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Monday, December 30, 2013

Crackin' Up

Most times I crack myself up. This time I cracked others up. Check out one of my favorite blogs by a very funny and talented lady. Her book is also marvelous. You can find my fingers spewed crazy greatness all over her comment field...

Love me some CHOCOLATE! Love Robyn!

Cop Moms or Mom Cops...What Comes First?

Women balancing motherhood and cophood. It's happening. Most make the best of it. Balancing being a single mom and the cophood is another whole ball of wax. Do a double take when you next see a woman in blue...

It was hard at times. Now, with teenagers, it was a perk. You can really keep an eye out on your kiddo, embarrass them as much or as often as you like. What was difficult to swallow was when cop's kids were ashamed of their parent's profession out of fear of peer pressure. Top that with all the dynamics at home and work and it makes a woman crazy. Plus, it is different being a cop mother than a cop father. Reality, but truth.

So...next time you look at a women in blue with a shiny badge, think twice about all the outside forces, home life, or motherhood affecting her every minute of the day. Think about how she keeps all that together at home-her personal life, her work situations, the pressures of every day life, citizen pulls, and administration pushes, just so she can be a good, stable cop and outstanding law enforcement officer to her community. Chances are...being a mother is first on her mind and she has to put that aside to focus on the task at hand...fighting a bad guy, arresting a child molester, making a traffic stop, talking to a parent, buying a glass of lemonade at your kid's lemonade stand...or maybe in this weather...hot chocolate.

And yes, cops are moms and dads, too.

Police Topics Are HAWT

Topics in law enforcement bring razor sharp debates from the civilian side to the cop side. In fact, both sides have varying difference of opinions. Sizzle, sizzle. I can picture your discussions now. So here we go. Fargo's HAWT topics for a Monday...

  • Liability Trends and Issues
  • New Case Law 
  • High Risk Personnel and Administration
  • Fit for Duty, Fitness Programs, Wellness
  • Character/Integrity Issues Of Police Officers From The Bottom Up
1) Liability Trends and Issues-
          This is a deep topic...as in the abyss. Some have clear cut visions of what is and what isn't acceptable or what is to be the department and officer's liability, and including vicarious. For example, many of you felt the handcuffed prisoners getting a gun or shot (Yuri's Points of Discussion) brought up a whole gamut of liability concerns. Some of your comments were downright fiery. It is easier to speak of liability with specific examples rather than as a concept or in general terms. Overall, the liability of an officer on duty all the way up the chain to the department as a whole, has increased significantly. Why? Give me your concerns here.

2) New Case Law
          Case law always sets the tone for officer conduct, new rules, new laws, and standards. Some view it as a noose on law enforcement and others view it as "growing pains", "learning tools", or necessity because of some trend or procedure impacting the entire US law enforcement. Many times, case law comes about because of a trial, appeal, and lobbying. It's all political in the long run. Not all case law is bad. Some really puts the foot down on procedures. Some opens the door. What do you think? 

3)High Risk Personnel and Administration
         The old system "the good 'ol boys" versus the "new wave" law enforcement. Under the first system, things were dealt with internally, swept under the rug, or ignored based upon "who you were to the administration." There is still a lot of this unspoken atmosphere at many departments. Here's my take...NO DEPARTMENT ANYWHERE CAN AFFORD ANYONE HIGH RISK-FROM THE TOP DOWN OR THE BOTTOM UP. GET RID OF THEM. As a citizen, I don't want them. As a cop, I don't want to work with them. Then comes the employment laws, fairness in labor standards. Documentation is the key. What if the behavior is not illegal or immoral, but is on the fence? You have an employee that is on the verge of going over the edge of what is right, but you want to get rid of them before something bad happens. No department is immune to this in their lifetime of doing the law biz. What do administrators do to avoid a law suit? What do departments need to do to keep citizens safe from risky personnel? What do you think of right to work states? Unions? Your opinions?  What do you think?

4)Fit for Duty, Fitness Programs, Wellness
        This might be the most talked about topic in all history internal and external to each department and raises holy hell. And it's not even about dirty cops, laws, or community problems. It's about policies. It's about image. It's about physical ability.  Cops need to be fit. How fit? What's the standard? What's the best and most fair standard? Should they be allowed to workout on duty (getting paid)? Should they have a regimented program similar to the military or personal trainers? How many people are going to get upset when they see law enforcement getting special gyms, programs, expenses associated with being fit for duty? How much do you want to spend on your taxes to be safe? Do you get upset when they eat out on break? Eat a donut? A candy bar? 

Citizens get upset when police officers chat with another officer in their car in a public parking lot or park to write reports. What are you going to think about having a fitness program instilled into breaks, after hours, as a paid job requirement? What are you going to think when you see them at Planet Fitness, Lifetime, the YMCA, or other gyms working out on duty? Why do citizens think cops don't need breaks which are standard to anyone in the work force, but not to first responders? Why do we put police in the same fitness category as superheros (non-firemen type, but action figures-[grin]) and get angry when we see one that is unfit? Are we raising the bar? If so, why?

5)Character/Integrity Issues of Police Officers From the Bottom Up
This is wide open. I have my standard. What is yours? We will compare at the end of the day to see how close we are or how disparate our thoughts might be. What do we do with the substandard ones?

The Boogie Man is open for discussion...



Friday, December 27, 2013

RETROgrade

Yep, you guessed it...old pictures day. This one...was not so long ago. The ones below...were...circa 1974-5ish. I thought we all needed a good laugh. Mom just sent them to me. I instantly recognized how famous and cool we were back then to be driving Madea's smoke wagon...

 

What you might not realize in the left picture, is we were famous before we knew it. The car...was later used in Tyler Perry movies as the hawt Madea ghetto ride. Well, they had to modify our car for the movie a little to make it more stylin'. Not really. It sounded good, though, didn't it?

Also...because it's Friday fun day...The Boogie Man Is My Friend goes on Kindle Countdown sale on December 29th for 99 cents which has nothing to do with a Friday.

My wonderful friend has a better deal. Hers is free-NOW! Get it! It's great! I dubbed it AWESOME SAUCE! You will like it, too!


So...have a great weekend. Watch for some book reviews to come. Watch for some funny stories. They are new ones being released...from my cop days....surely to make you smile. Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pot Stirred the Cop Kettle

In other news...ammo is still running off the shelves.  A bucket of .22 long rifle ammunition=1400 rounds=$80.00. Beat me. The last time I bought a brick of .22 it was $14.99. Ok. That is dating the last time I purchased .22 ammo, because usually as a cop, we trade around.

