There are a few cops in my family. My brother is a cop and my uncle was the Chief of Police here in Davenport, Iowa during the 1980s. My son has aspirations of being a cop (well, FBI) and I couldn’t be more proud of them all. I love (most) cops. I mean, there are always a few bad apples in any bunch (and I’m sure we have stories or experiences when some cops have fallen short of our expectations), but for the most part, these are good, honest, hard-working people who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us and what we own. They run into danger when everyone else is running away. They are our everyday heroes and it is our joy to honor them this week on HumpDay.
So, this image is what I made using one of those Meme generators. It didn’t come out very clear, so starting with the top row going left to right they say: Eating Donuts: What taxpayers think I do.; Law and Order: What my friends think I do.; Superman: What my kids think I do.; Barney and Andy: What my mom thinks I do.; Police brutality: What society thinks I do.; Saving a life: What I really do.
Thanks to all the police officers out there who keep us safe!! In honor of our heroes in blue, we are doing a special giveaway today. Cassie and I decided to make a donation on behalf of HumpDay readers to a charity called My Stuff Bags. I learned from my brother that these charities exist to help police, fire and social workers comfort children rescued from precarious situations. When I called to make the donation, I was told by the lady I spoke with that DEA agents will often request these bags (which contain things like toiletries, clothing, coloring books and crayons, etc) to give to children found in drug houses. Too often these houses are contaminated and the children rescued will need to be stripped down and hosed off. They aren’t allowed to take anything with them because of the contamination. So, these bags give these children something that is “theirs” when they go into foster care. Such an important thing that so many of us probably don’t even think about. Donating to them helps those cops we are trying to honor. With our donation, we are able to fill 1o bags. Our prayer is those things comfort those scared children.
Okay, transitioning to something a little less sad. I have funny cop stories to share with you!! These are a couple that made me giggle and I hope they make you giggle too. Happy HumpDay!
Funny Cop Story #1
“I was working evening shift and dispatch sent me to a bad wreck at a main intersection. I pulled up and there were several cars damaged and a few people injured. I asked dispatch to send an ambulance. They asked me what the injuries were so I walked around to the cars, looked in and tried to guess on age, sex and type of injuries. I got to one car with two females inside. The passenger was bleeding from her head. I radioed dispatch and said, “mid 30′s female with a head injury.” I looked at the obviously pregnant driver (she had to be 8 or 9 months pregnant) and said, “and one maternity patient.” The driver looked at me and said, “I’m not pregnant.” I said, “I know ma’am, that is just police talk.” I tried to avoid her for the rest of the accident, but I still swear she was pregnant!” Lesson: Never, EVER, say anything about a woman being pregnant unless you KNOW she is. And by knowing I mean she herself has said, “I am pregnant.” Never. Ever, ever, ever. Never. …ever.
Funny Cop Story #2
“One of our traffic officers happened to be driving behind a school bus loaded with high school students on their way home. Well, one of the young Einsteins on board thought it would be hilarious to give the officer a “special greeting” – one involving the “moon” coming out during the day. He proceeds to bare his backside out the back window as the other students howl with laughter. That is until the officer lights the bus up, pulls it over and climbs on board. This officer is well built and not real happy so I’m sure he was pretty intimidating as he headed for the back of the bus. And, as if often the case with teenagers, it was pretty easy to pick out the suspect even without getting a look at his face. Every scared kid on the bus was pointing right at him! Our officer grabs him and on his way out tells the driver he’ll make sure this one gets home alright. Imagine the phone call to that kid’s house!” Lesson: Never moon a cop. Never. Ever, ever, ever. Never. …ever. What was that kid thinking??
I hope those stories put a smile on your face! Since we aren’t doing a giveaway this week, Cassie and I thought it would be fun to do a This or That survey. CLICK HERE if you want to take it!! Enjoy your day and don’t forget to…
I found this story on SafeElectricity.org and thought I would share it. It is important to always remain vigilant when working with live voltage. I suppose that can not be said too often. It takes a fraction of a second. With this being National Electrical Safety Month, I thought it would be good to share this story as a reminder to all you out there working with live voltage. Be careful, stay safe and God bless.
“Gary Norland had worked as an equipment operator, lineman, foreman, and superintendent, when he started work at a local mill that produced its own electricity. One Friday afternoon, storms had gone through, and his crew was investigating outages. However, Gary and his co-workers were more focused on plans for the weekend than the job at hand—their work near overhead power lines. As Gary leaned back, he came into contact with 12,500 volts of electricity.
