Author Archives: D Neckel

My Hero’s Footprints

Twelve years ago when I lived amid the hustle and bustle of the city in Phoenix, Arizona, I read an article about a hero in our local newspaper and clipped it out. A woman came home from work, entered her home and walked into her bedroom to change out of her business attire. Her elderly […]

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Bad Luck Cadet #19 – Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You

Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You is the nineteenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen  […]

Bad Luck Cadet #18 – The Most Popular Cadet

The Most Popular Cadet is the eighteenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen  or […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #17 – The Police Perspective

The Police Perspective is the seventeenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis.  It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen  or […]

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~ Bad Luck Cadet #16 – No Jerking Off on My Range!

No Jerking Off on My Range! is the sixteenth post in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis.  It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #15 – You’re Not Dead Until I Say You’re Dead!

You’re Not Dead Until I Say You’re Dead! is the 15th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis.  It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad […]

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~ Bad Luck Cadet #14 – Testing Hell Week Begins

This is the 14th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen  or buy […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #13 – Gun Fights and Car Chases

Gun Fights and Car Chases is the 13th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis.  The first in the series is Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN! ### We had been told several weeks earlier that our […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #12: Small Acts of Defiance

Small Acts of Defiance is the 12th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. At the time, it was more about pain, […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #11: The Red Shirts Bring Pain

The Red Shirts Bring Pain is the 11th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time, it […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #10: I Have An Egg Head

I Have An Egg Head is the 10th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain.  At the time, it was more about […]

~ Women and War

The summer after I graduated from the police academy I was asked to give a speech for our city’s July 4th celebration about women in service to our country. I was honored. Through my research I was amazed with the history of women fighting for the United States and serving out country. For National Women’s […]

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Bad Luck Cadet #9: I Will Never Call D!ckface D!ckless Again

I will Never Call Dickface Dickless Again is the 9th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. At the time, it was […]

~ The House

There’s a house in my neighborhood. It stands tall but sad beside the road. It’s known as the “murder house” in my small town. A great tragedy happened there on a cold day during the onset of winter. I can see the house when I get in my car each morning to drive to work. […]

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Bad Luck Cadet #8: The Worst Possible Enemy

The Worst Possible Enemy is the 8th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time, it was […]

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Bad Luck Cadet #7: Are We In Hell

Are We in Hell is the 7th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time, it was more […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #6 – You Will Be Sent Home

You Will Be Sent Home is the 6th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time it […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #5 – Being Late Will Get You Fired

This is the 5th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time it was more about pain, […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #4 – Good News!

This is the 4th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time it was more about pain, […]

~ Senseless and Heartbreaking: The Tragedy in Tucson, Arizona

I’ve held off offering an opinion on the deaths in Tucson or  voicing my views on the near fatal shooting of Gabby Gifford and the wounding of thirteen others. I’m an opinionated woman. Anyone that knows me will tell you so. I’ve personally been involved in a media blitz where any news, right or wrong, was […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #3 – I Think I’m Crazy and a Liar

This is the 3rd installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time it was more about pain, […]

~ Bad Luck Cadet #2 – Jumping Hurdles

This is the 2nd installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen.  It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. To be honest, at the time it was more about pain, pain and pain! […]

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~ Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen

This is the first in a series of post on my misadventures in becoming a police cadet. I became a police officer while suffering a midlife crisis in my forties. I became a detective a few years later. Crime in my small town skyrocketed when I hit the streets. My name is Suzie Ivy, a.k.a. […]

~ Some Days Are Just Special

We all have bad days on the job. My most recent bad day started with a fender bender on a muddy road. Well, actually, it started when I said I would work patrol for another officer so he could take his wife to a medical appointment. It got worse when a passing car declined to […]

~ Who Was Driving That Car-Van-Truck Thing?

As a police officer/detective, I am constantly made aware of differing perceptions when a critical incident happens. If a robbery takes place in front of five eye witnesses, all five witnesses will have a slightly different version of what happened. Everyone sees things differently. “The man was 5’10” tall.” “The man was 5’ 4” tall.” […]