Jun 272006

Better Days

I am sad to say I had to put Sampson my dog down today. It’s been less than a week that I wrote One Old German about him but he took a turn for the worse. Perhaps it was the high temperatures we have had the last few days or it was just finally time but he went down hill quickly. When I talked to the veterinarian earlier in the year about Sampson’s declining health he told me I would know when it was time and he was right.

My partner and I took him in this afternoon about 2:30. I had talked to the doc a couple of times today. At first I was going to wait until my weekend and go in on Thursday but because Sampson wasn’t eating or drinking much both the doc and I felt we should get it done now.

I have never had to have a pet euthanized before and I think I was actually more fond of the dog than I realized. It was pretty difficult watching the doctor give him the shot. I guess he used sodium pentathol in a large dose. It was very quick, I think he was gone in about twenty seconds and there didn’t seem to be any pain. He just went to sleep. I tried not to but I cried.

Sampson almost seemed to understand. He never objected when the doc shaved his arm and didn’t flinch a bit when the needle went in. Now he is taking a nice long sleep. Good night old man, rest well….

Jun 252006

RV on fire

I was out on the road at work today and I saw very black smoke rising down the road away’s and knew it was a bad fire. I hadn’t heard the fire department so I drove down to find this RV pretty well up in flames. I called it in to dispatch however the FD was already en route.

I talked to the owner and he told me he was pulling into the RV park to see about staying the night. He heard his motor backfire and then it died. He just coasted to a stop then saw some smoke. He just got his wife and he out and it burst into flames and it just went up very fast. The poor guy told me he and his wife were living in the RV and everything they had was in there. Hope they makes out okay.

It’s very hot here today with the temperature hitting over 100 deg in a some areas. They say tomorrow could be hotter.

Jun 242006

Not a bad Saturday so far, a little afternoon delite with my sweety ;). That sure makes for some contentment. I must have wore him out, he had to take a nap. We have company coming later so we had to play early.

The official report right now says the temp is 94 Degrees. It’s not too bad in the house yet. It usually isn’t till the second day than the house heats up and gets uncomfortable. The news is reporting a high heat advisory; that is something new for around here. Tomorrow is forcast to be a hundred and they are saying it may be a record.

Back Yard Barbequeer

Well like I said, it is a hot saturday, on two fronts… Not sure what the picture is all about except that I am going to barbecue later. Hope you are all haveing a nice day.

Jun 222006

Today Rosie Sizer officially became Chief of Police for Portland. She was appointed interim a couple of months ago after then Chief Derrick Foxworth was put on administrative leave while the city investigated allegations of misconduct made by a desk clerk he had a relationship with some years back.

Rosie Sizer

I think she will make a good chief from what I have seen. I don’t know that much about her but a couple of guys I know that work for PPB think she will be good for the Bureau. I did think it kind of comical that Mayor Potter who only less than a week ago demoted Foxworth said the city was going to start a nationwide search for a new chief… That was a quick search.. Oh well, that’s Portland…. good luck Chief Sizer.

Jun 212006


Sampson, our dog is getting on in years. He’s a German shepherd and is about 14 years old. Sampson has been a good pet but he was really my dad’s dog. My dad died a few years ago and Sampson has been kind of strange since then.

When our other German shepherd died by coincidence this guy had come into the police department wanting to know if we could use a dog for a K9 program. The department wasn’t ready for one at that time so I offered to take the dog. He was in the military and was being shipped overseas and I guess it was a big problem taking the dog with them. Odd though, as he was going to Germany…… ;)

He came out to the property and after the dog ran it’s self silly he gave my dad Sampson. Sampson is the fourth German Shepherd I have lived with. I must say that male shepherds are not as smart as the females. They are bigger but dumber. I base this observation on the fact that two of ours were male and two female. The females (both named Princes) were very intelligent and the two males were both dumb as a box of rocks. Still they are a great breed and I will probably get another one some day. For now I think we will take a break when Sampson in gone. Anyway we have our hands full with Morgan the cat… ruler of the house. But that is another story.

Jun 172006

Good grief, I drove all the way into Portland, at least a forty-five minute to hour trip this morning, to watch the Gay Pride parade. I looked it up online and I’m sure I looked at the date.. I must have… It’s right there and it clearly says Sunday, June 18th.