On the forefront today...Yuri found a good topic of discussion as I thought he might. Let's see how you like it...

 
(1) Obviously the suspect was not searched properly
(2) Why did the police leave him unattended in a car? How far away were they? Where did they go?
It doesn't sound like they hear the shot, but discovered him shot when they returned. Hmmm...
(3)It was ruled a suicide, but are police departments held to some accountability or liability when these things happen?
(4)Wrongful death suit against an agency?
 
Some of the same concerns come up in the second one and apparently it appears the family has already made efforts to sue.
 
What are your opinions?
 
I can tell you as a cop, everyone misses something sometime. A gun? I never did, but I saw it happen to a fellow coworker. NOT cool. What's going on with our police officers? Are they getting complacent? Are they "too shy" to search those areas that make everyone uncomfortable (you know the G-spot...ie. the spot where bad guys put the gun...the GUN SPOT-the crotch) Are they too lazy to do a good search? What happens when police officers miss guns that aren't used for suicide, but to kill the transport officer or plan an escape from a patrol car?
 
 
The Boogie Man is open for discussion...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

May All Your Christmases Be Bright!

Christmas has always been a special time of year. My parents both instilled in our heads the true meaning of the time and what it means to love and to give to others. We didn't have elaborate gifts, but what we did get, we were grateful for and very happy. The most important thing was to BELIEVE. My mother was probably the most responsible for teaching us about Christmas and making it special. I remember my favorite thing was to pull the cord on the old wooden musical box she hung on the wall which would have wooden figures turn and play Christmas music. I would get scolded because it was an old piece and mom NEVER threw away anything. Even if the ornaments were past their prime, they had MEMORIES.

In 1984, my parents separated right after Christmas and I can still feel that gut wrenching feeling from that Christmas. I try not to go there. Each year mom and dad went to great lengths (not financially) to make Christmas time bright again. Mom would find the biggest and fattest Christmas tree and decorate it until nothing green showed through. Dad would get creative and add new lights each year.

One year when I came home from college, he had chopped down a sagebrush, painted it with spray snow and put umpteen lights on it, topped with an angel and chuck full of ornaments. He made an injected turkey and a feast for a king.

Each year, he would rack his brain to come up with special gifts. Most often it was gun related. I was very happy with that choice. This particular Christmas I came back for spring break and the tree was still up, all the other decorations were put away, but the tree was still up and he plugged it in every night. I thought my dad had lost it. I asked him what in the world was going on. He said it was so pretty, he couldn't take it down and enjoyed it every night as it reminded him of Alex and I that Christmas day and the happiness in the house. I talked him into taking it down and moving on with spring. He was sad that day I packed everything away and took the tree out.  Maybe he knew.  It was the last Christmas we had with him.  Four short months later, my dad passed away in 1989.

From then on, even while married, I couldn't get into Christmas. Mom tried. My friends tried. I tried. The spirit was gone.

In 2000, I had Bug. She brought the Christmas spirit back. Each year, the spirit has grown more and more and I found I still BELIEVE. With each year passing, I felt my parents' Christmas spirit and magic that they passed down to us kids finally coming back.

She was supposed to be in Wyoming with her dad this year, but he cancelled those plans, so I knew I had to make it extra special. I got out all the decorations and had her help me with the tree and the house. She plugs the lights in at night, she lights candles, she plays Christmas music. This year was the first year she found out how Santa Claus traditions are carried out. It broke my heart. I knew it was coming, but throughout the years, I was a good story teller. She told me it was OK. She still knew the true meaning of Christmas and talked about Jesus. She said she still BELIEVES in Santa Claus, even if she knows his legend lives on through her parents. After giving me hugs and telling me how special her Christmas has been, I too, still BELIEVE.

I have had a very special Christmas time. I hope you and yours still BELIEVE in the magic of Christmas, even if it was reinvented again like mine. Be a kid again. Have fun. Show your love for others. Don't be a poopy pants sissy la la bedwetter. I was and I was miserable for many years past. I'm glad it is just that...in the past. If you love, you will get love in return.

I like to give. I like to show my love for my family, friends, and even strangers. We took toys to the fire station, gave cookies to the neighbors, dropped change in the Salvation Army buckets, put money in the firefighter boots, and spent time with friends delivering cheer. The family...well, they got what I could deliver with sparkle farkle and in a blingy Santa hat.

I was lucky to watch Martina McBride's Christmas concert with two of my most favorite people this year and she performed an amazing show! Here is my favorite one she sang, but let me tell you, in person, in Emens, it was much more amazing!


May all your Christmases be BRIGHT! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Family Jewells!

Thank you to MrG for checking on me via a very nice email, as well as the pokes and prods from others that thought I had possibly passed out or keeled over on my keyboard.

May your holidays be Merry and Bright!

Hope everyone is getting into the craze of the "Elf on a Shelf" and let me tell you, I think that was a tradition started a long time ago by parents in the 50s. It's been reinvented and making millions. Whodathunk.

I know we had one. I still have it and although it's been through a flood, he still hangs on, but looks very vintage. I like the word VINTAGE. It's classy...old but good...or timeless history. Perhaps that could be used to describe myself.

For some reason...what really comes to mind when people talk about the word is a whole different gamut of things. Such as, I really think of "vintage" as old, worn out, and not worth much, but interesting nostalgia. Now, when you say ANTIQUE...I get excited. It's old, cool, pretty, and usually worth a lot if it is in good shape.

Another discovery I am really upset about that I did not capitalize on is the new craze of boxed drinking/spring water. They are selling like hot cakes on campus. Seriously?

Why did it take so long to get produced? I mean, we have been making boxed juices, coconut water, and other delights FOREVER or at least a while. And why didn't I think of that? Poop. Shit.

Well, what I can contribute to everyone on here still reading my fodder is some news. New news. I am getting books in like crazy and some reviews are going to be forthcoming. Probably not in time for Christmas gift recommendations, however. Sorry.

I LOOOVVVEEEE Christmas. I am not a Christmas party pooper. I used to be. I will share the meaning of my Christmas and my journey to reinvent it to you in the next post. This one is all about new things you need to know. Why? Because I said so and it is THE LAW!

A big thank you and curtsy goes to Jewells of LensTripping Photography ( a long time reader of this blog fodder- crazy girl) who Art Ambushed me. What is that you say? It is so cool. I am going to give you the link because it is that special of a project. She sent me a package in the mail with the Art Ambush card because she felt I needed an act of kindness. Not only that, it was art and I LOOOVVEE and appreciate so many artists and all kinds of media. This is hers and she is fantastic! Let me share my humbling experience with you...
 