After the accident, Gary spent four months in the hospital. He went through excruciating graftingprocesses because he had 15 exit wounds and suffered burns across 37% of his body. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries, and more surgeries are expected.Gary and his family are working with Safe Electricity’s 2013 “Teach Learn Care TLC” campaign to help prevent others from having accidents with overhead power lines and to keep other families from having to go through such a tragic experience.
Gary urges people to take the time to be safe both on the job and at home.”
Okay, guys, here is your warning: Mother’s Day is just two days away. And, in case you don’t know the rules, you not only are supposed to honor your own mom, but also the mom of your children. I once heard of a man who said to a friend who asked him what he was going to do for his wife for Mother’s Day and the man said, “Nothing. She’s not my mother.” Ooohhh, not cool, dude, not cool. Trust me, if you want to get in good with your wife, make a big deal about Mother’s Day (provided you all have kids. I wouldn’t suggest that if you don’t. That’s just awkward.).
For your funny today, I found a blog where people submit stuff their kids have ruined. Oh my. I’m sure all of us who have little ones (or used-to-be little ones) can relate. Happy Friday, everyone!!
My husband and I were out in the barn cleaning while my children decided to go back into the house. They were inside for 5-10 min. When we came back in, and the puppy had been sharpie’d on. My daughter always wanted a pink puppy, so she took it upon herself to draw pink and purple on the dog. I guess it would be her revenge on the dog since the dog loves to follow her and pull her undies down…..Great, thanks Mia!
My son, Bryce, who is 2 years old, shredded our lotto ticket with 16 draws left on it. It was a $100 ticket. My husband left our office door open and our son climbed the desk, plucked the lotto ticket from the basket, put it in the shredder saying ‘Bills, bills’ as he shredded it. Frantic, I searched through the shopping bag that lined the basket of the shredder, found most of the pieces and put them together. When we called Florida Lotto they said that the ticket is now useless in its condition. We’ve not won anything from it yet, but this could be an EPIC FAIL if we do. I’m going to neatly place it in my son’s baby book, if we do win, as a constant reminder of why he is the only 16 year old kid WITHOUT a car of his own. LOL
Somehow my amazing kids managed to get a handful of Lego’s through not one, but two skimmer baskets and into my pool pump. The impeller is shredded and the new, high efficiency replacement runs $1400.00 USD. So it looks like they won’t be seeing allowance until they’re 30!
I have 3 daughters, ages 4, 2, and 10 months. I had gotten the baby to sleep and put the older girls down for their nap. I had about 30 minutes of quiet bliss that was suddenly interrupted by loud noises coming from the kids’ room. I walked upstairs to see what the problem was only to discover that my 4 year old had PAINTED her sister pink!
I was in the bathroom, my hands in the toilet retrieving some toys my son had put in there, when I heard some jingling and then a crash. I ran into the living room to find our Christmas Tree, laying on the ground. Along with several broken ornaments, the base of the tree had snapped, and could not be repaired. When I asked Megan what happened, she simply said she was “shaking the tree.” “Why were you shaking the tree?” I asked. “I like the sound it makes.”
So, I’m making my youngest daughter some oatmeal…take the kettle off the stove, feed her the oatmeal, dash like a mad woman (I have to because my children get into EVERYTHING) to the bathroom to tinkle, come back to the kitchen to find that my 4 year son has put my laptop onto the still hot burner!!!
Thanksgiving day and the pumpkin pie was cooling on the counter. Our 3 yr old decided to climb up onto the counter to get in the cupboard and slipped and landed butt first into the pie. He wasn’t hurt, and after I peeled off his jeans, I tried to smoosh the pie flat again with the back of a buttered spoon. We’re going to eat it anyway!
I caught my 19 month old son sticking one of his crayons in the VCR. When I went to take it away from him I noticed something bright and yellow sticking out of the flap so on closer examination this is what I discovered inside. Yep, that’s Halloween candy in there. I removed about 14 pieces of candy as well as 2 more crayons and some refrigerator magnets. There is still a Tootsie Pop in there but it’s shoved so far back in there I can’t get it out.
Nothing is safe from my son if the bathroom door is left open. Yuck
Hope that tickled your funny bone, folks! If you are a mom or a dad, I’m sure you have your own stories about stuff your kids have ruined. Feel free to share in the DISQUIS section. Cassie told a story about how here little guy, just 2 years old, was found by her hubby in his crib with his poo smeared all over. Apparently, her husband forgot a pooey diaper on the changing table and the little one found it. Thankfully Cassie was out of the house and her husband had to deal with it. Whew! Talk about sidestepping a land mine…
Well, happy mommies day to all you moms out there. Enjoy your day, get a nap, and avoid dishes and laundry.
