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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Colleg e iz Hard

I literally feel myself melting down before I suck it up and put my big girl panties on. Week 2 of real college seems to get me in the anxiety wheel. Meanwhile, the makers of PoliceOne have purchased Uniform Stories and at this stage none of us know where that site is going to go and so we wait. I have no indication whether I am a keeper or a tosser at this point.

Late at night a few nights ago, I did receive a nice phone call from the owner of Uniform Stories and I thought it was pretty honorable and outstanding for him to call everyone individually. I will pass on what I think you all should know: he started the site as a labor of love trying to get the voice out on the uniform side and create an outlet to portray the side no one sees and to give insight to first responders of all types. He said he will continue to support law enforcement and all first responders and extended his thanks to all for what they do. He was very passionate and I was impressed by his love for people and doing a good thing. So there you have it.



Now...in the meantime, I am still here. My latest article on criminaljusticedegree.com  is here.  I do enjoy the site and I believe it has an abundance of useful information plus educational degree seeking opportunities. Please give the Facebook page some love if you will. I promise it won't blow up your feed and you will only be alerted with great educational pieces from moi and other writers. If you browse, you will see they don't post a lot of crazy and keep it clean and infrequent as not to harass any Facebook users. Now The Boogie Man FB page on the other hand is annoying. You're welcome.

What topics do you want to read about? Give me some suggestions.



Monday, August 29, 2016

Fargo Goes To Colleg e

Apologies to the masses. I know you are probably relieved that I have been away from Da Blog for a few days. Quality over quantity, right? Well, that is in the eyes of the beholder, just like beauty. I have no snark and circumstance. It has failed me. So...in substitution... you will get life updates in Cliff Notes. Some things which might shock you:

1. I am not dead.

2. I did not get locked up in the funny farm.

3. I am not in jail.

4. I am not on an island vacation.

Instead, I am going to grad school and now find my life drowning with studies. Ack!

I really am trying to adjust and so bear with me, if you will. There are some things waking me right "the fuck up" as I like to say:

1. College has changed after 30 years.

2. I am a techno dummie.



3. Being a student is work.

4. Blog language is not good on papers.

5. NO ONE gets me.

6. People don't speak in normal words, but in college code and dictionarial, or pedagogical.

7. What did he say?

8. They still use notebooks and pens! Score!

9. College students under the age of 30 throw fits to get their way.



The list goes on, but I won't bore you with the rest.

Monday, August 22, 2016

POPOsterous

Meanwhile in Fishers, Indiana....



Photo credit: Peter Kirkwood
This photo was captured by my friend on his daily run. Oopsy. Any theories on that sequence of events" LOL. BTW...the driver was unharmed, just old and embarrassed.

In between puddles of rain, we have little rays of sunshine here and there. This week is cooling down to low-mid 80s. Whew. Finally getting close to my optimal temperatures.

After my disastrous doctor's visit last week, I told Obi that my doctor told me I still need to lose 25-30 pounds. He said, "NO NO NO NO! Those charts are bullshit. You have a great body." Apparently, that did not make him happy. I also thanked him for being a nice, blind friend.

Controversy seems to still be plaguing Trump as now media outlets are reporting the Lousiana governor is upset at him for coming to the state. He had supposedly made an announcement for all candidates and the president to stay away while they render assistance to residents. I am not sure if that was a biased liberal outlet reporting those thoughts or if it is actually the truth. Time will tell. The reason behind the upset, as told to me, was that resources were wasted making sure Trump security was up to par and his safety was a distraction. I don't  know. All I know is the guy can't win. Plus all the social media is up in hype over him handing out some toys and Play-Doh. OMG. For one, as a parent, I would be happy to have something for my kiddos. He was also handing out necessities, but no one captured that.

What did Obama or Hillary do in Lousiana?

*crickets*

They haven't been there yet. However, I am sure they will learn from Trump's social media frenzy and be knee deep in mud so they don't get raked over the coals.

And luck of the Irish is not with several Notre Dame football players. Attacking the police? Shame.

It would nice if the world would stop being so mean to the PoPo.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Murphy's Law of Fargo

Just when I find a great doctor and get used to her, she has to get a big wig job in Florida. So I was referred to this new doctor who had a good reference. I liked her as well. I just went in for a quick blood test, intro myself, and BP check and then set up a new doctor exam.

Nope.

My blood pressure and pulse were so low they decided to hook me up to an EKG machine.

