Mar 3, 2006

Cheap government, Surfing and Dummies

I know you have not heard from me for awhile, but I have been very busy.  First of all, I’ve been busy at work.  A few days ago some lady called the PD and reported that when she was a young girl, about 20 years ago, she overheard her father confessing to her mother that he had just killed someone.  This was initially dismissed with a simple info report by the officer, and then assigned to me with an “I’m sure it’s nothing” comment from the Captain. 

 

Well, “nothing” turned into some very specific details of an unsolved murder from 1988.  The only good thing about it is- if the dad did kill this guy, we don’t have to go to court, because dad died of a heart attack last year.  This might seem to be solved quite neatly (if the guy did it), however this may lead to a very bad precedent for the District Attorneys Office; for instance, why pay all that money to have a trial to convict someone of murder?  They are going to die sooner or later, and according to the Uniform Crime Report, the death of the suspect is a clearance... that’s as good as an arrest!  Think of the money we can save!  In fact, everyone who is suspected of murder can be thought of as on Death Row, but just out on bail.  We just let God carry out the sentence.  When they die of, say, prostate cancer at age 87, the DA can make a big press release about how another murderer was brought to justice.  My idea makes near as much sense as most of the other decisions coming out of those three-ring circuses we call “Court rooms.” 

 

OK... deep breath, back off the soapbox...  I also went to Westport and got back on the surfboard.  Here I am at the “Groins,” hanging ten on my longboard.

 

 

I have no idea why it is called "The Groins;" perhaps "The Buttocks" was already taken.

 

While there I stopped in at “The Surf Shop,” and spoke to my old surf instructor Barry, who is still driving the very cool olive green Malibu convertible (I have to remember to get him a SWAT shirt).  I then noticed that there was a police car parked in the same spot during the three days I was in Westport.  I went to investigate, and found that it was a dummy in the car. 

 

 

 

No, no, no... I don’t mean to say that the officer was one round short of a full clip, I mean he was plastic.  In fact he looked like an old, wrinkled version of a Resusci-Annie.

 

 

I was told that this was the brain child of someone in city government who thought that it would save money. 

 

I better not  tell them of my “Death sentence” idea...

 

PS:  A link to the Westport.cam; you can see a live shot of where I surf.

              http://www.westportgrayland-chamber.org/surfing_info.htm

 

 

14 comments:

shayshaydc said...

Great entry!!!! Great picture on your surf board!!!! You sure that isn't you in that police car??? LOL... http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)

ally123130585918 said...

You do come up with some bright ideas Dave ~ but I should keep it under wraps for now  lol ~ Great pictures of u Surfing thanks for link to site ~ Now u know where the Captain spends his days he only pretends to be a dummy in a plastic car !!!!!....Ally

mllevl said...

My husband has had a new work van given to him recently that is very similar in appearance to local Police vans and it is hilarious to see the reaction of other road users when they see him coming ..seats belts are rapidly put on..yobs that were messing about driving round and round a roundabout move off within the speed limit,  and he is NEVER overtaken. He picks me up from Tescos sometimes and it must look like I am being "lifted" by the law....What isn't so funny is having a "police van" parked outside the house frequently!!  We haven't been here long so God knows what my neighbours think!!

lacaza3 said...

<cat whistle> check out that body and legs HA!
Donna In TEXAS

lv2trnscrb said...

they do the dummy in the police car here in a city in Montana. It is effective for slowing people down

betty

queeniemart said...

I have no idea where i got the link to your journal but i have read several entries and you are funny and i like your journal alot. I will read every time you write. Take care, lisa

suzypwr said...

Is that dummy covered under the union contract? Does he have dummy rights if something goes wrong? Adequate representation? Does he meet his quotas?

xoxo

njmom72 said...

LOL! A dummy? That must have been creepy to walk up to that car and find out the guy in it wasn't real. I can see how something like that would be cost-effective. Glad to hear the '88 case finally got solved. Great photo of you hangin' ten! :-)

~ Susan
http://journals.aol.com/njmom72/InMyLife

jevanslink said...

A couple more big waves like that and you'll be ready for the monsters at JAWS. Who posed for that dummy by the way, Remo?  Mrs. l  

krisndave83 said...

Oh man... I'm sure she didn't mean it Remo..   Actually the dummy looked a bit like Henry Fonda.  

.............Dave K

demandnlilchit said...

LOL! We have those dummies on a few of our highways here (Chicago), some with fake radar guns taped to their hands!

screaminremo303 said...

Quite the contrary, Dave. I'm sure she meant every word. LOL

The "officer" in the car looks to be a viable candidate for Police Chief. Unless he has a spine.

mosie1944 said...

Hey, you'd better check out what happend to Remo!  http://journals.aol.com/screaminremo303/ScreaminRemo/entries/1402

It could happen to you.

psychfun said...

Wow! Look like the cruise food didn't give you a great deal of trouble! Does your wife let you go there alone like that! Ha! Wait, someone in govt wants to save $? And with dummies? Boy there are just too many jokes with this! I can't! Ha!