Friday, October 22, 2010

Changing Blogs

Well for the one or two people who still read my blog......   I've decided to change blogs and display name.  Since I'm no longer in the law enforcement community, I'm not "Behind the Badge" anymore nor am I a "Lawman".

Since I'm residing out in the country in East Tennessee, I've once again taken up a hobby I had as a teenager.  I've started whittling on cedar and pine sticks as a means of stress relief and relaxation.  You'd be surprised how restful it is to sit under a shade tree or on the back porch and just quietly whittle away at a stick with a good pocket knife.  I have a pretty good pile of shavings going too!  lol

So, from today forward, you will find me over at The Whittlin' Stick  posting under the name of Whittlin' Man.  I don't completely have the blog set up yet.  I'm still tinkering with the layout and appearance.

I don't have any plans to delete this page.  It's kind of nostalgic to look back at some of the older posts and see what I thought was newsworthy at the time.  The comments are often insightful and sometimes good for a laugh when I need one the most.

So anyway, pull yerself up a comfortable chair and sit a spell with me.  I'll keep a handy supply of sticks around in case you drop by.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ego Busters

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm, a mother was tucking her son into bed.  She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Can you sleep with me tonight?"

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.  "I can't dear," she said.  "I have to sleep in daddy's room."

The long silence was broken by his shaky little voice.    "The big sissy......"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Go Fly a Kite

I was trying to fly a kite. I'd throw it up, the wind would catch it for a few seconds, then it would crash. All the while, my girlfriend is watching from the kitchen window, muttering how men need to be told how to do everything.

She opens the window and yelled to me, "You need a piece of tail."

I turned with a confused look on my face and said "Make up your mind, last night you told me to go fly a kite."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Karma - The Female Dog

Oh. My. Goodness.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.

I was very proud to have served 20+ years in the Air Force.  I had the pleasure, honor, and privilege to work with some of the best and brightest individuals I have ever encountered.  I'm also just as proud to say I worked with and for a few great NCO's and Officers who helped forge and temper me into the person I am today.

I also had the displeasure of working for (thankfully) a couple of real slime balls.  Take Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) William Gurney for example.  When I knew him, he was a young Technical Sergeant (TSgt), a quickly rising star on the fast track to becoming CMSgt of the AF.  This is the highest position an enlisted person can hope to achieve in the Air Force.  Bill kissed all the right posteriors, checked all the right boxes, and lied, cheated, and manipulated his way to the top ranks of the enlisted forces.  I was denied several awards and at least one promotion under his influence because, as he put it, "I wasn't enough of one of the boys."  You see, I had this nasty habit of calling a spade a spade, and a jackass a jackass.  Folks like Bill don't particularly want the ugly truth.  Especially if it happens to impede their view of how the World should be.  To be fair, Bill didn't stop my awards/promotion himself but his influence did weigh heavily with the folks who do make those decisions.

It appears Bill's days of manipulation and chicanery may have finally caught up with him.  CMSgt William Gurney will stand before a General Court Martial on December 6, 2010 and face multiple counts of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  A few of the charges include: sexual harassment, adultery (yeah, that's still a crime in the military), obstruction of justice, dereliction of duty, and misuse of government property.  If convicted of all (or even some) counts, he could face up to 20 years confinement, dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, or other lesser punishments.

At a minimum, his 27 year career is over.  Even if he is found not guilty, his reputation is ruined and his credibility flushed down the toilet.  Fair or not, that is the harsh reality of military life.

I retired as a Master Sergeant (two ranks below that of CMSgt).  Because I only wore the rank for a few weeks before retirement, the rules say I must retire at my previous rank of TSgt.  I'm okay with that.  I can hold my head high knowing I did not compromise my own ethics and morals just to get another promotion or choice assignment.  I'm not so sure Mr. Gurney can say the same.

So, how's "being one of the boys" working out for you now Chief?

Karma.  It's a real bitch sometimes.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

A Battle of Wits with Unarmed People

I recently got hired as a supervisor for a local company.  MOST of the employees there are good workers who require only the minimal amount of supervision during their daily tasks.  That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned since I'm still trying to figure out what MY role is really supposed to be.

I do have one knucklehead, however, that requires more than just a passing glance.  Sometimes you just have to lead him by the hand.  I've found speaking slowly and using single syllable words helps as well.  After explaining the same task to him for about the ump-teenth time tonight, our conversation ended something like this:

Him:  "Hey, I'm not a complete idiot you know."

Me:  "Really?  What part is missing?"

Our Operations Manager just about suffocated he was laughing so hard......