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Friday, August 25, 2017

Hard Duty

19th October 2016
My Dear friends at (Company) Security,

I’m a Security Officer with eighteen years of experience who has seen some of the hardest duty an unarmed person can have in the field. I learned that my big problem is that I express myself in a professional way, and that professionalism is not conducive to success with the companies I worked with.

With my last company I arrived on post to find guards out of uniform and sleeping in their car.  When I reported this I was told “Mind your own business”. Likewise, at the company before that I reported a fire door blocked and they said that it wasn’t an issue because the “Fire Marshal hadn’t been by”.

I take my job seriously as a Security Officer but I’ve worked at companies that feel that any guard is a good guard, but that means that the man who does his job well makes others look bad.

I’m a professional Security Officer and I need to work for a professional company.

I’m hoping this is one,



Richard Leland Neal

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Force of Arms

4th July 2016

Dear Cassi,

The fireworks have come and gone but still a few rise into the burnt sky were the stars are blackened into to darkness by the actions of the human animal.  I still struggle with depression and the hunt for a job and the dark night has proven cover for a few drinks to sooth my angry mind.

As I look into that broken sky I remember a story I read once of a tyrant from space who brought a fleet of ships to earth and rained death on all the world. The story was called ‘Force of Arms’ and there are times I figure that this would be the only way to get a few things done in my life.

Sadly, I have no fleet of ships and no force to bring down. I have my drawings and photographs, which I bring to bear with blogs and videos. I keep thinking that if I work hard enough I’ll get somewhere but that doesn’t look like the case.

In the end of the story the fleet of ships were destroyed and the tyrant died. Is that my future, to die and be forgotten?

Sometimes I just don’t know,



Richard Leland Neal

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Living Memorial

This is a paper sent to me after my mother's death that I believe originally came with a letter addressed to my aunt who oversaw funeral arrangements. The big issue was that my mother had no person she could trust her children with and so turned to her ex-husband's sister. 

the remains of this paper show you very much how my life turned out. The truth is that those of us who have children already have a living memory that is a testament to how we did in life.  

My mother did everything she could for me save for marrying a good man. She died in 1990.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Show Me Something

Dear Transitional Housing,

I have 18 years of experience in security and four of those with the homeless population of Los Angeles. In those four years with the homeless I specialized in working nights and de-escalation of violent clients. I dealt with juvenile offenders, gang members, and drug addicts with an attitude of mutual respect.

I’ve talked people down from suicide, worked with Police Officers, and done all kinds of things that would make most guards turn green. Further, I’ve given testimony in a Court of Law.

If you can honestly show me something I haven’t seen on duty my hat is off to you. I’m a well experienced Security Officer, and I figure your kind of work is just right for me.

Stay safe,


Richard Leland Neal     

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Book Review


'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' by Marie Kondo is both the method and story of an attractive Japanese woman who comes to people's homes and makes them clean up their mess. 

I'd say there is a lot of good in this book like organizing your junk in categories and keeping in your life only what gives you joy.  The idea of not giving your junk away because other people don't want it any more than you do is a great point.

On the other hand, this is a book written by someone who sees clients that have enough money to afford someone coming to their home and instructing them on how to clean up. I can tell you I'm not in that demographic.

Further, she advocates throwing out items that one may, and in some cases will, need later. One major point is that throwing out books is encouraged when there are perfectly good things to do with them. The fact that you haven't read them is not thought of as a good reason for keeping them bothers me. 

All and all this book was a good read. It was reasonably on topic and helpful. Books like this often delve deeply into the life of the author and this book is guilty of that, but it's not bothersome.

I would recommend this book to it's demographic but not as much to the general public.

Who should read this book? Folks with money.

Books read: 30 of 5000

Pages 213

Pages Read for 'The 5,000 Project' 7,216