Hello folks! I hope you are all having a great day so far. I have been doing excellent myself and what makes it even better is the warm weather. Well…as of right now it’s raining but the weather has been great. I have had the chance to grill a few times and if you know me, you know that I love to grill! With that said, I have decided to share a quick recipe with you. Now before I share it I have to say that the video that comes with this is somewhat choppy. I’m not sure why it’s this way but if you remember Max Headroom from either HBO or Cinemax then you’ll get the picture.
The video was hidden within my YouTube library. It’s a demo speech presentation that I had to record for my Oral Communications class about 4 or 5 years ago. I sound like a fool and overall it’s informative but funny so at least I’ll be able to make you laugh. I hope you enjoy the Infused Beer Brats as much as I do and happy grilling. Cheers!
Infused Beer Brats –
2 bottles of your favorite beer (I use Honey Brown)
Package of Brats (I use Johnsonville)
Half Onion (sliced)
Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, bring to boil, and then cover and simmer for 20mins at low heat. After the 20mins, add brats to an already heated grill and cook to your liking. Enjoy!
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Yesterday I had a conversation with my co-workers that made me think about the school dances I went to in middle school. We talked about the music that was played and if we had a date or not. As they spoke I flashed back to my ’92 – ’93 6th grade year. This was the year that I discovered what some people, mostly my 6th grade teachers, call puppy love. It was also the year that my parents got on my case because of said puppy love. Throughout the beginning of the year I developed a crush on a girl named Meredith. She was cute, with a great smile, and her laugh was contagious. We had different homerooms but I definitely noticed her around. Word spread that I liked her and eventually we became boyfriend and girlfriend. It didn’t happen with the ever popular note that read,
“Do you like me? Circle yes or no.”
Nope, I actually walked up to her and asked,
“Will you go out with me?”
It’s funny how that question comes up. I mean, when you ask it, one would think they’re being asked to go somewhere but we all know what it really means. I remember asking my mom about this the day before I did it and her response was,
“Ask her if she will go steady.”
“Go steady”, I thought. What is this, 1952? I know it meant the same thing but at that time it felt wrong to use this in a sentence. So I went with asking her out. She said yes and I was on cloud 9. Things were great between us. We called each other and wrote notes and my parents, as well as her mom, thought it was a little much. We didn’t care though. What drove them nuts the most was that the teachers had labeled us as the Puppy Love couple. My dad was a little pissed and thought I should pay more attention to my school work but once again, I didn’t care. Finally the day came when we would attend our first dance together. I can’t remember what the occasion was but I remember dressing up and I was nervous. We had barely held hands and even then I would begin to sweat and become nervous or get the shakes. I remember she hung around my cousin Amanda for most of the night. I hung around with my friend Mike and every now and then we would catch each others eye and smile. For whatever reason we remained separate until the final dance of the night. You would think we would have wanted to hang out together the whole time but we didn’t. We chose to dance the last song and it turned out to be Whitney Houston’s, “I Will Always Love You”. You remember Whitney Houston right? Before she thought crack was whack and cheap? Well anyway, I was flustered, nervous, and it didn’t help that the teachers were walking around and watching everyone to make sure there was an arms length between us. In the end the night turned out great. We continued dating up until our sophomore year of high school and we attended many school functions. The school dances were the best though.
From what I have said about myself, what do you remember about your school years? Do you remember your first love? What song do you remember most from the first school dance you attended? What about school activities? I remember doing something with Carnations at school. I think it was in high school and possibly during Valentine’s Day. The charge was a buck and they were delivered during class or you could buy them during lunch and give them to your Valentine. I believe that’s how it worked. It was fun either way and I think we even did a Match Maker form where we would fill out a survey and compare the answers with others in the school. The charge was a dollar and at the end of the day or even week, a printout would be given back with the results of, best match – worst match. Just something fun for us to participate in and an easy way to make a buck for the school.
So what about your school dance? Do you remember anything about them? Was there a moment that stands out above the rest? I remember showing up to dances and seeing the majority of the guys on one side and the girls on the other. Some people were shy and wouldn’t go out on the dance floor unless dragged out but once “YMCA”, which was always a favorite, came on the floor was packed. As I got older the separation of guys and girls turned from gender to simply groups. People were split into labels unless you floated between all of them. Out of everything that would change there were a few things that remained. There were still the awkward steps of those who did not know how to dance, the nerves and drenching sweats that came from dancing with the you liked for the first time, and the break-ups that followed some dances. So here’s your chance folks. Tell me what you remember about your school dances or young loves. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and share some stories. To get you in the mood check out the video below. Nothing beats this original! Cheers!Post Views: 423
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
Welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. A lot has happened in the past week. On August 24th 2016 I started the #IAM911 movement, which is an effort to assist in the reclassification of Public Safety Telecommunicators (PSTs) from “clerical” to “protective.” Both APCO International and NENA are pushing to get this passed. Public comments are open until September 20th 2016 (In the episode I mention the 16th and at the end the 20th. The 20th is the right day.)
The part of the public comments that interested me was the request for stories to show how we differ from commercial dispatchers and clerical workers. I felt that it was necessary to share stories as proof that PSTs are completely different. I shared a few stories and asked for others to share and the movement exploded. It has gone global and dispatchers everywhere are joining the movement to assist the reclassification push as well as bring to light what PSTs go through on a daily basis.
This episode has much more so please check it out and share! As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to email@example.com. Also remember to check out APCO International and NENA below to see where you can submit your public comments. If you want to join the #IAM911 movement you may do so by sharing a story by meme, text or video, remember to use #IAM911 at the end and submit it to Within the Trenches on Facebook or Twitter.
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By Ricardo — 2 years ago
In this episode we follow Lisa through every rank in dispatch she held up and to the point that she left to become an instructor. Both Lisa and Ty share 9-1-1 stories from their career and let us in on what’s new at NENA and their upcoming annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about the IAED and NENA follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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