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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Another life lesson, learned at work.

"Sometimes, You Just Need To Know When To Give Up On A Case."

Important lessons like this are learned, when cleaning out your desk and file cabinet in preparation to move to a new office.

The argument goes on in my head: "Let it go."
"But if I could just find that other witness, we could..."
"That case is from 2008, Matt. Let it go."
"Maybe I should hold onto this tape for a bit longer...?"
"That case was adjudicated in 2010. Let it go."
"This training information would be useful..."
"...If you had a time machine, and needed to know about legislative updates for the session ending in 2009. Let it go."

The blank tape supply got a much-needed influx of newly-wiped tapes, and the shredder needed emptying twice, and the trash bin is overflowing with dead trees that gave the ultimate sacrifice sometime early in W's second term. And so it goes.

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At Friday, June 10, 2011 9:45:00 AM, Blogger JPG said...

So, you'll empathize with my regrets at keeping two or three banker boxes of my personal notes and report copies. Some of them reach back to the early 1980s and would now be of interest only to crime historians.

I'll be happy for your tolerance when we can coordinate our schedules, so you can help me clear out that mini-warehouse.

At Saturday, June 11, 2011 4:05:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Meh- Sounds like a 'painful' day... You truly CAN'T win em all, especially these days Matt. All you can do is fight the good fight!

At Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:32:00 AM, Blogger KD5NRH said...

Just think; with 2TB hard disks under $100, you could fit decades of every bit of data you've come across in a small shoebox and spend less on the media than the cost of one dashcam system.
Makes digitizing everything sound a lot better, doesn't it?

At Monday, June 13, 2011 2:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Up until the point you drop or lose that shoebox sized box. While I was born into the era of cheap data storage properly stored paper will never be obsoleted by new files systems.


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