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eddie catalina part 12

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by the time lt january got back to the interrogation room eddie had finished his sandwich and coffee. before going in the lt told sgt johns about the phone call to nevada. huddled together and combined with their hushed voices none of the other detectives in the squad room heard what they were discussing. as the lt was about to enter the room he told mick to turn the video camera back on.

how was dinner?

just great. almost like a good basque joint, lt.

good to see you still have a sense of humor, eddie.

what else is a poor boy to do? i’m glad the running is over. but i’m a bit worried, to say the least, about what comes next.

well, tell you what, eddie, a lot of that depends on you.

how so?

you’ll find out soon enough. if i unhook you do you promise to be a model prisoner? no bullshit. tantrums. or other crazy insane shit? you sit here like a gentleman or walk around the room if you like. i’ll knock when i want to come back in again. you hear a knock you go sit in that chair and be a choir boy. alright?

ah, sure, ok. what’s going on?

like i said, eddie, you’ll find out.

with that the lieutenant unhooked the cuffs from eddie’s wrist and slipped them into his pocket. as he left the room he said.

you just be cool. this might take awhile. ok?

i suppose i have no choice.

nope.

lt january closed the door and told mick johns to leave the camera running and keep an eye on eddie. the sergeant nodded his ascent as the lt handed him back his cuffs. marvel january went back to his desk to wait for the phone to ring.

after several calls and a little over an hour and a half of waiting his phone rang again. this time it was the call he had been waiting for.

just a moment, lt. mick, take eddie to the can and see if he wants more coffee or another sandwich.

sure, loot.

mick got up and knocked on the door. waited a moment then entered. eddie was sitting quietly in the chair.

come on, eddie, restroom break.

eddie got up and the sergeant led him to the restroom.

ok, estaban, what do you have for me?

the gun and rounds were right where you said they would be, marvel. though i seriously doubt you’ll find any prints on them with the water and all. but they are properly bagged tagged and awaiting your decision.

that was much quicker than i expected.

we have a new chopper that covers quite a bit of ground in a very short time. a very nice time saving tool. a gift from our at times friendly benefactors, the feds. we actually got two of them due to homeland security and our dams.

good for you guys, lt., we could use a few ourselves. traffic around here is usually horrible. anyway, if it isn’t too much trouble lt can you deliver the evidence bag down this way? asap?

let’s see. if i can get a flight to l.a. tonight i don’t see why not, lt. i can use a break from the cold.

i’m sorry it’s such short notice but i’m sure you know how things can work out.

it’s alright lt i’m always prepared to take flight as it were. i imagine you are too.

you’re right. it’s the nature of the game.

absolutely. let me put you on hold and i’ll check on a flight right away.

marvel january didn’t say anything but heard a click on the line. he was on hold. he sat thinking and wondering. soon he would know.

lt?

yes.

if i leave right now i can be in l.a. by 9:30 this evening at the very latest.

very good. airline and flight number? i’ll pick you up myself.

southwest, number 1966.

see you when you arrive around 9:30. that will leave us enough time for a quick drink and maybe a prime rib sandwich.

i’m looking forward to it.

both men hung up and lt january went back to the interrogation room. eddie was inside eating another sandwich and drinking another cup of coffee.

mick, the nevada cop will be here tonight. i’m going to go pick him up. are you ok? this could be awhile.

i’m good, marvel. i’ll keep an eye on him and keep the lookie loo’s out of the way. i’ll brush up on my ‘angry bird’ skills while i’m at it.

yes, i know you will on all counts, mick. thanks, man. i’ll be back when i’m back. and mick, just in case the feds come sniffing around keep eddie inside and under wraps. no more breaks till i get back.

not a problem. eddie and i will be here, loot.

lt marvel january removed his pistol from a desk drawer and put it in his empty shoulder holster then headed out the door. the clock on the wall read 7:30.

this last appeared here in august of 2014.

jmh

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eddie catalina part 10

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lieutenant marvel january had been a cop for 26 and a half years. he always added the half or the quarter or whatever it amounted to. he thought it was important to do so. he wasn’t sure why. he just did it.

marvel found his partner, sgt mick johns, in the men’s room and told him they had to roll. eddie catalina had just called from ontario and the ontario pd were sitting with him. johns zipped up and said.

no shit? eddie called huh?

yeah. couple of minutes ago.

he say anything?

no. i did most of the talking and he just agreed to stuff.

man, this job is amazing at times.

