Saturday, March 18, 2006

Last Dance With Mary Jane

One more time to *feel* the pain....

Today was our last day skiing Winter Park. It was awesome. I spent the afternoon on the Mary Jane side of the mountain. She's 30 years old this year...the gal's got spunk. Perfect powder and all. I caught some righteous air (for an old guy) while totally diggin' the scenery Our Creator seemed to create out of pure joy. (cue 'God of Wonders' here...)

I absolutely believe God enjoys His children enjoying His all of its forms. Pictures cannot adequately capture it. You'll just have to come back with me next time.

We leave tomorrow to head back to TEXAS! I'll post more after we get settled. There's a big winter storm blowing in tomorrow...traffic will be horrible...roads will be a nightmare...and hotels will be scarce....pray for our safety as we travel!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Training Day

Last night I went on a ride-along with my brother-in-law at the Ft. Collins PD. We got a domestic disturbance call and headed out to the north side of town. The young, Hispanic male, (let’s call him Juan, because, well... that’s his name) was just coming down from a 3-day meth/crack bender and was pretty, um....….uncooperative. He had been beating up his girlfriend and his mother, and had put his head through a plate glass window in the process, so he wasn’t pretty. When we arrived on the scene, he was one hopped-up vato loco.

One of the officers decided, rather than wrestle with Juan and risk us getting injured, it was time to bring in the pepper spray. Crackhead Johnny dropped like a stone.

The officers took him to the ER for examination, a handful of stitches for his forehead, and to test his BAC (blood alcohol content). In Colorado, as in the great state of Texas, the legal limit is .08. Our buddy Juan blew a .339.

So, after lots of swearing and fighting, they were able to hog-tie Juan enough to get him in the squad car and transport him to jail.

Good times.

It was a great night. We had other calls as well (car thefts, traffic accidents, etc.) including a few suicide calls. But I’ll reserve those for another post.

Hats off to the men in blue. Next time you get pulled over because your tail light is out, remember that he’s not necessarily there to ruin your night, but to protect you from someone else who is. Guys like Juan.

Back to the slopes…

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Winter Park = Juniper Tree

Tomorrow, Heather, the boys and I head out for Winter Park, CO. for a week. I'll be spending my spring break carving through the 70" base of powder with my board over the next 8 days. Check out the ski conditions here.

Although I'm taking my laptop, my email and blogging will be sketchy at best. Nevertheless, I'll take lots of pictures and post them when I get back.

In the meantime, watch for my face here.

(BTW, God provided a Juniper tree for Elijah here...)