Archive for February, 2011

GPOYW, and no snow!

February 23rd, 2011 No comments

GPOYW, and no snow!, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!


GPOYW: gym

February 16th, 2011 No comments

GPOYW: gym, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

It’s better blurry. Trust me.


Old Town and the problem with Portland cops…

February 10th, 2011 No comments

From the story in the Portland Clackamas Tribune. (link)

Here’s the operative line:

“Five to 6 a.m. is prime time, [officer Daryl] Turner says, because that’s the shift-change hour for police, and crack dealers in Old Town know it. So they know the officer on duty will likely be writing up his or her reports rather than patrolling.”

Who can’t see the solution to this problem? Seriously, PPB, you can’t adjust your shifts by an hour here and there every once in a while to keep homeless drug addicts on their toes?

How about this:

“Tonight, David Bryant is that officer, and he says being alone makes a difference when he’s in Crack Alley. Bryant says if there’s provocation — a fight for instance — he’s out of his car in a moment. But he thinks twice about approaching a large group of dealers without a partner.”

Again, pretty simple solution, two of them I can see here. First, you could go back to putting two cops in a car, or Old Town’s really not that big, maybe some foot patrols. Good ole community policing, get to know the bad guys instead of just one time busting heads to make the shift pass faster.

The problem with Portland cops is that they’re just lazy. Cops want the exclusion zones because it makes their jobs easier. Probable cause? For every arrest? Wow, that’s just too much work, innit? Foot patrols? All that walking? Oh, bah and humbug.

Cop defenders say, “Policing is hard!” “Policing is dangerous!” and I say, “Then they should get another job!” Nobody stumbles into policing. You don’t get a badge waiting for your band to get a record deal. These guys know what they’re getting into, and then they start whining (yes, whining) about how hard it is. How dangerous.

Hell with ’em.

Hell with that.


Ways in which my job doesn’t suck

February 9th, 2011 3 comments

1. It really is better than unemployment
2. Working alone on Sunday is almost like not working. Also makes the rest of the week short.
3. Boss generally leaves 2-3 hours before I do (see #2)
4. Crew chow
5. The one “snack” per day rule on #4 is generally unenforced.
6. Starting at noon means I can sleep in until 10am if I wanted to.
Addition: 7. Boss sometimes accidentally trains me on something useful.
Addition: 8. Maids tend to leave turndown chocolate scattered around.



February 9th, 2011 No comments

GPOYW, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

Ph34r my radio earpiece!


GPOYW: So cold

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

GPOYW: So cold, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

But so bright. Double screwed