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End of Watch Call

The End of Watch Call or Last Radio Call is a ceremony in which, after a police officer's death, the officers from his or her unit or department gather around a police radio, over which the police dispatcher issues one call to the officer, followed by a silence a second call, followed by silence finally announces that the officer has failed to respond because he or she has fallen in the line of duty. An example: Sometimes the dispatcher will mention the officer's honors and may add other words in memoriam. In some cases the call is made twice, once after the officer's death more formally closer to the date of or at the officer's funeral; the practice of the end of watch call began in the mid–2000s in police departments on the East Coast of the United States. By 2010 the practice had spread to the West Coast, to firefighters, forest rangers, game wardens in the United States and Canada. An End of Watch call is played 28 minutes into Season 2 of Bosch; the custom as practiced in the New York City Police Department was depicted in the "End Of Watch" Season 3 Episode 8 of the police procedural Elementary.

On the soap opera General Hospital, the character Jordan Ashford uses a radio to make the Last Call to Nathan West, an officer killed in the line of duty by his father, Cesar Faison. The practice of the Los Angeles Police Department was shown in the "Reckoning" episode of Southland. An End of Watch call occurs on Episode 16, Season 2 of the dramatic comedy The Mysteries of Laura, starring Debra Messing and Josh Lucas; the movie End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, follows two officers during their day to day duties in the south end of Los Angeles. Example of End of Watch call for SPD Officer Thomas LaValley

Henderson the Rain King

Henderson the Rain King is a 1959 novel by Saul Bellow. The book's blend of philosophical discourse and comic adventure has helped make it one of his most enduringly popular works, it is said to be Bellow's own favorite among his books. It was ranked number 21 on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels in the English language. Eugene Henderson is a troubled middle-aged man. Despite his riches, high social status, physical prowess, he feels restless and unfulfilled, harbors a spiritual void that manifests itself as an inner voice crying out I want, I want, I want. Hoping to discover what the voice wants, Henderson goes to Africa. Upon reaching Africa, Henderson hires a native guide, Romilayu. Romilayu leads Henderson to the village of the Arnewi, where Henderson befriends the leaders of the village, he learns that the cistern from which the Arnewi get their drinking water is plagued by frogs, thus rendering the water "unclean" according to local taboos. Henderson attempts to save the Arnewi by ridding them of the frogs, but his enthusiastic scheme ends in disaster, destroying the frogs but the village's cistern.

Henderson and Romilayu travel on to the village of the Wariri. Here, Henderson impulsively performs a feat of strength by moving the giant wooden statue of the goddess Mummah and unwittingly becomes the Wariri Rain King, Sungo, he develops a friendship with the native-born but western-educated Chief, King Dahfu, with whom he engages in a series of far-reaching philosophical discussions. The elders send Dahfu to find a lion, the reincarnation of the late king, Dahfu's father; the lion hunt fails and the lion mortally wounds the king. Henderson learns shortly before Dahfu's death that the Rain King is the next person in the line of succession for the throne. Having no interest in being king and desiring only to return home, Henderson flees the Wariri village. Although it is unclear whether Henderson has found spiritual contentment, the novel ends on an optimistic and uplifting note. Henderson learns that a man can, with effort, have a spiritual rebirth when he realizes that spirit and the outside world are not enemies but can live in harmony.

A week before the novel appeared in book stores, Saul Bellow published an article in the New York Times entitled “The Search for Symbols, a Writer Warns, Misses All the Fun and Fact of the Story.” Here, Bellow warns readers against looking too for symbols in literature. This has led to much discussion among critics as to why Bellow warned his readers against searching for symbolism just before the symbol-packed Rain King hit the shelves; the ongoing philosophical discussions and ramblings between Henderson and the natives, inside Henderson's own head, prefigure elements of Bellow's next novel, which includes many such inquiries into life and meaning. As in all Bellow's novels, death figures prominently in Henderson the Rain King; the novel manifests a few common character types that run through Bellow's literary works. One type is the Bellovian Hero described as a schlemiel. Eugene Henderson, in company with most of Bellow's main characters, can be given this description, in the opinion of some people.

Another is what Bellow calls the "Reality-Instructor". In Seize the Day, the instructor is played by Dr. Tamkin, while in Humboldt's Gift, Humboldt von Fleisher takes the part. Scholars such as Bellow biographer James Atlas and others have shown that quite a few passages and ideas were lifted from a book entitled The Cattle Complex in East Africa written by Bellow's anthropology professor Melville Herskovits who supervised his senior thesis at Northwestern University in 1937. In 1960 the Pulitzer Prize committee for fiction recommended Henderson the Rain King be awarded the prize for that year; the Pulitzer board, which have final say over the awarding of the prize, overrode their recommendation and chose Advise and Consent by Allen Drury instead. Leon Kirchner adapted Henderson the Rain King into the libretto for his opera Lily, which premiered at the New York City Opera in the spring of 1977, it was not a success, was Kirchner's only foray into opera. "Rain King" is a song by Terence Boylan from his 1977 album Terence Boylan.

It is based on Bellow's novel. "Rain King" is a song by Sonic Youth from their album Daydream Nation. "Rain King" is a song by the Counting Crows from their 1993 album Everything After. "Henderson the Rain King" and its characters were an inspiration in the song's writing. The book is referenced in the song "Goodnight Elisabeth" from their 1996 follow-up Recovering The Satellites. One passage in the novel inspired Joni Mitchell to write the song "Both Sides, Now" in 1967. "Rain King" is the name of an episode of The X-Files in which Mulder and Scully investigate a man who claims to be able to control the weather. Henderson the Rain King was mentioned as the favorite book of the character Ally McBeal, in Season 1 Episode 3 of Ally McBeal, titled "The Kiss."