Jul 31, 2010

Too Funny to be False

Well, after my last adventure with Yakima Police Department's Water Wading Squad, I thought that everything would be smooth. We got some updated information on where the gun was tossed and we thought we would go out one more time. I again loaned Detective Drew my wet suit, and reminded him that the ZIPPER GOES IN BACK. He stepped out of the bushes, wet suit donned and ready to plunge into the cold waters; I took one look and was in disbelief... he got the zipper in back, but it was inside out. "Drew, your killin me!" Was all could choke out, I thought he was putting me on... instead of the colorful "O'Neal" logo, a simple stenciled, "XL MADE IN TAIWAN" was what it said in front. Amber was laughing so hard she couldn't hold the camera steady for 4 minutes to take a picture.

I got to hand it to Drew; no turning red, no embarrassment, he just quietly said "F--- it" and got into the water.

We still didn't find a gun.

Jul 17, 2010

Amber's Photos

I last wrote about Evidence Tech Amber, and her tendency not to photograph actual evidence, but rather me- doing whatever is humorous or embarrassing. Here is the photo you all requested-me in my putrification mask:

It seems as though there are more of these sorts of photos; luckily, I'm not the only target. What follows is the story of more of Amber's pics that were taken last Thursday:

Detectives Drew and Kasey worked up a suspect in a murder (I think it was number 6 of 11 so far this year). After making the arrest, Detective Kasey gets info. that the murder weapon was tossed into a local waterway. Sgt Mike thought that we could probably go and try to find the gun ourselves, mostly because he has a cool salmon boat, and it's been in the upper 90's here. What a great idea, right? We all thought it would be a great day, playing in the water, maybe finding critical evidence at the same time; where is the downside? Of course, Amber HAD to come and take some photos... in case we did find evidence. I went and grabbed some of my wet suits, and met the guys by the river. Drew and I changed into wet suits (he burrowed one of my shorties, and I got into my surfer O'Neil).

Unfortunately (for Drew), I didn't notice that he had put the wet suit on BACKWARDS until he was posing proudly for Amber:

Ya buddie, I thought you knew... the zipper goes in BACK. Sorry dude.

I was dragged behind the boat while snorkeling and looking at the bottom. Every now and then water would breach the snorkel, and I would pop up- sputtering and gasping for air; Amber was there to record every moment:

Well, nobody drowned, and we found nothing; but Amber got some laughs, along with some funny shots. After it was over, we all posed at the boat for one last photo. Detectives Brew, Drew, me, and Sgt Mike.

Ya, I know... Drew never did put the suit on right.