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Uncle Mike


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Oct
8th
2018

Informal Fitness Reports (Humor) · 10:53pm Oct 8th, 2018

A Fitness Report is, in the Military and Naval Services of the United States, an evaluation of an officer or sergeant's leadership. Think of it as a performance appraisal, with certain formalities dictated by regulations and customs of the service. The formal language can be dry and understated, but informal statements tend to be rather pithy,

"His men would only follow him out of morbid curiosity." - an Army First Sergeant, on a 2nd Lieutenant inflicted upon his Infantry Company.

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Dec
1st
2017

Kinda cute... · 2:34am Dec 1st, 2017

... Something of a crackfic, but cute.

Twilight Tries to Get Fired

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Nov
20th
2017

"...I hate to sound stupid, but...," · 3:34am Nov 20th, 2017

[Title comes from Tom Clancy - a prefatory comment from a naval officer asking a question about something outside his area of expertise...]

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Nov
3rd
2017

Update: I Didn't Get the Job... · 12:14am Nov 3rd, 2017

... But the asshole didn't get it, either. It went to my partner, who's been in the business even longer than I have, with broader experience with other labs. Being as objective about it as I can, you couldn't ask for a better choice. Funny, the sloths seem to be picking up their game a bit. The asshole isn't too happy, but he seems to be dealing with it, for now. Time will tell.

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Sep
19th
2017

So, a funny thing happened about a month and a half ago (Job-related) · 11:31pm Sep 19th, 2017

My boss made no secret of his intention of retiring at the end of July. I didn't really have much time to think about it - the backlogs keep getting worse, and the court dates keep piling up, and I was too busy sled-dogging it to lift my head to look past the ass end of the dogs in front of me.

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May
1st
2017

Something to be proud of... (Job-related) (Ugly) · 2:22am May 1st, 2017

Most of us hate the sexual abuse of a child. Even among those who get into foalcon, the vast majority of them won't touch a story without at least the pretense of informed consent. So, I think we can take it as given that a child abuser getting busted will gain almost universal applause.

My partner is going to get to take a bow.

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Feb
17th
2017

The Ugliness that You Don't See on TV · 6:08am Feb 17th, 2017

Hollywood just doesn't convey what I do for a living.

Had a bad one today. Homeless man had his camp catch on fire. He was cognizant enough to try to run out of it before he collapsed and burned to death. No ID, no friends to give the PD a lead on an ID, and I've garnered a (imho, somewhat unjustified) reputation for victim identification in the hopeless cases, so I got called in.

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Apr
30th
2016

Thar I Wuz... (or, "Be Careful What You Wish for...") · 5:45am Apr 30th, 2016

Things you see on the day job I hold, they break down into categories. Most of those are unpleasant, but occasionally, you get some amusing stuff on the margins.

Like the time I brought a textbook (Geberth's Practical Homicide Investigation, to be specific) to a meetup of aspiring writers. If I were writing a shooting script:

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Dec
23rd
2015

To Really Screw Thngs Up.... · 12:58am Dec 23rd, 2015

...You need a lawyer.

Don't misunderstand. I have no issue with lawyers in general. Back when I was in uniform and spending my days in traffic court, I actually got along better with most of the defense bar than I did with the assistant County Attorneys. They serve an absolutely vital role, and I'm glad they're around.

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Oct
19th
2015

Story Love Needed · 3:21am Oct 19th, 2015

Y'all might want to take a look at something I stumbled across a little over a month ago... A Mare's Search for Meaning, by Silent Shade

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