Saturday, January 27, 2007

Like Christmas in January

One thing I really like is ordering stuff online, and then coming home from work to find packages recently arrived, waiting for me on the dining room table. It's exciting!

Anyway, this was a busy week. I spent the past 5 days in a class on dignitary protection. Ever wonder how to redirect the target of gunfire and push him headfirst into a waiting limo? We learned how to do stuff like that. The course culminated in a 10 hour long exercise wherein we protected our two "dignitaries" (a judge and our Chief of Police) who were the targets of death threats from a white supremacist group. We went to Midway airport (where we got to drive out onto the tarmac to pick up our principals, jets roaring overhead), the Bilandic building on LaSalle Street, Tavern on Rush, back to the Bilandic building, and then to the United Center for a Blackhawks game. I have a newfound awe and respect for agencies like the Secret Service and the US Marshall who do this all the time.

So, Thursday night I got home and found two boxes on the dining room table. You see the contents in this picture. I finally broke down and bought a basic notebook computer, and I'm excited about that--now I'll be one of those slick bullshit artists with a Power Point presentation ready for any occasion. It's a Compaq from Office Depot, and once I send in these rebates it will have cost me $499.

The other box did not, sadly, contain a firearm. But it did contain a new holster: a Blackhawk CQC Serpa holster for my Glock 26. What a great holster--it came with attachments for wearing on a belt (which is what you see here) as well as a "paddle" attachment for inside-the-belt wear.

It's nice to be well-equipped.


Dino aka Katy said...

I looked at the picture first and when you talked about shopping online I was wondering for a second if one can order guns there now too - glad to hear you can't as I am against them unless you are a cop or other type of agency

Johnny Yen said...

Very cool.

Powerpoint=Satan. There is no presentation that cannot be made worse with Powerpoint. Particularly in my profession, people sustitute Powerpoint presentations for actual content.

Does your laptop have wifi? If not, the cards can be gotten very cheaply.

Bubs said...

Katy, I'm a cop so allegedly I have a reason to have all these guns. And no, thank heaven, you can't buy guns online.

Johnny, I agree with you re: Powerpoint. I can't remember the author's name, but someone wrote a really good 40-50 page screed against it a couple years ago. His premise was that the structure of Powerpoint actually dumbs down our ideas. In the book "Fiasco" Frank Rich quotes some military people who slammed the Rumsfeld Pentagon staff for substituting Powerpoint presentations for actually orders.

That being said, for someone who used to have to do presentations using overhead transparencies, and fumble around queuing up VHS tapes, it's a real time-saver. Mind you, most cops haven't been overexposed to Powerpoint like the rest of the business world

wonderturtle said...

You get cooler packages than I do.

Dale said...

That is one thing I like too. Packages in the mail. I bought a new PC too the other day. I should have had it delivered.

Johnny Yen said...

Yeah, ideally Powerpoint should be an excellent substitute to the overheads, ect. I suspect that the people who have bad Powerpoint presentations had bad presentations to begin with.

In education, 80% of the images used are stock images. It's like NPR and their use of sounds in the background in their stories-- did that really help me understand the story, or did it just make the presenter feel like filled in space?

lulu said...

I hate powerpoint because I don't think in outline form. I can't imagine having any kind of discussion in my classroom that stayed on topic for more than 5 minute, because I always find out that I need to backtrack to explain a concept I thought they already knew, or else I need to go completely off topic because they don't get my references.

Being tied to a powerpoint presentation would kill me.

Tenacious S said...

The kids I work with would have no appreciation for Powerpoint. Possibly my laptop might be used as a weapon against me or worse, as a toy.