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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

2 ago, earthquake rattles sj... nfd

That would be my liner... no emer here but what a shake that was...

Apparently, the cell sites are down, LL are available. My brother's ok, he felt it all the way at Fremont. Still don't know where the epicenter is but for sure we'll hear it on the news.

The neighbors here at my Mom's are outside. Shouting, not screaming, about the experience. Not enough to call 911 for a disturbance... hehehe....

What's the first thing to do when there's an earthquake? No, not hide under a table... that's when there's a nuclear explosion... You stand under the door. That's the sturdiest part of the room...

It's been awhile since the last quake... I'm sure there would be some aftershocks...

That's just great! I won't be able to sleep till later...
Its Tuesday... You know what that means... its test day!!! The test covered 6 categories which pretty much encompassed the last 3 tests that we had. I thought last week's test was harder compared to this week's. Oh, yeah, I aced the test today. I think there were only 3 of us that aced it. Its cool, though, I thought I missed a couple of items. I was wrong....

My average went up, which is good.... but "I'm not going after seniority"... yeah right. I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't. Its good to pass, but its better to be #1. I don't think I am though... but who's counting?

The last few days, our call-taking practicals turned a corner. We were getting harder calls to process. A lot of mixed priorities. Today was nothing different. It was tougher, because the instructors were giving us past events that really happened and was really that crazy!! I was on the hot seat for the first call today and it was tough. You're on pins and needles, you can feel the tension, and thats where you kinda stop and see where your station in life is... its that hard!!! It makes you want to pause and examine the world we live in and all the crazies that surround us. At one point, you kinda think, "what the hell is this guy thinking?" Incredible. I love my job...

Tomorrow is map day. Rather, Geography day. Thursday is Road rally day. And Friday, we get to dress up because the chief is going to be giving us a class and we best be in our best behavior. Not that we've been bad... We're talking about the COP here.

Anyway, I like what one of the CTOs told me one I was doing a sit-along... Enjoy the academy, you'll learn a lot... I sure am. It makes me wonder though... what if I didn't get this job? Where would I be now? I know I'll still be in my other job but this is more rewarding...

I really couldn't stop from thanking Him everyday for giving me this job, for making new friends which is gonna be part of my extended family now, for accepting us into a very close knit family. I love this togetherness that the academy is showing us...

On a different note, by next week, we're supposed to pick a class speaker. My name came up a couple of times. Being the only guy, they said, makes sense. I'd do it, I told them, but somebody needs to write for me, because if I were the one to write my own speech, I'm going to talk about a lot of things and not stay in focus. Thats just me, I'm all over the place... I'd rather someone else though, but I like talking IFO of people... Public speaking is my forte...

Can't wait for the road rally.... that seems to be fun... I don't think I'll be wearing any costumes tomorrow though... I know, I'm a square... Just don't feel like it... I'll probably buy some candy... give those that'll come in a costume some...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I found an apartment!!! WHOO-HOOO!!! It's at downtown San Jose, close to the new city hall!! The rent is cool too. If all goes well, I could move my stuff in as early as tomorrow. Can you believe that? I'll probably move my stuff either the first weekend of November or the following weekend. I can't move during the week because of academy duties. I can only move during the weekends. Which blows because finding movers would be costly. Who cares? As long as I get to move to my place, I'm cool.

From what I gather, the place is quiet. The neighbors are single and either students or teachers. That's cool. At least its quiet. I don't have to worry about sleeping during the day (I'm kinda thinking that I'll be getting the mids shift after academy). The place looks like our old apartment back in Rexford. When I saw it, I told myself, welcome home.

Its gonna be hard moving though. The driveway is a little tight, so when the movers come over, they may have to park outside and move the stuff in one at a time. I hope thats cool. If I'm going to spend a pretty penny, might as well make the most of it. Of course, I'll be moving some of my stuff early. But here's my problem... I need to have electricity already in that place, that means changing the name of my pad to my name and to remove electricity over in my old place. Thats harsh. Change my internet too, not to mention my cable. Oh well, that moving for you.

