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Saturday, January 29, 2021

Sandra Thompson laments the Tampa Bay area’s puny ranking of No. 72 on Men’s Health magazine’s “101 Best & Worst Cities for Men” list.

I’m not sure why she’s fretting about a list that came out back in November, but whatever.

Here’s the interesting info on the city that made No. 1:

Fremont, Calif. I didn’t even know where it is, but apparently it’s in Silicon Valley, where guys are young, smart and rich. But get this: In Fremont, the cops are paid to exercise. The police department has a top-notch, on-site fitness center, and officers can work out for an hour during every shift. How about it, Pam?

Of course, regular readers of this blog know about Fremont: It’s the city that made headlines recently for instituting a policy where the police will not respond to burglar alarms unless they’re accompanied by verification.

The reason cited for this rollback of police services? Lack of money and manpower. Fremont police simply don’t have time to respond to every alarm that’s tripped.

It occurs to me that sharply reducing the funds paid out to the cops for getting buff in their sparkling fitness center — during their freakin’ shifts — might go some ways toward solving their resource shortage problems.

True, their cops won’t be as sexy and buff, and probably won’t be tapped for a Men’s Health photo spread. But if I were a resident of Fremont, I wouldn’t mind having a dumpy cop respond to a break-in on my property — just as long as one responds.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/29/2005 10:48:28 AM
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  1. Wow, did we have different takes on that article. I don’t think I thought about public funding when I wrote my post even a little.

    On the whole, though, I find the cops around here to be pretty ineffectual anyway, so I wouldn’t mind seeing them all buffed up.

    Went to 4GF for, like, 2 secs. on Gasparilla, and the place was full of fat cops. Gross.

    Comment by r* — 01/30/2005 @ 10:35:38 PM

  2. Yeah. Seeing Fremont in the article just triggered my memory of the previous news item I saw about the city, especially because it was only a few days before. The dichotomy of the references struck me right away, and I couldn’t resist.

    It occurs to me that your sister, who loves a man in uniform, should high-tail it to Fremont ;)

    As far as the main point: I don’t know that Tampa Bay is ever going to cultivate a sexier-than-thou image. South Beach is too (relatively) close.

    Comment by CT — 01/31/2005 @ 02:30:21 PM

  3. Moved by editor to here, as it pertains more to that post than this one. - CT

    Comment by Ron Walters — 02/01/2021 @ 03:24:03 PM

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