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The Letter

So I got my letter from Madison Police Department today, looks like I am not a total moron and can at least past step 1 (ie fill out the damn application properly, attach necessary documents.)Anyway, the gist of the letter says that testing is done on Sundays with the written being at 0800-0930 and the heats for the physical agility assessment start around 1030. So, I should be getting a letter in August giving me the date I will be testing. Oh here is the kicker, and I know they put this on all letters but I can't help but feel that it's just mine, "in conclusion, thanks again for your interest in MPD and keep working out--we don't want to lose qualified candidates because of their inability to master the physical agility assessment."Here is the breakdown of what I will be expected to do, I will keep this more as a check list, so I can mark when I comfortable with my skill in each area:Abdominal Strength: Twenty-five (25) sit-ups in one (1) minute, performed whi…

Just breathe

Okay I admit it..I called in to work today. Didn't call in sick, which would be a lie, just said I'm not coming in. I need a day to breathe. It has been a very long, emotional week. I need a day to get myself together, to get a few things done, and for 1 day, not focus on death. Of course, Loni was kind enough to provide me with a "honey-do-list" which I said I won't start unless I get my other things done. I have been such a slacker the last few weeks...okay almost 1 month but I just just drained down. I have been seriously neglecting my Act ride duties, neglecting my commitment to go to the gym, neglected applying for other police departments and neglecting life. So, today is my day to play catch-up, take care of business..then get back on track. Sometimes we need these type of days. Looking forward to a good weekend again, tomorrow is the kickoff meeting for the Act 6 ride, in the evening we are having some sort of Guitar Hero dual with Mary & Michelle, th…

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This was a post I wrote a few days ago about things that were happening in my life.So I have been in a slump lately. Not feeling fully connected with much, too busy, too tired, too many excuses. I feel that I am so far away from me, that I am too wrapped up in other, non-essential things. With everything that has been going on, I have a few friends that I have stood by my side, traveled with me to an event that really did not mean anything to them (at the time) but they went for me...simply because I asked them to be by my side. Those are the type of people that I need to surround myself.On Saturday we went to hear Mary Lou Wallner speak about her experiences and her "testimony of hope." For me, this was the first time back in a church in a long time, and it was a strange feeling to be there. But we had a great dinner and some yummy dessert before the program started. Almost the instant Mary Lou stepped up to speak I could feel my throat tighten up. The similarities between …

A moment of silence

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I was going to reserve today for Memorial Day post about veterans. However, today I need to post about another member of our family tragically taken away from us this morning. Felicia Melton-Smyth was someone that I have known for 8 years, since I moved to Madison. I knew her as someone that was a prominent figure in the fight against AIDS. I had a chance to get to know her on the Walk, Roll & Stroll for the Aids Network in 2006 because we did the walk as Team Shamrock, and again during the Act Ride last year. Today when I got home from doing my everyday things, I found out that Felicia was murdered while vacationing Mexico this morning. This is a loss for our community, her friends and those that cared for her. In the wake of such news I feel that silence is best. I found some of my favorite pictures to post today. They show Felicia as I saw her, a fun loving, and dedicated person. RIP Felicia, may we pick up the pieces and carry on your legacy. Walk Roll & Stroll 2006 - Tea…

One should not go thinking while at work

I have had a rough week. On Wednesday I had a crown prep done and thought I would just have to suffer though it for 2 weeks until I could have a day to chew on the right side of my mouth. (try it for a year and see how much only chewing on one side bugs ya!) anyway, as much as I dislike the dentist I hated my tooth pain and my "daily dose of Advil" even more so it had to be done. Anyway, while at work on Thurs I was pretty sure a huge chunk cracked off...while a eating dinner of noodles I noticed that it was almost unbearable to chew, but the pain was even more intense. So...I call, see my dentist and she says that she is afraid my fracture goes deeper and I need a specialist. So, I quickly made an appointment for Monday and he will shove some huge needle/microscope down my poor little tooth and determine if a root canal is possible or if I will need to have the tooth "extracted" which is a fancy word for ripped out of my mouth! Until then I must suffer through the…

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