 The Art Ambush card reads, " You've been ambushed by ART! Welcome to the Art Ambush. You were selected by a committee of people to receive a free piece of art from one of our talented giving artists. Why you? Because someone noticed you were a survivor, a caregiver, an unsung or under-appreciated hero. Our goal, at Art Ambush, is to give people like you a little smile... a little beauty. It is a reminder that there are people who notice what you do, who you are, and that those people are willing to give you some recognition-a gift of artwork, with no strings attached. We hope you enjoy this token of our thanks and esteem..." It has more, but that was the meat and potatoes.
 
Their website can be found at http://www.facebook.com/artambushproject. Additionally, she included a sweet note card about my horse who passed away, MiSue Traveler. The picture is a striking resemblance of him and will proudly be displayed along with the cards above my mounted patrol saddle in the Harry Potter House. Yes, I cried. Big crocodile tears.
 
Also...from today until December 20, 2013, you can download The Boogie Man Is My Friend: The Rookies on Kindle to your computer, laptop, android, Kindle, blah blah for FREE! Get it while you can!
 
 
Some fun topics are forthcoming. Fire away some topics or questions you might have to my email at mommafargo@gmail.com if you wish. A big shout out to my favorite pot stirrer, Yuri, whom has been very, very quiet lately. He gets some good information out there to discuss.
 
Thanks, again, MrG for looking out for me. I promise I am not knee deep in a bottle of wine, nor did I fall of the face of the earth. I am here!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Slice, Light, and Fire

Taser vs. Gun Topic #3,490,287,478

Discussion with some of my peeps lately has opened my eyes once again to the public's perception of law enforcement. I continue to be amazed at the lack of educated minds in my field. It is not because people are stupid. It is because they believe a certain way or they lack education on the subject.

For instance, the Knightstown Chief of Police recently got tased for charity to earn money for his department to afford equipment. Thank you, baby Jesus, our Chief never sacrificed the lambs of CPD for this event, nor ever had to do it himself, although I would have paid to see it. We always had large grants or a nice fat budget. Here, in Indiana, I am seeing that they have neither. I don't know if they just don't go after the grant money available, don't qualify, or don't know about it. It's out there. You do, however, have to fill out piles of paperwork and some things have strings. Maybe not all of it applies or departments don't want to comply with grant requirements. Our state offered a LOT of money in alcohol and tobacco grants as well. Not sure this state does that. I am surprised, however, at the continual lack of funding for first responders? Where is all the money going? We even have casinos and lottery here. It surely isn't going for road repair and infrastructure. Someone needs to dig deep into the state funding and cut the fat, and get to crackalackin' before things get real tough around here...like we have to have officers take a bullet for charity or something real stupid like that.

Knightstown was successful and the community also got an education in the Taser. This brought up lively discussion amongst my friends and coworkers who know I am a former cop. They told me, "You know, it is really nice that police have Tasers so they don't have to shoot people." The discussion led to the fact that a lot of people believe a Taser should always be used to disarm someone who is threatening an officer or person with a knife. I said, "No, mostly I would shoot that person."

Enter shocked looks and dropped jaws.

I gave a scenario...

A Taser would only be used in a very rare circumstance, like I shot the person holding a knife in the back while the cover officer had a gun on him and we could do it fast enough not to get cut. Rare instance.

Enter shocked looks and dropped jaws.

I don't know if I could ever convince the public with the preconceived notions in their heads. Many I work with or know around here think all cops are crooked. Why? Because some of them around here are. But some aren't.

Here's what police training with a Taser looks like...

Although this was a pretty clean video. I have seen a LOT of cursing and strange phrases coming out of people's mouths.


I told them to erase the thought that the cops they know are crooked and look at it with new light, putting out scenarios, showing them videos. They really don't know how fast someone could kill with a knife and many think 7 feet is a safe enough distance to not get stabbed. Wrong.

What?

Head-desk.

The Taser does not replace a gun or even come close. We don't use Tasers instead of guns and most often not in life threatening instances or against deadly weapons. Tasers are mostly used for non-compliant individuals that get physical, fleeing unarmed felons, or suspects who resist, fight, or threaten to fight, for examples. We use Tasers instead of beating them with nightsticks when possible. It's just a tool on our belt. It's not the SAVE-ALL device of the world.

What?



Yeah, sometimes the Taser doesn't work.

What?



Yes, because it doesn't work on all persons because of pain tolerance, alcohol or drug induced individuals, or missed shots, or other problems including device malfunctions or operator errors.

Then, what?

Beat them? Shoot them?

Maybe.

It's a tool. It's not the Light Saber. It's not the answer to a deadly situation. Some people will be killed by cops. It's the way it is.

If you don't believe these guys...what about these guys?

How about these dudes?



Use of Force. Google it.

And what if a cop doesn't have a Taser?

What?

Yeah. Some departments don't have them. Some cops don't have them. We aren't required to use Tool 1 then Tool 2 in the continuum of Use of Force. You may have to skip tools. That's why cops are trained very well for the situations they may face and should recognize what they have to do. Sometimes, yes, they make mistakes.

Don't be so judgy. That is a word.

Ok. I feel better now. Whew. Like I had been tased or something.

The World According to Fargo

It's now been almost a year since I left the cophood. Over time, and each day, I still miss it. However, there are many things I don't miss and I am grateful to be where I am today. I am very grateful for my job and I am finding it fitting for me at this time. Will I always be at the Harry Potter House? I can't see myself here for eternity, but I do see myself owning this for the rest of my life. Perhaps if I someday can afford a place in the country, I would rent this one. The market isn't conducive to selling this, although I probably could break even or get a little return IF it sold. It depends on how patient I am.

I really am lucky to be able to have my daughter's college tuition paid for as long as I am employed by the college. I see myself there for quite some time and I want to get my Master's as well.

It is and has been a struggle going from a very nice income to poverty level. What is more eye opening, is your dreams failing right in front of your eyes. It is a very humbling experience.

Record scratch, back up the bus...I am damn LUCKY to have a job here. Period. Just thought I would throw that in. With the failure of one dream or others, comes the opportunity for new ones. People like me (crazy and stubborn) don't stay down for long and don't give up, but maybe make a right turn, Clyde, or take the 4th tunnel instead of the 1st one.

The stories I hear from locals brings home the tragic turn of events when the Industrial Age crashed in the Midwest. I was in Wyoming and far removed from an economic crash, although I worked through recessions and three busts in the oil field. Wyoming really didn't get hit as hard as the Heartland and being a cop was job security where we couldn't keep enough help. I went from a department where we hired 1 or 2 annually for about 8 years to a department that hired 15-20 annually. I couldn't have imagined losing everything until I came to Indiana.

