Me Monday: Live PD

Have you heard of it? Live PD? Six counties around the country being filmed live. Friday and Saturday nights are just not the same anymore. Three full hours each night filled with chases, nonsense, tazings, K-9’s and Officers who we have adopted into our families; most, however, don’t know they have been and like true family, we have our favorites; here’s mine.
Sgt. Leverett and Flex, his K-9 of the Jeffersonville (Indiana) Drug Investigation Unit, called the human lie detector. We all wait for Flex to get his “gifty” when he finds the drugs and he DOES find the drugs. Flex has even jumped into a vehicles open window to get the drugs. Last week these two were the in house guest, on the set of Live PD, and we all just took it in. Flex is such a great dog and Sgt. Leverett was there to answer questions taken from the Twitter feed about his and Flex’s job. What’s Flex’s biggest drug bust? Meth AND a Pistol! What does Flex do when not working? He’s just a dog, playing with Sgt. Leverett’s kiddo.
Next dynamite duo, Senior Deputy Chris Mastrianni and Deputy Kevin Lawrence from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina. These two are so loved, when Dep Mastrianni went on vacation there was no end to the questions, Where is he? When is he coming back? We miss him!! These two came into a bit of a serious situation last season, which I believe affected a lot of us LivePd Nation groupies: and for what it’s worth (and this is just an assumption based on the reactions of those involved) it highly affected all the officers involved and even the crew on the set. Senior Dep Mastrianni was in pursuit (at speeds of 90+) of a vehicle: vehicle turned and rolled, coming to a stop on it’s top. Suspect rolled out of the vehicle holding a very small child (who was not placed in a car seat), started fighting with Dep Mastrianni. It should be noted, film crews are NOT to get involved in anything, during the fight, the baby was tousled back and forth as “dad” wouldn’t let her go, when the baby was finally released, (I personally believe (since no one else was on scene with Dep Mastrianni) one of the film crew grabbed the baby and got her to safety). The suspect and the Dep continued to fight for some time and all Dep Mastrianni could do was use his wrestling skills to keep the suspect under control until help arrived. The response of the hosts on the set of Live PD, says it all; three highly ticked off fathers. This earned Deputies Mastrianni and Brown a trip to New York for a weekend of filming on the set, instead of out in the field.
The New York set is hosted weekly by chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, Dan Abrams and analyst Tom Morris Jr. Most weeks Sean “Sticks” Larkin a 13 year veteran of the Tulsa Gang Unit, is the third host at the desk. These gentlemen explain what is happening, give expert advice and add a bit of humor when it’s called for (like, when you and your wife are still married, living in the same house and you bring your pregnant girlfriend back to said house, then wonder why the wife has issue with it).
Live PD is not scripted or filtered; the officers are followed around with camera crews wearing night vision, body cams, dash cams and hand held cameras. Bingo has been added to the “fun” on Friday and Saturday night where you are hoping for a “mouth salad”, “riding dirty” or “it’s not my…”. We have come to see most people pulled over have no license, insurance and/or registration. We have learned when the K9’s “hit” and hold our breath when our favorites are in pursuit or fight. We kindly play Monday morning quarter back and share menus for the evening. The best thing is, this is real TV, it’s happening right now (with a slight 30 second delay, for officer safety).
Check it out Friday and Saturday nights. 9 PM EST on A&E