I was like: poop shit.

And here is the full version and not the short Facebook post. LOL. You're welcome:

Leave it to me to cause panic in the doctors office when they took my blood pressure. Got hooked up to an EKG and monitored. Then breathing tests. Asked all kinds of questions.
Are you feeling ok?

No.

What is going on, Kathryn?

In all this frenzy I lost a contact and my spares are at work.

They didn't like that answer either.

I added...Now I have to drive with one eye.

Silence from the doctor.

Despite me saying..."Dudes, I am always this low," they didn't like it; they continued to look at me like I was going to go into cardiac arrest and stop breathing.
They also never had been called dudes.
Then while reviewing my information:

When were you diagnosed with asthma: 2002. Why so late? Did you have it when you were young and ignore it? Or develop it later?

Developed it later.

Ok. What caused you to go seek medical attention for it?

Meth lab exposure. 

*crickets*

It was when I was a police officer.

Some sigh of relief and wide eyes. 

Oh. Wow. Ok. Any major injuries in your life?

A broken neck.

Ok. Car accident?

No. Police fight.

*crickets* 

Look up from clip board*

Any surgeries?

Yep. January. 

What for and why?

My ovaries decided to be a bitch.

I can see you are going to be an interesting patient. 

After all the testing, more doctors came in. Apparently the fourth doctor agreed I have a heart of an Olympian. Now if I was just blessed to be that ripped.

Yep. Story of my life. 

And then after putting a new contact in my left eye after being 2 hours late back to work, I had to repeat this story to the bosses. You can imagine the laughter on that one.

Yep, that's our Kathryn. 

Murphy's Law of Fargo

Just when I find a great doctor and get used to her, she has to get a big wig job in Florida. So I was referred to this new doctor who had a good reference. I liked her as well. I just went in for a quick blood test, intro myself, and BP check and then set up a new doctor exam.

Nope.

My blood pressure and pulse were so low they decided to hook me up to an EKG machine.

I was like: poop shit.

And here is the full version and not the short Facebook post. LOL. You're welcome:

Leave it to me to cause panic in the doctors office when they took my blood pressure. Got hooked up to an EKG and monitored. Then breathing tests. Asked all kinds of questions.
Are you feeling ok?

No.

What is going on, Kathryn?

In all this frenzy I lost a contact and my spares are at work.

They didn't like that answer either.

I added...Now I have to drive with one eye.

Silence from the doctor.

Despite me saying..."Dudes, I am always this low," they didn't like it; they continued to look at me like I was going to go into cardiac arrest and stop breathing.
They also never had been called dudes.
Then while reviewing my information:

When were you diagnosed with asthma: 2005. Why so late? Did you have it when you were young and ignore it? Or develop it later?

Developed it later.

Ok. What caused you to go seek medical attention for it?

Meth lab exposure. 

*crickets*

It was when I was a police officer.

Some sigh of relief and wide eyes. 

Oh. Wow. Ok. Any major injuries in your life?

A broken neck.

Ok. Car accident?

No. Police fight.

*crickets* 

Look up from clip board*

Any surgeries?

Yep. January. 

What for and why?

My ovaries decided to be a bitch.

I can see you are going to be an interesting patient. 

After all the testing, more doctors came in. Apparently the fourth doctor agreed I have a heart of an Olympian. Now if I was just blessed to be that ripped.

Yep. Story of my life. 

And then after putting a new contact in my left eye after being 2 hours late back to work, I had to repeat this story to the bosses. You can imagine the laughter on that one.

Yep, that's our Kathryn. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SHIPwrecked

I really have not abandoned ship nor company. I am busier than a one-legged woman in a butt kicking contest. I don't think that is politically correct. But then again...well, you know.

The only progress right now is my weight loss and Bug's volleyball. Yes, school is in full session. Nuts, that means I lost my summer worker bee. This academic year is going to be trying. Working three jobs, going to school, and life. Lots of life.

The latest on Uniform Stories is here. It's actually a positive piece with little sarcasm. I know, right? Please like, comment, share, or rate to help a gal out. Good or bad, all the feedback helps me improve.



Don't forget Longmire is coming out in September and then followed by The Walking Dead. Has anyone seen Stranger Things? I know. You are wondering when I have the time. Well...try late at night while I am writing. Perhaps that is why things are all screwed up.

Prayers to Milwaukee. Hopefully, things will be settling down. In the meantime, Sheriff Clarke is riling up the masses and pissing off politicians. I like that.

