I was abused as a child, physically, not sexually. I would add mentally to that too, though whether that was the persons intention or just a side effect can be debated. I had a whole paragraph written as an intro and then deleted it, much as all the other posts that I’ve written in the past few months. Thrown away or never finished. Dreams turning into nightmares, frustration and fear, all rearing up more intensely than I’ve felt in years, all telling me that this would be my next post. Some of you won’t even read this, others will quit part way through leaving a small majority to finish. The motivations for this may be varied, from lack of interest to feelings too personal but regardless it doesn’t really matter. I write this for me less than for you and for the hope that some who have been in the places I’ve been or worse will be honest about the impact that this has had upon them and their families. I hope that they seek help before it’s too late, before it ruins relationships or costs them their life. [Read more...]
Tomorrow many of the sites that you visit will participate in a temporary blackout in protest of the SOPA/PIPA legislation that will be voted on by Congress. In case you haven’t paid attention, the long and the short of it comes down to the government and Hollywood trying to censor the internet. I have provided links to some sites that explain it better than I could.
This link could get me shut down and the creator could be jailed. (PS it’s a really good music performance.)
The justification for this legislation is weak at best. We all remember the “DVD’s are going to kill the movie industry” panic. Then it was MP3 players, then Netflix was going to kill the movie theater industry…this is just another panic attack from an industry that has had little to panic over in reality. Please fight this affront against your rights by clicking this link.
Shortly after my bout with a combination of strep throat and mononucleosis that left me out of the EMS and blogging realm for nearly 3 months, I was struck by another awful disease. Writers block. Fingers to keys I couldn’t figure out anything to post about, until tonight. Tonight I write about Bob, my all too frequent friend. The stunk up, stuck up, drugged out, drunk looking for a ride to help, who never seems to get out of his funk. This time I’m writing from Bob’s point of view, I think it’s an interesting take I’ve been meaning to explore and it should remind us that even if we think we know someone, we should always take a second to remember that we never truly know a person until we have walked in their shoes. [Read more...]
One of my favorite quotes goes as follows: “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the courage to surpass others at whatever cost, but the courage to serve others at whatever the cost.” -Arthur Ashe.
Be honest, when you see an aero medical response unit hovering just over head, does your heart skip a beat? Are you stirred to grab your cell phone to take a picture? Do you fantasize about landing ‘The Bird’ before you’ve even gotten on scene? Well it sure seems that way if you work in EMS. I often wonder if most of the Medvac activation’s are partially because the people on the scene wanted to see them one more time.
Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder charges. This may enrage you but I’ll be honest, it really doesn’t even stir my coffee. Now don’t get me wrong, Caylee’s death was sad and if Casey was responsible for it then she deserves to be punished…however, her acquittal does little to create a ‘where’s the justice’ bone in my body. Caylee will be forgotten soon enough, just like Jon Benét Ramsey or Natalee Holloway. Doomed to be brought up in a Trivial Pursuit game like Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of Jackass the movies, died in a car crash on the 20th of June. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the crash over many different topics but really if you break it down to the simplest level, it’s all about choices. The choices he made leading up to the wreck were his and his passengers alone, fortunately.