I'm just happy that the whole process of looking for an apartment is over. Now the stressful part of moving begins. I read somewhere that moving is one of the top stressful activities there is. I'll start to move my dresses and probably small appliances once I get the chance to move in, which could be as early as tomorrow. My sister is letting me borrow her luggage. Cool, I can move some of my dresses in already.

Tomorrow is the lease signing... I can't wait...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The third test was a little harder than I thought... but at least it was organized. It wasn't an amalgam of questions of all the covered material. They decided to categorize them. That was a relief. But, I didn't do good as I expected. I had 5 mistakes. That's not good at all. 2 were mental errors, the other 3, well I got confused. I was supposed to do some extended reading this morning, but unfortunately, I accidentally left the reading material at home. That's what happens when you can't turn on the darn light in the bedroom for fear of waking up everybody.

I really need to get a place of my own. Its not that I don't like the present company, its just that, if there's chaos in my apartment, its my chaos. Not somebody else's.

I know. It sounds like I'm just making excuses. I'm not, its just frustrating when you could've done better. At any rate, I'm still one of the top, but its kinda crowded now. A classmate aced the test, and a couple had 3 mistakes and that's with the ones that I know about. The others are really discreet about their score. I need to keep up. I need to set the bar. Not the other way around. Of course, like any test, there were a couple of people that didn't pass the test. That wasn't good. I feel for them. All this preparation and for what? To retake the test again. That blows... One thing I can't take is someone crying.... I don't know why, but the image of Tom Hanks just jumps at me when I see this happen, especially after a test: "There's no crying in baseball!!" In this case, "There's no crying in test scores!!"

I'm like the tinman. I guess I need to have a heart. I do have one, and a big one at that. But I just don't see the reason behind the crying. Then again, we all have priorities and when you get behind with the studying, you need to desperately catch up. Now, I just don't see myself in that position. I'm sorry.

Anyway, different topic. I'm going to be apartment hunting tomorrow. If worse comes to worse, I'll end up here in the same complex with my mom. I wish it were farther but, in desperation, you really can't choose. I'll be giving my letter of intent to leave to my landlord at Salinas on Sunday. What the hey? The thought of leaving with nowhere in particular to go is gut-wrenching but I guess I can throw all my stuff in storage and just live it out here at Mom's...

Bad idea.... look for a place... how hard can it be?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Its the night before the 3rd test, and I believe I'm 97% ready. The last 3 percent are just a few unit ids which I know already but just needs a few polishing...

Still need to go to Summit and get a couple of pants. The last thing I need is to not have a fresh pair of pants when the uniform inspection comes in. Thats just gravy...

Everybody in class seems to be getting it all this call taking practicals. I have to admit, this is a bright group. Quick to grasp the basics and apply it. I believe this is a testament to the rigid hiring process of the PD. Why would you settle for mediocre? Go for the best...

We had a study group last Sunday. It was a little hard for me because over the weekends I drive back to Salinas. When I got to our study group, I was about a half an hour late. Thats because of an 1183 on 101 and every single car getting to look at the accident. Nice. Well, we stayed for almost 4 hours for the study group. I thought it was productive. Yancie's daughter was very helpful.

As far as my study techniques, I always study in advance. What really stuck to me was in the last sit-along I did, the CTO was quizzing me on type codes used on the floor. I was just done with the basic 10-code but really didn't memorize all of them. So he's asking away, and there I was stumped! I didn't like that feeling. He gave me a friendly advise to start memorizing because these codes would be very vital. I took that to heart. On day 1 of the academy, I memorized everything except for unit IDs and dispositions (because they didn't give it on our packet). Now, everything is a breeze. The gals keep asking me what my secret is to memorizing. I just didn't have the heart to tell them that I got them all before the academy started. I had nothing better to do than watch reruns on TV, so might as well memorize type codes.

