Feb 19, 2009

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Went to the airport yesterday to pick up a couple of Homicide Detectives from LAPD. They are here to (sorry, can't talk about it now... maybe later). I only knew their names, something that sounded Latin, and something that sounded Irish... So I was at the airport, staring at the exit gate looking for a Hispanic guy and a White guy that had a 'Cop" look. The "Cop" look is pretty universal, I was in Eastern Turkey and could recognised undercover cops; so I was pretty confidant about my abilities.

First out of the gate were two guys that fit the bill exactly. Cheap Sears suits, military haircuts, a body shape that comes from lifting weights and eating donuts, and a smug sort of "I'm still cooler than people who make lots more money" look. I focused on them, trying to see if I could spot a gun bulge (I knew they were traveling armed). I started moving in behind one of them, twisting and turning, trying to find and eliminate possible pistol locations: belt, armpit, ankle... The guy turned and caught me checking him out just when my cell phone rang. I answered it and just then noticed a couple of short guys 40 feet away, one of them on the phone and waving at me. It was then I noted the subtle clue I had missed that may have tipped me off that they were the guys I was looking for:

Both of them had jackets with "LOS ANGLES POLICE HOMICIDE UNIT" blazoned on their chests. I introduced myself to them and led them out of the airport before the guy in the cheap suit could ask me for a date.

I gotta work on my skills...

30 comments:

Woody said...

Good Entries, enjoyed the Visit, Got my 25 years in and pulled the plug and got out!!! "Stay Safe"!

cw2smom said...

Those are some brave souls running around in public...I mean NOT on a crime scene...with that identifying info on them like that! Dave..where you been? I've been missing your stories! Lisa

Dana said...

Dearest Dave~ Okay, I get that sunflowers aren't your scene in life.
But maybe my overnight french toast recipe will change you mind about me.
I really like reading your entries. So if you don't mind, can this environmentalist have permission to drop by daily on your blog to read along with others. I'm just a laid back hippie that grows her own food and like looking at sunflowers. LOL
Hugs~ Dana

FrankandMary said...

Had to stop over after reading your last comment on Remo's blog. I am 43; is that old enough? I could be the little old lady visiting your blog.
I need to work on my skills also.
People skills, or so I have been told.
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa on the jackets.
I saw an FBI jacket and thought it had to be a fake, no...not at all. Too much advance notice for me, but..~Mary

LdyRoxx said...

Aw man! Talk about outta focus!

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