Saturday, August 25, 2007

DUI checkpoint

Do you ever stop to think about how many people on the road with you are driving drunk?

I went to cover a DUI checkpoint in Sand Springs Friday night, Aug. 24. Police and sheriffs were pulling cars over left and right. Most of the infractions were minor, like driving under suspension or something. (That's what the girl being arrested had -- plus some warrants).

But before long, they'd already arrested some guys for DUI.

One man drove through the barricade, down the wrong way. He said he didn't see any cop cars, and, of course, only had two beers. He was arrested.

The guy being given the test there was cut loose, by the way. Don't know the story on the big Indian in cuffs.

The flashing red and blue lights and big loud siren are there for a reason, sir

Guy in the blue pickup truck ran a light and smacked into the EMSA ambulance unit. To be fair, lights and siren weren't running at the time.

And fortunately, the drivers of the medic unit probably knew how to administer first aid to themselves. ;)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Late night

OK, so I should be sleeping, but can't. My sleep schedule has been so screwed up lately. Hate work, but love life, and love my Katie. She's a cutie, can't you tell?
So, I could go on and on about why I love Katie, but that's probably private-ish kind of stuff.
Why I hate work...
I have a job where everyone thinks they could do it better than me. Any article, anything that goes in the paper, any time, someone, without fail, will call and tell me what an idiot I am and how I could have done it better.
Add on top of that an ever-increasing workload of non-paper related stuff to do, and it makes for a frustrating job. I've got to find a new one that demands something less than 60 hours a week. After all, I'm going to be married and have a family soon, right? Right.
Enough whining. I've got to focus on the positives...

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The view from the cheap seats

Katie just left after spending the weekend with me. Once again I find myself alone, but marveling at how lucky I am.

At any rate, sorry about taking so long to update. I'll be better as time goes on.

Back to this weekend. Katie landed Friday night. Saturday, we woke up, went to look around the town some, checked out Sand Springs, and then went to meet my family for lunch. Katie was a little bit nervous about meeting the family. You know... the first time you meet your significant other's family, it can be a bit of a nerve-wracking experience.

But she did fine. I'm sure my family loved her... I know I love her, so that's what really matters.

Saturday night, we went on our first real "date." I took Katie to a Tulsa Driller's game. They're the minor-league AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. They were playing in Tulsa, taking on the Springfield Cardinals.

I was proud of myself for picking out seats that weren't facing the sun. I didn't realize that I picked seats over where they store the garbage dumpsters. The whole night, the fragrant smell of used diapers kept on wafting our way, making the hot dogs somewhat less enjoyable.

Oh well... it was still a good game. Even though the Drillers lost, they capped the night off with a fireworks show. Surprisingly, they set the fireworks off from centerfield. I'd hate to think what the groundscrew saw the next morning...

Now Katie is gone, unfortunately. But soon enough I get to go se her, in Philadelphia.