I just need to brush up on a few items and I am good to go...

Cramming gets me going, but being prepared prior gets me an extra hour of sleep...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wasn't able to blog the last few day. Catching up on some assigned work and memorization. Now that we're getting into practicals, its gonna be a little tough @ the academy. I loved school before and I'm still loving the atmosphere now.

Call me crazy but I just love the dynamics...

A whole lot of catching up to do, as far as getting to know the proper way of call taking. All of us were on the hotseat. I'll be honest with you, I did not do well. For a simple call like what I got, that was bad, even for me. I guess I need to be more adamant about the information I want. There were a few that did really good... Gotta give them props...

Well, as far as the exam on Tuesday, I think I'm 85% good to go. Its not that easy to memorize each and every unit there is in the PD. Not to mention all the possible type codes there is in CAD. Add to that the radio frequencies AND dispositions. Thats like almost 400 pieces of information that we need to know by the 5th week, mandatory.

No pressure...

Didn't I say I love the academy....

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I wasn't that anxious with the test this morning... It was more of, I didn't want to overload my head with information... I just stopped studying last night, and popped in "Top Gun". Not my first choice when it comes to movies that would motivate me... but that was the only one I could find for my HD-dvd player...

Morning came and I just ate a light breakfast and went to PAC. I just went to the roof and took in some fresh air. I guess that's gonna be routine for me now before an exam, head to the roof and let everything sink in. The roof of PAC is nice. Nice view of the city and fresh air in the morning.

The exam was just like I expected it. It was too long though. Almost hit the hour mark. Understandable since it was 190 items!!! It was hard and it wasn't. When it was all said and done (it took the proctors almost 4 hours to grade the test), I did really well. I only made 2 mistakes. In hindsight, those mistakes could've been avoided if I wasn't studying the wrong word for it! My bad... POSS as I was studying as Possession, it should've been Possible. The other mistake was definitely a blunder. I was supposed to give the acronym and I misspelled it! It was RMS not RMC. I knew that but, you know, nobody's perfect. I got a 98.94% It is to the percentage I guess.

I found the test relaxing, curiously enough.

Yup, today was a good day. Hopefully that spells for a good week.

I still need to get word from a few apartments I'm inquiring about. I really want to move to SJ already, despite the weather...

That would have to be some getting used to...

Monday, October 15, 2007

I really enjoyed my weekend off... didn't enjoy the traffic driving home to Salinas though... darn that 101 traffic... Was able to watch my shows and sleep on my bed... I really miss the weather too, overcast with a little wind please...

Today was different, as far as I was concerned. I felt detached, I don't know why... even my classmates noticed it... it's not that I chose to be quiet... its my nature... They'll get the drift though... I still have their back on the floor... but during the academy, I'm a competitor... I'm sorry... I'll help you if you ask for help, if you're not gonna ask, I'm not gonna help... you know what I mean... But after graduation, out there on the floor, we're gonna be united... after all, we're Academy 34!!!

Anyway, tomorrow will be test #2... I believe I'm ready... I just did the reviewer that one my classmates did... she's something else... studying and having the time to do review material for the class... I'm ready... I don't want to over-study, if there's such a word... I'll just leave a little early tomorrow to study and probably grab a lite breakfast...

Well that's the plan. Chances are, its gonna be broken by 6am... we'll see. Scot was supposed to proctor our exam but apparently he's gonna be doing the oral boards for the coming academy... I just did that a few months ago... Good luck to the coming class...

Now, didn't I mention that I was going to get rid of all these darn ellipses...

Thats for next time... I'll update this tomorrow with results of TEST #2...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Saturday... the first weekend of the academy... finally under my belt...

I'm just trying to re-group and relax... Yesterday and today will be my relaxation days... until I start to move out of Salinas... then its gonna be extra hectic...

