Tuesday, April 13, 2010

a typical conversation


I've been missing and have also been highly unmotivated to blog. We have had a busy last couple of weeks and then this past weekend we went to my brother's wedding. It was lovely and we got to see lots of family. Then I find out today that my mom had exploratory surgery and some polyps were removed that they think are benign? They didn't tell anyone about it. My sister just happened to call my dad and he said he was at the hospital waiting for my mom to come out of surgery. Such is the way of my family. Not telling anyone anything so they won't worry. Or not telling you anything because it's none of your business! Here's a picture of my brother and his wife's first kiss after getting married. They will be living in San Diego.

Thank you Fabuleslie for the blog award. It doesn't come with any rules or anything and I'm not sure if there's an official name of the award, but it says, Circle of Friends Award. Leslie is hilarious. She's not an LEO, but she is a public servant. A first grade teacher! She tells funny school stories, shows some interesting finds in Austin Texas, and lots more. Thanks Leslie. I've been enjoying reading her blog.

Now onto the meat and potatoes. We are coming up on the one year anniversary of HF being an LEO. (One year ago, I was sayin', "what in tarnation does LEO mean?!") I started reading police blogs and police wife blogs and people were throwing around terms like LEO and the such and now I'm in the know! It's Law Enforcement Officer incase you were wondering like I was.

Lately I've been reflecting on the past year. One thing that came to mind was that whenever we get together with friends, the talk always turns into cop talk. Everyone wants to hear stories, and they have a story about a "bad cop" (or my personal favorite term, a rogue cop) that really screwed them over, etc. For the most part, HF is enjoying talking to close friends and family about the ins and outs of his job. Then there's that special category of people that I haven't yet categorized, but it's the kind of person or people where all you can do is shake your head and just simply know that they just don't get "it" and probably never will. 

Here's an example of some of the questions that HF gets on a regular basis from family and friends. This is from a text message sent on Sunday (let's call this person Rick): 

Rick:  hey, is making explosives against the law? LOL.

HF:  Yes.

Rick:  On what level. Federal?

HF:  All levels.

Rick:  Okay. Can you be charged after if you are on video?

HF:  Yes, and text messages are discoverable.

Rick:  And this conversation right?

HF:  Yeah.

Rick:  Well I didn't make any.

HF:  Good for you.

Rick:  Well gotta run

Do you know what I'm talking about? Sometimes people's questions are funny and not a big deal. And sometimes it just gets old. HF has had a few times when he doesn't feel like getting together with friends or family because he doesn't want to talk about work, and he doesn't want to command all the attention. It's also interesting to note that HF has said that sometimes it seems like people don't want to be friends because he's a cop or they do want to be friends because he's a cop. Lots of little changes that you don't really think about until they are actually happening I guess.


Stacia said...

I totally understand about the 'cop talk' stuff! Darren tries his hardest not to have it come up in conversation when we are with friends or family and it ALWAYS happens! He can't even get out the church building doors without someone pulling him aside to discuss some issue. I guess it just comes with the territory. Congrats on your 1yr. mark! We just hit 4 this month with the city (makes 10 in all!)

April E. :) said...

That's all so very true! Husby has gotten some interesting questions and phone calls in the middle of the night asking "why are there helicopters flying over my neighborhood?" I can be quite frustrating. We have spent the better part of 3-4 years training our family to not bring up the LE subject or the fact that he is LE to everyone they come into contact with! It can be quite the adjustment!

Mama Hen said...

Congrats on making it to the 1 year mark!
At my sisters birthday party last year someone mentioned the City OH worked in and my brother in law said, "Hey! He's a cop there!" and no kidding the room went silent. It was like no one knew how to behave anymore. And then the "confessions" started. OH had this look like, "Get me out of here!"
Oh well ... I guess it comes with the territory.
Congrats again!

The crazy Shaw Family said...

my husband is training right now to be a volunteer firefighter, and the class went out to the local prison last week for class. (they have an inmate firecamp) He made it VERY clear that no one was to mention what his dayjob is, and the instuctors made VERY clear that no one was to mention his job either! I hadn't really thought about it, but when he told me that, it made me a little paranoid!
COngrats on the one year mark! here's to many more safe and wonderful years!

April said...

Ahh, the endless stream of questions. Or requests for war stories. It does get old, doesn't it?

KD said...

"ditto" :D

Simply Complicated said...

Yes, random questions. And yes, requests for stories. And have you noticed that if someone introduces your husband they have to add "he's a cop" - are there any other professions that do that?! Kinda funny, Kinda annoying :-)

Christopher said...

Perhaps the most frustrating question,"What's the most exciting thing that has happened to you?" I never know how to answer. Give me a specific questions and let's discuss, but something that general, and I feel like I'm your entertaining pet monkey. "Everybody watch see what Christopher does."

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words, Mrs. Fuzz! I'm enjoying your blogs quite a bit myself. In fact, I may try a recipe or two from your food blog this weekend. I'm running out of time but shooting for tomorrow.

Love the random conversation about law-breaking. Silly people.