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PI Blues

pi bluesThe results are in!  According to the to the impromptu poll I took the other day, what interests YOU first is The Gun Stuff, followed closely by  equally (as of this writing) by The PI Stuff.

The Political Stuff came in third.  Sadly, many times this meshes with the Gun Stuff.

This got me to thinking.  (I know, you could smell the smoke in your zip code!  :-)  )  I don’t write as often about the PI stuff as I used to, in part because I want interesting, clever, funny, dramatic stuff, and my muse doesn’t always have that.  Partially because PI stuff can be b-o-r-i-n-g.

Think about it.  One does much as a police detective, street cop or CSI does.  Without the force of the government behind you, or a backup a radio call away.  Back-in-the-day, there wasn’t an Internet, or boo-koo databases available at your fingertips.  Just like the gov’t guys, it was shoe leather, and more shoe leather (I actually DID wear holes in my Florsheims, and later in my Allen Edmonds), windshield time, interviewing neighbors  getting the neighbors to come to the door and speak with you (maybe), searching through dusty records and archives for that ONE clue, standing in line at Motor Vehicle Records (the great equalizer of PIs, process servers, insurance investigators and attorneys) hoping the funds spent will lead you to the next right clue.  Sitting on surveillance.  It was like waiting for the movie to start at the drive-in*.  Waiting and watching.  For untold hours.  Putting up with the nosy Alice Kravitz-type neighbors; curious dogs; police sent to investigate you by Alice.  Having to go to the bathroom and being unable to hold it any longer, and the standard-issue glass milk bottle just didn’t cut it.

I’ve not been a PI since 1986.  And I medically retired as a credit card fraud investigator in 2009.  It was demanding, underpaying, unappreciated, sometimes demeaning work.

I miss it.  I’ve got the PI Blues…

…from my head down to my shoes…with the holes in them...

*drive-in:  They used to show first-run motion pictures al fresco;  one could sit in one’s car and watch.  Better with two.  Of course, then less movie watching occurred!

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “PI Blues

  1. I’ve often thought, while reading your stories, that it doesn’t sound like much fun. This post does nothing to change my mind. I suppose there are those who truly enjoy it … so God bless ‘em … but it won’t ever be me. :)

    Posted by Rev. Paul | April 5, 2013, 9:17 am
  2. It’s not a lot of fun, but one ‘does’ tend to make their own accommodations to the job and how one deals with it… :-)

    Posted by Old NFO | April 5, 2013, 3:45 pm
  3. It might have been boring but you make even the boring parts seem interesting.

    Posted by Wilson | April 6, 2013, 10:21 am

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