I am 10-10... till Sunday afternoon where I will trek back to Mom's and get ready for Monday, which will be a long day... The study group is scheduled at 6am... I'm ready for that... I just need to be a couple of steps ahead of the test and I'll be fine...

Right now, I'm not there yet... I'll definitely catch up tomorrow...

I feel relaxed though... that's a start...

I gotta stop with the ellipses... its starting to drive me crazy... but then again, I'm gonna start using that and a lot of abbreviations after I graduate...

It's His will that I'm here... I will serve the purpose... I won't let You down...
Not as we... (unreleased a.m. song)(as heard on H.M.D)

Reborn and shivering
Spat out on new terrain
Unsure, unconvincing,
This fake and shaky hour

Day one, day one
Start over again
Step one, step one
I'm barely making sense for now
I'm faking it till I'm pseudo-making it
From scratch, begin again
But this time I as "I"
And not as "we"

Gun-shy and shivering
Timid without a hand
Feign brave with steel intent
Little and hardly here

Day one, day one start over again
Step one, step one
I'm barely making sense for now
I'm faking it till I'm pseudo-making it
From scratch begin again
But this time I as "I"
And not as "we"

Eyes wet toward
wide open frayed
If God's taking bets,
I pray he wants to lose

Day one, day one start over again
Step one, step one
I'm barely making sense for now
I'm faking it till I'm pseudo-making it
From scratch begin again
But this time I as "I"
And not as "we


Pretty much summarizes my life right now...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Today is the end of Day 4 of Life at the Police Academy, PSCS style...

I passed the 1st of 10 tests, got a 100% on ten codes and phonetics... I thought the test was too easy... not cocky, confident...

I am now immersed in ten code, 11 code and type code talks... Thats cool... Its nice to be part of a family... to be part of the SJPD family is something I will treasure from here on... We take care of our own... I like that...

There are way too many 10-36s... not at liberty to divulge...

Its been almost 15 years since I've been to a school-type situation... Its getting used to, but as far as memorization goes, I still have what it takes to go up against the kids of the class...

Oh yeah, demographics wise... I am THE ONLY male in the class... nice... One of the older students too... most of them are mid 20's... The last few days were introducing ourselves to the staff, to the deputy chief and his staff, taking lots of pictures (Our individual pictures, as well as a group shot, is now at the walking strip heading towards the "floor")... nice... Thats one way of introducing yourself to the rest of the team...

It still hasn't sunk in yet though... I still can't believe that I'm working for the city of San Jose, representing the PD... totally unreal... I'm still stoked about it... And everytime they make us listen to some 911 tapes, both the funny and the sublime, I can't help but wonder about the total gratification it must feel when you've helped someone that is genuinely seeking help and you're the lone voice of the PD that can help them... I love it...

Now, I feel that I finally found my calling... I'm not the type of person that lets people down... I won't let my new family down...

Go Blue...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Salinas, Thoughts:

The manager of the Red Sox is giving a press conference. They just won the game with a 3 run walk-off HR from Manny Ramirez. What a hit!!

Focus, PJ!

You need to go back and study your codes...

What am I doing? I'm sitting here, in front of my laptop, thinking of random thoughts, going to random sites, when I should be studying.... My sister put herself on a one month exile from work. She's studying for her upcoming USMLE step 2 test sometime this month. I'm not sure when it is...

Focus, PJ! Don't lose focus...

I need to stop typing and go back to reviewing my memorization of codes... I'm already done with the first 5 pages of codes. The easy part is the last 2 pages which are close to abbreviations of the codes. I think they are easier than the 10 code, 11 code and some of the type codes there are...

Focus, PJ!!!

I was watching this show on spiketv earlier. I think it was one of those caught on video, police videos. I was watching it and shouting out loud what code it was. I was getting it though... thats a good sign...

FOCUS, PJ!!!

I'm out... Academy starts on Monday... I think I'm ready, wardrobe wise. I got my supplies ready... I'm so excited... Next time you'll be reading from me, I'll be reporting from mom's place at good old SJ...