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Got the Job!

Nathan, the funeral director, called on Wednesday afternoon (6/25/08) and had me come in the following day for a second interview. I was offered the attendant position, part-time, on-call around my schedule, and a paid position...I accepted. I won't start until August before school starts since my drug test needs to be examined as does my background check. Nathan also confirmed that the "preparation" portion of the mortuary will be officially be moved in August. Hopefully that means I will be moved to that area much more quickly. Overall I am pretty excited but I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried about juggling work, school, and a husband and puppies. Wish me good luck, I am going to need it.

Eye Appointment

Matthew has been suffering from a terrible, constant headache for about a week now. He has gone to the doctor and the doc prescribed some pills which of course didn't work. So, I suggested we go get our eyes checked. It was about time for me and I thought maybe the reason the medication wasn't working was something more physical.
So we had our appointments and my eyes are just lovely, despite the need for glasses. My prescription has hardly changed at all and the other tests were fine. Matthew on the other hand is going to need glasses. BUT that isn't the most interesting part of the story. Apparently when he had his eyes checked at this same establishment 2 years ago, he needed glasses than. It seems that they "prescribed" him glasses but NEVER told him about it. According to his medical file he is supposed to and has been wearing glasses for the past two years. Needless to say that Matthew and the doctor were very surprised. I am no expert, but that …

Isabel Maria Cuadrado

I am happy to announce my friends Melissa and Agustin welcomed into the world their baby daughter. She was born yesterday (6/17/08) at 3:04 pm. She is 7 lbs 2 ounces and 21 inches long. I visited her in the hospital and aside from the cone head she is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Her eyes are not blue but very light colored and she has blond hair. She is simply gorgeous. Mommy Melissa is doing fine, just extraordinarily tired! Daddy cannot leave Isabel's side for a second and is grinning from ear to ear. I am so happy for them!

Job Interview

I just got home about an hour ago from a job interview at a mortuary. I put in an application about a week ago after having met with the funeral director about a month before that.

It has been said by many in the law enforcement and crime scene profession that before I continue my education too far that I should have some hands on experience with the deceased. Many say that they have seen people who have become educated forensic experts who than passed out or vomited at the sight of a real dead person. All those years of school would be worthless if you find out you can't handle it. So, that is why I met with Nathan, the funeral director.

Originally he had me scoped out to become a part-time receptionist, but after we talked for a little while he realized that that wasn't exactly what I was interested in. So, he is now looking for an attendant position for me. The hours would be more flexible around school, and that is essential to my accepting any position. An attendant…

More Memorial Videos

I was surfing the net this morning and found more videos made by people just like me. They didn't know Officer Hite but were touched by his sacrifice. These videos are posted mostly for me so that I can find them again in the future.

Good News/Bad News

Matthew had a doctor's appointment scheduled for today but his work called him out to Marana, so he asked me to go in his place. I have a mole on my upper back that seems to have gotten larger since I came home from California a couple months ago with a sunburn. So, the doctor's office let me go in his place and we weren't penalized.

The good news is that my mole is completely normal and I can electively decide to remove it if I wish.

The bad news is that my blood results came back and I am "slightly" allergic to wheat. It is kind of weird...if the number was 11 or below, than you are not allergic. If the number was 17 or above than you are allergic. My number was 13, which puts me somewhere in the middle. I have to go to a GI doctor now for further testing. Oh well, at least I am finally getting to the bottom of all my intestinal problems.

Memorial T-Shirt

Billboard and Additional Thoughts

This billboard was placed today at the corner of Golf Links and Kolb. I was in the neighborhood so I dropped by and snapped a quick photo.

It has been very interesting to hear other people's opinions about the death of Officer Hite. Many are as touched as I am and are deeply saddened, others seem to give it very little thought or found it an inconvenience. I journeyed to a dentist appointment the day of Officer Hite's funeral and my dental hygienist commented that "the traffic was horrible, I almost didn't make it back from lunch on time, and hey, people get killed everyday...what's the big deal?" Wow! Luckily she had numerous tubes and equipment in my mouth so that I couldn't rebut.

I have thought a lot about the hygienist's statement over the past couple of days. It is unimaginable to me that people could think that someone's death could be an inconvenience. It is so very important for us as a community to honor this man first and foremost …

What an Amazing Sight!

Here are the photos taken by me during the precession for Officer Erik Hite. The precession went north on Houghton, west on Speedway, north on Kolb which eventually turned into Grant Road. The funeral was held at East Lawn Palms (where my Grandma and Grandpa Skibinski are buried). I was situated right at the entrance to the cemetery. I plan to have more follow-up within the next couple of days but for today I am all cried/tired out.

Roadside Memorial & Obituary

For those interested...the funeral for officer Hite will be televised tomorrow (6/10/08) in Tucson on Channel 4 (KVOA) from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.

These images were taken by me on Sunday June 8th.

This is the cross I left at the memorial

It is traditional amongst law enforcement and military braches to leave a pair of empty boots to signify the human loss.

These badges represent all the departments and law enforcement agencies who have come to pay their respects. Tucson Fire Department was there while I was visiting.


Hite, Erik D.

Erik D. Hite End of Watch: Monday, June 2, 2008 Badge Number: 46584 Erik D. Hite, 43, a dedicated servant of justice, retired Air Force Security Policeman and first shirt, active duty Tucson Police officer, died Monday, June 2nd. He was mortally wounded in the line of duty on Sunday morning, June 1st, and never regained consciousness. Erik was a greatly loving and greatly loved son, brother, husband, and father, as well as a Harley-riding, wisecracking, …

Tucson can be an Awful Place to Live

I cannot even begin to describe to you the grief I feel about the lastest officer shooting here in Tucson. Officer Erik Hite was shot in the head on Sunday June 1, 2008 and died the following afternoon surrounded by his family. This is the fourth officer killed in the last five years in Tucson and each time it is more and more devastating. If I have an opportunity to attend Officer Hite's funeral (or at least watch it on TV), I intend to. Anyone who knows me knows how deeply I care about the police department and all they do for us. What a tragedy for the Hite family.

Officer Patrick Hardesty was killed on May 26, 2003

Deputy Timothy Graham was killed on August 10, 2005

Miko, a K-9 officer, was killed on May 27, 2006

Officer Erik Hite passed away on June 2, 2008

Next time you get pulled over or receive a ticket remember these pictures and be thankful!

Photos are the property of their respective entities and are used without permission. No infringement intended. The three above p…

Graduation Photos