the two men made it down to the street and their 7 year old crown vic. old but still newer than most of the other detective barges. marvel was a good cop who closed cases and he knew things. hence, the newer ride, plus he took care of the vic. he took it home a few times a year and hand waxed it himself. though he told the rest of the unit he paid to get it done at a car wash near his place. no one ever suspected a thing. the lieutenant got in the passenger seat. he rarely drove and he sure as hell wasn’t going to drive way out to ontario and back. not today anyway. besides johns was a good driver. the sergeant spoke.

lights? siren?

sure why not. we can’t have an ontario black and white tied up too long now can we?

both men buckled up and the car sped away from the curb. first the lights then the siren. johns also tapped on the horn as he made a wide left at the first intersection heading towards interstate 10 east. january smiled as the car skidded around the corner. they always got some looks when johns was in his mario andretti mode. marvel figured they must be a sight. an old shinny cop barge. lights. siren. screeching tires. a very large black man in the passenger seat more or less lounging and a big white guy driving while pounding on the steering wheel not unlike popeye doyle in the movie ‘the french connection’.

with half closed eyes january gave his partner a semi sideways look and said.

try not to kill anybody before we hit the freeway. ok?

i haven’t yet. and i don’t plan on it today. all i need is some room to move. take a nap. ok?

that was their standard and usual mantra whenever they first went code 3. after that they both settled in for the ride. lt january lost in his own thoughts and sgt johns ripping up the road and scaring the citizens. the lapd brass had given up trying to get the two of them to change. marvel january and mick johns got results. regardless.

once lapd figured out they had two dead mobsters on their hands. one of them an upper level hood the case had been handed over to lapd’s elite robbery homicide unit. lt marvel january and his partner mick johns in particular. two old hands at getting results and closing the book on lala land weirdness as marvel was fond of saying. though this one had eluded them so far but that was about to change.

when they hit the freeway the sargent turned off the siren and only used it occasionally to get people to move out of their way. the lights stayed on. by the time they made it through west covina the traffic had thinned out some and johns made up for lost time.

we’re flying low now, partner.

marvel just grunted and kept his eyes closed.

once over kellogg hill and down into the pomona valley johns was able to take the car pool lane again and stay in it. he blipped the siren once or twice to move cars out of the way.

almost there loot.

let’s see. take vineyard. not archibald. then hit a left at holt. i’m thinking you’ll see the place on the right. hit the siren as we pull into the lot. the patrol guys should bring him out then.

sure.

the crown vic left the freeway and made it’s way to the cheap motel. johns hit the siren once as they entered the parking lot. the two ontario officers walked eddie out of the room and down the stairs to the waiting lapd car.

thank you, officers. we’ll take over from here. sergeant, get your cuffs on mr. catalina so the ontario guys can get theirs and head out on patrol.

while that was going on marvel spoke again.

eddie. i’m lt marvel january lapd robbery homicide. this is my partner, sgt mick johns. you sure as hell made my day when you called. i was beginning to have visions of being transferred out to hollywood vice. ok. here’s the deal. you stay cuffed and we take you back to l.a. just sit tight and don’t say anything. ok?

ok.

you start talking and i’ll have to mirandize you. i don’t wanna do that just yet. capisco? we’ll chat back at headquarters.

sure.

sergeant, get eddie in the car and let’s get out of here.

the wind blew up a small dust devil as the crown vic sped out of the lot and headed west back toward downtown l.a.

this originally appeared here in august of 2014.

jmh

2015-16 college bowl games what to watch

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saddle up and head on out, pilgrims. boy howdy, it’s college football bowl season. that gleeful time of the year when we can OD on college football for around a month or so with games all week long, though the season has turned into that as well. but, hey, who’s counting? this time of year used to mean more to college ball fans. yes, kids i’m going down that road one more time.

when will someone in the hallowed halls of ivy wise up? or what will it take to stop the money mongering madness that has become bowling for dollars? legit questions if you ask me. though obviously no one has or just maybe things would be different. delusional? who me?

ok. so, i’m not running down the entire bowling for dollars TV schedule. that would be pointless. no sane person watches all of them anymore, right? right. why on earth would you even consider that? worse yet why on earth would you even consider buying a ticket to any of the games? i mean come on. though it doesn’t seem to matter because ESPN or FOX have deep pockets and have shelled out the bazillions needed to secure said TV rights.

the big games in january pay the big bucks to the schools, read conferences, lucky enough to be included in the very exclusive bowling for dollars country club. the podunk bowls make chump change but the teams playing in them get the extra practice the not so lucky don’t get. extra practice gets head coaches, offensive co-ordinators and defensive co-ordinators all hot and bothered.

the problem is, the players. trying to get them motivated may or may not happen. they’re kids after all. most of em would rather be chasing skirts, drinking, doing drugs, stealing cars, robbing fellow classmates, or just being very stupid. maybe only one of those things or a combination of some or even all of them. for some reason some kids think a felony enhances their chances on going to the big leagues. alright i’ll stop.

in case you haven’t figured it out this is for entertainment purposes only. nothing more. so, on to some of the games.

rock ‘n’ roll.

