I don’t have particularly bad luck with police officers, but it just seems as though most of them don’t have very personable personalities. Friday night at Oodle’s in Gainesville proved otherwise. Two officers were eating at Oodles where my wife, son, and I frequent. Balthazar noticed the cars outside while we ate and was very interested. As the police officers were leaving Oodle’s, he started pointing them out very excitedly. I waved one of them over, Dwayne Moran, and he spent a couple of minutes talking with my four-year-old in a manner very appropriate to his age. It was really cool. All too often, people ignore little children because they either don’t know how to interact with them or are too above the station to bother. I really appreciate the personal attention that officer gave Balthazar – it’s especially important to see that because having a child, you realize how civil service employees are real celebrities to them. It’s very similar, as I see it now, to when I dress as Batman or Chewbacca. Kids eat that stuff up and it’s really important that you show them respect – if not, you lose a big piece of your positive Public Relations.