Last night, I ran the dishwasher right before heading off to bed. It was full, and although I could have run it at any time, I love the idea of the dishes being washed while I'm sleeping. When I put the dishes away today, it will be obvious that I did some work around the house...even if the machine was toiling away as I slept.
But...I won't have any paperwork to back it up.
No tickets. No summonses. No arrests...nothing that involves little sheets of paper.
This may not be a perfect comparison, but I want to address something that is being both widely and covertly discussed within the ranks of the NYPD: since when does only those things that involve a paper trail indicate that there has been work done? What about all the times my husband is giving out directions, talking to a local shop owner, dispersing a roving band, roaming around the streets of SoB looking for a suspect?
You can't exactly write up a report about...so many things. You can't always predict when crime will happen, and you can't quantify police work with statistics alone. Sure, there's his memo book; but my understanding of the current workings of the NYPD is that they are looking for activity in the form of little sheets of paper all around.
I woke up this morning to dishes that have been washed. I don't have any paperwork to support that. And I don't think I need any.