Thursday, August 29, 2013

A&E's The Glades and My Pettiness

I am petty.  I'm not proud of it (at least that's one mortal sin I avoid), but I have to admit I hold animus and jealousy toward people who have found success for their novels in TV and movies.  I’ve said in the past I don't watch many police shows because they’re just silly compared to the real life of a police officer.  But the fact is, more recently, my pettiness probably had more to do with it then realism.

It's tough to hold these feelings towards a friend like Jeff Lindsay's darkly comic novels that are the basis for Showtime’s Dexter series.  He's too good of a guy to deserve petty jealousy and frankly, if he could come up with a novel like Darkly Dreaming Dexter, I don't want this guy mad at me.

One show that has nothing to do with me, or, as far as I know, any of my friends, is A&E's The Glades.  I know the premise and virtually every day someone comes up to me and asks if I have something to do with the show because it is about the exploits of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agent working in the wild south-central part of our swampy state.  I get e-mail from people who read Escape Clause, which, coincidentally is about an FDLE agent working in Belle Glade.  I am an actual FDLE agent who has worked in Belle Glade and wrote the F&^%$#G  book in 2005, five years before the show came on the air.  I think I have a right to be jealous of a show like that.  I didn't even get asked to consult on the show.  And I have never seen it.  Partly because I'm busy, but also, I'm sad to say, partly because I'm petty.

The one exception to this juvenile attitude is for the work of my very good friend, Paul Levine.  I love the movies based on his early novels set in Miami and involving my favorite professional football team, the Miami Dolphins.  I know they changed Jake Lassiter's name but the gist of the story and the characters are the same.

That was a work of genius, good job, Paul.  (For legal reasons I must state that Paul Levine, nor any of his relatives, had anything to do with Ace Ventura or any other pet detective.)

Am I wrong to be an envious little twerp?


  1. Marsharll H.8/29/2013 7:06 AM

    Escape Clause is much better that the series. There is a similar vibe but none of the inside realism and sharp dialog.

    I didn't know that Ace Ventura was Jake Lassiter.

  2. James O, you're gonna laugh. I have a friend who wrote for Glades and I pitched you as a consultant. He told me they already had a consultant who was a relative of one of the head honchos.

    Everybody is envious of the success of others. That's normal as long as it's not hostile envy.

    And might I say how truly awesome it is to hear from you two weeks in a row. Can't wait until next Thursday. Hearing from you is like a beautifully wrapped package under the Christmas tree.

  3. James O. Born8/29/2013 8:53 AM

    Thanks for the kind words, Marshal

    And thanks to you Patty, for the attempt to get me in on the show and the sentiment about the blogs. as to the first, I knew some of the history of the show and, at this point, would rather write for a show. But I am petty.

    As to the two weeks in a row blogging. It was a fluke. I hardly surf the web any more because of deadlines. But that is a good thing.


  4. Also, the make purpose of the blog was to make fun of Paul. Isn't that the main purpose of most things in life?


  5. from Jacqueline

    No, you're not being petty, Jim- you're just saying what any of us have said in similar circumstances.

  6. I LOVE "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective."

    I WISH I'd written it.

    And I will get even, my friend, Jim Born!

  7. Barbara Ward1/08/2014 8:15 PM

    I love this post, Jimbo. I figure the petty jealousies and grudges indelibly burned in my personal hard drive are now just part of my charm.