I have experienced a lot in my life and being a 9-1-1 supervisor has allowed me to learn more about emergency services and those who work in the field. Today I got the chance to interview Joel Thompson, a Plainwell EMS paramedic. The audio story, which can be heard by following the link below, sheds light on what makes him tick, his educational background and what he enjoys most about his job. A big thanks goes out to Thompson, Plainwell EMS, and Allegan County Central Dispatch for assisting in this project.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
A good sense of humor is a quality that I look for in people. My sense of humor has always been outrageous and if you have been keeping up with my posts then you know first hand how true this is. I try to see the humor in everything really, but where did this come from? Has it been passed down through generations of family or was it a few specific family members that led the way? I think my entire family has a good sense of humor but there were a few people that really stood out. They helped mold my humor into what it is today. The two people I want to talk about are my Abuela (grandmother) Jimenez and my Tia (aunt) Paula. Both of these beautiful and humorous women made my family and I laugh constantly. It didn’t matter what was going on, they could turn it into a laugh fest. They were full of life and looked beyond the drama. This is what I loved about them.
My granny lived with my family and I from the time I was born and up until I graduated high school. There were little things she used to do that was hilarious and I think she got a kick out of our reactions. For example, my parents would head out for a church meeting and sometimes they wouldn’t return until 9 or 10pm. She knew that my parents wanted us in bed early but she would let us stay awake anyway. As soon as she heard them pull in she would yell at us to run and get into bed. I remember being startled many times and I would push my siblings out of the way so that I could get into bed first. As we ran to safety I could hear granny laughing her butt off at the sight of our panic. There were times where we would be raising hell and she would warn us a few times before saying something to the effect of, “It’s out of my hands” but in spanish. She was funny like that. If we learned a lesson the hard way she would make sure to remind us how we got to that point. On top of that, she really knew how to scare the little kids and I think she enjoyed doing it. Back when we were growing up my granny would buy a pig head in order to make tamales. I remember coming home from school one day and my sibling and cousins who accompanied us were griping about something. My granny must have had a hard day because she immediately told the younger kids that if they didn’t stop arguing that the “Pig Head” was going to get them in their sleep. I knew better and chuckled but the younger kids got quiet. After a bit they started up again and granny brought them into the kitchen and opened up the fridge to reveal a large pig head. They would scream and I think one of them even cried and granny had to hold back from laughing. I remember her yelling for them to behave. I would tell her that she was wrong and she would shrug her shoulders and continue making tortillas.
It’s hard to think of everything she did because there was so much. I also remember when I lived with my family in Florida and she would joke about hitting me. Now, at this time my granny was in her early 80’s. She would be in the kitchen making tortillas and I would walk in and jab her side. She would immediately throw up her rolling pin in defense and tell me that she would hit me if I did it again. I would laugh it off like a little kid and I would do it again. She gave me one final warning and on the third jab I got slapped in the arm and face with a towel that she picked up without me noticing. She would laugh and laugh and tell me that I deserved it and I did but it was so much fun to heckle her because she fought right back. She didn’t take crap from anyone. Another person who had a take no crap attitude while keeping her sense of humor was my Tia Paula. This women cracked me up like you wouldn’t believe. I mean, she used to call me huesos which is spanish for bones because I was so skinny when I was a kid. How could someone not laugh at that? She also called me “Caldo” which is a soup that has little meat, some veggies, and a bone for flavor. The dig on me referenced the fact that I was full of water combined with a little meat and bones like Caldo. She used to scare my younger cousins with the pig head like granny but she also used something that creeps me out even now. She used the ever popular Pennywise The Clown from Stephen King’s IT. I’m sure my cousins remember that clown and my Tia never called him by his name, she simply called him a payaso, which is clown in spanish.
“If you don’t settle down, the payaso is going to get you! You want me to put it on so you can see him?”
She used to yell that to the little kids when they were naughty. It was funny to hear her do this because you could tell that she wanted to laugh once the kids got scared. Now I know It seems harsh and cruel but it worked. It’s pretty funny when I look back at it now. My granny and Tia Paula would tell it like it is because there was no room for beating around the bush. If we were going to get hurt by doing something we were not supposed to they would tell us and with detail. It really made us think about what the consequences would be if we continued to jump around and act up. I do this now and it’s funny to see the reaction on my sons face. I don’t use the pig head or the payaso but I use detail to let his little mind imagine how bad the consequences can be if he doesn’t listen and behave. This is done with humor and I can thank my granny and Tia for it. Sadly, they have passed on but it’s their humor that sticks with my family and I. My Tia’s all have a piece of my granny with them and I see her humor come out in them at times. It’s something I love to witness because I can seem my granny in them. My Tia Paula has three children who are older than me but they all took care of me at one time or another because I was always with them. My Tia loved and spoiled me. I like to think of my relation to my cousins as the little brother they never wanted. I say this as a joke but seriously, they probably saw more of me than they wanted to back then. I try to visit them as much as I can because their humor is exactly like my Tia’s. The humor is crass, outrageous, and off the wall, just like my Tia. It’s why I love to be in their presence and I see her in all three of them. Thank you Abuela Jimenez and Tia Paula for always being you. Thank you for molding my personality and my sense of humor. You taught me that no matter how bad a situation can be, there is always a way to keep a smile on my face. Although I want to cry as I think about the both of you, I will do what you taught me. I will simply laugh…Post Views: 101
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good evening folks and welcome to another edition of Tech Thursday on Jabber Log! I know it’s late and I have about 45 minutes before it’s Friday but I wanted to get this in either way. I had planned on typing up a rather detailed post on this week’s topic but I thought I would save it for episode two of the JCast that will be recorded tomorrow evening. The topic is going to be based on how connected we are to the Internet and our smartphones. Now don’t get me wrong here. I am in no way saying that people shouldn’t be connected because that would make me a hypocrite. I am one of the most connected people out there but the information I found is very interesting and it all makes sense. It just amazes me and for right now I am going to provide an infographic, courtesy of Infographipedia.com. It shows some stats on what people do when they first wake up in reference to their phone and even what they do while on the toilet.
When I read over the infographic I had to laugh because a lot of what’s mentioned are things I do with my phone. Another part of the conversation will deal with an article I read in Newsweek. It also revolves around the topic of being connected and how it almost destroyed a man named Jason Russell. Do you remember who he is? I’m sure you remember the YouTube video that went viral back in March concerning “Kony 2012” but if you don’t, this video was a Web documentary about the African warlord Joseph Kony, according to Newsweek. It blew up over YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets and turned Russell into an overnight Internet star. The result is hard to believe but it can happen. I’d go further but in order to find out exactly what happened you’ll have to stay tuned for episode two of the JCast. I’m sure you can do your own research on it but then you wouldn’t get the same discussion and insight that you would if you tuned in to our podcast. I hope everyone has a great night and keep listening and reading! We have a lot more to come and we are already building a fan base so keep it coming and spread the word!Post Views: 101
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Greetings and Happy New Year folks! 2012 is finally here and for the first post of the new year, I’d like to share a video of FAILS from 2011. The video comes from TwisterNederland’s YouTube channel and I must warn you that this video is not for children. I figure the best way to better ourselves is to learn by the mistakes of others. 2012 will be an excellent year if you can avoid the FAILS that made 2011. I for one will learn from these mistakes and once again, a warning that this video is not for children. There is nothing explicit or extremely vulgar in it but if you want to avoid a bunch of questions from your kids then don’t let them watch this with you. Here’s to an excellent 2012 and avoid FAIL moments as much as possible. Cheers!
For more funny FAIL moments, visit www.twisternederland.comPost Views: 117