Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The New Year for Bull Protettore - Drunk and disorderly

Bull Protettore is the hero of Seeking Angel by A J Burton which has seven 5 star reviews at Amazon.com
This is one of A J Burton's memories - the policeman's perspective.

New Year's Eve changed for me after I became a policeman.
As a young guy I did all the things you do in the wildness of youth: drank too much, smoked too much, fell over and woke up saying. "What a night! If only I could remember what happened? Sure by asking friends I could build up a foggy account of what may have happened but was it fact or fiction? I couldn't say.
For ten years as a policeman I could expect any New Years Eve leave to be cancelled. Single policemen were sent to the traditionally wild holiday resorts while we married men filled the breaches at home.
I often saw funny things and laughed watching drunks making total asses of themselves and recalling my own mis-spent youth. However holidays were also times when people died and were maimed in car accidents, fights, and drunken domestic squabbles. For ten years as a police officer I was totally sober and working hard. I never got to celebrate the New Year coming in.
I remember the drunkest man I ever saw still standing one New Year's Eve. The sergeant ordered me to carry out a sobriety test as Mr Jones was drunk in charge of a motor vehicle. I did my best to test the fellow, I made him try to walk a straight line in the constable's room at the police station. I should have used another room as the man lurched to one side and his head crashed into one of the square cubbyholes where we kept our files.
How his head managed to enter this cubbyhole with the accuracy of a sniper's bullet was amazing. What was even more astounding was that once his head was in the cubbyhole I could not get it out, despite pulling on his shoulders.
The drunk screamed out. "I have gone blind, help me!"
The sergeant came in to check all was well and saw Mr Jones bent at the hips with his head in the cubbyhole. Standing behind him pulling on his body I appeared to be performing some sort of unnatural act upon him.
"I can't get him out." I explained.
Together we managed to drag his head out at great cost to Mr Jones. The sergeant maintained his head had fitted into the cubbyhole so it should be safe to yank it out.
My drunk fellow then proceeded to vomit on the floor, slipped in it and fell face first into the mess. Now if I had written a comedy script about the incident it could not have been funnier and Mr Jones provided my New Year's Eve comedy for free.
After those years on the police I seemed to lose the zest for celebrating New Years Eve somehow. Was it because I became a cynic and regarded the whole celebration as a pain in the ass? Probably.
This year for the first time in many years, all my four sons are in the country at the same time and this will be the happiest New Year's Eve of all.
Birthdays, Christmas, New Years Eve are they worth more than daily celebrating the biggest gift of all?  
To me the simple daily act of living life is truly the greatest celebration of all!

Bull Protettore is the hero of Seeking Angel which has seven 5 star reviews at Amazon.com


  1. Sounds like a very interesting memory. I usually spend New Years with family but this year I spent it by myself reading.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  2. Yes having family close is the best way to celebrate.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

  3. I commend you for your chosen profession! I think that may be one of the reasons I chose to stay in during NYE parties, I just don't want to deal with other peoples drunkenness (is that a word??) so I choose to stay home and celebrate with my family, we watch tv, eat snacks and just chat :)


  4. From the snippets I have read, this looks like a very captivating story. The fact that it includes real life events makes it more enticing. The characters sound like an eclectic bunch, breaking loose of the norm. Awesome. I like to push boundaries myself. The author clearly has a sense of humour. I like that! And I would love to read this book. :)

  5. Nice to see a different kind of blog participating in the hop (I like romance, but I started with mysteries). I so agree with your final sentence. We keep our holidays very low key and stopped with the presents because we weren't appreciating the holidays as we felt we should. I like giving "thinking of you" presents when ever the mood strikes.

    I just bought my sister a potato masher because I was passing them and knew she needed one. Didn't plan it, but thought of her.

    I hope you enjoy your time with your sons.


  6. Hi! I don't mind to post there. I'm so curious to read your book, Demon's Cove someday.

    My New Year Memory was to spend my time with my family and attended my cousin's wedding at the Disneyland World, located in Florida last January 1, 2012. Hope that your day treats you well :)


  7. I guess being a police officer definitely would change one's perception on NYE chaos!

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  8. Sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  9. Wow, what an adventure. Definitely something to remember and laugh about although it might not have felt funny at the time lol. I'm glad you got to spend new year's with your family :)

    Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

  10. Thats a good story. I think it would be hard to get the same rush that you got while working at a mere party.

  11. I'm sure you have many more memorable stories up your sleeves around the holidays. My family stays at home. It's the safest way I know to make sure we all see the new year together and still alive. richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

  12. What a story! My goodness. This is why I stay home in quiet, fun celebration with family. I agree with you. Life should be celebrated every day.

