cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The Neighbors Against Crime Night Out at the Police Department last evening was an enjoyable time. I had the pleasure of serving as a volunteer and was able to interact with hundreds of Moms and Dads and children while convincing them to let me place a bright orange bracelet around their wrists as they registered.
Originally intended to be an outdoor affair, the threatening skies made the decision for the organizers to move indoors in the Police Annex (old library) building. That, of course, meant that there would be no thunderstorms although a few sprinkles fell through the evening. At least the indoors was generally a lot cooler than was the outdoors.
Rambo made his presence felt as he went after his “human mom” who was wearing a fight suit that he knows means he is to take that person on. I spoke with her later last evening and saw the bruise Rambo had made on her wrist as she tried to fend him off. He had also scored points the day before in a spot to remain unnamed as she played with him. The lesson learned was don’t second guess after Rambo has been unleashed and you’ve been told to stand still. The other lesson is don’t have anything to do with illegal drugs because that nose is very, very well trained.
Wal-Mart ‘donated’ a human target for the Taser demonstration. He was actually their head of security and had somehow decided that he would ‘volunteer’ for the 50,000 volt experience. It worked well and he got up pretty quickly.
The fire fighters and EMTs were out in force with equipment demonstrations and the Washington County Sheriff’s department was represented as well. The children received identification cards with photo, and one very young lady told her mom that she now had her “license” and could drive the family car. Mom tried to set her straight pretty quickly.
There was plenty of food and door prizes and everyone seemed to be having a good time as they explored the various displays and demonstrations. Rep. Knodl and Sen. Darling were about for a while as were a couple of members of the Village Board who had come from a committee meeting next door.
If you missed this outing, there may well be a repeat next year. If that happens, you’d be wise to mark it on your calendar and attend. The food was good, the Robert’s custard was a big hit and the kids all appeared to have a lot of fun. And, there were a lot of smiles to go around!