On today’s edition of “The Creative Corner” I would like to highlight someone who means the world to me. Someone who I consider my partner in crime and soon to be partner in cloth during the Diaper Wars Saga. I’m talking about my wife Rebecca. Why am I highlighting my wife? Well, she’s badass! What other reason do I need? I suppose I could say there was a threat of a night on the couch but I would be lying, though the couch is nice. The threat comment is not true just an attempt to be funny and besides, she wouldn’t need anything like that anyway. She’s that badass! She has 11 weeks left of her pregnancy with our daughter and she has been feeding her need to nest with sewing and crocheting. She is very creative and talented.
The stuff she has created are great and the patience it takes is crazy! I have patience for a lot of things but this is not one of them. It takes a lot of concentration too and when she gets into it, she gets into it. One night after work I was talking to her and I was waiting for a response and nothing. I turned towards her and she was crocheting like a mad women. I attempted to ask whether she heard me or not and she quickly responded with,
“Hold up! I have to keep count!”
I thought her response was hilarious as she went back to counting and crocheting. I was not aware that there was a specific count needed to keep everything on the up and up. She has done, baby hats, blankets, quilts, car seat covers, cloth wipes, and she even makes baskets. She has recently launched a blog documenting her creative talents and projects. The entries are excellent and are definitely a good read. I will be posting some pics to go with this post later on to highlight her work but if you click the links below you can see some of what she has done. Happy reading people, cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Alright Jabber Loggers I need your help! I need some suggestions and I know I can count on you to hook me up with some awesome ideas. So let’s look at this picture. Do you know who this is? If not, this is Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction. Not only is this guy badass but he likes to yell some choice profanities and he does it well. Combine his words with this look and you have an epic response to someone. With this said, imagine that you are in a public setting and you happen to see someone with this look yelling at another person. The public place is a restaurant and a customer is yelling and swearing at a waitress. This would be out of the norm correct? I mean, it’s not something you see every day and if you’re like me you were brought up to respect people so it would not be normal to yell and swear at anyone, let alone someone who is waiting on you. What would people think? How would they react?
This right here is the basis of what I’m looking for from you. What I need are your opinions on what is out of the norm. I am currently taking a class called Psychology of Human Interaction and this is my first assignment. The following are the guidelines to project and the rules.
Create a list of 6 simple norms, pick at least 3 of the norms to go out and violate in a public setting.
Here are a few ground rules:
1. Violate your three norms in a public setting, in the clear presence of others.
2. Your audience should be made up of strangers, not friends and relatives.
3. Don’t do anything illegal, dangerous, unethical or anything that might get you in serious trouble. (I will
not bail you out of jail.)
4. Avoid doing crazy behavior like rolling around on the restaurant floor. Instead violate a social rule like
asking a stranger in line if you can cut to the front of the line.
5. Unless you really get into trouble, try to avoid rationalizing the violation after doing it.
As you can see from my list what I am doing here on Jabber Log is not cheating, I simply want to know what you think would be out of the norm. I already have my list but maybe I will use something that you have suggested. I will then do three of these in public and document the reactions that I get. If I’m feeling froggy I might even find a way to record it for a later post. Here are a few examples my professor provided the class;
Singing loud in public
Cheer people on
Ask someone if you can cut in line.
Ask to borrow someone’s brush
This is only option A for this assignment and for option B we have to sit in a public place and observe about 10 social norms that have been violated and write about it. I don’t know that I want to do this one because I don’t like to miss an opportunity to play the fool. I’m sure it will be pretty funny and awkward but the point is to get a reaction so help me out people. Let me know what you think with a comment. Thank you for your help and I will be watching the comments so that I can respond back to your ideas. Cheers!Post Views: 234
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
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This morning I woke up as my husband was getting ready to head into work. Today is his normal day off, yet he is going in to work some overtime and to lead the range training for the other officers. I saw his range uniform laying there. He got dressed, I gave him a kiss, told him his butt looked good in those pants and off he went. I proceeded to start laundry, and I see his uniform needs washed. I broke down. Why? I can’t tell you exactly why it was that moment that sent me into tears, all I know is that, that moment sparked a million thoughts running rampant through my head.
What if this is the last time I wash this uniform? What if I get “the call”? What if something bad happens?
Then my mind turns to hate; Why don’t all these idiots understand? Why are they killing MY family? If I had it my way, I’d just… and I stopped myself. Hate is powerful, and in a matter of seconds, I had so much rage inside of me against these Officer Murdering Cowards. (Okay, maybe there’s still a little bit) I should not give these monsters that satisfaction.
