Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

To my visitors:

I know we are in for some difficult times ahead. Somehow we wound up under the control of the worst possible politicians. Our economy is tanking and those of us still working for government are facing far less desirable working conditions.

I hope the New Year brings wisdom and sense to our elected leaders. We are all Americans that want safety, prosperity, good health and a reason to keep smiling. That will be our future if we stick together and fight for that.

We will never all agree on everything but in the end we have more in common than we disagree about.

Here is my favorite Christmas experience as a cop:

I could not top this Christmas story from so long ago when I was a young cop. I am republishing this because it’s really special to me and I hope everyone else that reads it.

I remember working every Christmas of my life when I was a cop. I never really minded that because it was always an easy day.

One such Christmas, We received a disturbance call and responded to a rat hole apartment building on Chicago's Roosevelt Road. We came in expecting trouble but found no disturbance. The problem was that the mom and dad of the house could not operate their brand new Polaroid camera.

The apartment was modest, but clean and tidy with fresh cake and cookies on the table. Our mom and dad were both unable to read the camera instruction book. There were five kids with their presents that needed to get their pictures taken next to their Christmas tree. That was a quick fix. Before we left we took pictures of the whole family all smiling and happy.

One thing more, there was a cross and the wall with a picture of Jesus Christ. In the middle of poverty there were some lucky children being raised by two parents that had some dignity and pride. That made my Christmas a little more enjoyable.

Crime, Guns and Video Tape wishes all our visitors a wonderful Holiday Season!


Ed Skinner said...

Thanks, Paul.
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

That was a cool story.
Most young cops don't even know what a polaroid is.

Thanks for reminding us the reason for the season.
A hint: as depicted on their wall.

Anonymous said...

My most memorable Christmas was 1977 in 002, the Robert R. Taylor Homes. Domestic at 5323 Federal. The apartment was about 100 degrees. All the windows were open. Daddy came home drunk and puked all over the apartment. It was one of the end units with about four or five bedrooms. Naked kids everywhere, runnning and then slipping and sliding in the puke like they were on a "Slip and Slide." Christmas memories like these stay with you for a lifetime.

Mery Christmas to all!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Paul and to all of your readers too...
God Bless and Be Safe!