Today I traveled to Indianapolis to Bankers Life Fieldhouse because the high school Bailey went to had their basketball team make it to the state finals. It was an early morning when Bailey came to pick me up at 8:00 AM. Bailey, her cousin, her friend, and I stopped for a quick McDonald’s breakfast run before making the drive down. I have never been to Bankers Life Fieldhouse where the NBA team, the Pacers, play. (Previously known as the Conseco Fieldhouse) It was a pretty awesome venue. I would love to see a professional NBA game, especially the Pacers because they are doing so well this year. The game started and was over before I knew it. I lost interest because it was pretty much a blowout. Her high school lost 84 to 5.7. One player on the other team was a senior going to Xavier next year. This guy made 38 of their 84 points, which is incredible. All in all, it was a great time and definitely loved the opportunity to check out an NBA court.
Main lobby and ticket office
I just got a call from the sheriff’s department this afternoon and got news that I passed my polygraph. I was going to go crazy if I didn’t hear from him today. Tomorrow I have to get a physical, a Tuberculosis test, and a drug test done. I can easily do that after work in the morning since I get off at 7AM and they open at 7:30AM. The hardest part now is going to be telling my current employer that I have to leave him. I know he (the store manager) and the other supervisors like me quite a bit already because of my hard work every time I am there. They will be a bit upset that they will have to fill a night shift position, but it’s for the betterment of my future!
This here is “success kid”. A popular internet image one uses when they obtain some sort of achievement. AKA me right now. 🙂
Right now I am looking at a start date of April 7th for my new position. Obviously I’m not just going to be thrown into the ring right away. There is some training that needs to be done. And with that training comes being sprayed with OC spray (oleoresin capsicum). This is so I know what it feels like so I will be trained to use it when that level of force is necessary. Other training will include other physical defense tactics I imagine as well as all the other things I need to know. There is going to be plenty of information to soak up and learn, but I am a quick learner. Can’t wait to get started!
It’s that time of year again! March Madness is finally here! I haven’t been watching too much college basketball, other than my team, IU, not doing so great this year. I’ve made my picks just based on their ranks and what I have heard through the grapevine about teams this year. I’m predicting Wisconsin is going to go all the way, but we’ll see how it turns out.
Friday night I went to the Komets game with my friend Adam and his friend Tyler. St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, so for the two games on Friday and Saturday, the Komets wore green jerseys and had their last name printed each started with an O’. Like Shrock’s last name on his jersey read O’Shrock tonight. There was a raffle to win each of the players’ jerseys and a paper airplane toss onto the ice to win Icy’s (the mascot) green jersey. My paper airplane did not do so hot and landed in the crowd. But luckily a kid re-threw it and it made it to the ice, but not close enough to the center to win the jersey. I didn’t buy any raffle tickets for the players’ jerseys.
They were also selling beer with green dye in it. I was almost going to partake in said beer, but seven dollars for a crappy beer won’t do it for me.
The Komets haven’t been doing so well this season and are struggling to get into the playoffs, but tonight I must have been good luck. The Komets won at home 5-2. They played against the Florida Everblades. The crowd, including myself, was taunting the opposing team’s goalie at one point in the game, because we were scoring so well. It was quite a blast. I always love Komet games!
This morning I took my first ever polygraph. No, I am not on trial or being investigated. As some of you already know, I am in the hiring process of becoming a confinement officer at the county jail. I got a call last Friday that I was next up on the list to continue on with the process. Previously I was put on an eligibility list for this position. It turns out people ahead of me on the list failed their polygraph, so now it is my turn to step up to the plate.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I got there. All the information I have about how a polygraph is conducted is from television and movies. This polygraph was hooked to a laptop. They put a blood pressure cuff on my arm, a couple of detectors on my fingertips, and two cords, one each around my chest and a bit lower near the stomach. We went over plenty of background information before taking the test. The actual test needed yes or no answers based on previous topics that were already discussed. e.g. “No, I did not lie about that previously discussed topic.”
During the test the officer had me close my eyes. Honestly I had no problem answering all the questions. I just hope my nervous behavior going on inside of my mind had any effect on it. I should get the results back shortly. The officer that gave me the test has to review the results which go directly to the sheriff. The sheriff then passes that on to the jail personal director who then calls me. I know they want to get the ball rolling on getting more people hired, so hopefully I will be able to hear from the department before the weekend.
The next step would be a physical and probably more paperwork for the final stages. Hopefully that phone will be ringing soon!
It has been about two and a half months since I have been on my own now and I’m adjusting well I’d say. I like the independent living. The bills are a big downfall, but that’s what it takes to live in the world. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve furnished the apartment a little more and decorated (to an extent). The following are pictures of what my apartment, my home, looks like as of today.
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I still have some bare walls I want to fill with something. I was trying to get my artistic sister to paint some kind of a mural on one of the big walls. I am allowed to paint any walls if I want as long as it is primed back before I move out. I haven’t had any guests yet besides my mom, dad, sister, and girlfriend. Trying to come up with more decoration ideas as time progresses. So far, living here has been great. No noisy neighbors to worry about. I will be excited when the pool opens up once this snow decides to quit! All in all, so far so good!
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