Back to more questions that run through my head as I’m in tears. Why does he do it? Wait… HOW does he do it? You can ask any officer WHY they do their job, and you will likely get a very politically correct answer of, “to serve my community” which for most is VERY true. However, “WHY” is a very loaded word…
Why?- I can’t speak for every officer’s “why”, or even my husbands, but what I can tell you is how I interpret my husband’s “why” from what I’ve seen, so I’m going to throw out a few scenarios of what I think drives my husband to be a Police Officer.
First off, children. There is no doubt that helping children is a driving force behind my husbands service to our community. Example: I receive a phone call from him, “Babe, do we have any of the boys old gloves, hats, scarves that don’t fit them anymore and are still in good shape?” Me, “Yah.” Him, “Could you run them into the PD now?” Me, wondering, but without question, I take them in. He thanks me, gives me a kiss and goes back inside. He returns home that night to explain that he had a woman who was caught stealing gloves and hats from a local store. She was stealing them for her children, because it was cold outside and she did not have the means to afford them. So he gave the bag full of hats, gloves and scarfs, to this woman for her children. A selfless act of kindness and support in what is possibly this woman’s worst day. All for the children.There is a distinct difference in his facial expressions when he returns home on a day that he has had to handle any case where children are being mistreated. Children that are beaten, children that are sleeping in homes full of cockroaches, and the only bed they have is a rug on the floor. It kills him to see this, knowing that this is a reality for some children.
Another reason, to help others. A couple months back, and some of you Marshalltown people will remember these people, there was a group of 3 “train hoppers” traveling through Marshalltown. They had two dogs with them, and no where to stay. One of their dogs was hit by a car. My husband, in his squad, picked up the dog, took it to the vet, contacted a local rescue personally, that paid the bill for the dog’s treatment. A few days later, these 3 individuals had to spend some time in jail. My husband arranged for placement for the dogs, while the individuals were in jail. Once released, he took these people dog treats, and dog food, before they left town. It turns out these people ended up causing a lot of trouble in town after my husband’s kindness towards them, however, he did not doubt his help for them.
Another that will sit with me for a long time; mostly because it scared me & I told him he should no longer do that. After a long shift at work my husband returned home, slept then got up early to go help a fellow officer on a home project. While returning home from said project, my husband drove past the jail. He saw an individual that he had arrested the night before walking on the highway, headed towards town, after being released in the morning. My husband, the arresting officer of this man, the man who took this individual to jail, stopped and offered this guy a ride back to town. The individual got into the car, not realizing it was the officer that had arrested him at first, thanked my husband for picking him up, then looked over… silence. Followed by a “holy crap, your the officer. Wow, Thank You SO MUCH! That is so amazing, I can’t believe”…. and so on.
So to answer my own question of why. That is “WHY.” To help people to help children, despite their background, their color of skin, their age, their looks, their lifestyle.
Now, onto the hard part, HOW?? I struggle with this, because I can guarantee you, that I absolutely could not be a police officer. There is just no way. I do not have the ability to keep my calm and cool in situations that they deal with.
How do they day after day, experience people at their worst moments, and return home at night to their families and say, “Oh work was good.” ?
How do they go to a job where they know that there are people out there that want to murder them, because they wear a uniform?
How do they miss endless holidays, birthdays, family gatherings etc. all to put on a uniform that is all too often met with hate.
How do they, get spit at, hit, screamed at, called names, and stand their ground without yelling back, without screaming back, without holding a grudge?
How do they face evil daily, and get up early to go in and work extra shifts on their day off?
I don’t have the answer. I simply do not understand, how. I can tell you that if you ask my husband his answer will likely be a very downplayed response like, “Oh, it’s just part of the job. Not that big of a deal. Ya get used to it and don’t take it personally.” Again, I can’t explain how, and I assume most officers do not want us to know, how, because their version of “how” is too intense for us to handle.
