In the US this past Thursday was a national day off. Banks, schools and most businesses were closed giving their employees time to spend with their families. A season of counting blessings and a time of giving thanks.
Most people plan activities with family and friends. It is designed to give people a day for quality time. Relationships outside of employment are still the most key relationships in most people's lives. Though some people choose to place their jobs as priority over family, friends and outside relationships.
Your family and friends were there for you before you became a cop, correction's officer, sergeant, captain, special agent. They were there when you got your first sport's award. Wrote you first essay. Broke up with your first love interest. Graduated High School, College, and your training academy.
They still ask you over for meals with the family, to spend time with them and their children or to travel for a vacation break.
They know you, the real you and still love you.
On this weekend of Thanksgiving I hope you are spening time with the most imporant people in your life. In the end they are the ones that will miss you when there are no more dinners you can attend.
Our lives are brief, even if they last 100 years. We must be thankful of the time we have and good stewards of the time we have. Investing time with your friends and family cannot be replaced, no value can be place on your presence. For those who love you it is priceless.
Enjoy your weekend.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Happy Veterans Day 2011
Today is the last binary number day of this century. This date's number when written in the most popular form of recording the date reads like a computer communication 111111.
The 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the 21st century. Make it a memorable day.
On this day in the United States many cities celebrate with parades to honor the veteran of military service. Less than one percent of the US population have or are serving their country as a service member. It is my honor to say I am one of them. I served in the US Army.
To my fellow veterans and currently serving members thank you. Thank you for choosing to protect the freedoms the people of our county enjoy many times without realizing the sacrifices our troops endure.
Over 5,000 service members have lost their lives and over 10,000 have been wounded since 2003 in military engagements.
So today, if you are in the US treat your service member family and/or friend to the Free offerings available to thank them for their service.
Olive Garden, Applebee's, Chilli, TGIFridays and Krispy Kreme donuts is offering a free meal for veterans. In Las Vegas the Stations Casinos are giving free buffet meals to Veterans.
Lord I pray that today service members from around the world feel your presence and appreciation for their choice to serve their fellow man and for those whose families are left behind because they paid the ultimate sacrifice in service, bring them peace today. Amen.
Have a safe day.
Monday, November 07, 2011
San Francisco Police Department Inspector (and IAWP Region 10 Coordinator) Robin Matthews retired on October 15, 2011. A party was held at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf to honor Robin, her career and her far reaching influence on Saturday November 5, 2011. Many people local and from all over the United States and the world (IAWP members) joined Robin and her life partner Lynette Hogue to reflect on here life and celebrate 29 year of service.
Congratulations Robin. Enjoy the next Chapter of your life. I pray safe journeys and exciting adventures for you and Lynette as you begin to explore the US and the world. I will be following you on Facebook.