Believe me, I have lost a lot, but not everything and not my home, yet. I say yet because we never know the turn of events in our lives that may hit us. Although, I have strived at one time to keep everything afloat, I then learned to let go of what had to be cut even if it affected my reputation and my credit rating. Many of you may not be aware that I have had to lean on family and friends, go to the food bank, go on assistance with gas and electricity when my 2nd marriage went into the tank and when child support wasn't paid on time, if ever.

I'm not proud of those moments. It took a toll on me mentally and physically (still is) and I found myself in situations I never thought I would be in at this age. The difference is it was NOT the economy or world events that changed my financial future, it was me. I chose to move here, leaving my security and career. Even though the chain of events went down in a much different scheme than my dream of moving here had been planned out, it was meant to be. I think I did things for the right reasons.

Despite the hardships, I am making my way back up and fighting out of the bottom. It's what I do. It's what I have to do for my daughter. The many people that have yelled, belittled, judged, scolded, and rolled their eyes at me are astounding and surprise, surprise...have been some family and friends. In those rants people told me my decisions should never be made because of my child and to sacrifice everything security-wise was stupid. When I was in my darkest moments, I started to believe them. All it took to snap me out of that was to look at her accomplishments in school, her personality, her church activities, and the growth she has made mentally. She has not lived without frustration and stress.

Believe me, she is getting a lesson in being the Master of Disasters and still we keep trucking on. Why? Because life is wonderful! We can handle it. At least that's what I am told. I always do what I am told.

It's going to be a great Christmas, even if it is a Charlie Brown one. I have a lot to be thankful for and life is grand!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

MiSue Time Traveler 2002-2013



I am so sad and broken hearted. Tonight I got a call that one of my horses, MiSue Time Traveler (Traveler) died at the River War Haus. It happened three weeks ago, but no one wanted to tell me. The vet thinks he had West Nile and tests are pending.

Knighthawk is being tested as well, but appears to be fine, just lonely. Now he is all that is left.  MiSue Knighthawk (the black horse), my Mounted Patrol and Search and Rescue Horse (retired), his brother, is also a grand horse and the best patrol horse I could have asked for. Someday, I will release the story of a grizzly hunt we were on with the Game and Fish and how he saved my life.



MiSue Time Traveler (chestnut) passed away at the age of 11. Above, he and Knighthawk (Smoke) were left to chow on grass while I retrieved the saddles for a ride the last summer I was in Wyoming. I didn't have to tie them as they didn't wander far from grass.

He was registered American Morgan Horse Association and bred in Montana by Dr. Don and Eileen Barnes near Seeley Lake. Even at a young age, he was noticed right away as a sweet soul, truly gentle, and kind. His brother was the working one and protector, Traveler was the "Curious George" type. I had him since he was two.

His training was a push and pull of sorts and we paired him with a trainer that was gentle but firm. I showed him for about two years, mostly staying the western states and often in Denver, Colorado at various Morgan shows.

I was proud to own the breed that was most widely used in the Calvary during the Civil War, an American horse. Good, solid mountain horses, Morgans are a fine breed useful for many things. Not only do they give everything to their rider and prove to be a good working and pleasure horse, but they are loyal to a good owner. Only a horse owner would understand that trade.

Above all else, Traveler was loved. I guess I gave him that.

Events like this makes me really regret not bringing them with me. Perhaps it wouldn't have mattered, but I think it would have. I found out the new owners didn't know horses needed annual shots, despite my references and list of people to call and what to do. They didn't mean any harm, they just didn't understand.

They are kind people and Traveler's new purpose was to be a horse for kids at a church camp. Selling them with the place broke my heart in two and was very difficult but at the time it made financial sense. It felt better they were going to be used and loved by children.

If only I could bring back Smoke now, I would be on the first plane. However, I can't. Sometimes things just suck but they are the way they are. I had snuck out for one last visit before parting to Indiana, and the new owners were very generous with me returning anytime for horse love.

Traveler was buried on the property at the River War Haus which was where he loved to run when I let them out of the small lot where they stayed while I was at work. He would pick up his tail and show off his true Morgan blood. He did well in all his halter classes when he was shown and it was fitting that he wanted to look pretty even in the pasture.

Rest In Peace, Traveler. You will be missed.

Tonight I have to tell Bug. Poop. Shit.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Boogie Man

Had a Facebook convo with one of my buddies at the CPD. I miss him a lot. He is a great person and friend to me. I just love that guy.

Yes, I trained him. He gave me permission to use his pictures and write our rookie training stories like they were.

His exact words were, " Go for it. I want you to know that I don't care how embarrassing it gets. Be real and raw.  It will read better with no makeup. Use any pic of me you want."


 
Well, we have a story. It's a roller coaster of training episodes chalk full of lots of funny. Here is the cover. It will be coming to you 2014...a little behind schedule, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Let me know what you think. See if you can spot familiar faces up there.
 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Santa...Kris CrinkleToes..Talkin' 'Bout Sex, Baby

SHAZAM! Like that it appeared in my email today...

All huge like that, minus the red circle thingy.

Now...I am quoting this reader's question to the magazine. Don't laugh, but I think she is a virgin...

Q: I enjoy sex, but how can I tell if I'm really having an orgasm? I'm just not sure if I'm experiencing the ear-shattering type of orgasm that everyone talks about.
— Kristine, Washington
 
Well, Kristine, I might be the virgin, because I have never had my ears shattered during sex. Thank you, baby Jesus, that would really hurt and suck ballz, if I had any.
 
I could tell you the world stops for me and for a moment, I am in the most bliss anyone can imagine...my body shudders, my toes curl...I may scream...
 
But not the kind of scream from a Zombie Apocalypse attack. I also might hyperventilate, but in a good way, and not quite, but almost.
 
However, not to be outdone, but Dr. Laura Berman answered Kristine on Women's health. See that pretty blond up there, that's her. Here's what she told Kristine from Washington...
 
A:    Many people feel confused or intimidated by the images of sexuality they see on television or at the movies. The truth is that real sex looks nothing like the sex you see on the big-screen, just as real relationships are often nothing like the relationships you see on the big-screen. Don’t let these false images of love and sex take over your perception of how you “should” feel during sex or how your orgasms should feel.
 
However, if you aren’t certain that you have reached orgasm yet, than chances are you probably haven’t. Though every woman experiences orgasms in her own way, an orgasm feels like an intense and pleasurable release. You might feel the sensation only in your genitals, or you might feel it extend down your legs.

