From Flat Tires To Felony Theft

Once more, my job is rarely boring. Yesterday was Friday, and like most Fridays, I spent the day rolling from one highway crisis to another. Crashes, Disabled Vehicles, and other miscellaneous problems had our drivers working tirelessly for most of the day Around 2:30 PM, I received a call to move a vehicle to safety. … Continue reading From Flat Tires To Felony Theft

Playing In A Blizzard

Well, here I go again, preparing for another series of dangers. This weekend we're expecting a snowstorm in Colorado. The forecast calls for 1-3 feet of snow here in the Metro Area and twice that in the foothills. I don't usually work weekends, but this week I'll be working all seven days. My employer went … Continue reading Playing In A Blizzard

It’s All Fun And Games Until . . .

I posted something recently about automobile accidents. In that piece, I wrote, "the two direct causes of crashes are following too closely and distracted driving." I'm going to add a third; selfishness. While patrolling Interstate 225 Friday evening, I was dispatched to a Multi-vehicle Accident [MVA] without injuries. Being dispatched to a crash during rush … Continue reading It’s All Fun And Games Until . . .

I’m Not Superman, But I Did Stay At A Holiday Inn Express Last Week

Following ten weeks of towing vehicles to the impound for law enforcement, my employer moved me back to the Interstate Highway a few weeks ago. Once again, I'm a Courtesy Patrol Driver for CDOT. When someone breaks down, runs out of gas, gets a flat tire, or crashes into another vehicle, we show up. For … Continue reading I’m Not Superman, But I Did Stay At A Holiday Inn Express Last Week

Responding To Crime In Denver

There were 104 murders in Denver during 2020. Crime here in The Mile High City is out of control. The metro area has become a Mecca for stolen cars and trucks. I recently spent ten weeks towing Stolen/Recovered Vehicles to The Denver Impound. Criminals are not being held in jail or given a bond. Instead, … Continue reading Responding To Crime In Denver

My Thoughts This Morning [Beginning Vaccinations]

Our Medical Professionals will be receiving the Covid-19 vaccination soon. I hope and pray this poorly tested vaccine does not have any harmful side effects. The thought of a nation(s) without an adequate medical infrastructure is unfathomable. Well, sometimes, I worry too much. Pictured: Santa's Wonderland, Houston TX. Joseph Shanklin December 17, 2020

Cheering For The [Blue] Underdog

For nearly two years, I've been building a new [sober] life for myself. I've had as much as ten years sobriety before, but this is the first time I have known with complete absolution, that I do not have any desire to self-medicate. If you would have asked me two years ago how I felt … Continue reading Cheering For The [Blue] Underdog