I have never been a person who has been crazy amazing at something. There are a lot of things I’m okay at, but I’ve never been a person who has excelled at one particular thing (except maybe bungee rocket shooting). I remember when I was in grade school that Valerie T., Angie D., and Lisa M. were the smarties, Heather T. was the fastest runner and the sporty girl, Dina L., Amy A. and Jennifer J. were the popular girls. I did gymnastics and was average (I refused to do a back handspring because the one time I did do it, I hit my head and had a horrible headache…I refused after that). I was an average student…average runner…average at everything, it seemed. There was a time when I thought I could sing; I think I was like those people you might see on American Idol nowadays. You know, thinking they are awesome, but in reality they are awesome at being awful. I guess, if I wanted to put a positive spin on it, I am awesome at being average!! Hehehehe. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not self-loathing, and I’m not fishing for compliments. My average-ness is just a great lead-in for today’s post.
In trying to come up with today’s topic, I found some videos of people who are truly awesome at what they do. I guess you could say there is talent and then there is tal-ent, baby! I have talent in a few areas. But these people? They have tal-ent * she said while doing three snaps in “Z” formation!* (any In Living Color fans out there remember that one?)
These kiddos put me to shame. I have no rhythm (I can’t even sing and clap at the same time! In church, it’s one or the other. Everyone else is clapping while singing a spunky song and I am just singing. If I tried to clap, I would be that person who claps about half a beat after everyone else. *sigh*), and I couldn’t ice skate to save my life. Seriously, if the zombie apocalypse happens during winter, I’m screwed. Well, I’m lunch, actually…
I hope you enjoy these videos…and maybe you will feel a little like I do after watching them. These kids have me beat. I surrender…
Hope you enjoyed those little guys. That drummer stole my heart. He is rocking it to a great song, too. Is it stuck in your head? It’s stuck in mine!! Have a great day, everyone! Catch you next time!
NEW!! Optical Cable Voltage Indicator (Part #: R-3F-LXX)
We have a new product. A very new product. It’s so new we won’t even have stock on it for another couple of weeks, but I wanted to wet your whistle and give you guys the first crack at viewing it. I’ve not sent out a press release or even have the webpage done for it yet, but that will be up later this week. You guys truly are the first ones outside of Team Grace that gets to see this, so I hope you like it!
When it comes to thru-door electrical safety, the R-3F-LXX voltage indicator with an optical cable is a Permanent Electrical Safety Device (PESD) designed to keep workers on the safe side of electrical panels by providing them with a no-voltage-to-the-door option. Many international and domestic electrical standards require low voltage panel-mount devices; the R-3F-LXX meets those requirements with zero voltage on the outside of the panel.
The R-3F-LXX uses an optical light cable to transmit LED voltage indication up to a thru-panel adaptor on the outside of electrical enclosures, which allows users to see the voltage status of L1, L2, L3 and GRD while the energized conductors are kept inside the enclosure. This voltage indicator illuminates for voltages between 20VAC/VDC and 600VAC/1000VDC (non-UL Max 750VAC) its CAT IV/III rating (pending) makes it suitable for use in any location in your low voltage power system.
The R-3F-LXX uses the same field-proven and time-tested circuitry as other SafeSide™ voltage indicators (R-3W, R-3W2, & R-3W-SR). The potted construction, redundant circuit design, UL /IEC/AS 61010-01 certification, CAT IV/III rating (pending), integral lead wires, and flexible mounting options allow users to reliably locate it close to 3-phase voltage sources. The different cable lengths lets users mount the panel adaptor at the best location on the enclosure.
Last Friday, we had a fun little event here called the Grace Games. The idea was simple, really. A friendly competition/team-building exercise that tested our ability to listen and direct one another in a task that was not part of our normal, everyday jobs. And, boy, did we have fun! Here are a few pics from that day:
Jennifer from Sales teaches Austin from Production how to enter an order.
Lori from Production and Dan from Sales rock”et” at the Bungee Rocket competition!
Stephanie from Accounting is intense as she processes a Literature Request
Aaron from Engineering entering an order…I’m not captioning this one…you guys get to do that! Use the DISQUIS section below to caption this pic!
Cassie from Marketing holding her own while assembling a GracePort!
We had a great time at the Grace Games. The StormTroopers won the competition, but the Grace Warriors were our HumpDay pick! Both teams enjoyed prizes and food!! These pics got me thinking about those meme’s that are like, “How I think I look….How I actually look”…so I found a few that made me giggle…hope you enjoy them!! Happy Friday!!
