I am a Guest Blogger Today

Today, I am a guest writer for the multi-talented Raindog--police officer, poet, and photographer.  His blog Raindogblue is definitely a worthwhile stop.

My post over there is entitled Failing Floyd: A Life Lesson and it discusses me as a young officer and a disappointing mistake that I had to deal with.  We all make bad decisions from time to time, but often we can find inspiration in the learning process.

Fortunately, that was my experience.

22 comments:

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Like you, I find Raindog Blue to be a beautiful site from a talented man.

I loved this post. My comment is long and maybe jest a tetch syrupy, but I meant every word.

It's my very good luck to have run into thoughtful people in this world.

have a great day!
Ann T.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Read your post over at Raindog Blue. It was well written and I couldn't stop reading it until the end.

I can't begin to tell you how many bad judgements I have made in my personal life and professional. I hope that none of them have left permanent scars on anyone's life and that the lessons I learned will teach others not to do the same.

J. J. in Phila said...

On your guest blog.

Sometimes you get the bear; sometimes the bear gets you.

One of the nice things about my job is that I can lay out the probabilities prior to taking action, in must cases. A police officer, in the middle of a crisis cannot.

WomanHonorThyself said...

goin right away to read it ..come to WHT to work up an appetite..heh

Angelia Sims said...

I am a big fan of life lessons. Off to read your guest post!

LadyFi said...

Going over to read more!

Kristin said...

Off to check it out!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Headed over to read it but I have not had the news on and didn't know about this little girl. I AM SO RELIEVED that they found her and frankly, I can't say that I'm unhappy about the outcome of the perp. Too bad he chose to live his life that way. Even if he was a victim, you don't have to become a victimizer. THAT's a choice.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Powerful post over there, SD. You are a terrific writer with vivid descriptions and wonderful insight.

BobKat said...

Read your post - rewarding to hear a story about your days as an officer. I have one, perhaps tricky question to ask? Tricky in I don't want to put you on the spot, but I have to ask... aside from the time lost looking in the complex, once you realized where he was headed, why didn't you pursue?

Again... not to put you on the spot - people tell me I simply analytical, so I think of these things.

Very well written!

Luisa Doraz said...

I am happy to see that you are being recognized for who you are. :)

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the kind words all.

@ BobKat: Good question.

I did not do a good job of communicating how much time was of the essence in my decision. In pursuing someone who is fleeing at a high rate of speed, my best bet was to broadcast the vehicle's description and the direction seen heading over the radio and then pick the residential road or the road to the Interstate.

Selecting the wrong one as I did and searching it for a short period of time, allowed the bad guy plenty of time to hit the freeway and be long gone by the time I would have explored the other alternative.

Reggie said...

Of course I just had to check out the other blog, and left a comment there too. What a riveting story you told, it really gave some insight into the challenges of being a police officer. I'd love to hear more.

Audrey Allure said...

Definitely will check it out!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'll go check it out!

Adie said...

My daughter is 4 and it breaks my heart to think of this situation. Makes me want to keep them inside. We live in a bigger city and my kids do not play in the front yard. Anymore I am not sure I would be okay with it in a smaller city. Who know's.

Janna Qualman said...

Neat, SD! I'll go check it out.

'Cause it's a Friday night, and I've nothing better to do. ;)

Isha Shiri said...

Hello friend! Your posts always intelligent. Actually cases of police, such as kidnappings and others are terrible.
Here in Brazil, this week's the case the kidnapping and murder of a girl, Eliza Samudio, she was dating a famous soccer player named "Bruno".
He playing on Flamengo soccer club. There are sadistic refinements in this case. But worse was that the police did not investigate, months before, the complaints of her who told police that had received death threats. The police did not act and now she's dead cowardly.

See the chronology case in link:
http://g1.globo.com/brasil/noticia/2010/07/cronologia-do-caso-eliza-samudio.html

Bye, kiss.

Momma Fargo said...

Great post. You are in fine company with decisions in a split second that change the outcome of a case. You are still awesome! Very fine piece of writing.

sheri said...

slamdunk, the story was fantastic, a real heart rendering tale of your concern for good people! i appreciated your honesty and the write was so interesting, full of detail that made me want to go see floyd and say hello!
thank you so much for serving :)

WomanHonorThyself said...

HOPE YOURE HAVIN A SUPER WEEKEND! :-)

ocmist said...

The story was very good, and had a good lesson to it. Everyone makes mistakes at times, so it is important not to let it keep eating at you, but to learn from it and do better the next time.

I'm so glad that Floyd was OK!