Hello all! Today is Friday and here in Michigan it is bright and sunny. Usually I try to do a Friday at the Movies post but I’m thinking of switching it. I want to do something similar to what Twitter does on Friday and it is known as #FF. For those who don’t know what this is, Twitter uses a hashtag (#) in front of keywords like FF or Follow Friday. It’s used as a way to quickly find other posts that relate to #FF, for example, or anything else that has a hashtag and keyword. So every Friday people head to Twitter and type up something to the effect of,
“Hey everyone make sure to #FF @JabberLog”
People are able to find others to follow and connect with. This helps build a fan base and gain followers. So what I’m thinking is that I can do a Feature Friday on Jabber Log. If you are a blogger, a store owner, an artist, someone who is running a contest, a fundraiser, or anything that you would like some exposure on, you can do it on Jabber Log. I already have the Creative Corner where I feature stories, poems, etc. but this would be for everyone. Each Friday, Jabber Log will feature something new. Let’s see how far this can go. I’m always looking for new things to do and new people to feature. If you have any ideas let me know by commenting or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. When this starts you will be able to spread the word with Jabber Log’s new features and if you have Twitter you can use #FeatureFriday as the hashtag. It looks like some people already use it but let’s jump on it and get some people noticed! Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
2011 was a great year for me. So many things happened to my family and I this year that it’s hard to capture them all in one post. First off I have to mention a moment that changed my family. That change is sitting in her Bumbo chair drooling and smiling at me. That change is none other than my daughter Lola. On August 29th, 2011 my beautiful princess made her appearance. She’s officially 4 months now and since her birth so many things have happened. She’s growing fast and she looks more and more like her mother every day. She coos, giggles, and smiles all the time. I can’t help but be taken back whenever she flashes a smile at me. She’s funny in the little things that she does. My world has definitely changed and I’ll be the first to admit that I am wrapped around her little finger.
Before our bundle of joy was born, I took a supervisor position in dispatch. It has been great and I work with an excellent group of people. I also started Jabber Log around April 2011 and to date I have over 13,700 hits with 122 subscribers on WordPress. 37 Twitter followers and 101 Facebook fans follow up those numbers. I started Jabber Log as something small where I would share dispatch stories and news from around the world but it turned into something more. As I generated post after post I quickly fell into my first passion, writing. I have always loved writing but as I got into design and started school, my writing took a back seat.
With Jabber Log my passion returned. My blog turned into somewhat of a self-discovery. I have shared many stories with all of you. Some stories are ones that no one knew about. I opened the floodgates to the life experiences that made me who I am today. I don’t know a lot of people who would share so much with the public but I felt the need to let everything out. I find writing to be very therapeutic and Jabber Log has helped me express my feelings. I have held back stories involving my eldest son Richie in the past but with Jabber Log I have been able to get them out and share them. About two or three months ago I saw my son. It was bittersweet and although I wish I could have said something to him, I know that one day I will get the chance to tell him everything I have ever wanted to say to him. It may sound weird to share all this with total strangers but I see it as a tool to help someone else out there. Maybe someone else is dealing with something similar to what I have experienced. Reading my posts may be able to help that person.
Whatever the case may be, my blogging has become something more than expected and it has opened up some great opportunities. With Jabber Log, I have been given the chance to explore the world of cloth diapers, promote a talented artist, and design banners for the likes of Farmington High School Choir, and Jackie Green of WGRD, a local Rock Radio Station. I have also added extra writers to Jabber Log and we can only go up from here and into 2012. Thank you to my family, the Jabber Log writing team, my friends, the talented Maddie Larkin, Candis of EcoBuns, the always awesome Sheri Jaffurs, and the beautiful and outgoing Jackie Green for allowing me to express myself through them in order to promote and spread the word on everything they do. 2011 comes to end but 2012 holds so much more. New and grand opportunities are coming my way and although I cannot speak of them at this moment, I can at least say that they are superb and I will share it with everyone as soon as I can. Happy New Year and here’s to another excellent year!Post Views: 249
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
I’m sure everyone remembers their first car. Whether it was a piece of crap or something decent, the vehicle is remembered because it was our first and it got us from point A to point B. As for me my first car was a 1983 Z28 Camaro. Yep, you read that right, a 1983 Z28 Camaro. Now, my family didn’t have a lot of money but they bought this for me so that I would have something to drive. Oh yeah, did I mention I was 13 at the time? I know what you’re thinking, “This kid was spoiled”, but that wasn’t the case. The car was purchased from a relative and the car had been in an accident. One of the sides was smashed in and it needed some work so it wasn’t all that great but it was completely awesome to me. My parents told me that if I continued to get good grades that they would slowly fix it up for me. I hit the books and during that time I had big dreams for that car. I would wash it almost every day and I would blast the music in the driveway.