Stay safe. Be vigilant. Be alert. Don't trust the joggers. They are the ones who always find the dead bodies. Yeah. It's true.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pre-Apocalyptic Essentials

Great news from the homefront...it's SUPAH hot and I am not melting. It has recently been discovered that I am not made of sugar after all. Hmm. Quite disappointing to most, I am sure. I also have become callused once again, having used up all my give a fucks.

The language is strong with this one. I have resorted back to channeling my cop and truck driver vocabulary skills. It so happens it goes along with house work, house duties, and too much going on in life. I like it busy. But it brings the fucks...both does and don'ts.

Meanwhile...you can check out the latest on Uniform Stories here.  It's about the worst advice we hear from citizens. It's not the most colorful piece, but help a sister out and like, or comment, and rate. Pass me around on Facebook or Twitter like a Friday hooker special. I appreciate your support.

The world of academia around here lately have been debating whether or not we are all becoming numb to the attacks around the world...terrorist...police ambushes...etc. Are we passing off these terrible acts as unconcerning (that is a word, spellcheck)?

Say it isn't so. Every time I see that shit in the news, I still get a gut wrenching feeling of dread and sadness.

We can't act right no matter what situation. Look at our political clowns unraveling at the podium. What do we expect out of average Americans, then? The standards are low.

Where is our moral compass and savwafair?  Erg. I am sure they are buried deep beneath the sea or in some sunken tomb.

If we start accepting this violence as normal, we may as all head for the hills and wait for Rick or Daryl to rescue us. Fuck me in the ass. People.

The only good thing about the future is Longmire and The Walking Dead are starting up soon.

That's about all there is to say about that.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Alpine Slide

Do you need something exciting and fresh for your summer reading list? I have a great suggestion...Alpine Slide by Jeremy DeConcini. This long overdue book review has arrived!

I know you are going to want to put this on your must have of good reads.  First, go out and get the first book then click another time to put book two in your Amazon cart. Go do it now if you haven't already. I guarantee you will enjoy them.

Jeremy DeConcini delivers another fun and fast read packed with action and thrills. The first book brings you to the beginning of Ben's story so it is a must read as well as action packed with current issues and conspiracies. You can read my review on Camino Del Diablo here and also my first Q & A with Jeremy DeConcini is linked.

Not only is Alpine Slide a page turner, but it is written by someone who knows the insides and outs of the drug world. Not by dressing out in orange, mind you, but on the right side of the law. Jeremy DeConcini is one of the good guys.



His main man, Ben Adams, is a flawed character which makes you buy into the series much more so and even root for the guy when he is down. I also get frustrated at times with him. It makes him more believable. I was so excited to see Geronimo is back in the mix and he has to be my favorite of all the characters. I won't spoil the surprise. Because if you don't know Geronimo, then well, you are missing out.

Not only is Adams on an underworld adventure with sinister twists, it is set in the Colorado mountains. I know this might be keen for many of my readers as it is for me since I am partial to the area I grew up in. Well, visited often enough to call it my second home anyway.

Alpine Slide does not disappoint and I enjoyed it even better than the first one. Who doesn't like chasing bad guys and figuring out the network of criminals? They just happen to drop in Ben's lap and then all hell breaks loose. You get a little surfing in the sun and winter wonderland adventure all in one novel. It's like a bipolar (geographically speaking) vacation with a little drug enterprise.

You can get it on Amazon here.


And now...without further ado...an interrogation...uh...Q & A with Jeremy DeConcini:

(I must give him kudos for his fast and courteous response to my requests as well. Top notch!)

Jeremy, tell us about your love for surfing.

Surfing is as much a disease as a sport, but one that usually has positive side effects.  The problem is that it can become all consuming, sometimes to the detriment of other priorities.  I tried to convey that a little bit in Alpine Slide, where Ben is constantly checking and evaluating the waves and giving a little report (3-4 feet, clean, etc.)  The upside is that as clich├ęd as is it, nothing else compares, you just jump on a pulse of energy that originated sometimes thousands of miles away and harness it, if only for a few seconds.  The fact that the waves aren’t always available, or are constantly changing gives surfers that stereotypical Zen attitude.  They can’t make the ocean cooperate, they have to wait for it to happen.  There are actually some good life lessons there I think!

I enjoy watching the sport, but I have not gotten past paddle boarding myself. Bravo! Where is Ben Adams taking us next?

