By Roger the Scanner Guy
Mama’s Shoebox of Memories: the life of Roger Dodger #1.
When I was looking through this old box of memories that my mother saved all my life, I got this idea to write about things. I thought some of you might enjoy it as some of you ask for stories now and then. Now your stuck with a whole damn shoebox full more of a Boot Box, that’s a little Bigger. When I was a youngin back in the 1960’s I did not have many friends nor many people that I really looked up to. There was my Father but he was kinda mean and most of the time I walked on eggshells around him. There was my Grandpa but he was an Old Man in his 60’s and everyone my age back then knew Old People were stupid, by the way, I’m in my 60’s now. There was my Uncle Denny but he lived in California, My Uncle Ricky I always looked up too and still do today though he was a little Older and worked all of the time. I had three Sisters and still do, the Oldest is Sue Ellen she was only a few years older than me. Sue had a boyfriend named John. He was from Tupelo, Mississippi he played the guitar, spoke with a smooth Southern drawl, wore boots, jeans, T-shirts, had a Glen Campbell style haircut, worked at a gas station and drove the hottest looking black Mustang in town. It had mag wheels, hitched up in the back, and was very fast. I got to ride in that car quite a few times. He might have been my Sister’s boyfriend but from day one he was my Older Brother. I admired and looked up to John and followed him around like a little Puppy Dog. He was everything I admired and wanted to be when I grew up. One could imagine how happy I was when my sister married the guy, now he was true-ly my Older Brother. Not too long after that he was drafted into the Army, many men ran away or tried to get out of it but not John he served.
In Mama’s Shoebox of Memories, I found this letter from Private John Cheek, From Fort Lewis, Washington: Saturday, March 1, 1969,
How are you doing today? Everything here is alright. I’m in Fort Lewis Washington. I’m not having too much fun. It’s mostly hard work here. I go out every morning and march most of the day, that’s not the hard part. It gets hard when we run with a 50-pound pack on our backs for a mile or more. Yesterday we started shooting our rifles. It’s a lot of fun to shoot a rifle but not when you shoot at another person. My advice to you is to stay in school as long as you can and maybe you won’t have to come into the Army. It’s really not very much fun. I received the Valentine, that was real nice, it was one of the first letters I got and it cheered me up a lot. Well it’s time to go to bed, so I’ve got to cut off. Write me back soon. P.S. Tell your Mom, Dad and Denise, Hi!
Your Brother in Law,
It wasn’t too long after that John went to Vietnam, a few days before Christmas he was reported as Missing. On Christmas Eve our family gathered to celebrate the Holiday and Uncle Denny suggested we pray for John as we received an unopened package back that we sent to him tore up with blood on it. We stood in a circle holding hands as Uncle Denny led us in Prayer, before the prayer was over the phone rang and we were informed that our Johnny was in a hospital wounded. Not too long after that John came home with a Purple Heart. I found the letter in my Mother Shoebox with many other memories of my life in it, I have been crying ever since. I never thought my Mother cared that much about me to save these memories. My Mom left this life on March the 22nd of this year though I hadn’t seen her in years. I really miss her, these Memories are Priceless, worth far more than anything I have received in my life Thank You Mother, I love you…HERE ARE YOUR SCANNER REPORTS…
Scanner Reports, Wednesday:
- 415 Family domestic kid heard screaming “Dad get away from me” in the 600 Block of East DLG
- Premise check Sandpiper Lodge Motel 3525 State street.
- Campers with camp fire 2900 Block of Padaro, wealthy campers.
- Med call with PD response Unresponsive subject behind the Habit 216 South Milpas street.
- Unresponsive female in the bed of a pick up truck across from the Fish Market on Harbor Way.
- 415pc Transient blocking a doorway and yelling at Employees at 900 Block of State street, do not disturb the boss when he is sleeping in the doorway.-
- Combative shoplifter at CostCo in Marketplace wearing a mask.
- Threats investigation possibly involving road rage Highway 101 Northbound or Southbound at El Cap, the victim pulled over.
- Med call 200 Block of Oceano.
- 415pc Transient kicking the glass doors and yelling at the Bankruptcy court in the 1400 Block of State street.”That’s the wrong place to panhandle fella.”
- UI Male in front of the playground at the bathhouse 1118 East Cabrillo.
- Wires down 5100 Block of Hollister.
- Medical call on Somerset Drive in Goleta.