Anyway, as I found out today is Saturday the 17th… oops. There is a festival area down at the water front today but I had to wait around until noon before it opened. Not much there just a few food booths and trinket vendors along with several other clubs, groups and political booths. Portland Police and Multnomah County Sheriff both had a booth for recruiting. Didn’t see a lot of people showing interest at their booths. I did manage to spend $15.00 on a t-shirt from a Seattle company called ajaxx63. I got the bear shirt to go with my new tattoo. Have to work Sunday so I guess I will have to wait until next year to see the parade.

Jun 162006

I am a sergeant for a medium size police department in the great Pacific NW. I have been a cop for over 20 years and I love the job. My partner and I have been together for almost fifteen years. We have a cat (or better yet he allows us to live in his house and serve him). As I am new to blogging I don’t really know what I will be writing about but if you find anything of interest let me know. If not let me know that too.

Jun 152006

This has been a long work week. It always seems that way when I do more administrative work. I didn’t get out on the road much this last week. Meetings, interviews and lots of paperwork kept me in the office.

One of the hats I wear as a sergeant is the equipment, uniforms and kind of the logistics officer. We recently promoted two new sergeants so I had to get them set up in their offices, get phone extensions, cell phones, pagers, uniforms, computers, business cards…. the list seems endless. I think I have a pretty good handle on it now but I am sure something has been overlooked.

It’s my weekend now, three days for myself and I am heading out to fire up my Massey Ferguson tractor and get some work done around the property. I also have to haul it over to our friends house as I promised to cut down some brush for them. I hope the weather holds up and it doesn’t rain too much.

Saturday is the Pride parade in Portland. I plan on getting down to check everyone out and hopefully see some friends. Hopefully I will get some good photos to share. Well better get off my butt and get with it…..

Jun 102006
For sure one of Portland’s Finest

Every year I try to get into Portland for the Grand Floral Parade at the Rose Festival. I don’t go so much to watching the parade. I go to see old friends that in many cases I haven’t seen since the last parade and hopefully meet a few new. I also go to watch all the interesting people a large festival like this attracts. I always take my camera and love to catch people being themselves.

Two good friends. I don’t think they have missed a parade in 20 years.

I don’t think I saw a third of the parade this last Saturday. I usually try to head out of town before the end. I hate all the traffic, it’s always an incredible mess with over a hundred thousand people all trying to get home at once. This year was very festive though, and the weather was great with no rain and a little cloud cover. Often it rains but Oregonians are use to that

2006 Rose Queen Camille Clark

I didn’t see as many friends as I usually do. I guess they just needed a break this year. Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Rose Festival. You can bet I will be there.
Jun 092006

I got my long awaited tattoo yesterday. I had been working with an artist named Willow from Two Chicks Tattoos (see My First Tattoo) who was working on a design with a bear theme. She worked up a piece for me and although it was very good it didn’t jump out and grab me. It was a bear in a dream catcher and although I wanted some Native American influence in the tattoo it just wasn’t what I wanted.

Just by chance while I was researching tats on the internet I came across one that I really loved. In fact when I saw it instantly knew it was the one I wanted. The original tattoo was all black/gray art work and I wanted some color in my tattoo so I touched up the picture in Photoshop and then took it off to Willow for her to look at. She loved it too and after a couple of adjustments we agreed on the design.

So yesterday I lost my virginity, well at least as far as getting my first tattoo. I lost my other virginity so long ago I can hardly remember. I had been a bit anxious the last couple of days but when I got to the shop I was pretty relaxed. I arrived about 1:30 and after signing all the disclaimers, hold harmless and warnings that your arm may fall off, we got going about 2pm. By 5pm we were finished. It wasn’t as painful as I guessed it would be, I guess I would describe it as uncomfortable. I had heard so many different opinions from people about the pain level that I just tried to put it out of my mind and not think much about it much. The most discomfort came when she was wiping off the ink and cleaning it up.

The tattoo is a fairly detailed piece and she told me that it may take two sittings but I wanted it all done at one time so I was determined to endure. I will say that at three hours I was about reaching my tolerance level but we got it done.

I think my partner was rather apprehensive about me getting the tattoo but after he saw the completed work he was very pleased. He wanted to come and watch and no doubt taunt me but he had to work so he didn’t get to see it until later that evening when I took the bandage off. I only told a couple of my coworkers that I was getting inked so it will be fun showing it off at work next week.