I do know that being an Officer’s wife has changed me. Any Officer’s spouse that tells you otherwise is lying. It’s not a bad change, but a “new normal.” What is normal for your family on your husband of wives day off, differs slightly for my family. Before I knew my husband, I never had a strong tie to law enforcement, I knew a few officers and I respected them, but was still pissed at them when I got a speeding ticket….or 5. I met my husband, I still had a very misconstrued view of how they do their jobs. After awhile I learned, that what I had thought, from all of my years of experience watching Law & Order, was well, all wrong. I’m sure I asked a million questions that my husband thought were annoying, but he answered them. After awhile you stop asking. You realize that, the last thing they want to do is answer a million questions about work when they are finally home from work and able to relax. So you learn to ask the simple, “How was work?” get the typical, “Oh it was good” and then move on. No details needed. My husband needs to know that home is the place where he doesn’t have to relive the evil, tragedy, and anger that he see’s while at work. As an Officers spouse you will also experience a new “normal.” Suddenly people you barely know or talk to, believe that you are now their personal police person. If I had a quarter for everytime someone asked me a police related question, well my husband wouldn’t need to be a cop anymore. Or people that automatically think it’s okay for them to tell you what they think about your spouse. My personal favorite, An individual I work with, and was meeting for the first time, asked what my spouse did. I hesitantly responded, “He’s a Police Officer.” She explained her son had been into some trouble. I changed the subject. I return to work the next day and first words out of her mouth, “Oh I asked my son about your husband. My son says your husband is a real dick!” (Now most wives, may walk away, try to downplay it, or give some nice politically correct reason…I’m not so good at that, and at this time I had been working for 20 hours already and had 10 more to go, so…) My response, “Well then your son must be a real piece of shit! Cause my husband is only a dick if ya really earn it!” Needless to say, she didn’t have much of a response. This is an example, of how your life changes as the spouse of an Officer. People think this is okay, they think they have to tell you. Luckily all of us spouses are stronger than anyone knows and we get used to this banter and with time, (I’m still working on it) you learn to ignore it.
I don’t want people to think that their job is completely unappreciated, it isn’t. There are most definitely people that do support them. All sorts of people in our community have shown an outpouring of support to our officers in these past few weeks. Simply telling an Officer, Thank-You, may be the one and only positive experience they have that day. I can tell you that all of our Officers are hurting right now, not just in Marshalltown, but Nation wide. Some cover the hurt with strength and attitude, some with laughter and smiles others do not cover it, but meet it with anger and resent while trying to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance. So remember that when you see an Officer and they don’t have a smile on their face, or they aren’t dancing in the street with people. Their family, their co-workers, their brothers and sisters are being hunted & murdered, and they don’t know if at any second, they are next.
So be compassionate, listen, and show your support.
Time for me to put that uniform into the dryer. This is a load of laundry that I will never forget. I only hope, that I get the honor of washing that uniform for many, many years to come.Post Views: 266
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello all, I have decided to delete my “Random Jabs” page and add “RMII Visions” (RM2V) in its place. I’m sure you have seen the headline above my Twitter feed that states, “Jabber Log is a branch of RMII Visions” but I don’t believe I have ever explained what it is. So without further ado, RMII Visions is the parent company (of sorts) name that Jabber Log falls under. I use the RM2V name when I design. I have tried to keep them some what separate but since I have had a lot of people view my blog, I have decided to use this as a way to get my design name out there to the public.
I have always been into art, music, and anything that involves electronics. In 1995 I was introduced to the Internet by way of AOL. I remember all the commercials that showed the wonders of being able to communicate with people around the world through chatrooms and email. It was something new and when it hit I think I was one of the first people in the small town of Fennville to have the Internet. A friend of mine and I were chatting with different people for hours. I remember people typing “LOL” over and over and I had no idea what it was. There was also “A/S/L” and that one was a little more obvious because people would respond with “18/f/FL” or something like that. It was very interesting to able to communicate like that around that time and it seems somewhat ancient now. I mean, we still chat with people online but the majority of people have smartphones and texting and video conferencing is bigger than simply chatting in a chatroom. AOL was my intro to the Internet and different web sites. We have come a long way since then and it’s great because back then I had to dial a Grand Rapids number which was long distance and our first phone bill after AOL hit the scene was about $400. You can imagine how much trouble I got into for that.
As time went on I got even more into it and Netscape Communicator was a browser that included an editor for the creation of web sites. It was rather simple and I was hooked. I was so hooked that my English teacher Mr. Klosner took notice and asked if I would help him in his very first web design class. It was pretty fun and I even got to work along side him during the summer to teach all of my teachers from elementary school. Since then I have been addicted to web & graphic design. As of now I currently have an Associates Degree in Web Development and I am working on a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. After I graduate in March ’12, I will be jumping into a Master’s with a concentration in New Media Journalism. I have added a gallery with some of my design work from different classes and I am currently working on revamping the sites I have designed in the past. It’s time to stop holding back and get out there and design my heart out. I specialize in logos, banners, business cards, flyers, advertising, websites, etc. If you are in need of a good hard worker, don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.Post Views: 318