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{September 7, 2013}   Terrible Case of the Hiccups

Driving home tonight- my stereo blasting, a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other, and I suddenly see blue lights flashing up ahead. Out of habit I put my coffee down, stub out my cigarette and turn the stereo off, all in one swift motion. I slow down as I approach the blue lights, spot a pink sign reading β€œSOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AHEAD” and, coincidentally, start hiccuping. Two Police Officers waved me to the side of the road, I lowered my window and greeted them as one shone his light in my face and the other inside my car. I prayed, please don’t hiccup again! Oops, too late. And just like on the COPS television show they had me step out of the vehicle and asked my permission to search my car. Yeah I have nothing to hide (hup). β€œWhere are you coming from? (Coffee-hup-place) Where are you going? (Ho-hup-me) Have you been drinking tonight? (No-hup-Sir) Have you used any illegal substances? (Hup-No)”. Then the pat down. Finally the Officer asking all of the questions runs my license and registration just as the other Officer pops out of my car with my pistol… Oh crap. It’s all legal, it’s registered and I have a concealed carry permit, however their protocols require them to check the pistols serial numbers to make sure it’s not stolen and that it hasn’t been used to commit a crime. They went so far as to tear my turn-out gear apart and dump my boots upside down. Forty-five minutes after I stubbed out my cigarette I was free to go. I got back in my car, my coffee was ice cold and I discovered that that was my last cigarette.
So something as simple as having the hiccups at the exact wrong time can cause quite the headache.



{July 30, 2013}   Thank You

Thank You

Being an EMT/firefighter myself I know that we don’t hear this nearly enough. Most people have no idea about the things we see and the challenges we face. But we do it because there’s nothing else we would rather do. Thankless job or not, we eat, sleep and breathe to help people.

 



{May 27, 2013}   My Friends Live in my TV

I’ve never been a big television viewer. However, I’ve gotten into a few. Thank God for DVR and on-demand. I remember the days when you had to plan your life around General Hospital’s schedule. Here are my favorite, must watch shows:

The reason I love this show is rather obvious...

The reason I love this show is rather obvious…

I’m a little bit saddened by the season finale this week. The show won’t be back until the fall 😦

Also obvious why I love this show...

Also obvious why I love this show…

I know that the show is over, but I still watch the episodes over and over again. I found a rumor online that they’re making a movie for The L Word. I wonder if it’s true? I hope so!

Medical drama's, some of the best TV ever.

Medical drama’s, some of the best TV ever.

Another show that has stressed me out because the season finale just aired last week.

More medical drama.

More medical drama.

It’s not just a medical drama like ER. It carries lessons and gives a peek into the political aspect of being a hospital doctor.

Women in uniform... kicking ass... need I say more?

Women in uniform… kicking ass… need I say more?

Police Women of Dallas, Cincinnati, Memphis, Orange County… you name it I love it.

I love cop shows. If I weren't a firefighter/EMT I'd be a police officer.

I love cop shows. If I weren’t a firefighter/EMT I’d be a police officer.

Like the original Cops, only faster chases, crazier drugs and better video quality. And who doesn’t love Inner Circle’s Bad Boys?

Chelsea Handler is both my idol and my fantasy. An outspoken, down-to-earth woman. I never miss an episode of Chelsea Lately!

Chelsea Handler is both my idol and my fantasy. An outspoken, down-to-earth woman. I never miss an episode of Chelsea Lately!

I actually had a dream the night before last that I flew out to California to stay at Chelsea Handler’s house. It was a totally innocent dream. There were several people out on a deck and we were seated at a big table having a nice cookout. It was a good dream. My dreams usually revolve around my job and are more like nightmares about bad car accidents and seriously psychotic people going off the handle.

My friends live in my TV. Sadly, the drama in these shows sometimes becomes very real and I find myself worrying about the characters while I’m dealing with reality. Don’t worry, though, ’cause I’m not crazy I’m just not-OK-in-the-head!

 

 

 

 

 

 



{April 15, 2013}   Of Mice And (Fire) Men

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I was at the Fire Station around 02:30 and thought, what the he’ll, I’ll wash the trucks. I went to fill a bucket with water and I found a little friend. (S)he is just a little baby. I took the little mouse outside and let him go at the side of the building… just as the police pulled up. How could I possibly look suspicious hanging out at the fire station at 02:30 in the morning, coming around the side of the building with a bucket in my hands? Believe it or not, she believed me. I had the picture to prove it, of course. I got the engines and the ambulance all cleaned, inside and out. Of course that means we’re bound to get a call for a fire in some mud hole.