Once the car was fixed I would drive it around where I lived. It only took a year or so to fix it so I was not able to drive it to town or anything yet. Now, look back where I mentioned driving around where I lived and think about how long it took it fix it. Can you see me in the car driving around? If not I can paint a picture for you. Imagine a 14 year old and his younger sibling in a jet black Z28 Camaro with the T-Tops down driving on the property only. It makes me laugh when I think back on it. Nando, my brother, and I would get in and reverse and then pull forward over and over and over. We were the coolest…or at least we thought so. One time we brought our younger sisters with us down a back road behind our home and down toward some dunes that Michigan Fruit Canners owned. We thought we were so cool until the car turned off and I couldn’t get it to start. I remember we started freaking out because it was almost time for our parents to get out of work and all I could see was my father pulling into the driveway and seeing the car missing. Horns would sprout from his head and smoke would billow from his ears and nostrils. I kept turning it over and I started praying. When it finally turned over I hauled butt home. Thinking back on this incident I can only compare it to Ferris Bueller trying to race his family home. Once we arrived I put the car back where it was and we started to wash it because it got dirty. It was the perfect cover since I was always washing it and my parents were none the wiser…well until they read this. With everything that happened with this car, this was the beginning of the hijinks between myself and my Camaro.
I went through a lot during the time I drove my it and it was also taken away from me many times. The first that I can remember involves a speeding ticket. I had left work early because of a family emergency and a Saugatuck/Douglas officer pulled me over. I was going 45 in a 25 and I got a ticket. What’s funny about this is that I used to see and speak to this officer all the time when I worked at Lakeshore Convenience. He would come in to visit at night and he knew one of my co-workers so they would talk for a couple minutes before heading out. Then a year later he’s pulling me over and I had hoped that he was going to remember me and let me off with a warning but he struck me with a ticket. When I got home I had my ass handed to me. My car was taken away from me for almost a month. Later on I ended up working for Meijer. I had saved up enough money to buy myself an excellent sound system and I was throwing down Bass with the best of them. Sad thing is that my car was broken into and everything was stolen. I think it was Labor Day and I was going to give my friend Christina a ride home. When we got to the car we found the hatch shattered and everything was gone. No one saw it happen but they were out there long enough to unscrew every bracket I had. I was definitely crushed but thanks to them the insurance company paid for something I couldn’t afford on my own.
After my ticket it was more random moments that involved my car. It was taken away from me when I was caught for skipping class (see prev post), I was pulled over by three State troopers and hassled for fitting the description of a known drug dealer (see prev post), and I loved to race people. One race that pops into my head is a race between my friends, Christina, Angie, and I think Laura, and myself. We were headed straight for the church and we were both about to turn at 56th st (I think) just passed the railroad tracks at 118th avenue and there was a spot where a store used to be and I cut the corner to pass them up. It was a very stupid move because we could have collided but I squeaked by them and I won. It was a pretty good time but yeah…it could have gone a different way. Finally I remember a time when I was at a friends house and I crashed out there. I had lost track of time and I was awaken by a horrifying yell.
“Richie!! Get your ass out here!”
I remember the sweat building up on my body and I ran outside.
“Give me your keys.”
“Dad, I fell aslee…”
“Shut up and give me your keys!”
Imagine your worst nightmare in loud horrifying tones and words. That was my dad yelling at me that night.
“I told you not to be out late didn’t I?”
“I said, yes.”
He climbed into my car and peeled off. I was left to hear the first tongue lashing from my mom on the way home. It was bad and I lost my car privileges again. It went like that for years. I had some excellent times in that car and some that I can’t mention here but those who were there know how great they were. I really miss that car and I like to talk about my first speeding ticket at work since the officer who pulled me over is one that I speak to every day. When I brought this up to him he laughed and said he felt bad for writing me a ticket. It’s all good “TR”, we’re cool. In the end my car was stolen. It was stolen about a year ago by some drugged out meth head who I would gladly beat with his own arms but I’m not a violent person. I’m sure the suspect will simply burn their lips on a pipe that feeds their addiction. I’m content with that. I do wish I had that car though. I had planned on giving it to my first born but it’s gone. It makes me wonder what kind of hijinks my kids would have gotten into with my Camaro. Maybe it’s better that it’s gone. So what do you remember about your first car? Did you experience anything close to my stories?Post Views: 307
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good afternoon everyone this is Ricardo and I am back with another bonus episode of Within the Trenches. Whitney and I had planned on doing an episode yesterday but after she worked for 14 hours, babysat, went to the doctor and came back for another four hours of work, she decided she should probably go home and sleep since she had not slept at all the entire day. I don’t blame her a bit. I decided to go at it alone and in this episode I cover some good information on a class I took recently from PowerPhone called Protecting Law Enforcement Officers. It deals with scene safety, taking control of the call and much more. I also play a tape that is a bit more intense from previous ones. There are some big announcements in this episode so make sure to listen and share folks! As always you can email the show at email@example.com and if you would like to hear more tapes from the Dispatch Magazine On-Line library you can follow the link below. Cheers!
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- PowerPhone class
- Stay healthy
- Avoid 300 call syndrome
- Joe Horn Call
- Next weeks guest is KMK of Diary of a Mad Dispatcher
- New Within the Trenches Podcast Fan Page on Facebook