Tuesday, May 29, 2007

This is What I'm Talkin' 'bout..

Want to know why I really became a police officer? Was it for pride, glory, honor, duty, sense of self-worth or accomplishment?...

No, it was so I could stand outside in 100+ degree weather for six hours in my solar oven uniform (black nylon pants, black shirt and ballistic vest, and boots) watching the city water department fix a manhole cover:


I know what your thinking: "Well, he didn't have to volunteer for this kind of off-duty work. It's his own fault he picked this job." To which I would reply, "Never mind what I did, I can complain if I want to."

In reality this wasn't a bad job. Since it was sponsored by the city, I got paid timeandahalf and was able to store it in my 'comp' bank instead of being immediately paid out. This is like added vacation time for me to take at my discretion. Besides, I was able to replace most of the 3 quarts of sweat I lost with the 2 quarts of water I brought.

7 Comments:

At May 30, 2007 12:25 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

At least you remembered to stay hydrated.

 
At May 30, 2007 2:15 PM, Anonymous lc said...

I don't know how you do it. You would think the City would consider another color for the uniform or at least go to a white shirt (perhaps that is just for higher ups who don't stand out in the heat). Do you have many officers who get heat related problems?

 
At May 31, 2007 5:06 AM, Blogger Craig D said...

Now, was the film crew for that "C.O.P.S." show there for the full six hours or did they just show up at the end for the thrilling conclusion?

By all means, stay hydrated, Officer G!

 
At June 04, 2007 5:57 PM, Anonymous Eaglehawk said...

Officer Gary,
While you most likely are not enforcing the laws in my city, I appreciate the work you do. Stay hydrated and stay safe.

 
At June 06, 2007 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn.. im from pheonix and that heat is horrible even from inside an air conditioned car. If i ever see you out there ill bring a burger and some gaterade ;) Thanks.. to all you guys and gals.

 
At June 07, 2007 5:33 PM, Blogger Brandon said...

Have you ever thought about buying a Cool Cop? It plugs into your car's a/c to cool you off, the officers in Metro that I'm working with swear by it. Stay safe & hydrated out there!

 
At June 09, 2007 1:43 PM, Blogger Scott said...

I like your blog. I am going to link to it.

 

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