If you ask a lot of officers you will hear over and over again that the public likes firemen and not police officers.  This is probably because most of the contact we have with people is in a negative manner.  We arrest people, write tickets, take children out of homes, and when you need a cop there isn’t one around.   As a young officer I would be quick to judge others, and really wanted little contact other than with my family and friends.  As I matured I realized that there are a lot of good people out there; we just might not come in contact with them everyday.  My youngest son reminded me of that one time.  We were riding in our car and saw a homeless man.  He had a cardboard sign reading, “please help.”  I commented that he was probably going to spend the money on something he shouldn’t.  My son took some money out of his pocket and reminded me that it was not for me to judge what he was going to buy, but rather to share.  I was humbled.  Officer Dubina is not often humbled. 

January 20, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

I love to read, but I spend less and less time doing it.  In fact, the only thing I read on a regular basis is my Bible.  I continue buying books, but the reading itself just seems to make it to the back burner.  I wish someone would tell me how to fit it into my schedule, but the reality is…I just don’t have the time. 

I think that’s why I’m afraid to go back to school.  My boss is getting his masters and has encouraged me to do the same.  The department will pay for almost all of it, but the concept of going to school scares me to death.  I have been out of school for so long that I don’t remember how to write a paper or even study effectively.  On the bright side, I think I could pretty much nail gym class.  Maybe its something I should think about for this new year.  Or maybe I’ll just start reading more. 

January 18, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack