September 29, 2019
Good evening VFOT fans and followers. Posting a little later than usual today, due to some school work and the Pats game, but hey, the Pats beat the Bills, so it was worth the couple of hours distraction. This has been a very eventful couple of weeks and I’ve got a lot to share, so let’s get to it.
After coming off of a pretty heavy period of travel, I finally managed to get back on track with my pro-reading. Once I had completed Grit, C recommended that I check out Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell (Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. 2005. Little, Brown, and Company; New York, NY.) I’m only a little way into it, but so far, it’s awesome. It’s another examination of intuition and the power of snap judgements. Gladwell also posits that learning to make reliable snap judgements can be taught and controlled.
Lethal Force is still in the rotation. The newest additions to the pro-reading cycle are my school texts. I just cracked into the first of those this week.
Coming off of vacation, I still had some recreational reading open on my Kindle. My light reading this week has been Clive Cussler’s Dark Watch. I’ve read it before, but I really like the Oregon novels, so I don’t mind re-reading them.
Other Learning Opportunities
From the 17th through the 19th, I attended our annual Chiefs’ Conference to complete our mandatory In-Service requirements. I was fortunate to be asked to present on 2 topics. I assisted with the Stress, Stigma, and Suicide block on that Wednesday, then covered the new Use of Force and DT block with Chuck DiChara on Thursday.
That Friday was the final day of this year’s Leadership Development Academy. This year’s class presented their final project to the Mayor and we recognized their achievements by presenting their certificates and enjoying some cake.
The following day, we had an Advanced Concepts seminar at ZenQuest Martial Arts Center. AC seminars are held to allow the blue belts and above to spend some time focusing on the details of particular skills and techniques. The focus of this one was Spider Guard. At the conclusion of the seminar, I was humbled and honored to receive my Purple Belt. It was a pretty overwhelming experience but I somehow managed to keep my emotions under control.
The newest learning opportunity has been the beginning of my course work in the Doctoral program. I’m just starting the 3rd week. Most of the prior 2 weeks has been spent getting set up on all of the online technology and getting comfortable with it. My first written assignment is due at the end of this week.
On Monday, I did the introductory block on the history of SWAT and basic tactics for this year’s Basic Operator school. We certified a new class of operators on Friday, and I’m pretty proud of our team.
With Summer winding down and the 1st day of Fall arriving, there’s been a shift in the fun. Celebrating the Purple Belt required something notable and the weather on Saturday was gorgeous, so it was a good day for beer and wings on the deck at Ye Olde Forge.
Monday evening was the 1st of 2 social events for The Berkshire Museum. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset reception for past and current Board Members at The Lakehouse Guest Cottages of the Berkshires. It was lovely.
On Wednesday, we started celebrating C’s Birthday with dinner at Flavour’s. She picked there, because Chin and Sabrina had just returned from Malaysia, and we wanted to check on them.
Thursday was C’s actual B-Day and she had to attend a work function in the evening, but I did manage to get a special arrangement from Township Four delivered to her office. I also picked up desert at Chocolate Springs to enjoy after training. Friday night, she was another work event for her and Jiu-jitsu for me.
Saturday, we both trained, then we made an appearance at the Department’s Family Fun Day at Jiminy Peak. After lunch and a ride up the scenic chairlift, we headed home to get changed for the 2nd Museum event, a lovely evening, garden party at a private home on beautiful Onota Lake.
Today was all about school work and football. That’s probably more than enough for now. So, until next time….
Be Safe, Keep the Faith, Do Good Work, 1*