Have you ever heard of Robert “Bob” Geary? Chances are, you haven’t. Geary was a police officer in San Francisco, California in the 80’s/90’s. In the early 90’s, he was assigned to North Beach where officers were meant to be highly visible and to come up with creative ways to earn the trust of the citizens living in the area. Geary had a master’s degree in education and and undergraduate degree in art. He thought hard about how he could perform his job and have fun. He decided he would buy an expensive wooden dummy and teach himself by audiotape of how to use the dummy in his job.
He chose the name of his dummy as Officer Brendan O’Smarty. Kind of a play on words with O’Smarty being a dummy and Brendan as a first name to give him a little dignity. Geary even went a little further with O’Smarty by dressing him up in a patrol uniform with a hat and water pistol. And don’t worry, O’Smarty had a badge number too – it was 1/2 – LOL
In 1993, the entire city of San Francisco voted about whether a police officer was allowed to carry a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty while on patrol. He was voted in by a narrow percentage of 51% for and 49% against. Geary and O’Smarty protected the streets of San Francisco all the way up until his retirement in 1998.
Information/Picture off of Getty Images and Wikipedia
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By popular demand, we have snagged pictures of daddy holding Monkey Man. You know Monkey Man that was posted last week trying to escape in Albert – mom’s Smart car.
Let me set the scenario up for you my friends. Mom/dad went grocery shopping in Albert. Of course after they put all of the groceries in the back ‘hatch’ of Albert, there was no room for Monkey Man. Monkey Man *always* travels with mom everywhere.
Since there was no room in the back ‘hatch’ area, daddy had to hold Monkey Man in his lap all the way home from the market. Now, here you go. You’re driving down the street in your car. You get stopped at a red light. You happened to gaze over at this Smart car because it’s so small. While you are laughing hysterically, something catches your attention to the front passenger side. That’s when you see it.
This man is holding a giant sock monkey that is looking out the window. Now, what do you do? Do you point? Do you laugh? Do you bring out your camera phone to snap a picture? Do you call the authorities because Monkey Man is not strapped in to his safety belt? You know I’m waiting until a police officer pulls us over thinking it’s a small child – It will be hilarious! Snorts.
The possibilities are endless my friends. What would you do? I took two pictures for your review. One from the passenger side window and another straight from the front of Albert.
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This past weekend my humans decided to venture to the cheap theaters to see the movie Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. It’s been out at the theaters for a while and mom and dad have been wanting to see it. They told me about it when they got home. It sounded like it was hilarious. In fact, mommy said her tummy hurt where she had been laughing so much.
The movie takes place here in Atlanta, Georgia. Mom and dad actually recognized a lot of the buildings which was cool. Kevin Hart’s character is called Ben and he is currently a security guard dating Ice Cube’s character James’ sister Angela. Got that? James is a cop – a good decorated APD detective. James doesn’t approve of Ben who wants to marry Angela. Ben has been accepted into the academy and wants James blessing to marry his sister.
To prove that Ben can take care of Angela, James tells him to ride along with him for one day to see what he is made of to be with Angela. James calls radio and tells them to give him all of the calls that will scare the heck out of Ben. It *almost* works. This ride along turns into a wild night with one of the most notorious criminals in the city. It is so funny. Mom and dad highly recommend it for some fun and chuckles.
But you know with my humans going out unchaperoned, there is going to be something that they do that makes me shake my piggy head. Of course, something happened at the theater – snorts.
You see, mom always goes for the tub of popcorn – that’s my mommy! Daddy always wants a little chocolate. During the movie mommy tells daddy, “Your Buncha Crunch just jumped in my popcorn”. To which daddy replied, “No, your popcorn jumped into the my Buncha Crunch”.
Dad, I hate to tell you this but I think mommy is right. Your Buncha Crunch jumped in her popcorn. The proof is in the picture. But hey guys, you don’t have to fight over this. Just bring this little piggy home the bucket of delightful corn and box of Buncha Crunch. I’ll take care of it for you. 🙂 Really, I will.
Do your humans do silly things like this?
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You’ve caught us. This is what we do when the humans aren’t looking. ssshh – kind of keep it to yourself okay. You’re welcomed to join us anytime – just bring your lightsaber. Signed Squirrel Wars
Dear Squirrel Wars,
Hey – I’m in! This looks like fun. Party in the back of the Hotel Thompson this weekend. I’ll call Journalist Rocky the Squirrel to get the invites out. Thanks my friends!
Part of fitting in is the disguise. I’ve been hanging out on the pier now for two whole days and no one has noticed me. I think it’s the hat – maybe the fishing rod. So I now know the answer to life’s greatest problem – blend in with the humans. What do you think? You want me to get you a rod and hat to come out with me? Signed BirdGilligan
WOW! I’m glad you told me who you were, I would have never guessed it! You do blend in so well. I’m wondering if I wore that outfit would humans ever think it was me? How about I try to meet you soon and we can test that theory? But first of all, I have to ask. Can you lift 45 pounds? Because if the humans catch on, you gotta get me out of there before they start looking at you as a two piece and me as bar-be-que. Shivers.