12-19 royal purple las vegas bowl. byu vs utah. once again las vegas gets a shot at hosting a bunch of folks from utah with the hope they all get crazy. what happens in vegas stays in vegas. none the less, a game i’ll probably try to watch. there are 4 others on the same day. all of which i’ll avoid.

12-23 san diego county credit union poinsettia bowl. boise st vs northern illinois. possibly a nice way to spend some time in front of the TV and forget about the upcoming christmas day hurricane.

12-24 hawaii bowl. a short and sweet title nothing like the previous game. san diego st vs cincinnati. another possibility as san diego st can be fun to watch. the calm before the storm.

12-26 sun bowl. u miami vs washington st. i picked this one for the simple reason mike leach gets a trip back to texas with a decent cougar squad. perhaps the game will get him a few more recruits. if so, watch out PAC(8)(10)12.

12-26 foster farms bowl. ucla vs nebraska. this ought to be a fun game to watch. at least on paper. along with the hope both teams show up. and coach riles gets a shot at taking down an old PAC rival.

12-30 holiday bowl. usc vs wisconsin. these two teams have not played one another since 1956. all the more reason to watch this game.

1-1 rose bowl. stanford vs iowa. yes, of course, the granddaddy of them all. an old school PAC vs BIG 10 game. regardless of who shows up it tends to make for an interesting afternoon here in the land of lalas.

1-2 valero alamo bowl. oregon vs tcu. with the ducks finally latching on to a defense late in the year they get a shot at the bowling for dollars thing. the score board fireworks alone are enough to make this one a keeper.

1-11 national championship game. some of the more astute among you have probably realized i’ve left a number of games off the table. the simple reason being i have no interest in them. yes, even the playoff games. that would even include this game. a game i have never watched not even back in the BCS days. i just don’t care so there isn’t any reason to even DVR the commercial fest. a commercial fest is putting it mildly.
instead of watching this game take the wife out to dinner. or hitchhike to tijuana. or find a nice comfy barrel and hit niagra falls. get the picture? avoid this game.

at the risk of offending someone else let me be, hopefully, among the first to wish you a very merry christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year as well. hanukkah has already begun so i’m probably not anywhere near the first to wish anyone a very happy hanukkah. which is fine i suppose. none the less, happy hanukkah.

be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2015 week 13 college football picks & predictions

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week 12 was fairly interesting with the final demise of my pre-season favorite, utah, along with ohio st’s baffling loss. although the only game i sat through was ucla @ utah. this week is rivalry week or it used to be. there’re still some rivalry games being played this week but back in the day there were many more.

the championship playoff poll should be interesting this week. though the only one worth a damn is the last one and perhaps they’ll get it right but probably not. for my money, bama should fall a couple of slots for playing and wiping the floor with the FCS powerhouse, mother theresa auto mechanic tech, in the middle of november. shame on you, coach satan. get real. like that’s gonna happen.

the only game i have any interest in this week is the one below.

as always, this is for mostly irreverent entertainment purposes only. simple as that.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-28 ucla @ usc. lotus land’s crosstown rivalry. a years worth of bragging rights in the city of lost angels. generally speaking this is a very good game even if either school hasn’t been playing well. the game looms large for the bruins as a win puts them into the PAC(8)(10)12 championship game. but guess what? the trojans are riding in the same boat. though ucla is coming in after a tough win against the utes. usc, on the other hand, got rolled over by the ducks who’ve suddenly stumbled upon a defense. a good thing but with a number of losses too late to really matter. ESPN has the trojans, on paper, as the team to beat, 65% to 35%. a home field advantage for the trojans could prove vital. if the weather humps are right the weather should actually be fall like here saturday afternoon. the winner? either way this year. but maybe an edge goes to usc.

happy thanksgiving. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2015 week 11 college football picks & predictions

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the best thing about week 10 was the fact memphis was finally exposed as an FCS team. however, there are still some schools on the same boat with a few weeks left in the season to expose them as well or at least that’s my hope. it should be yours as well.

not much in the way of game watching this week. i tried but got bored fairly quickly. though the halftime highlights and local TV sports highlights were my highlights of the football saturday. the dumb and decent stuff rolled up into a few minutes of semi fun. i’ll try again this coming saturday and see what shakes out. i won’t be holding my breath.

