Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another Day In My Life at 911

I often sometimes get frustrated by people who call 911 to have the police come out to tell their roommates/boyfriends/sisters (whatever) to let them get their stuff out of the apartment they've just been kicked out of. I often sometimes get frustrated by people who call 911 because their neighbor parks in front of their house. I frequently sometimes get frustrated by people who call 911 to have the police come discipline their kids.

I have to laugh, though, at people who call 911 for stupid dumbass silly reasons.
Like the following: (Once again, I am NOT making this up!)

911: What is your emergency?
Caller: There's a suspicious guy walking down my street.
911: What's he doing?
Caller: Walking down the street.
911: is that suspicious?
Caller: He doesn't live on this street.
911: Does he have any weapons?
Caller: No.
911: Is he hassling people?
Caller: No.
911: Does he seem intoxicated or on drugs?
Caller: No.
911: So why is he suspicious?
Caller: Because he doesn't belong in this neighborhood!
911: ...sigh...

911: What is your emergency?
Caller: There's, like, 30 people over in the park on the baseball diamond.
911: Okay. What are they doing?
Caller: Playing baseball.
911: ...(?) And that's a problem because...
Caller: The parks and recreation guy said the field is only for people under 16 years old.
911: ...sigh...

911: What is your emergency?
Caller: There is a suspicious guy at the gas station.
911: What's he doing that's suspicious?
Caller: He's parked at the gas pump.
911: Um, is he getting gas?
Caller: I don't know, but the gas station's closed.
911: Is it one of those pumps you can pay by card after the station is closed?
Caller: I don't know. You just need to get someone out there.
911: It's not against the law for him to buy gas after dark...
Caller: He shouldn't be there! You just need to get a cop out there!
911: So other than him being there after dark, what else is suspicious about it?
Caller: He's black.
911: Really? You think he's suspicious because he's black? (Yes, I actually asked him that.)
Caller: Yes! Are you sending a f*ing cop or what?!
911: ...sigh...

I think I have a permanent dent in my forehead from banging it against my desk.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What the...? It's almost September already!?

And I am so ridiculously behind on my blogging!
I have been drawing and drawing but I seem to have little for my efforts so far. I drew a little something for The Wizard of Otin...but you'll have to wait until he posts it.

I am drawing one of Midlife Slices' sweet little granddaughters, but again, she'll have to post it first. Suffice it to say this is one fun project! Once she has it in hand I will post it here.

I am also working on some personal stuff when I get the chance.
I have long been fascinated with fairy tales and such. And even though they are not "fairy tales" per se, I love "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice In Wonderland" especially.

I started working on Oz characters some time ago. I didn't get very far. (Stuff always comes up, you notice that?) A couple weeks ago I started again, this time on the Scarecrow. I decided to do all the characters as girls, mainly because girls are easier to draw then boys, plus I thought they might actually sell better, too.
So I did this one:
Which I like okay. But then I got to wasting time doing research online and ran across some steampunk stuff, which is great because I kind of want to go that direction with some of my jewelry...and I thought to myself, "Self, what if you do your Oz stuff kind of steampunk?" Self decided that sounded like a right fine thing to do.
So here's Scarecrow #2:

Personally, I like her a lot.
She has some great detail work, like her pocket watch and her crow. I haven't printed her out yet, so I don't know how they will translate to the finished project, but they were fun to make.

Taking a break this weekend, though. We are going to see Secret Agent Man's sister and folks in the Minneapolis/St Paul area for the State Fair. Should be fun. Hopefully not as hot as it is here! (I'm so ready for fall!)

Hope you all are enjoying the last days of summer!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty pt 2 and 3

*** Go check out Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty. Yes, right now! All the "fan art" has been posted and it's wicked cool! There are so many talented people who responded to the call for art. What a fun, fun thing! ***

My second selection for the CNLT project was Gracie's spy girl. Again - right up my alley, no? Her dad called it "Saving the World and Looking Snazzy". Love it!

Here's Gracie's. I love that her hair is blowing in the wind and that even her gun is color coordinated!
And here's my version:
I was going to call it a day after finishing up the spy girl, but then I remembered that the deadline was today!! So I stayed up late and started/finished Isaac's monster under the bed called "Wide Awake". Finally got it done around 1 am.

I love the look on the monster's face, like "Wait a minute! I know that bed was here a minute ago!"

Friday, August 14, 2009

Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty

One of the sites I visit regularly is Pascal Campion. His artwork is fun and lovely and a great inspiration. He recently had a post that linked to a site called, you guessed it, Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty.

CNLT is a blog that is done by three kids, Isaac (10), Grace (9), and Lily (6). They draw, review books, and make their own drawings of art they like from the books they read. They have been doing this for 3 years, according to their site.

Their dad has decided, in honor of their 250 posts and 400 drawings (holy cow!), to invite artists who read their blog to do their own versions of the kids' drawings, like the kids do of their favorite artists.

I thought this sounded like a lot of fun! So I perused their site and found a drawing done by each of the kids. Drawing #1 is a Bunny Pirate Captain done by Lily.

We all know I like pirates! I couldn't resist!

Here's my version of Lily's pirate:

Over the next couple days I will be doing one for Isaac and Grace as well. It's a nice little exercise for me and a lot of fun. I encourage any of you who like to draw or doodle to join in, what a fun thing for those kids!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fairies and fires and callers, oh my!

I had a sale! Yea!

This was for one of my favorite little fairies. I did this one completely in Corel Painter, and it's a really fun art program because you can totally make stuff look like it's hand painted. (Ok, what the hell is it with me and the word "totally"?! I totally use it way too much!) I need to play around in it some more, and probably get the newer version, because my computer doesn't like the old one very well (I think it's 3 years old now).
I also have a good start on my jewelry. It's been fun making stuff again. Hopefully I will have some pictures to post on Monday. Maybe tomorrow if I really get my butt in gear.

I am kind of frustrated I haven't posted for a while. Been working a lot. We've had some mandatory overtime because a lot of people have been sick, some on vacation and one of our gals fell off a ladder and fractured her spine. (ouch!) And then Thursday we had a HUGE storm here. Lots of thunder and lightening and grass fires. That's always fun in a 911 center. (Not!) Then right in the middle of everything we (or the ground right next to the building) got hit by lightening! Everybody yelped and jumped in their seats. Luckily our computers are well protected, but sheriff's radio lost all theirs for a bit. It was pretty nuts for a while. Thank goodness it started to rain right after so hopefully that put out all the grass fires that got started.

Ah, summer!

It's been what we call "stupid busy" around here. Domestic violence calls have doubled:

Assaults have doubled (The new thing here seems to be stabbings. Good grief!):

Our "special" callers are calling 20 times a day, some of them (seriously), and they all seem to be coming out of the woodwork:

The heat, and now the full moon, are making people ca-ray-zee! We have discussed plans to get a crop duster to spread Prozac around town. If anyone can help with that I'd appreciate a call!

Have a great weekend!