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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's High School

When my son asked me to explain my job to him (as he is now thinking careers and such) I told him that being a cop was like spending an extra 20 years in High School. Same practical jokes. Same bullies. Same horsing around. Same authority figures, both good and bad. Same close friends, and just like High School, most of them are friends because of similar interests. Same assholes, and most of them are assholes because they enjoy being that way. Don't show up for the day and you'll get a phone call and possibly a visit.

Except that in my case, you also get a gun and shield, the authority to takes someone's freedom from them, and the responsibility to protect life. But it's still High School. If you didn't enjoy the antics and drama from High School it's going to be a long 20 years on the force.

If someone asked me about about our corner of the Blogosphere at this point in time, I'd probably have to give a similar answer. It's High School, just without the school work. Oh, and it's virtual.

I happened to like High School a lot, even in the crappy NYC Public School System.

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for your service to the public, my man.

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  2. Dude... it is so... like... NOT... high school, mkay?

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  3. After spending thirteen years in one company -- I completely agree -- most workplaces are just like High School...

    Oddly enough -- when I worked as a Middle School teacher, that was the only job I've had that I wouldn't describe the work environment as "just like High School."

    Which I find really weird, now that you got me thinking about it...

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  4. After spending thirteen years in one company -- I completely agree -- most workplaces are just like High School...

    Oddly enough -- when I worked as a Middle School teacher, that was the only job I've had that I wouldn't describe the work environment as "just like High School."

    Which I find really weird, now that you got me thinking about it...

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  5. Yeah; I don't think I could take that. I'm glad that you do the 'serving and protecting.' Now if you said that being a cop was just like college, I would be all over that. But, yeah, most work places are just like high school. And that's not good IMO.

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  6. Everyone grows older: few grow wiser. It's been the lamentation of humankind for thousands of years, I imagine.

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrxI_euTX4A

    One the bright side it could be worse, it could be grade school.

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  8. I never thought of the work world in those terms before, but you got me thinking about my own workplace (a university). It dawned on me that academia too is like high school – at Hogwarts. You can pretty much divide faculty into Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and of course Slytherins too, all in relatively equal proportions.

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