I’m having my first eye exam in five years in three hours. I’m actually looking forward to it since I can no longer read road signs and can hardly see beyond the steering wheel at night.



Yesterday I got called out to an active chimney fire β€œacross from the Elementary School”. I have to pass the location to get to the station to get an engine, so as I went by I was scoping it out. There was lots of smoke, but no fire. The female officer ( πŸ™‚ ) flagged me down to tell me she couldn’t locate it, so I told her to keep looking, talk to me on the radio and I’d get a truck. I finally located it about a mile East of the school and there were flames coming out of that chimney that were about three feet high. Myself and a fellow firefighter quickly ascended the roof via a ladder, and dropped two chemical bombs and started punching a pike pole down the chimney. It was clogged solid. We were able to contain the fire, save the house and extinguish the remaining fire in the wood stove. After all was done the home owner admitted that he hadn’t gotten the chimney cleaned since it was erected… twelve years ago. He was very fortunate, and so were we. The side of my helmet got a little melted and the other firefighter who was on the roof with me melted the sleeve of his jacket.

You think chimney fire and you think piece of cake. And then you get one like we had yesterday and you realize that there is no such thing as routine in the fire/rescue service.

I thank God every day when our company returns home safely to their families. We’re blessed to be in a position to help people and doubly blessed when all goes well.



The Chief of Police sends you birthday wishes!

I had a great birthday Friday night. I got drunk and I played card and board games. I also got a new siren for my car and I can’t wait to play with the new noise maker!

I’m not feeling so hot today. I’ve got a stomach bug and have been having some intense stomach pains. Yucky.



{March 22, 2013}   Good Cop, Bad Cop

Tonight I went for a ride along with one of our Police Sergeants. It was rather uneventful. We pulled over seven cars for speeding but he doesn’t ticket people! He doesn’t even pull them over unless they’re doing 12+ mph over the limit. So I was trying to get him to stop people and ticket just ONE, but he wouldn’t do it. We had a call for a domestic dispute with shots fired but got there to find out that two little kids were beating on a plastic toy with a baseball bat. Not a lot of action, but I found out a lot about our residents and he invited me back to ride again. I will definitely take him up on it!

It was a good night. A very good night πŸ™‚



{March 19, 2013}   Cold Blanket

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These photos were taken from inside my front door. It’s twenty-two degrees out and we have eleven inches of snow, it’s still snowing and we’re expecting another five to eight inches throughout the night tonight. So far we’ve skated through with only one car accident this snow storm… but it’s not over yet. One thing that sucks is having to clean my car off every hour in case my pager goes off. I did get to work the car accident with the female police sergeant this morning though πŸ™‚



{March 18, 2013}   Bad Girl to Good Girl

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Wow, I’ve come a long way. In fact I’ve come from sitting in the back of a police cruiser a few years ago to riding shotgun with one of our finest. I just got off the phone with one of the Sergeants and he’s going to pick me up Friday night at 18:00 so I can ride around with him and possibly bust a few people. I’m so excited. I was going to ride with our female officer but she’s working week nights now and in our small town all of the exciting things happen on the weekend nights. So I happily accepted his offer for Friday. Maybe another time I can wiggle my way into her passenger seat.

It’s funny how some excitement can bring you loads of energy. Now what to do with it? Laundry? Paperwork? Boxing!



{March 16, 2013}   Out Of Control

It was a rough morning, but it could have been much worse I guess. We were denied a new fire truck and instead they gave us $50,000 of the $275,000 that’s required to make our current attack pumper safe. We’re not sure how that’s going to play out yet.

Since I returned home from the meeting around 14:30 I ate a Cheddar Wurst, then went grocery shopping, came home and ate a salad, then had some cherry-vanilla ice cream, then a lean pocket and I still want to eat. That’s very abnormal for me and I feel like a disgusting pig. My belly feels plenty full but I just want to eat and eat and eat…

To distract myself I’ve been doing some light boxing. Since my left hand is fractured (though I removed the cast) I’m power jabbing with my right and throwing easy punches with my left (with gloves now, haha). I’m also getting the kicks in πŸ™‚

Have I mentioned that I emailed our Chief of Police asking to do a ride along with one of our officers? He said they don’t usually do that but he will make an exception for me! To top it off he mentioned he may have me ride with our female Sergeant (my crush)!!! I’m very much looking forward to experiencing a day as a police officer.



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