Me Monday: My Dream Job

When you were a little kid what was your dream job?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Did you want to be an Astronaut? A doctor? Lawyer?
Did you want to be a mommy or daddy? A teacher?
Did you make that dream come true or did you find yourself on a different plan?
I was in jr. high school when I realized I loved baking and my great plan was to go to Paris to learn the art of baking. However, I found myself on a totally different path when I hit high school. The wonderful thing about my new path; it would bring me the joy of my life, my son! I have never looked back on what I may have I missed, but each day, I know I am blessed with what he has given me.
I’ve had several jobs in my 33 years since the day of high school graduation and I admit, they haven’t all been easy. However, we were never really told this was going to be an easy life. We were promised, though, it would be worth it. So, I still tend to dream about my dream job and how wonderful I will be at it.
So what is my now, new dream job?
If money, education and language barriers were no object: I would love to be a blogger traveling the world, taking photos of churches, cathedrals, skies, water…just about everything! I love seeing new places where I love to take pictures. Heck, I love to take pictures at home. Not so much of me, but of everything else around. Except bugs, don’t like bugs. When I look through the lens of a camera and look beyond the initial scene and really see into what is there, I have the best feeling in the world. Whether it be a rainbow, a man catching a fish or a baby being born, there is always more than one side to look at things.
Just what is a photograph?
 the Free Dictionary defines it as:




An image, especially a positive print, recorded by exposing a photosensitive surface to light, especially in a camera.
v. pho·to·graphed, pho·to·graph·ing, pho·to·graphs”

“Definition of photograph

  1. :  a picture or likeness obtained by photography
  • A picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused on to light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally.”
Many definitions for a simple word. Except the simple word becomes complex when you add; light, human, animal, event, history, celebrations, emotions or challenges. What I might see and feel can be totally different from what you see and feel and yet, we are looking at the same thing. When I look at a photo of an ancient ruin it brings questions to my mind; How was that made, destroyed, used? Who lived or worked there? Are the halls full of hate or happiness? Present day cathedrals bring to me a feeling of awe, so much so, I remain quiet. Can you hear the choir or the sermon? How did the architecture come about? What do these walls want you to know?
When I was in Alaska, I took pictures of the sky, the ocean and the glaciers. I tried to take the photos I wanted to remember, but not just to look at, but to hear the sound, feel the mist or the sun rays, feel the rain or hear the quietness.  My photo of the glaciers remind me of how powerless and small I am. How nature rules and how history can come to life. The photo silences me every time I look at it and remember the peace of the ocean, the sound of the waves, the crash of the glacier calving and the stillness of the air. Can I convey to you, how I felt and bring you into the picture with me, I hope so. I know, in my dream job, I can.
Margerie Glacier
When I look at this, I can still feel the motion. The sound of the waves. The beauty of nature.
Traveling also brings food and drink. I love to take food porn, nothing x rated, just beautiful (and sometimes, not so beautiful) photos of what you ordered hoping to have the best experience of your life or just to eat your most favorite food ever or even, discover what a certain food may look like.
Have you ever eaten a dessert and you know you may never find or replicate it again? Do you remember which emotion it brought to you when you tasted the first bite? I have photos from a vacation I took, where I was able to taste foods I will probably never see again. I remember the taste of the chocolate cake and remember how incredibly chocolate it was without being too sweet or bitter and happy it made me. The photos may never do the original product justice, but the words attached can truly illicit thoughts, tastes, smells, memories you may have had some place some time you didn’t remember and now it’s right in front of you.
So, where would I go on my adventures. I would totally go back to Alaska and see more of the land, not just the sea. I would love to cross off every state in the US off my bucket list and I would love to photograph my husband experiencing every baseball park in America and Canada. The look of a kid, the joy of the game and his happy place showing in his eyes. It’s nothing I would want to forget.
The top world trips on my list are:
Paris – The Eiffel Tower – Arc de Triumph – The Louvre – The Catacombs
Italy – St. Peters Bassilica – Valley of the Temples – Rome – Lake Como – Pompeii – Colosseum
Germany – Heidelberg Castle – Mannheim Residential Palace – The Berlin Wall – The Rhine – The Holocaust Memorial – The Black Forest
Each country must also include any castles, cathedrals, palaces or churches.
So when you remember what you wanted to do when you grew up doesn’t go quite the way you planned, remember, just yell PLOT TWIST and hang on. Never stop dreaming, even if it’s just for one day you get to experience your dream job, one day may be more than you ever expected.
“God’s plan for your life is happening right now. It doesn’t begin when you get married or when you get your dream job or when everything feels perfect. You are IN the plan. –
Tara Leigh Cobble