Take some time to explore your body on your own through self-stimulation. Once you know how to achieve orgasm on your own, it will be easier to show your partner how to do so. By stimulating your clitoris, either manually or with a toy, you should be able to reach orgasm — and when you do, you know for once and for all what one feels like!
 
Isn't it great up there? You can link to "ORGASM" and it defines it. Because I am so nice and helpful, I linked it to the same video and article I was provided. I really think Dr. Laura Berman gave a bland answer. And the scientific response is such a let down.
 
So...I asked some of my Facebook friends...
 
They are ANONYMOUS...thus, all related...and unknown to you...but I know who they are...
 
The first one I asked was a man..."... and as I Drive I'm certainly not answering that question." Notice he capitalized the word, "drive". Does that mean anything? I don't know. Am I reading too much into it as a woman? Probably. Did I excite him? Not sure, but he gave me a big "D" in the word "drive". I never heard back from him again so I hope he is alright and didn't run off the road.
 
The next one was female. Our convo went like this...
 
"If I could describe it, I'd be writing erotica



(Shut up, ***)



I mean, making a living writing erotica".

I just LOL'd all through the conversation. Why? Because I'm immature like that. Because we laugh talking boy shop. We get detailed. It was a three way convo minus the third gal who didn't come into the conversation, but we talked about her anyway, sorta. She's the three asterisks up there. We hang like that. Anyway, her final answer was this...


"Physical description...almost painful, but not quite. How about intense sensations, bordering on painful? And then the endorphins release and BAM!

Love the endorphin release. Sigh."

Yes. We get excited just talking about it. The real deal, not the fake ones.

The last buddy that got back to me was a man...one of my faves and yours...

"Pressure builds up and it is like a rush coming down the pike. Like a water hose and then the equation. Then you get a sandwich and take a nap."

I don't know. Does it matter what kind of sandwich? Like is a club better sex than a grilled cheese? And is a longer nap needed if it was a better orgasm? And what's up with the math? Equation? Again, not sure.

He said I could post his name for all he cares, but then we wouldn't all be related by the same name, ANONYMOUS.

No one else answered me. In time.

The story of my sex life.

Anyway, I am now ignoring my email, because I will surely get spam for phone sex, porn sites, and sex pots galore after reading that article on Women's Health. I don't know how I got subscribed to it anyhow, but it says so on 09/23/13. It's bullshit. I didn't push any buttons or click anywhere.  Probably someone spammed me on Facebook.

Is that the same thing as you know what in my face...no....not going there. That is nasty. And why do men find that appealing?  That's somebody else's blog post, Coffeypot! You were thinking it.

Now I have to go take a shower. We will not explore this again. Not even alone. No exploring!!!

Ok. Everything is coming out phallic or sexual. Beat me. See. Ok.

Have a nice day!

 
 
 


 

 
 
 
 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Control Yourself...and Your Gunz

I promised gun control issues. I bet you are going to be surprised about the issues. Not MY issues, but others with issues. Anyway.

So...about that university crisis we had a few days ago. Seems it wasn't a real gunman, which is nice. However, a shot did ring out. On the pavement. From an AR. By a cop.
To write this, is to make me madder. I don't think I can write without...

OK. Already.

FUCK. ME. IN. THE. ASS.

Who has their damn finger on the trigger when they aren't on target ready to kill?

Really.

Nothing pisses me off more than the press labeling something an AD when in all actuality it is pure headupassitis. UGH. Gah.

Boy, does that cop feel stupid now. He was on national news.

It didn't stop there. The next day, I went to a boot repair shop. Cutest damn place in the Heartland and way cool boots for sale and the dude does an old dying art which I am grateful for, because I had two really good pairs of shoes to repair which I haven't gone to pick up and I better do it before he sells them on eBay.

Anyway. I was admiring his American West purses which had the "secret" pocket to carry concealed. What happened? It's American West. Duh. $300.00. I have a wallet that cost $178.00. Don't worry. I paid 25% of that because it was on clearance. Best damn wallet I own. And really cool.

Anyboots. You know what the guy says?

"Lady, they aren't no damn good because you are going to blow a hole in your purse when you draw anyways and ruin it. "

I said, "WHAT?" I was like this picture....

Then, I knew I was in the house of a celebrity....

Pokey was on vacation at The Mustang Ranch outside of Vegas, however. So, my conversation with Gumby continued.
 
The dude just went on and on how when you draw, you would blow a hole in the purse and he wished the designer actually made a holster inside the pocket so it was safer.
 
I just walked around and pretended I didn't hear that, because I was about to get on a soapbox about idiots and gun safety. Then, I decided he had my best pair of Italian shoes and I should shut my mouth.
 
So...does everyone in the world really think guns go bang all by themselves? Does everyone know if you drop a gun, it will not fire? Why, you ask? Because your fucking finger is not on the trigger. Guns don't have accidental discharges. Only nasty women working the red light district do. Ok. That was icky. Poke my eyes out with a stick, getting a visual, worked police work too long...saw too many hooker hoohahs. Stop!!! Get out of my head!!
 
 
Anygetyourfingeroffthetrigger, stop condemning the guns!!! It's the operator!!
 
Ok. Rant over. I know, Bob. Not what you thought.
 
I'm still pissed about the gun thing. Now we look stupid out here. In public. On national news. Thank you, Jesus, it wasn't a campus cop. 

GUNS R not FREE

Just a reminder that tonight is the last night to get The Last Song of the Meadowlark free on Amazon. You don't need a Kindle. You can download the Kindle app on your android tablet, laptop, or desktop for FREE! Then...you can download all free books or order away. You don't need a Kindle!

Tonight...because Bob G. is getting impatient...I have some gun control issues to talk about and some stories. I am banging my head right now in anticipation. Hopefully my green helmet protects me.

Catch you on the flip side of sunset on Eastern time!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Some Things In Life R FREE

Until November 30th, you can get my new book, THE LAST SONG OF THE MEADOWLARK, on Kindle...free. Don't have a Kindle? Download the free app from Amazon.com and then order my book and others for FREE. Get it now! Just in time for Black Friday. And black is slimming...

Although, in this pic, I am wearing blue. Zebra print.

The book has some new things. The sequel is going to be a shocker! Get it now. Read it now. OR get it now, read it later. Just a suggestion. While you can. This is the only time it will be free. Then it goes back up to regular price.






Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Haunting of the Harry Potter House

I've been having a series of problems with my electrical matters in my house. And a heater.

The second electrician showed up today. He was the one, from the same company, that came here when I purchased the house and took the lamp cord out of the wall in the kitchen that was left from 1900s or so...hot...mind you...in the wall....where I could burn down. That was a procedure of surgery.