- Unresponsive female Dearborne at Armitos.
- People calling in Smoke Cloud behind the Mountains Southeast of Santa Barbara from fire in LA County.
- 415 Fight between a Security Guard and a Transient with a walker 7 South Milpas Carls Jr., It has been getting crazy over there lately alot of theft going on at Rite Aide also.
- Medical call Rear of the County Jail 4436 Calle Real.
- Code 40, Drunk on State street code 2 Medics.
- Gas Pipe Incident Modoc at Palermo.
- Male walking on the railroad tracks in Goleta toward Kellogg carrying a machete.
Scanner Reports, Thursday:
- Puente at Hollister mulch fire in the center divider.
- Premise check City Lot 4.
- Weird call into dispatch about a possible 261pc in the area of Bishop Diego High School a 261pc is Rape. SBPD responded and checked the school and the area finding nothing. PD was unable to call the number back because it was a CHP Transfer, cell phone.
- Gas Main break 800 Block of Sand Point Road.
- A vehicle crashed into Station 11 Fire Station possible minor injury for pain.
- Missed location but SBPD had someone with a Felony warrant somewheres in the city.
- 487pc Grand Theft black mens 22 speed Trek with red flashing lights on both sides stolen from the area of the Dolphin Fountain 200 Stearns Wharf price tag 5,000.00 Dollar bicycle.-
- 415pc Subject disturbing corner of State and Haley.
- Check the Welfare of a code 40 Drunk Down 811 State street.
- Injury traffic accident 2700 Block of DLV.
- Medical call County Jail 4435 Calle Real for an Unresponsive subject.
- Probation Search in the area of the 100 Block of North Hope.
- Med call 800 Block of Garden Street.
- 400 Block of Anacapa subject laying on the sidewalk check his welfare.-
- og Abuser Yelling and throwing his dog around 4700 Block of Calle Real near the Extended Stay Hotel then in the parking lot of Simply Green cleaning services SBSO was responding.
- Med call Villa Santa Barbara 227 East Anapamu.
- Female running down the railroad tracks naked at Castillo street PD checked the area said the female who was suspected to be naked now had clothing on.
- Reporting party thought to be 5150pc Emotionally unstable subject made calls to 911 that there were suspicious subjects trying to kill someone in the 200 Block of Lee Drive and the 3800 Block of La Colina this reporting party was thought to be the same subject who reported a 261pc Rape in the area of Bishop Diego High School earlier in the day.
- Med call Back Pain 900 Block of Garcia Road.
- 100 Block of Summit Lane found property.
- Armed subject hunting on private property 2400 Block of Drum Canyon Road.
- “Old Yeller” Pulling his pants up and down at 10 East Carrillo WMA 50’S-60’S.
- 415pc transient 200 South Milpas at the 76 Station.
Will if I am still around on Saturday I will have 11 Years with Edhat, in the words of thy great Jerry Garcia, “What a long strange trip it’s been.” I don’t think I’ll be around another 11 years (Mulch to the disappointment of my personal Downvoter). I’m getting old and my body is falling a fart. But I will be here awhile my beloved San AndreAs fans….Have a Wonderful Weekend…Peter, Molly, Belinda, Midnight, Merlin, Angel Baby, Pooh Bear, Lola, PoPo, Eom Cat, FREDDIE!, Maxwell, Liza, Zoey, Tom Cat, Tiger, Tomicina, Clancy, Tiny, Andy, FISH HEADS ONE, TWO, AND THREE, Poncho, Denny, Zeke, Jerry, Walter, Fred, Jonathan, C.J., Brad, Billy, Carl, Stan, Kent, ELMO, Patrick, Christy, Diana, Jim, Ross, Rambo, Sherry, Marty, Cop John, David Cox, Po, Firefighter Robert, Bommy, Poppy, June, Muskie, Roger, Father Zimmerman, Joseph, Magruder, Don, Edwin, Cory, Kona, Crazy Ed, Eddie, Bambi, Pat, Mavis, Mark, Willie, Lafayette, Ted, Mrs. MacArthur, Auntie Helen, Ricky, Bengie, Isabelle, Jerry, Debbie, Ken, John Hancock, Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, John Havlick, Tom Petty, John Prime, Rich Mullins, Charley Bukowski, Little Mac, Lucky, Bill, John, Neva, Marianne, and Chris Willing we will see you on MONday-MONday. Later, Roger