My area, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL, have miles and miles of bicycle trails. I typically am riding the bike a couple hours a day 4 or 5 days a week. I have photos of a buck just grazing along one of the trails in Starkey Park where I was riding and a photo of a dolphin surfacing about 30 feet offshore along the Courtney Campbell Trail. I guess an added benefit is that I have dropped over 10 pounds and I'm not dieting, I could stand losing a few more though.... I have also started cooking more, experimenting with new recipes, attempting things I would have never tried to make before. A few are busts, but more often than not I am pretty proud of what I made. Sometimes cooking what looks like a complicated dish really is easier than it looks. My other half hasn't been complaining about my efforts (though he sometimes scratches his head wondering where I got some of the recipes I did, damn Food Network, Ina Garten and Tyler Florence, love 'em.) Besides that, I am sloooowly getting around to some of the things I need to do around the house. I completely emptied out one bedroom just before this last trip and am putting a lot of time and attention into it that it has needed for many years before I ever owned the place! I work on it as much as I can at a time in between the rest of daily life activities. Before retiring I would take off vacation time or holiday time so I could tackle some of these projects. Now I do them at my pace. Though with a 70 year old house, there are always projects to be done. I do sleep in. When working, I got up at 0430 for 0600 roll call. Now I get up anywhere between 0630 and 0730, and I don't feel the least bit of guilt. It did feel strange the first few months, but coming up on my 6 month retired anniversary next week, I have come to the conclusion that I did the right thing.
Congrats on finally making the move and getting healed! I agree with your thoughts about replacing the bike, but I'm a wuss when it comes to them. I like my 4 walls of steel around me. Take the top off the jeep or get a convertible, you can still have the wind in your hair if that's what makes you feel good! I looked up Trail on Google Maps. Beautiful photos of the area. Looks like you can learn the whole city map in a day or two... Hopefully you will find a big strapping lumber jack or RCMP (if that's your type) boyfriend while your there. I think that would be a great incentive to settle down there! I probably won't be making anymore trips for the next two months, until after New Years, but I'm hoping 2017 will bring a bunch more!
Okay, lets drag out and dust off a thread not used any too recently.....
I just got back from Amsterdam, Netherlands and Barcelona, Spain, 6 days in each. Y'all will be the lucky ones for me to share some of my pics with when I remember how to do all that again. Tell you what, coming up on 6 months retired and this was my third trip already, that working stuff is for the birds!
Amsterdam I'm sure would have been much more enjoyable in warmer months and I know it's legal there and more and more so here, but I don't really enjoy walking down the sidewalk and the people in front of me having their pot smoke drifting back at me. I think it is just the residual cop thing, cause normal cigarette, cigar, pipe smoke, while it may not be pleasant, it doesn't bother me being nearby to it like pot smoke does. I was surprised how much of it was around. All in all, the city was great and I had a good time. Did side trips to Den Haag (The Hage) and Utrecht. History and museum overload!
Barcelona is going to start competing with my very favorite city Paris, if I'm not careful. I had a tremendous time there and will return. Lots to see and do, pleasant people and good transportation for a tourist. Checked out Sitges further down the coast on the Mediterranean and then Girona further north and in the mountains. This was my first time to either Amsterdam or Barcelona, though my partner had been to them BM (before me) a really long time ago. Highly recommended.
Has anybody else out there been doing some recent travel that they are willing to share info on?