So...John noticed I was watching The Dead Files and he came around the corner and told me he loved that show and Amy was "spooky." I said it was one of my faves. The conversation then moved on to ghost hunting shows and the paranormal.

I have never felt the Harry Potter house was haunted. It has a feeling of joy. At first, John looked at the breakers and could not find they had tripped this time. Which meant I was a liar pants. I had not even gone down there to look after the third time, I just called them. When the heater didn't work for the umpteenth time, I just assumed it tripped the breaker again. He said it was a bigger issue.

I also explained the chandelier issue and showed him the explosion of light bulbs from last night there and in the bathroom. While explaining the power surge and then the popping, he raised his eyebrows. The two are on different circuits. He asked if I lost power recently. I said, "no."

He looks like a clean Grizzly Adams with nice white teeth.

I pointed at him, he is much taller than me, and said, "And my house is not haunted. I am not bringing Amy and Steve to investigate." [Big cheesy grin]

Mady has been talking and walking in her sleep again. Mostly talking about her love for green beans. She hates green beans. It must be bothering her because she fell asleep on the bus two days ago and her friend McKensey told her she was talking about how she loved green beans. Strange.

Squirrel!! Be right back.

Sorry, I had an interruption. The town just drove by my house with a "GIANT VAC" on a dump truck. I had no idea I could rake my leaves into the street and they would vacuum fume them up. Nifty.

Any poltergeist, John laughed and said if I did, to call him and we could sell tickets. He said he would like to watch them work. I told him I would sell beer and popcorn as well.

When it was all said and done, the heater is now working and I have to watch it to make sure it won't trip anything. He said the next step might be rewiring some things and that is ugly expensive. Beat me.

I told him that was not in the budget. He said I could just turn it off if the heater caused a problem, but rewiring was serious and not to be messed with. Beat me. However, he left me his personal cell number to call him and update him with the thermostat issue and let him know in a couple days if that is working.

So...I am praying for a fix and no-no to the need for rewiring parts of the house. I'm off to watch more Dead Files, drink coffee like it's crack cocaine, and ponder my next life without so many issues. Even the great Mr. Fire Chief is raising his eyebrows at my naked streak of bad luck.

Books Are Magical!

Don't you just love a good book? It's sad when it ends...you can't wait to pick up the next one. Just like having multiple sex partners. Only minus the disease. And conversation. Oh, never mind.

Anyway...I was lucky enough to have a couple of books come out by the great Mr. Emery and let me tell you...they are much different, but deep. Emery writes with great description and detail, drawing you in and carrying suspense until the very last chapter. It's a sign of intelligence and imagination all wrapped up in one. Bravo, Bill! You can get them both on Amazon for a really nice price...let's dig into this..

 
 
Bill, please start with a brief bio of some facts about you. It can be anything you would like to share with us.
I live in Sylvania Township, Ohio where I grew up on a working horse farm specializing in American Saddlebred horses, three gaited and five gaited. In a life that could be described as colorful, I have earned my living as an automobile mechanic, a ballroom dance instructor, a new car salesman and a computer programmer. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the United States East of the Mississippi and I’ve lived for short periods in many of the major cities and a few minor ones. I’m still unmarried, but I’m involved with a truly beautiful woman who has a heart made of pure gold.
 
What started your passion to begin putting words into books?
When I was in grade school my maternal grandmother, Ruth Cameron, was the first person to show me what reading was good for; if you can read, you can write anything you’d like.  So I read everything I could get my hands on and was probably the only student in school that enjoyed essay questions.
 
Over the years several people suggested that I should write a novel with the idea of being published.  I didn’t take these suggestions seriously until about two years ago when my brother Mike suggested I start writing for a living.  And so it began.
What is the inspiration for the character Otheldo in Magic For Hire?
Otheldo is a composite of several stage magicians that I have known.  The name Otheldo comes from a magician who performed at a luxury hotel in Charlevoix, Michigan many years ago.  He and his wife invited me to dinner which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I may have been around ten years old at the time.
Do you force yourself to write? Or does it have to be the right time?
I force the time to be right. 
 
Ah. Such a good play on my words, kind sir!
 
Some years back an author explained to me that there wasn’t any real trick to writing.  “You start with a character, and pretty soon someone else comes along and talks to him.”  He was right about that, but he didn’t finish the thought.  There are many talented people in the world who will never be discovered because they lack discipline.  Their talent, wherever it lies, makes a certain artistic discipline easy for them.  In the beginning these people receive a lot of praise and attention, but later on as their discipline of choice becomes more difficult they give up.  They can’t force themselves to work hard at it, day in and day out.  Those of us with a lot less talent can make up for a lack of talent by hard work.  Part of that hard work is making the time right.  You write when you don’t feel like it, when you’d rather be doing something else and when you’re inspired.
 Your book illustrations on both Magic For Hire and Murder One are unique. Tell us more about them.
I have a fine sense of aesthetics but I have absolutely no talent for drawing, painting or sculpting.  I even took art lessons when I was in high school, but no dice.  I’m a gamer (board games as well as fantasy role playing) and so attended the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio.  They always have an area of booths devoted to artists who specialize in fantasy art, so my purpose that year was to find an artist who would create a book cover for Otheldo at a reasonable price.  This should be easy, right?  But the fact is that most of these artists have an ego twice the size of their booth and as fragile as a soap bubble.  This condition makes them impossible to work with.
Tina Bongorno was the first artist that seemed genuinely glad to meet me and was enthusiastic about creating such a mundane item as a cover illustration.  Tina got Otheldo just right with very little input from me, and I’ve received many unsolicited compliments about the cover.  When I asked Tina to create the cover illustration for Murder One I had a much better idea about what I wanted, but Tina made a drastic improvement on my idea that moved it from just another banal cover to an outstanding masterpiece – truly eye-catching.
 
 Yes, Tina has joined us for her artistic expression on her works. Tell us what inspired you.
 
With Magic for Hire, Bill allowed me a large amount of creative freedom in regards to the initial concept of the cover. I gave him a few idea's to choose from, but we ultimately decided to settle on an action shot from one of the short stories in the Anthology, "The Curse." This allowed us to introduce the idea of the character as a wizard and hint at the sort of magical adventures he might get up to within the anthology. In the painting process, I kept the colors somewhat muted and dark to echo the mood of the scene we were referencing as well as highlight the main character Otheldo's magic.
 
