Part of my problem with blogging at other people’s sites is that I lose track of the dates. Or I put the wrong date in the calendar, like I did today. Luckily, I hadn’t already posted so I haven’t confused everyone this time. But I do have a number of blogs I could have written for today, and didn’t because I thought Bree was over at Stacy Juba’s reality show.
But wait! I have a post that I Bree wrote and she ended up not using! I’ve been kind of busy lately with the release of California Schemin’ but Bree and the gang have been picking up the slack for me by giving each other interviews. Today Bree MacGowan of Moonlighting in Vermont and California Schemin’ fame interviews State Trooper Tom Maverick. Tom is the Captain of the Bethel Barracks, Bree’s brother, JW’s best friend from high school and her best friend, Meg Maverick’s husband.
Bree: I thought I was going to get to interview Meg. I was really looking forward to that.
Tom: You can’t always get your own way you know, Bree. Besides I think pay back was what you were looking forward to. Do you have any questions for me?
Bree: Yes. I do have a question for you. From what I understand the Vermont State Police has a special department for handling murders.
Tom: That’s correct. The Criminal Investigations Unit.
Bree: What’s it like when someone from that unit comes to the local barracks and takes over a case?
Tom: We support that individual in any way we can. It’s our duty to protect the people of Vermont by apprehending murders. We can only do that when the various departments work together.
Bree: Jeez, Tom, it’s not like your boss is going to be reading this. I’m not putting it in the paper or anything. Tell me what it feels like to hand your case over to someone else.
Tom: How do you think it feels, Bree? How would you like it if you did all the leg work on an article and then Meg gave all your work to some other reporter to finish, and then gave them the byline?
Bree: That would suck. I’d probably quit.
Tom: I wouldn’t have made it to captain if I quit when the job got difficult. Stuff happens everyday, but you have to believe that what you are doing is right. That your job makes a difference. That belief makes the sucky days worth it.
Bree: So when Miles Brooks came down to work on Vera’s murder that was a sucky day?
Tom: The CIU gets involved when there’s murder. It’s routine. We expect it. Some guys are harder to work with than others. When Vera was murdered I’d never met Miles before. And He didn’t know if he could trust me. He definitely didn’t trust my judgment when it came to you. That made things difficult. We know each other better now. It will be easier next time. Also, he has it bad for you which I think serves him right. Poetic justice. I feel sorry for him which makes it much easier to hand over a case.
Bree: Miles does have it bad for me, doesn’t he. Too bad the timing is always off.
Tom: Lucky for him the timing is always off. Dating you would be like trying to date the Tasmanian devil. You might be able to focus on the guy if you’d stand still for a minute.
Bree: What are you talking about? I can stand still for more than a minute. It’s not my fault trouble is attracted to me. I lead a very quite life, other than that. I stand still a lot. You have a skewed outlook on my life.
Tom: Do you have any other questions to ask me? Because I’ve got work to get back to.
Bree: What’s the most important thing in your life?
Tom: Meg and the kids. Hands down.
Bree: Besides Meg and the kids, or you job. A thing, you know like your car or computer. An old baseball bat. The one thing you’d rescue from a fire if the kids and Meg were safe.
Tom: The dogs. Don’t roll your eyes at me.
Bree: And after the dogs?
Tom: My boots.
Bree: Your mud boots?
Tom: My cowboy boots. Now can you find someone else to bug? I think Steve Leftsky is around here somewhere. I’ve got work to do.