Round 1 Of Rob's 4th Of July Vacation Photos
July 13th, 2009
As you’ll see, the first week of our summer vacation was made up of two things for me this year; Cops and Golf!
Dawn’s husband and I drove up to Truckee early one morning to play one of our favorite courses, Old Greenwood.
For some reason, we had the whole course to ourselves for almost an hour; we had the first tee time of the day (7am) and were able to practice beforehand without a single human around us!
On the par 3 seventh hole, which is 161 yards over water both Gary and I hit our shots on the green. Gary birdied the hole, I bogeyed it. Yay me.
On Monday, June 29th the sold out Sac Sheriff K9 golf classic was held at Morgan Creek Country Club in Roseville, CA. It was sold out thanks to you, our loyal listeners and everyone was thrilled. As a reward, the Rob, Arnie and Dawn show got some special signage at one of the holes.
I played that day with Officer Shane Gregory (handler of Ronin, the K9 that apprehended me on video earlier this year), Shane’s wife Denise and Dawn’s husband, Dumb-dumb.
The theme of the day was “heat,” since it was 105 that day. We each used different methods to stay cool; I doused my head with ice water, Gary covered his head with a wet towel, and officer Gregory, the man protecting our streets, used a hand held fan to blow hot air into his face. It’s amazing Ronin hasn’t turned on him.
One of the absolute highlights of my vacation was a ride along with Deputy Brian Amos of the Sacramento Sheriff K-9 unit; unfortunately, I was so amped with adrenaline that I did an 8 hour ride with a camera IN MY POCKET. So, I have to recreate for you the exciting parts of my trip via the magic of computer generated photgraphic images. Enjoy
Here, Officer Amos poses with his patrol car and his K-9, a Belgian Malanois named Jesse.
Ok, Ok I am just kidding this is them in action
Here is what Deputy Amos and Jesse might actually look like if they worked for the Mesa Police Department in Arizona.
Just to prove that I did actually go on the ride along, Deputy Amos was nice enough to pose for a picture with me.
There were seriously some outstanding moments that night. Deputy Amos and Jesse work graveyard so there are plenty of bad guys to catch. The best “cop” moment of the evening came when Deputy Amos found and arrested a guy suspected of raping an underage teenage girl less than an hour after it happened. It was truly an awesome moment when the victim was brought to the arresting scene and positively ID’d her attacker. That was a great catch
As great as the arrest of the alleged rapist was, I had a more favorite moment. At about 3am I wound up in a scene straight out of the TV show COPS as we were called to a fight between neighbors on a front lawn in North Highlands, pictured here. You wouldn’t believe the parade of drunken white trash I witnessed. I stood in awe at the restraint the officers showed as they found a way to quell the situation without having to arrest anyone. The moments of people walking into walls and falling down in their driveways while yelling at each other and the officers were priceless.
Towards the end of the ride along, around 4am, we raced at over 100 MPH to get involved in a high speed pursuit of a motorcycle fleeing from cops without his lights on. We arrived on scene just after the suspect gave up. While we never actually got in the chase, racing through the streets with lights and sirens blaring while listening to the pursuing officers on the radio is a rush beyond words.
This is an artist’s rendering of what Deputy Amos would look like if he were a snowman and he and Jesse patrolled Alaska. Alaska would be lucky to have them. Actually going on a ride along gives you a whole new appreciation for what the men and women of law enforcement truly encounter every night.
Week one of my summer vacation concluded in my hometown of Pleasanton, California on the 4th of July, where every year they hold an afternoon concert in the aprk downtown.
It just so happens that my Dad is the conductor of the Pleasanton Community Concert Band (and has been almost continuously since I was born). That’s him looking over the group as they’re about to play
Here’s a copy of the program of the day’s events and the reason I was there; I was asked to give the keynote speech.
Here’s a close up shot of my Dad getting ready to perform
This is me delivering my 10 minute speech on freedom. We would have video taped it for the member’s site, but the 4th of July is god damned holiday and even I won’t make my staff work on the 4th of July! If you want to read the text of my speech, it is available here:
THE 4TH OF JULY HAS EVOLVED QUITE A BIT AS A DAY FOR CELEBRATION OVER THE YEAR. IS IT A DAY TO BBQ? A DAY TO LIGHT TO FIREWORKS? A 3 DAY WEEKEND? OR IS IT A DAY TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF THE GREATEST NATION IN HISTORY?
MOST OF US WANT IT TO BE A LITTLE OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS, BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT MOST OF US LOOK FORWARD TO THE FIREWORKS AND FOOD AND FUN, FAMILY, FRIENDS. ..FEW OF US TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER THE FOUNDATION OF THE DAY…FREEDOM; AND ALL THAT AMERICA REPRESENTS AND BRINGS FORWARD TO THE WORLD BASED ON FREEDOM. I MEET MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE TIRED OF BEING TOL,D THAT AMERICA STINKS AND IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS…MAYBE TODAY IS THE RIGHT DAY TO REMEMBER THAT NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
TODAY, DESPITE ALL OF THE TURMOIL ACROSS THE PLANET, AMERICA REMAINS AN OASIS TO THE WORLD. EVEN WITH WHATEVER PROBLEMS, CHALLENGES OR PERCEIVED HARDSHIPS WE FACE TODAY, WE ARE STILL, DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY READ, AMERICA IS STILL THE SHINING STAR OF THE EARTH…FOR ONE REASON…WE ARE FREE.
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Dad and me
The whole group that put on the Pleasanton 4th of July production
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