As of 1100 hours today, I have been >>RELEASED<< from my RNC Dispatching Duties!

It has been a long week. I saw my family only twice in the whole week (even then I was so tired and crabby - I should have stayed away).

My eyes were opened wide last week. I saw thing that change the way I view the world, and the way I view people. I respect disagreement. I respect standing up for what you believe in - I am against war, I believe in peace - but THIS (also this), and THIS is not peaceful.

Browse through THIS slideshow...
6, 7, 8, 12 and 14 are photos of the divisions I was dispatching (D11, D12)...

47, 48, 56, 58, 59, and 60 are examples of the outcome of what is called a "peace" protest.

50 - Peace? Ya'll want to guess what are in those backpacks? Let me share with you... Hammers, Rocks, Bricks, gas masks, winches, water balloons and bags filled with urine, and bags filled with feces to throw at the police.

67 - Media? No... That badge should read "Coward". I'd respect you more for standing up for your beliefs without hiding behind the charade of a lie.
I could go on, and on, and on... But I wont. Remember folks... The police are "reactive". If you peacefully protest - then there is no issue. (as you see in most of the photos of that slideshow) - but when things go bad, you overstep the bounds of a "peaceful assembly", and laws are broken, then you can (and should) expect the police to react.

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Once released this afternoon, I called my wife - told her I was on my way home, and that I was taking her out for lunch... We lunched at the O.K. Corral. After eating ham or turkey "box lunch" sandwiches twice a day for a week - ANYTHING warm and "not good for you" tasted GREAT!
“Frank McLaurey” PRIME BEEF DIP
The classic hot sliced Beef Ribeye sandwich served with sauteed
mushrooms caramelized onions and melted mozzarella cheese and fresh
baked baguette with au jus for dipping.
Yeah... no need to point out the obvious... It was a "sandwich"...
Mother of Five had...
JORDAN HARVEST Mixed greens tossed with Jordan apple, craisinberry,
pecan, crumbled bleu cheese, hen house grilled chicken strips and poppyseed dressing.
I was so dang tired that after lunch, I came home and collapsed into bed and took a long nap.

In addition to acknowledging what my family dealt with last week, I'd like to acknowledge a few others...

My Parents - who let me use one of their cars (with the transmission failing in mine) and giving me a place to crash between shifts..

Jeff (JDZPhotography) - While it is true that I may tease him relentlessly about his infrequent blog posts, having Jeff as my partner this week was a god-send. He is not only a fantastic dispatcher, but looked out for me all week. He saved me on more than one occasion. I mean it with all honesty when I say it was both an honor and a pleasure to work side by side with him last week. While receiving our applause today at the de-briefing, I hope that he noticed that I was there applauding him as well!

Finally, to the many other dispatchers we worked with from throughout the metro region... We worked with dispatchers from Minnesota State Patrol, Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and Ramsey County. What a fine bunch of people they all turned out to be. It was wonderful to see how such a large group of dispatchers from through the metro region could come together (with little or no history or working together) and do that job that got done last week. It was an AMAZING sight...


  1. Egads ... and that's all I've got to say about that!

    Glad it's over and hopefully you can get some rest before you return to your regularly scheduled dispatch duties.

  2. Welcome back. Your nap is well deserved.

  3. Dave,

    It certainly was an eye opening week. While it was a great experience I can not wait to get back to doing my regular job.

    Thank you for the kind words, but remember as often as I may have helped you out you returned the favor. As much as we go back and forth about our work styles, I do not think this week could not have gone any better. Even with how crazy it was and how tired I was at the end of day 7 (thanks for keeping me up!) it truly was an amazing experience. Just not sure I want to repeat it any time soon.

    But come on a SANDWICH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! What were you thinking?! I don't think I could eat another sandwich even if it was all I had.

  4. HOORAY for FOF and JDZ! I am sure you both did a FANTASTIC job in all aspects. I am SOOOOOO proud to say I once had you both as co-workers and still get to work in the same WONDERFUL department as the two of you! I am CERTAIN you represented the City of Bloomington better than anyone can imagine!!!!! THANK YOU!

  5. Jeff, we have our moments of bantering back and forth...

    We have the "old school" / "new school", "junior" / "senior", "daywatch" / "dogwatch" dispatcher rivalry going... but that is always meant in fun...

    When the _______ hit's the fan like it did last week... You know how to get the job done, and done well...

    The sandwich... It was hot, and salty... and tasted pretty darn good (even for a sandwich...)

    I have not had one since though....

  6. You know, I saw that first picture of Bandanna Dude breaking the window and I was sure hoping you were somewhere on a radio dispatching a beat-down for Bandanna Dude.

  7. Dave - I found this post again while checking for something to post on my blog. It got me thinking again about what an interesting week we had. Over a year later and I am still not 100% sure if it was good-interesting or bad-interesting. Thought you might get a kick out of remembering it too.


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