  13. Any new year spent with family or friends is the best. ones without resolutions are just cake.
    wocaworld @ gmail.com

  14. Thanks for the chance to win!! happy new year

  15. Thanks for sharing it with us! I hope you will have a great new year!

  16. Enjoyed your post.
    Have a wonderful 2012.
    kindle file

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  17. Hope this is a wonderful year for you.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  18. thanks for the hop
    desi the blone @msn.com

  19. Well my birthdays New Years eve so I could tell tons of stories from that! LOL But one of my most memorable would probably have to be last year just for how funny it was. My friend was 9months pregnant. Due any time and she decided that she wanted to play 'Just Dance' on my wii. So she seriously got into it. It was insane watching her dance with her big belly. I have it on video. Probably the funniest thing I've ever seen. :) Thanks!

  20. Being a cop would definitely affect your perception of NYE, among other holidays. I just stay home where it is quiet and safe, and spend the holiday with family.
    I would choose Kindle file
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  21. I have to say, your story is one of the reasons I favor staying home *shudder.* Gosh, what a night, lol!

    Thank you for participating in this hop!

    Happy New Year!

    Gena Robertson

  22. i don't like celebrate that much, so I usually have dinner with friends, but I loved NY when I was a kid because i could stay up late, sip champagne and watch fireworks!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  23. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!


  24. thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

  25. That was a great scene! Happy New Year to you too Bull!

    Thanks for the giveaway

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

  26. Great story. I certainly wouldn't want to be a policeman on New Years Eve. We just stay at home and the people that come over have DD if they need it.


  27. This new years was my favorite. My family stayed home and watched movies. We had tons of fun! We ate snacks and toasted the new year. It was great! Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!

  28. My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!


  29. We generally stay home with the family & play cards. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like a Kindle version. Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  30. So mine starts off a little odd. I was working as a waitress and I ended up working a double shift from open to close without more than a two minute break periodically. I was pretty mad about that because I'd scheduled time off to be with my then boyfriend. Anyway so I worked all day and while the tips were great the people not so much, especially after about 9. So anyway we closed early that night and I got how around 11pm. I took a shower and climbed into bed and just as I was falling asleep my phone rings. I'm cussing up a storm and questioning the parentage of the person on the other end and it turns out it's the boyfriend. He waits for my little rant to end and then before I can start up again blurts out "Will you marry me." I'm so tired my brain doesn't seem to understand him and I go "what?" so he politely repeats himself and then tells me to get my ass outside. I dropped my phone and ran out the front door to him standing there with two dozen of my favorite flowers on one knee :) Best New Year's EVER! We'll have been married three years this may. I don't know if we kissed in time to ring in the new year but it was still pretty epic.


  31. Great story. Thanks for sharing. We usually do New Years with the family watching movies and playing games.


  32. My favorite NYE memory is the one I spend with my now husband. We went out with my best friend and her (then) husband. It was horrible. They fought the whole night but at one point during all that craziness he leaned over and told me that he loved me.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  33. I would love to win a copy of your book! Count me in.
    Happy 2012.
    mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

  34. Shooting champagne out of my nose the first time I accidentally tasted it when I was 10! Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!

  35. Favorite memory is playing cards and drinking Irish coffee's after midnight. Happy 2012

  36. Thanks for sharing your memory

  37. My favorite New Year's memory is when I was around 7 year's old and my best friend and I stayed up through the New Year all the way up until around 4am. We were the happiest 7 year old's ever! Our parents were too wasted to even notice! lol



  38. Demon's Coven in Kindle version would be super!


  39. Thanks for the excerpt and blog hop.


  40. My favorite new years was when I had a fun and crazy party with friends last year, the champagne was literally flowing everywhere since one of my friends tried to make a champagne fountain but it turned into a river instead!


  41. Thank you so much for taking part in this fun blog hop! Great giveaway and Happy New Year too year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  42. Thanks for giveaway *smiles*


  43. the book sounds fantastic deff would love a kindle copy just got my self a kindle recently is fun to fill it up

    my fondest memory is the one i spent with my better half the very first year was fantastic to talk and reflect and lern more about eachother

    ty for the chance


  44. Oh my, that was quite an interesting post. I hope you and yours have a wonderful New Years, stay safe! n.dematos@gmail.com

  45. Sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway


  46. Demon Coven sounds like an interesting read! Great drunk story, too funny! LOL

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  47. Thanks to all who participated. I hope some of you will have a read of Demon's Coven. There are two more in the works.

    Have the happiest new year possible. Hugs and I don't hug often.


  48. My best NYE - We had a party for our friends and family. We could see the high school fireworks from our backyard. We all had a great time being together. Almost all the food was gone and the drinks...well there weren't any left..lol Those who needed to spend the night found a piece of floor and blankets and we had breakfast the next morning...some not so much LOL

    Great Blog Hop. Hope you will blog at KP sometime.

    Mary Keith

  49. Blog Hop is a great ideal We had a real special New Years Eve this year with all our family. Regards Mrs Bull

  50. There sure are a lot of new blogs on here. Thanks for the Hop.

    Pamela Jo

  51. My family parties at home with lots of good food and we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

    Thank you for the wonderful contest.

    I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  52. My favorite new year's eve memory is from my childhood, when my parents took my sister and me to the capital just to see the firework. I was so happy - I hadn't traveled that much before and we all liked it.
    Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!