Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I'm back on the blog.

I just thought I'd be posting back on this blog. I've been posting elsewhere but wanted to dust this one off again for craps and giggles. The other one's a bit too "political" I guess. Facebook didn't like me, twice. So, I thought I'd come back here and throw some pictures up that I took when I was sitting in my old office.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Found it! The blog... Life.

It's been awhile since I've been on here. Well over a year. I'm retired now. I've been retired since 10/2014. All's going as well as can be.

For some reason I thought this blog was removed. Today, while culling out old emails I came across one that was sent to my main account from another email account I had way back in the late 90's early 2000's. Miraculously I remembered my password to the account. First try, I got logged on! Dayum! Anyways, here I am.

Being as I have time on my hands I'm going to try to dust some things off around here and update the ol' blog.

Or not. It depends how it goes. I did succumb to the draw of Facebook... TWICE! The wife got the first timeline I set up so I set up another one. Actually two other one's but Farcebook doesn't like right winged slants and pseudonyms on the same timeline. They're okay with it if it's all a liberal thing though. Nevertheless, it is what it is. It's Zueckerman's, Zueckerborg's (whatever his friggin' name is) little treasure trove. I can't fault him for demanding that when we're in his sandbox we play by his rules. It just didn't sit well with me the way he and his ilk arbitrarily locked me out of my pseudonym timeline and refused to let me back in it so I could mine the several years of information I put into it. But again, it's his rules not mine.

On the other hand this old place is still around. I'm thankful for that. I was running out of things to do, being retired and all. Too little time, too much to do now.

Well, thanks for being here. I'll be dropping by from time to time. Don't be shy, feel free to comment. Just keep in mind I'm machiavellian as all get out when it comes to my blog. I'll put Zueckerman, Zueckerborg, whatever to shame.

Take care!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

RETIRED!


Kinda...
I thought I'd dust this place off a bit being as I have some idle time to spend.

For those two or three of you who happen to know me and stumble across this blog... well, I'm retired after roughly 42 yrs. of public service, 39 of it in the "Law Enforcement/Puzzle Solving" industry. I retired at 0001 hrs. today, the first day of October, 2014. It's an odd, bittersweet feeling.

Being as I'm done with public service I'm now going to dabble in the private sector for about five or ten years just to keep moving and keep my mind clear... Besides, the extra money will help us here at our house live with most of the creature comforts we currently have given all of the changes made over the past several years to our economy. But that might be another post some day soon.

Either way since June 9, 1972 my life up to this point has been a helluva learning experience. I've been blessed with the best family one could ever hope to have, true friends, an endless list of memories, experiences, events and an overall a great life!

Now it's time to move forward.

For those in the industry... there is a light at the end of that tunnel. Keep moving towards it but don't focus on it... you have to make it there to get there. So far, it's not that bad (but then again this is only 10 hrs. into my first day of the rest of my life).

Stay safe, learn from each other, teach each other, trust your instincts, trust your training, your judgment and by all means go home to your family when you're done for the day!

I'll be dropping by this site more often now that I have a bit more time to tinker!

Look out!

Friday, March 14, 2014

The passing of William E. Komula, Jr. 59 Yrs. old.



William (Billy) E. Komula, Jr., 59 died in a tragic auto accident on Monday night, March 10, 2014. He was a passenger in a 1994 Jeep Cherokee driven by Ryan Christopher Cughan, 36 yrs. old Lacey, Washington. Bill is survived by two sons (William and Andrew), a daughter in law (Georgina), one granddaughter (Lilly), two brothers (Mike and Steve), two sisters (Karol and Jackie), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, several inlaws, outlaws and friends. There will be a memorial service in Arizona sometime this summer. Local services will be held in the Olympia area amongst family and Bill will be cremated and eventually transported to Globe Arizona in the early summer (2014) to his final resting place.

Ryan Christopher Cughan, the driver of the vehicle that Bill was a passenger in was arrested by Thurston County Sheriff's Deputies on March 11, 2014. Shortly after the Sheriff's Department was notified of Billy's death Cughan was charged with Vehicular Homicide, a felony. He's currently being held at the Thurston County Jail in Olympia, Washington.

If you knew Bill you know he lived life fast, hard and on the edge... Sometimes crossing over, most of the time hell bent for election. He had his fun, had his moments but he always wore his heart on his sleeve. You never had to guess what Bill thought... he'd tell you outright. Bill was well intended just not always so clear about his intentions.

On Monday night, March 10 up here on a little neighborhood community road in Washington State, Wild Bill Komula finally met his match. He's had a helluva crazy life and was struggling in the end but now it's over for him. For those of you who knew him you have your memories of him... good, bad, indifferent. If you knew Bill you know he was... well... memorable in a lot of ways. I'll leave that up to you to define your version of "memorable".

Life catches up with all of us eventually.

All I can say is this chapter's over. Bill, you fought your demons now rest in peace!

That's the best eulogy I can muster...

Here's the news of the wreck.

Your Brother in Law

Sunday, August 05, 2012

It's been awhile...

It's been awhile since I've posted to this blog other than copy/pastes.
I thought I'd just drop a line and toss around some thoughts I have regarding life in general.

I'm still out there plugging along in the "puzzle solving" industry but there's definitely a different tone in the immediate workplace. I'm not complaining, just saying...what good would it do to complain anyways. Besides, I look at complaints as a distraction when working. I'll post to the blog or chat about things "after the fact" if I feel compelled to do so but I'm not keen to criticizing and complaining while working.

So, with that in mind I still get out and about quite a bit these days. Not as much as used to but hey, I still have some interesting times out there.

(About the pic... East of Yakima, WA. A homestead that saw better days.)

I'm a bit concerned about the way things are going around here, in this county, in this state, in this country, this world as we see it. We have definitely seen better days and I'm not seeing any real end in sight when it comes to even getting close to seeing them again.

Maybe it's just me but I can't help myself. As I write this the U-6 unemployment rate is at a solid 15%... up from 14.9% last month. The U-6 doesn't take into account those persons who've simply given up looking for work, have fallen off of the unemployment rosters or otherwise can't afford to go out and look for a job.

We have a very sour, very hostile, volatile political climate out "there"... the ugliest I've seen in my lifetime and I don't see it getting any better before November. All I can say is I hope and pray the right choices are made by the majority of the "registered, legal" living, voting citizens of this mighty fine nation.

I didn't want to get political on the blog here but I did. See there, want in one hand and crap in the other... I know which one will fill up first.

RE: Life. We're still living the dream day by day out here in the grand Pacific Northwest. We moved into our new home a year ago (July). We lost our 15+yrs. old Chihuahua (Rookie) to blindness, congestive heart failure and arthritis in June of 2011. Our other buddy, Chief... the miniature Schnauzer somehow got the animal version of AIDS and went from healthy to dead in a scant four months in December, 2011.

After over four years of constant, incessant, increasingly difficult life altering, near intolerable pain I got my back operated on in December, 2011 (Thank you! Dr. Chong Lee!!!) I now feel like a whole new man. We're far more health conscious around here and though we have our "fall off" moments we're reasonably maintaining our weight, combining other activities that keep us active and trying to enjoy life like we used to.

I mean, we're only human.

Okay, I just thought I'd drop a line and let you know we're still out here... just being a bit pre-occupied with life so the posts are few (very few) and far between.

Hopefully I'll find more time in the future to post more upbeat stuff.

Stay safe and take care!

Dennis