Dragnet. Do the right thing.

The first time I heard the Dragnet radio show was when I was about 10 or 12 years old, and traveling across the country with my dad on a road trip to see many of our wonderful national parks and other beautiful sites in our country. He had episodes of the radio show on cassette tape along with some other old time radio shows and dramas that he would play as we were driving through the night to get to our next destination. For whatever reason, I don’t seem to have a lot of vivid memories from my childhood, but there are times like this that have stuck with me throughout the years. I remember very well laying down in the back seat, listening to the shows and visualizing the scenes as they were impeccably described by Jack Webb (who I was unaware of at the time). The only person I knew was Joe Friday, the lead character in these wonderful crime dramas.

Everything about the stories intrigued me from the very beginning. From the overall architecture of the story, to the character development, all the way down to the smallest of details like sound effects of shoes clapping on the ground as they were walking through the halls of the police station. Every part of the story felt perfectly laid out and you could tell the creators were meticulous in the way they put the shows together. I have no way of proving or disproving this, but I do think that parts of my life, and who I have grown to be, were shaped by the series Dragnet. 

It wasn’t until a good number of years later in my adult life that I would begin to research Dragnet and Jack Webb to learn the great story and time line of my favorite old time radio show. Beginning in my early teens, I always had an appreciation for “old” TV shows. I always preferred channels like TV Land, that played shows from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. When I found out that Dragnet also had a television series I was beside myself with happiness. Getting to see these great stories acted out by great actors was amazing to see. Seeing some of the same episodes that had previously been radio shows really was a testiment to the level of detail and thought that was put into the shows.

The character Jack Webb portrayed, Joe Friday, was a “stand up and do the right thing” kind of guy. He followed the rules and made sure everyone else followed the letter of the law. He was never interested in what was the easy way or the quick way, he wanted to do things the right way. Between Jack Webb’s attention to detail in the creation of each episode of Dragnet, and Joe Friday’s sense of doing what was right, overall it was a massively positive influene in my life.

I can’t even fathom the number of times I have watched and rewatched every episode of the televsion show and listened to each of the radio broadcasts. This is a testiment to the quality of the product. When something is done right, it is timeless. When I look at things in my own life that I touch, I strive to create things that are done right, just like those who created these wonderful shows that I love. I don’t like the “just get it done” or “good enough” mentality. I know there are always going to be wars regarding how best to complete a project or task, but I don’t think anyone can ever be faulted for doing what is right.

My wife and I went to Los Angeles last year, and during the visit we took some time to go to the Los Angeles Police Musuem where they have a section of the museum dedicated to Jack Webb and Dragnet, and I was extatic! It was by far one of my favorite museum visits of all time. Being in LA, we also went down the Star Walk and looked around for one of Jack Webb’s stars, and as you can see in the photo, we found it! I never did get to meet Jack Webb, as he passed away a mere 5 days after I was born (which I still think is very interesting), but that trip to LA did somehow close that loop for me personally.

It’s Sonos Good!

Whole house audio = Sonos. End of story.

It’s no secret that I love pretty much anything I can control with my phone, so when it comes to controlling audio throughout the entire house from my phone, sign me up!

Right out of the gate, I have to say, the Sonos system is not what you might call “inexpensive”. However, it is a really damn good system! One of the best parts of this system helps with the area of cost however. The system is 100% modular! So, let’s say you don’t have the money right now to outfit your whole house like you would like to. No problem. Simply buy what you can right now and add to the system over time. The system lineup can be found here.

The setup of the system couldn’t be easier. Plug everything in to power, and you are almost there. Although the speakers can use ethernet for network connectivity, I highly recommend using the Bridge for $50 so all your speakers can be wireless. This yields less wires and more flexibility of speaker placement. The control software is really good and has never caused any problems for us. It is available for Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Definitely check out their website to see all the things you can do with Sonos; it’s quite extensive!

Of course I can’t end without mentioning the whole reason you are buying this system: the music! Sonos has by far the most extensive list of supported music services I have ever seen, including services I had never heard of but started using because I found them on their list. If you use any music services, they are probably compatible with Sonos. Even if you don’t, it will play your entire music collection from your computer or mobile device, no problem!

“I am in no way sponsored by this company, I just really like their product and wanted to tell you about it!”

— Jason