Feb 5, 2009
I No Wanna Hear Complaints
Just got back from a fun time of laying in the snow for about 4 hours during some training we had. It involved my partner and I walking about 2 miles through the snow (we were very close to Mt. Rainer, WA) and setting up a sniper position about 100 yards from a cabin. Inside the cabin were other cops, sitting by the fire, drinking hot cocoa and trying to spot our position. We then, after observing the location for about 2 hours, call into our command post and direct the entry element of the SWAT team to the best location to do a dynamic entry.
After the scenario was over (again, my partner and I were out for 4 hours, 1 stalking up and 3 in the snow), we all had a cup of hot cocoa in our hands and I overheard a couple of the 20'ish (age) entry guys complaining. They lamented about how horrible the training was 'cause their toes all got cold while standing around outside the cabin for about 70 minutes.
I then pointed out that I (age late 40's) had been in the snow more than twice as long, and I thought it was great training. Many (not all) of the youngsters looked at me like I was some sort of Neanderthal throw back- as if I was somehow not "sophisticated" enough to appreciate that I should be whining about the cold.
I got online today and ordered a hat which reads, "EMBRACE THE SUCK." Next time I will just put that on and smile at them. Stupid kids probably won't even get that I'm making fun of them... whats an old guy to do?
Me in the snow... I did have time to take this with my new Blackberry (proof that I'm hip, or just an OLD nerd... don't know which).
Posted by Detective Dave (retired)