I’m in the police academy trying out for a police officer. I think I have the gun stance down. You think? Why don’t you come join me? I’ve heard it runs in your family and perhaps someone in the family can put in a good word for us? Signed Stop or I’ll Shoot
Dear Stop or I’ll Shoot,
That is a good stance. I’m impressed. I don’t think that I’m ‘police officer’ material in that way though. My hooves – well they just get in the way when I try to hold some heat. I’m more of a Pig9… you know something like a K9 but with me, an oinker. With this snout, I think I can be trained to smell out all of the bad things out there. But hey, what if we were partners? You the bad cop and me the good cop – raises eyebrows. That would work partner!
HELP! There’s something on my noise and I can’t see it. It tickles. Hurry, what is it? Is it dangerous?! Signed Crossed Eyes
Dear Crossed Eyes,
Snort giggles. Never fear my purr friend. It’s just a lady bug. They are good luck. I think she likes you. Maybe be nice to her and make a new friend. There’s nothing to harm you little guy.
I think me and my friend are twins! We both have some of the same characteristics – you know like being devious and mischievous – purr laugh. I think it’s the constant smile that pulls the humans into our lives. There’s only one small, tiny, little difference. My friend can reshape his body to frighten peeps. I can almost do that… not the way he does but I’m learning. Signed Cheshire in Training
Dear Cheshire in Training,
WOW – I almost couldn’t tell the difference between you two. That smile – it’s almost identical my friend. Perhaps you can play his stunt double in real life? That’s always an idea. Just think of the fame and fortune you would have. Carry on my friend and keep smiling.
Remember friends – keep sending you pictures and questions to me at Baconthompson@gmail.com
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Bashful…the rolling stone
Hello my friends. Today I continue my field trip to Wally World – otherwise known to some as Wal-Mart. I had the best time there playing around and getting into trouble for that matter. I like to refer to my field trip at Wally World as Fun Land USA 🙂
I hope that one day in the near future perhaps I can go to this other place mom/dad call Target. They say it is similar to Wally World. I will definitely keep you posted on that adventure.
On this blog, I want to share the ‘rides’ at Wally World. They were so much fun! I got to ride as many as I possible could before mom/dad finally told me we had to leave. So, let’s start this exciting and adventurous time in pictures:
I got to ride a John Deere tractor! It was a hoot – you can see me on top of said tractor. Unfortunately, I was a little too round to fit inside – must go on diet – add that to my bucket list. I especially thought this was fun because mom/dad said that it cuts grass. I know what that is.
I watch my neighbor next door when he cuts the grass. He doesn’t have a tractor but a riding lawn mower that he calls Buddy. It is so cool! Maybe one day I can get my picture taken with the neighbor and Buddy to post 🙂
Then I saw Dora the Explorer. I know who she is because I watch her on television. And you know, she’s a lot like me. She explores and I do the same thing with my field trips, right? And the cool thing about her ride, I fit in it! Did you know that I learned a second language by watching her show? “Gracias mis amigos con mi viaje de campo. Valoro mucho que.” Roughly translated, “Thank you my friends for following my Field Trip. I really appreciate that.” See, rocks can learn something new. I’m trying to teach Bacon but he’s picked up some wicked southern accent from mom.
Then dad saw this set of wheels – call me Bashful Evel Knievel – vroom vroom. I wanted to take it for a spin around the store but dad said the establishment would frown upon that.
It was really kind of cool. It made noises. Mom finally told me to get off before I got hurt. She said it didn’t have doors and was dangerous. Come on mom, really? Let this rock let loose and have some fun!
This led me to the best ride at Fun Land USA. A police car! It had lights and sirens and was awesome! Again, this rock is too fluffy to fit inside so I rode on top of this wonderful little car.
Riding this car made me want to become a policerock when I grow up. I think that would be the coolest job in the entire world! What do you think?
Well, until next time my friends – have a great day and be good to yourselves.
Toodles – Bashful
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I’m not sure what mom is up to but can you believe she is already looking for Halloween costumes? She said that she doesn’t want to wait until the last moment like she does every year… and hopefully things will be in stock to get the costumes that she wants for all of us. You know my mom. When she’s on a mission, she doesn’t stop!
She’s come up with a great idea for her and dad. It’s a real gut buster. I have to admit it was clever and original. When she showed them to me, I laughed all over the front room. It was so funny. Dad wasn’t doing much laughing but he did admit that it was very, very original.
Of course, the idea of mom dressed up like Miss Piggy is freaking hilarious! I think she can pull it off.
With this incredible, brilliant mind set of what mom came up for them, I knew my costume would be out of this world. I just couldn’t wait to see it. Then mom showed it to me. Shut the front door! Really? Mom, I don’t get it. I’ll do it but I just don’t get it. She said it had several meanings if you really knew us but still I’m at a lost for words.
Use your imagination and picture the below costume minus the dog on me… a pig. If you laugh, you have to explain it to me. Confused.
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