On Friday, I received a letter in the mail from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. I have been waiting to hear back from them for a while now. I took the written test just before Thanksgiving and I knew it was going to be a bit of time for them to get back to me, but I didn’t figure it would take this long. They originally said they were trying to get someone hired for the beginning of the new year, so I thought that it was a no-go for me this first time around. However, this letter I got Friday stated I was scheduled for an interview at the beginning of February! I was nervous upon opening it, because it could have been a rejection letter. Nope! I will be taking a tour of the jail prior to the interview.
I will need to run potential interview questions through my mind and prepare for this. I will try to ask around and see what kind of interview tips I can get. This will be, by far, the most important job interview of my life. I am going to be prepared for this! I am excited. I am wondering how many people they called back for interviews. I guess I will find out! If I happen to make it through the interview stage in front of the supervisory staff, which may include the sheriff himself, then I will undergo a polygraph test. Hopefully that will be my topic for my next posting on this process!
Not too long ago I was debating on moving out and decided against it, but this time around it is happening for sure. I signed a lease and put a partial deposit down to hold my apartment. I will be moving into a one-bedroom apartment at the beginning of the year. I figured it was time and I really would like to get out on my own. I will have to be a bit more financially aware now that I will have rent to pay among other bills I will be acquiring like electric and internet.
A couple of my friends are going to help me move. I think the move will go fairly quickly since I don’t have a lot of stuff. Which also means I will be needing to acquire a few necessities for my first place. I will definitely be taking a trip to the dollar store, Goodwill, and garage sales in the summer to find some things I will need. I’m also just going to ask around to see if anyone has anything lying around they don’t use.
It has only been a week since I signed the lease, but I am mentally ready to move out and get settled in. I’m going to go to the grocery store to snag a bunch of boxes to put stuff in to move. Since I’m not moving extremely far away, I’m just gonna put as much stuff in a box as I can. Finding a new place for everything will probably be a task though. I will try to post some pictures here when the move is complete!
I made out pretty good this Christmas. I got a good chunk of change, some gift cards, and a sound bar speaker for my television. Can’t go wrong with that! This Christmas seemed to come and go really quickly. Working through the holiday was not very fun. I had to work Christmas Eve until late and missed all of the family activities. I did arrive later and grab a plate of food my dad fixed up for me. I also had to work Christmas in the evening as well. But this was at the Fantasy of Lights, so it was fairly festive.
Next week I requested off of work for New Years Eve in hopes of actually enjoying at least one holiday to the fullest. I will find out tomorrow whether I was able to get it off or not.
Although this Christmas was short-lived, it was definitely good to spend time with family when I could.
I was inspired to write this posting after reading many comments about the homicide rate here in Fort Wayne. Right now, Fort Wayne has seen 43 homicides this year. Several people have been making comments saying that this city is going downhill and getting worse. I commented on a 21 Alive News article saying this: “In 1997 we had 44 homicides. Our city is not ‘going down’ or ‘getting worse’. Our population has risen thus making more opportunities for crime. Parents who don’t care for their kids and/or have kids when they can’t support them is one cause in my opinion.”
I do honestly agree that children that are not raised properly are the cause of most of the shootings in the city. Children who are not taken care of and not looked after by their parents turn to the streets and start looking up to other people who are not idol material. I believe these certain kids, from an early age, learn that crime is the way to solve problems. Also, people who knowingly have unprotected sex and end up having a child without the ability to care for them does not help the chances of this child having a good upbringing.
The Southeast side of the city is known for it’s crime. And I think it is because of this very reason. The area is not a wealthy portion of the city at all. I would like to provide some sort of idea for a solution, but it would have to take some time for me to think about it. Everyone always says there needs to be more police on that side of town and I somewhat agree and disagree. More police officers on patrol might deter crime a bit, but not much. I think people need to come forward and turn these criminals in for what they have done. There are people out there that know who caused these homicides. I’m thinking they might be too afraid to come forward and give any information on the incidents. I’m not sure if this is available or not, but the city could provide a reward system for giving substantial evidence on a case. The person would have to remain anonymous to the public, however, for their sake. These people might be in fear of retaliation if they give up any information or evidence they may have on their relatives or neighbors.
Crimes will never stop being committed. Homicides will never stop. There is no permanent solution to the problem. I hate people who say that this city is getting worse, because this city is only getting better and growing more and more every year. I love living in Fort Wayne.
On the radio station is where I first heard that Mountain Man, a star from the television show “Duck Dynasty”, would make an appearance at the Auburn WWII Victory Museum for a charity event. And I also saw my local news advertise it as well on their website. When I heard this, being a fan of the show, I decided I must go! My girlfriend, Bailey, joined me as well! We both are fans of the show so we were pretty ecstatic to the idea of meeting him.
I’ve really never been star-struck before, because I really have never met anyone “famous”. So this was the first time I’ve ever seen anyone remotely famous and definitely was in awe when I saw him sitting at the table. I was thinking “Wow! It’s really him. Right here in front of my face!” There was a line waiting to see him to get pictures and autographs so we made our way to the back. There wasn’t as many people present as I thought there was going to be. It only took us about an hour to get through the line to see him. Bailey and I both got a t-shirt for him to sign and I got a picture of him signed as well. He talks just as slow as he does on television and in the same way too.
It was a very great day and I am so glad that we went to see him! Now if only the entire cast would have shown up, that would have been very awesome!