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Your thanks are warmly received by the men and women in blue everywhere. It's because some people out there still respect the job that we do that makes it all the more worthwhile.

You'll find many hard-bitten, leathered-skin beat cops who will still get that look of wonderment on their face when a civilian simply says "thank you" for no reason at all. Particularly where I worked, you were looked upon as a necessary evil at most and a lot worse usually most of the rest of the time time. Anytime someone said a kind word it was almost with shock you reacted.

However, I'm happy to report that I've hung up my gun and my badge for good. As of April 1 -- appropriate for a Fool, no? -- I officially became retired! 20 years is enough.

It's almost sad to say, but I don't miss it at all. Well, when I hear the sirens blaring somewhere I occasionally wonder where they're going, what they're doing, and hoping it's nothing that someone will get jammed up for. I did enjoy policing. The job was fun. It was the departmental bureaucracy that was enough to drive you to distraction. Too often it did to me. I'm happy now to sit on my front porch, drink my coffee, and read my newspaper. And type on my laptop. Because while I'm retired from policing, I've taken up doing this Foolish stuff full-time. I almost called it "work" but this is just way too much fun to be work.

So while I may get wistful at times thinking back on a long, not so illustrious career in policing, I get downright giddy thinking about spending the rest of my time lolling about in Fooldom.

As I drove around my town yesterday I too saw the blue shirts seemingly everywhere and remembered back to when I used to be the one doing that. Instead, now it was my turn to give thanks as well for them being out there. Thank you, ST, you can be sure your well wishes are appreciated.

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