With Murder One, the process was a little different. Bill already had a vision for what should be featured on the cover (the two unlucky victims), so I decided to experiment a little with the coloring of the piece. I produced three different color "sketches", one with a sort of natural summer light, one with a strong orange and blue contrast, and then one in bright blood red. We ended up going with the last one since we both liked the implied symbolism behind the color and thought that it would be a more eye-catching to the viewer.
 
Bravo, Tina! I love your illustrations.  Thank you for playing along with my questions.
 
Bill, why such different books? Different categories and different story lines?
I was a little tired of writing fantasy and decided to branch out.  Plus, I had an advantage.  When I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio my business was right next door to a detective agency.  I got to know the detectives pretty well and learned about some of their more interesting cases and experiences.
 Oh, boy. Those investigators letting the cat out of the bag. LOL. Do you have plans for future works? If so, can you tell us some snippets about them?
I’m working on another set of stories featuring Otheldo, who will be faced with a few difficult moral choices.  I’m planning a second novel for Art Valentine that’s based on a real life case I learned about when I lived in Cincinnati. I also have three or four novelettes that I haven’t decided what to do with.  Eventually I’ll edit them and publish them all on Amazon.
Ballroom dancing. Do tell.
When I was 21 I answered an ad in the local scandal sheet that specified ‘no experience necessary – will train’.  This was with the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Toledo, Ohio.  The manager, John Kisha, persuaded me to sign a nine month contract with a three year non-competition clause and stuffed me into training class down in the studio basement.  After the first week I was the only one left in training class, which should have told me something, but I ignored it. 
The owner of the Toledo studio was Marvin Cantor.  He was a well-mannered, affable man and lived in Cleveland, Ohio.  Marvin owned the University Heights studio, which was one of the top ten largest studios in the United States.  We’d see Marvin in Toledo three or four times a year.  The manager of the Toledo studio was John Johnson, whose real name was John Kisha.  In contrast to Marvin Cantor, Kisha was a real little snot.  He’d only been in the dance business for about two years working for Cantor in the University Heights studio when he was promoted to manager of the Toledo studio, which was kind of a questionable promotion given the difference in the studio size.  Anyway, after I worked at the Toledo studio for about ten months Kisha fired me, saying that I was a poor dancer, a worse teacher and that I couldn’t sell any dance lessons.  In short, I’d achieved perfection - I was a perfect failure.
 I went down the street to the Fred Astaire dance studio, where I was interviewed and immediately hired by Richard Kurtz, who was the owner/manager at that time.  What I didn’t know was that Kurtz was, quite literally, a living legend in the dance industry.  He’d been in the dance business for over ten years, was the master franchisee for the State of Ohio and had nothing but a long string of success stories in his past.  While Richard was an excellent dancer, he handled the business end of the studio.  His wife Ruth was a member of the Fred Astaire national dance board and she provided the staff with dance training.  Working for Richard I became the top teacher in four States during the first six months I worked at Fred Astaire’s.  Many years later I learned that John Kisha used to talk about me in his business meetings, bragging to everyone about how he fired me.  There’s nothing like success, is there?
I stayed in the dance business for ten years, but it isn’t the best business for older people.  When I had my thirtieth birthday I decided that I’d better start looking for a new career, but I lacked motivation to quit and start over again.  When I hit 31, I knew I was late for the door, and about that time I found some motivation.
One rule in the dance business is that you cannot date your students.  There are any number of reasons for this, but it comes down to an unfair advantage on the instructor’s part coupled with the obvious financial reasons – students who date their instructor will cease to buy dance lessons.  If you date your students and get caught, you get fired and there’s actually a sort of informal black list.  If you’re fired for dating a student, studios won’t hire you and in point of fact most won’t give you an interview.  In my case I had a divorced lady that I thought was very attractive.  This is my Ellen, and we’re still together today.
 I used to teach Ellen at 8:00 pm, but then I moved her lesson to 9:00.  I was the only instructor teaching and I knew that the owner would get bored sitting in the office keeping an eye on me.  And that’s just what happened.  The owner took off around 9:15 and left us all alone.  What can I say?  I decided that I’d rather have my Ellen than a career in the dance business.
 
How does it feel to be a published author?
Seeing my name on a book is the strangest thing that’s happened to me in the past 20 years.
Bill, I can tell you about strangest. I have some stories. Congratulations on your books. I really enjoyed them. Anything you would like to share that I haven't asked you?
Sure.
 
My sincere thanks to everyone who has purchased one of my books.  I really appreciate your patronage.  I’d like to give special thanks to everyone who has left a review of my work on Amazon.  Thank you very much.
 
I'm about to go do that myself. I am behind in my work. Again, thank you, Bill. I find you a very complex, fascinating, and talented author, which is a huge compliment. Hugs to your lovely, Ellen for keeping you in line. Keep writing those books!
 
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Booking It!

This week, there will be much to review...books...and more books. Also...a little somethin' somethin' in the works tonight about control...and guns. It's not what you think...but something different.

I am giving a shout out to this man below for a very nice review of The Rookies. All books, including the new one, The Last Song of the Meadowlark are on Kindle cheap cheap right now and the paperbacks will be going on sale for Christmas! Get them while they are hot or not!

The sequel to The Last Song of the Meadowlark is due out soon.

Stay tuned for some reviews and guns.

And I am going to get around to all of your blogs. I am so far behind I'm ahead of the slowest leader. OR SOMETHING!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bam. Multicultural Guns. Or Not.

So...Yuri found this. He is so much more brilliant than I will ever aspire to and so in tune with the world events. That's why I call him Fargo's Brilliant One.
It's interesting. Find it online and read the entire thing if you like. Basically, it's getting a lot of heat.  The conservatives are condemning the liberals. The liberals are using the race card with guns. The guns are under fire.

Two phrases are a means to the madness..."symbolic racism" and implicit racial attitudes." To define: symbolic racism as defined by UCLA (yeah...there is the first problem...UCLA? Well, it wasn't Berkley)....is well, then they go on about "old-fashioned racism." Ok. Record scratch.

Symbolic racism: Wikipedia (so it must be true)
"Symbolic Racism (modern-symbolic racism, symbolic prejudice) is a coherent belief system which reflects an underlying unidimensional prejudice toward Blacks. These beliefs include the stereotype that Blacks are morally inferior to White people, and that they violate traditional White American values such as hard-work and independence. These beliefs may cause the subject to discriminate against a certain race and to justify this discrimination as a concern for justice.[1] However, these beliefs operate to maintain the racial status quo in a manner described by Social Dominance Theory.[2] Some prejudiced people do not view symbolic racism as prejudice since it is not linked directly to race but indirectly through social and political issues.[3]"

Old fashioned racism: "blatant racial prejudice". Well, that's helpful. Let's try again: Encyclopedia Online says:  "Old-fashioned racism-Blatantly negative stereotypes based upon White racial superiority, coupled with open opposition to racial equality."

