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Scanner Reports 2-19-14
updated: Feb 19, 2014, 7:00 AM

By Roger the Scanner Guy

Wednesday, Happy Hump Day! I don't normally read authors more than once unless their writing is real good. For the second time I'm reading Homer Hickam's, "The Coalwood Way". Homer Hickam is the author of 15 or so books; his best known book is Rocket Boys which was turned into the movie October Sky. October Sky is about a group of High School Boys that grew up in the 50's who become interested in building rockets. They enter a Science Fair and not only win the state, but they win the National competition as well. It was Homer Hickam's dream to become an engineer and work for Doctor Werner von Braun, the Rocket Scientist. After attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute he became an engineer at NASA, and enjoyed a long career. His story is very interesting to me because of his dedication and hard work to become something more than what was expected he would become living in Coalwood, West Virginia. Just about every man in Coalwood worked for the coal mine. As I was re-reading the book I read something I'm sure I read before, but this time made me stop and read again a couple times. It was about Homer going through things and becoming unsure of himself. His buddy tells him to write the things down that are bothering him and basically sooner or later his problems will work themselves out.

That struck a chord in me. Long forgotten because I'm getting older. The older you get it seems the more you forget. It reminded me of working the 12-Steps in AA and it also reminded me of when I lived outside, because I never thought in a trillion years that I would ever live inside a home again after living outside. I loved living outside working at the Wall doing casual labor for 40 -60 bucks a day, going to Aurello's after work, buying cooked chickens, beer and whiskey and hanging out at Leadbetter or the Fig Tree. It took many years of living indoors, working and staying sober to not go back to living outside, which was one of the things I enjoyed more than anything in the world. I got used to it after a time and I took in other people here and there the ones I took in considered to be terminally homeless like I was never stayed that long. Which leads me to wonder if a program that gives apartments to the homeless to live in is going to help them in other ways also? As in retraining them to not go back to the streets? Keep them busy? Help them find work? Or maybe give them little jobs to do to help them if not back into the work force, at least to stay busy so they don't Think,Think,Think, all the time. Because when you're not busy, Thinking can be bad. I'm sure if the people who get those free apartments want to stay off the streets they will be willing to do just about anything to keep their apartments. I am pretty sure also that some will go back to being houseless too! If you really want something bad with all your heart sometimes you have to work very hard to get it. I hope that all of the people given a place to live really want it and are willing to work for it if need be at least keep their minds busy with constructive thinking to help them along. When I get down and think about giving up, I like to read about Homer Hickam and his life in Coalwood. Good memories from my own life come flooding in and I feel better. It takes me out of my depression. Homer is 71 today. Happy Birthday Homer!

Here is your Scanner Roni Reports, Monday:

  • 242pc Assault Chapala Market Parking Lot 600 Block of North Milpas.
  • Check the Welfare of a juvenile female screaming in the area of Neil Park and Alisos.
  • Hiker with a broken ankle on Inspiration Point.
  • Possible overdose on El Sueno, then I heard "Throat Laceration and Crime scene" But I don't know if that was at El Sueno or another location
  • Subject refusing to leave the 200 Block of Castillo then saying Lewd comments to the reporting party.
  • Report of 3 subjects using drugs at DLG Plaza.
  • Finger laceration 1200 Block of Coast Village Road.
  • Medical Emergency on Santa Fee Place seizures.
  • Minor injury traffic accident Quinientos at Milpas.
  • Child hit by a vehicle 200 East Micheltorena.
  • 23152 Drunk Driver in a blue Malibu in the 3300 Block of State Street, partial plate 7DEB???
  • Injury traffic accident 101 Southbound North of the Milpas off-ramp.
  • Traffic Accident vehicle vs elderly woman with walker on Via Real in a mobile home park.
  • Guitar Smash on the wall next to Carlito's and Company.
  • Vehicle into a tree at 336 North Nopal driver fled leaving the vehicle behind should have took the license plates too!
  • Medical Emergency Cacique Street Shelter 816 Cacique, seizures.
  • Ex Caregiver with keys to former client's home refusing to leave 300 Block of South Canada.
  • Bicyclist down at Old San Marcos Pass Road and 154.
  • 1209 State Street Old Fart, smoking marijuana and refusing to leave the front of the store.
  • Male subject walking in and out of traffic and yelling Pueblo at State Street.
  • 3900 Block of Jupiter subject laying on the ground with 3 juveniles sitting nearby
  • Overdose Alcohol and Ativan on Portosuello, been there don't want to do that again.
  • 415 Domestic 300 Block of East DLG.

    Scanner Roni Reports, Tuesday:

  • Suicide by hanging at PHF 315 Camino Del Remedio.
  • Homeless subject disturbing in front of Treasures 1209 State Street ongoing issue.
  • Code 2 Medical at the Visitor Center at Garden and Cabrillo.
  • Code 3 Medical Emergency did not hear what type at the Cacique Street Shelter 816 Cacique.
  • Medical Emergency code blue Sansum Radiology 317 West Pueblo.
  • Check the Welfare of a subject down at Islay and Castillo on the creek side.
  • Fire Drill 1822 De La Vina. I used to live there sure wish I could walk thru and around there one more time. It breaks my heart to hear that place getting torn up.
  • Highway 101 Northbound between Los Carneros and Fairview vehicle accident.
  • 23103 Report of reckless driver traveling at a High rate of Speed from Refugio a white Ford Taurus with exempt plates and letters on the side "UCSB"
  • Code 40, DRUNK in the 500 Block of West Canon Perdido.
  • Illegal Campers Skaters Point and at the outlet of Mission Creek on the sand.
  • 10851 Stolen Auto Black Toyota Highlander from the Montecito Inn engine left running, suspect took several sets of keys from valet desk also. Damn thief screwing things up for working people.
  • Medical Emergency man down near gazebo in Alameda Park, Fire, Medics, SBPD.
  • 1400 Block of East Valley Road medical emergency for an allergic reaction.
  • 415 Man with a long beard appears to be homeless refusing to leave Queen of Angels Catholic Church on Rocco Road, they better hope he doesn't appear to be Jesus, or Phil from Duck Dynasty.
  • 415 Female disturbing yelling inside Forever 21 at 901 State Street. Yea it pisses me off I'm not 21 anymore either.
  • Non-injury traffic accident 900 Block of San Pasqual.
  • 415 Neighbors arguing on Santa Rosa Road.
  • 5000 Block of Carp Ave in Carpinteria drunk female in her 60's disturbing.

    Will that is all outta me for now Have a Great Hump Day and Dog Willing We Will see you on FRYday. Later, Roger


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