Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mesa Arizona

As many of you know I was in Mesa this last weekend to check out the police department about getting a job. I went down on Thursday night and stayed with Nik and Anissa Rasheta. Nik is Noah's twin brother in case you didn't know that. That night we just spent the night talking and I asked a bunch of questions about being a police officer. Friday morning Nik and I went to the police station and he gave me a tour. I also was able to talk to a recruiting officer. She told me it's a good time to be applying. The city needs to hire 100 new officers this year so she said as long as I'm not a dough head, things look good for me. Good news. That night we picked Noah up at the airport and spent the rest of the night at home. Saturday we went and played sand volleyball for Anissa's birthday. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards we went to Anissa's sisters house and jumped in her pool. Nik and I changed there and went to the station for Nik's shift. I did a ride along with him for his entire shift, 3 pm to 1 am, that night. It was a lot of fun. It was a busy night and we kept getting call after call. We didn't really get to do anything too crazy though. We did bust a girl for possession of cocaine though. All in all it was a good night for me and it pretty much just sealed the deal for me. I'll probably go down around August/Sept to go through the testing and application process. Then I'll hopefully start the academy down there in March. I could start the academy as early as Dec. but for Celeste's sake we'll hope that I can start a few months later. In the end it was a lot of fun. I loved the city and the area down there and think it's the perfect place to live for Celeste and I. Big thanks to Nik and Anissa for letting me come and stay with them and for taking care of me for the weekend.

Hiking with Dodger

About a week ago before the cold weather came I took Dodger with me up to the foothills in PG and we did a little hiking. We hiked up Grove Creek canyon one day and then up Battle Creek canyon on another day. It was actually a lot of fun. I forgot how much I really love the mountains. Dodger had a great time being able to run free and not be confined to a leash. He did really good about not running to far and staying with me most of the time. There was only once when he got away from me and I thought he was gone. When we went up Battle Creek we hiked to the top of "G" mountain. There were deer all over the place but they were far enough away that they didn't tempt Dodger. Once we got to the top we came around a corner and surprised about 10 deer. They took of running and Dodger followed. I tried to keep up but there was no way. No sign of the deer or dodger. I walked in the direction they ran for about 10 minutes calling Dodger until I finally heard his tags ringing and he finally came back. All in all it was a lot of fun and we plan on doing a lot more hiking this summer.