Well, they seem to have a common word. Let's just not get fancy and refer to things as racism or not racism, shall we? No need to go college on us and come up with ridiculous new phrasism and verbage. It doesn't make the scholar look smarter. Next thing you know they are going to put people's color in categories called pale, egg shell, and beige. Let's get the right SHADE. Can you see that racism makes me mad. Why? I think it is out there for sure. It's just shallow. I think we are beyond this and if we keep treating people as oppressed no matter for what reason, they are going to stay there. Let's get out of it, shall we?

So what does this article and experiment results mean in regards to guns? Only whites carry guns? Because they are racist? Or is America's gun violence racially motivated? It's common knowledge most of the mass shooters are white. And serial killers are mostly white. IS that because there are more of us? Or are we a morally bankrupt color? Or do we have more money and it is a financial issue? Or does it go back to the days of plantations and civil war? Come on. Aren't we past all that? Are the guns targeted against one people? Are racists gun owners? Or are gun owners racist? OR... Is this just a liberal article written with poor resource and experimentation process meant inflame conservative thinkers?

You tell me.

I'm Alive, MrG~

Thank you for noticing I have been ABSENTminded. Work has been kicking my booty as has been the recent book...now available. It may have a sequel...but only one. Maybe three, depending on the twists. Boogie Man Three will be available later. I am having issues with it. Writer's block...or maybe too much wine...or maybe I shouldn't let the dog do my homework.

My life is settling down. Many of you may not know, but I chose to close the shop, Jailhaus Rocks. I got me a job. With benefits. Nice benefits. I found along the way in my new book of life, that some asshole had ripped out some pages, so I had to take some detours to get to the next chapter. Finally, here I am.

Anycraziness, here is my first fiction...The Last Song of the Meadowlark. I don't know if anyone will like it. It's a short story. I guess you will tell me, good and bad.
 
Now...on to some posts and topics of interest!

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Asylum

I am very proud to introduce you to a very talented lady, Mrs. Mom. Let me first say this is the first of two posts. The second will come later. This lovely lady and I have never met but we are great friends. She is also great friends with my buddy GunDiva whom I miss very much. We all love sex and The Walking Dead, but not together or with each other. We talk about it all the time on Facebook because that is what girls do behind boys' backs. And Daryl is HAWT!
 
Mrs. Mom is also great friends with my favorite peeps, Bill and Juanita Martin of Allenspark Lodge and GunDiva is their daughter. See how this works. We are all related. Mrs. Mom, GunDiva, and I have plans to meet up in Savannah, Georgia by saving for the trip. We hope next year, but we will see how our lives go.
 
But this is a post about art and craft. She also does custom work. Ask her about it.
 
Brief intro...Mrs. Mom is married to Lt. Handful. See how we are all closely knit? We all love guns, dogs, horses, kids, ...yeah in that order. Just kidding! All of us love our family first and that includes each other.
 
Mrs. Mom has been there for me during my darkest hours of loneliness, not in a sexual way, but if I were gay she would be one of my wives. She was emailing me during my first divorce, my miscarriage I blogged about, my second divorce, my teenager problems, me being a bitch on my period,...blah, blah. You get it. She is a very caring and wonderful person. She also blogs with GunDiva and has her own personal site....here. She also is very artfully gifted.
 
Check out her interview with me and her amazing products. Let me just tell you her prices are very affordable and very high quality.
 
Give us a brief bio (clean version) LMAO
 
Married with 3 wild boys, life is filled with adventures with the dogs, cats and horses.
 
Wow. Three boys. Yes, your life is full of adventure and you tell great tales on your blog, Oh Horse Feathers. I included the link for the readers. Love your southern humor.
 
Favorite inspiration in life...(quote, person, event, attitude)


* Knowledge weighs nothing. Learn as much as you can.
* Pay it forward.

Great ones! I like the last the best.
 
Your work is not only a craft, it is an art. What got you started to market it as a business? I am including your business Facebook page link is here...https://www.facebook.com/TheAsylumCreations
 
This necklace is gorgeous! I want it!
 
 
My husband, for a period of time, ran a local gun range. One of his vendors was not overly reliable in producing quality Survival bracelets. He brought one home one evening, tossed it into my lap and said, "Can you learn how to do this, but better?" Challenge accepted! We began producing bracelets, which morphed into other items, such as rifle slings, dog collars, horse tack, jewelry, and gag gifts. 
 
What is your most popular product and why? Your custom man thong?
 
 
Woo hoo! Well, that was a special order. Hard to say what our most popular item is- bracelets for charity events and rifle slings make up the majority of our orders. In there for a close second would be puppy identification collars, which I make by the dozen for a Rottweiler breeder we know. Got to tell the puppies apart somehow when they are tiny and look so much alike!
 
I am so in love with your rifle slings and puppy collars!
 
Rifle sling-Liberty
 
 Rifle sling-Desert Tan
These are puppy collars you made for a breeder. I understand you make them for any size dog with custom work?

Yes. I do. I can make about anything custom. Your wish is mostly my command. LOL
 
 
Your items are very high quality art and have great design. How did you learn to make all the different varieties of products? These Arabian halters are fantastic! Look at those crystals!
I miss my Morgans...they would have looked styling in these! (Poop. Shit. Miss my horses and the country. )
 
I bet you do, Momma! These halters are very popular!
 
Sorry, I got distracted by bling bling. Tell me about how you learned these knots.
 
YouTube is my friend. I can watch a few videos from master craftsmen, such as T.I.A.T. (Tying It All Together), and put my own spin on knots as well. After you learn the basics, the only thing that can limit you is your imagination!
I know you have been involved in some charity fundraising with your artwork. Tell us about that and why it is important.
 
Through the years, there have been many people who have been there to help us out when we needed it most. By being able to help others with our fund raising items, we can pay that help forward. 
 
Anything you would like to add that I haven't asked you?

I totally suck at these! No, you didn't! I love your candid answers! Thanks, Mrs. Mom!
 
Thank you so much, Mrs. Mom, for putting up with my shenanigans and showcasing your wonderful talents! Just in time for Christmas, I might add! Check out Mrs. Mom's creations on her Facebook page and blog site. She is a doll!
 
And yes, us girls will continue to talk sex behind all your backs. Why? Because we are girls. We might talk about other things as well...and we might be OK with talking about Daryl and sex. But not Zombie sex.