I hope those made you all smile!! Before I go, Cassie told me I had to put a call out for Pizza Parties, so I guess I’d better!! Here’s how it works…fill out our quick form to be entered to win a party for you and your office or department. No strings attached! We will have our Rep in the area show up with food, drinks, and giveaways for you all. It’s really a lot of fun and, hey, it’s a free lunch, so be the hero in your office and win one…we will even add a special gift for you if you win! Click the link below to enter!
Thanks for tuning in and we will catch up with you again on HumpDay!!!
I am no garage sale queen, that’s for sure, but I do enjoy one every now and again. I will get to watching one of those shows on TLC or TruTV and start believing that I am going to be the next person to find that hidden gem amongst the rubbish and castoffs at my neighbors’ houses. Soon, however, I discover I don’t like much going into smelly garages and rifling through old, dirty things as people watch me like a hawk to see in what I might be interested. So, I lose interest fairly quickly and leave the cool finds to the more committed garage-salers out there.
This past weekend, however, I was on the other side of things. My friend was having a garage sale to get rid of some things left by her grandmother after she passed away back in September. My husband and I went over to lend a hand and it was probably the funnest (is that a word??) time ever. My friend, who is one of the sweetest, kindest people I know, is a very thrifty person. An incredibly thrifty person, and I’ve learned a lot from her on how to save money. But, I saw some of the funniest things she tried to hock on the advice of some well-intended person who said, “People buy the oddest things at garage sales, so put it all out! You’ll be surprised by what you sell!” Well, my friend took that to heart. Just look at some of the things she put out on her garage sale!
You can have about 1/5th of a bottle of bubble bath, nearly 1/2 a bottle of off-brand baby shampoo, some Calamine lotion from circa 1988, or 1/3 a bottle of foot powders. Let’s not forget the nearly full bottle of rubbing alcohol!
I know these are for cleaning things, but still…ew. Denture and toothbrushes up for grabs at my friend’s garage sale. The DNA you get with it is just an added bonus.
For just a dime, you can help your heart and season your food at the same time from this garage-sale find!
How about this creepy elf? It has a twin, but it is decapitated. I think by the grin on this one’s face, he did it…
“To-Go” syrup from Cracker Barrel. Yes, ladies and gents, this tiny bottle of Cracker Barrel syrup can be yours for just a quarter!
So, the funniest thing at the sale was a 3/4-full bottle of Original Listerine. I was dying laughing and when I grabbed my phone to snap a picture, my friend snatched the bottle from the table and wouldn’t let me. She was tired of me poking fun at her odd items, I think. But, yes, I promise you it is true. You can pay a dollar and get Grandmas only slightly used Listerine (all I can think about is her taking out her teeth and taking a big ‘ol swig from it!)…In the end, I paid my friend for her Listerine because I felt bad for giving her such a hard time. When I gave her the dollar she said, “Okay, I’ll go get you the bottle.” I responded with, “Oh no…that’s okay…I said I’d pay for it, I didn’t say I wanted it!” I also joked with her that I wondered why Grandma’s half-used toothpaste tube wasn’t on the table. She said that was gross and I was like, really? That’s the line? Old toothbrushes and partially used mouthwash is acceptable, but half a tube of Crest is too far? LOL…my friend cracks me up!
So, I’m curious…what are some of the oddest garage sale finds you’ve come across? Use the comment section to share!
Have a great rest of the week, everyone!! And don’t forget to keep reading!!
Combination of our R-T3 voltage portal and our R-3W2 voltage indicator.
…and because we are the “Thru-Door Electrical Safety People” we love May! And we love to do giveaways!! So, why not celebrate National Electrical Safety Month with a contest? Oh yeah…I thought you might agree!! Here’s the plan – we want to know if you use PESDs in your plant, and if so, what was the process to incorporate them like. So, if you use PESDs (which include voltage portals, voltage indicators and the Combo Unit), CLICK HERE to be entered into a weekly drawing for $50 Visa Gift Card during the month of May. Just answer the brief questions and you will automatically be entered each week. The winners from each $50 Visa Gift Card drawing will be eligible for the grand prize of a brand new iPad!! Winner of the iPad will be announced May 29.
Now, I know this a very targeted offer and many readers may not be eligible because you don’t use PESDs. So, for you guys we are going to do a “just because” giveaway!! CLICK HERE to enter for the one-time monthly giveaway of a $100 Visa Gift Card!