the college bowl committee polls are a hoot and highlight the obvious east coast bias against the PAC (8)(10)12. just sayin’, pilgrims. highlight, is obviously the secret word for the week. sorry, andy.

only one game this week. and it also should be more than obvious this is for entertainment purposes only. nothing more. nothing less.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-14 oregon @ stanford. the ducks get a shot at derailing the trees in their hunt for the PAC north title. maybe, just maybe, the duck’s defense will show up for the game and decide to actually want to play defense. simple as that, as they can still put some fairly impressive numbers up on the board. time to shine oregon. git er done. QUACK QUACK!!

be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2015 week 10 college football picks & predictions

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week 9 was a fun week especially with miami’s 8 lateral game winning touchdown that shouldn’t have counted. a knee was down at one point, kids. none the less, a fun little excursion into something that has all but been forgotten these days in college ball. intramural rugby is another matter entirely.

the above was written very early yesterday morning. since then all the refs have been suspended because a few more reasons for the TD not to count were found. fine. however, some delusional folks seem to think duke should be handed the win. ah, well, crap happens people and always has in sports. deal with it. college football isn’t the politically correct world of youth t-ball or soccer. though not just yet. another 10 years from now it probably will be. but that’s for another time.

with just a few weeks left on the schedule i’ve finally felt like watching some of the games. well, west coast games anyway. thank you PAC 12 network and DISH. that run should continue into this weekend as well.

i have 5 games this week so maybe things are looking up. we’ll see.

once again, the important thing to remember is that this is for entertainment purposes only. nothing more. nothing less.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-7 iowa @ indiana. indiana probably isn’t as bad as their BIG(10)12 record would indicate. that being said, hopefully the hawkeyes take this seriously and get the win to remain undefeated. it would be nice to see them go all the way and derail ohio st for the year. the buckeyes never were a favorite of mine. i suppose you could blame that on woody hayes. ok, i will.

11-7 ucla @ oregon st. it’s a recurring theme here, the beaves probably aren’t as bad as their PAC record would indicate. see this past saturday’s game against the utes. yeah, there’s some history there between the two head coaches and it may have played a part in the beaves decent showing. this could be a close game given the fact colorado gave the bruins all they could handle last week. probably a PAC(8)(10)12 TV network game and one to watch.

11-7 iowa st @ oklahoma. ok. i’m trying my clairvoyant mind meld again and i’m picking the cyclones to mess up the sooners rest of the season as two losses would more than likely end any shot at the Big 12 newly anointed championship game. time to shine cyclones.

11-7 utah @ washington. i watched most of the utes / beaves game last saturday. they handled their comeback from the loss to usc rather well. they didn’t score a billion points like one of the PAC network guys said they would but they did win. a good thing. probably another PAC network game and another one to watch for sure. hopefully, the utes stay the course for the win.

11-7 cal @ oregon. my beloved ducks have fallen on semi hard times this year as the word, defense, seems to have been deemed politically incorrect speech around eugene. they pulled off a minor miracle last week in arizona. thankfully, the game with cal is at home and perhaps that will give them some advantage like in the old days. they may have to put 75 on the board this week and keep cal under 70 for a win. good luck. i hope they do. quack quack!!!

be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2015 week 9 college football picks & predictions

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week 8 saw the trojans take down my 2015 team of destiny, the utah utes. now that they’re a one loss team their chances of hitting the season ending lotto have grown vaguely slim. given east coast bias and the fact that while catching a couple of minutes of the ohio st game the talking heads made a point of how amazed they were that utah was even a top ten team. yes of course, how lame of you. typical. no one with an ounce of sense cares what you think.

the games would be better if the announcers weren’t even there. just the cameras, some crowd noise and on the field noise would suit me just fine. at this point, i don’t need any over paid has been telling me what i’m watching on my TV.

at any rate, i’m amazed that temple, duke and memphis, all of which are top 25 teams, can even be considered FBS schools. there are others as well in the top 25 but those three more than make my point.

remember this is for entertainment purposes only. nothing more. nothing less.

what can you say about the state of college football when in week 9 of the season i can only find one game i have any interest in watching? sad but true and something that’s been brewing around here for a few years.

rock ‘n’ roll.

10-31 usc @ cal. last week the bruins hopefully got back on track by putting a nail in cal’s coffin for the season. the men of troy also seemingly maybe got back on track by raining on the ute’s bandwagon parade. the hope this week is the trojans put the final nail into the bear’s coffin so they drift off to their historical past with a november swoon into the bowels of mediocrity.

be safe. be semi sane.

jmh