The next adventure is going to be much bigger!  The scope of the story will be bigger and it will have global implications and plot, related to some of the work that I used to do for Homeland Security in counter proliferation.  If I do it right, it should be the best of the trilogy, I am really excited about it, I am about 10000 words in at the moment. The bad news is that I don’t think that it will be ready for at least 12 months. 

That sound exciting. 12 months? Ok. We will try to be patient. Are you stopping at a trilogy or continuing on?

I am definitely going to continue writing, whether or not the next book is the end of Ben Adams remains to be seen.  I have another potential project as a co-author based on a true legal case that was just so whacky, it needs to be a book!

Oh, a true life story. Those are always popular and of course, on my reading list. Do you miss your law enforcement career?

Yes and no.

If so, what parts?

I miss the work and the camaraderie, even some of the parts that people didn’t like were actually quite fun for me, for example late night surveillance.  For me, that was such a cool experience, but many people found it boring or inconvenient.  Obviously, kicking in doors and taking down buildings on search warrants were great, I miss the life or death adrenaline of that type of experience, it is very hard to duplicate outside of  law enforcement or the military, which is maybe why I try and get into the mountains as much as I can. I still have lots of friends in the business, so I get to keep some of the relationships, but once you are on the outside, it is not quite the same.

Those are some great parts, except for surveillance. IMHO. I am not a fan of that unless my targets are active. Otherwise, it is a snooze fest and I fight to keep awake or entertained. It's the restlessness in me. I would have to agree with you on most everything else. So what parts are in the "no" part?  

I don’t miss the fact that being a Special Agent becomes an all consuming identity, you become that job, I wasn’t great at separating work from life and it felt like I was on 24/7, which in a sense I was, for example there was always the decision as to whether to keep your duty weapon on you when you weren’t working.  I remember that I didn’t usually carry off duty, but there was an active shooter situation at a mall in Utah that was stopped by an off duty cop who shot the guy.  I always carried after that, I felt I had a duty in that regard, which makes it a bit hard to relax and have a beer.

Ah. Good points. Those active shooter things affect us all, I believe, in the same way. However, I can always find a place to relax and have a beer. You just have to hide off duty. LOL. Where do you write?

At this point, wherever I can, I am constantly scribbling things down to be put into the computer later.  Favorite place? Not yet, I was just on vacation in a cabin in Northern Wisconsin that had a screened in porch that worked pretty well.  If I could spend a couple of months there, the next book would be done very quickly!  It was a great place to write.

Do you set aside time or is it inspired based?

Both, if inspiration is coming, I just write when I can and keep it going.  If I have gotten busy with other things and haven’t worked on the book in awhile, sometimes I will just set aside some hours and knock it out.  I am still trying to figure out my writing process, and for this book I am slowing it down a little so that I can write a better book.

I look forward to your future works. What do you want your readers to take from your books besides entertainment?

I would like the books to be fast and fun, but I would like the reader to at least get a brush with bigger issues.  In Camino Del Diablo, it was water issues in the Southwest, in Alpine Slide, it is the current Heroin epidemic that is coast to coast at this point.  I would also like the reader to see some humanity in all of my characters, even the bad guys. Had I not been born where I was and raised the way I was, who knows where I would have landed.  I like to think that I would have stayed on the straight and narrow, but who knows?

I think you deliver! What do you see currently as America's largest crime problems? 

I would say heroin and fentanyl are it right now, they are just destroying communities around the country.  I think there needs to be a lot more resources devoted towards enforcement against the traffickers and treatment of addicts.  Obviously, terrorism is large on every one’s minds right now, but on some level, that is the point of terrorism, if you look at the data, it isn’t as big of a problem as people think, it is just really, really scary, which is what the terrorists want, they want us to be scared.  That is not to say that our intelligence and law enforcement community shouldn’t be working hard on this, but that as the regular guy or gal on the street, we need to live our lives and to not give the bad guys an inch psychologically, otherwise they have the advantage.  After the London train bombings, the average Londoner didn’t even blink, they had survived The Blitz and the Battle of Britain; a couple of bombs on the trains didn’t even move the needle.  I was always impressed with their resolve in the face of such violence.

Heroin is huge around here, too. Anything you would like to add that I didn't ask you?

Thanks very much for giving me the opportunity to talk with you!  It has been great!

It has been great! Keep on producing those great reads! Thanks so much, Jeremy!