Good afternoon folks! I hope everyone is having a great day. This week on Within the Trenches I sat down with Trista of Allegan County Central Dispatch to tell her story. We talked about how she got into the profession of emergency services as well as how callers can screw up her name. We touched on the many questions we ask and how the night shift of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. can bring horror over the radio. “SHOTS FIRED” is something we never want to hear yelled over the radio but it comes with the job. We describe two incidents that occurred and how we felt during those calls. This is a must listen and make sure to comment. For up to date information on new episodes and more from Within the Trenches, please ‘Like’ Jabber Log on Facebook. You can also subscribe to the show on iTunes or stream it 24/7 on Stitcher. As always if you have any questions or if you would like to be on the show, you can email me at email@example.com. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
As my boy gets older he seems to have a lot more questions for his mom and I. He understands almost all of our answers and explanations and is too smart for his own good. His sense of humor mirrors mine and he cracks me up with some of the stuff he says. His curiosity runs wild and his questions throw me off every now and then. He’s seven and speaks and thinks older than he is. It’s funny how kids grow so fast and how their thought process works, especially if they are under the impression of something and find out that they were wrong and the truth can be shocking yet hilarious.
A week or so ago I was doing some homework and my wife turns her laptop around to show me her pregnancy progress chart from a web site that she visits. It shows how many weeks she has left and images of what the baby looks like inside her. She checks it every Thursday and today she officially has 9 weeks left. So while she was showing me the image of the baby inside her our son leaves the dinner table and takes a glance at the picture.
“Is that the you mom?”
“Well, it’s not actually me but that is what the baby looks like inside me.”
“So…that’s supposed to be your stomach right?”
I could tell he was slightly confused yet very curious. You could actually see the wheels turning until the next question popped into his head.
“So where does the baby come out of?”
I froze. My eyes popped out and my wife looked over at me with a large question mark over her head. I shrugged my shoulders and told her to go ahead.
“Well, babies sometimes come from their moms stomach but girls actually have a special area where they come out of.”
He was confused and it was written all over his face. I figured he would simply walk away but he didn’t.
“Ok…so…where do they come out then?”
My wife took a deep breath and said, “From their private area”.
My boys reaction was priceless. His confusion turned to shock and he blurted out,
“WHAT!? THEY COME OUT OF THE WIENER?”
My wife and I busted out laughing and I was crying from his response. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. All I could picture was a split hotdog after having it in the microwave for a long time. I looked up to see an angry yet confused look on my sons face.
“I don’t know what’s funny or why you’re laughing,” my son replied.
We tried to stop laughing the best we could and my wife told him that girls have different body parts. He almost seemed relieved and then,
“So what is it called?”
I jumped at the chance to speak and responded with, “Um…you’ll find out when you’re older buddy. Also, you probably shouldn’t talk about this with your friends or other adults. Some people might frown upon it.”
He was visibly annoyed with my response and walked off.
“So I guess you’re not going to tell me right? I have to wait until later? Ok…” He walked back to the dinner table and started eating again.
“You know, this is some good pizza.”
I couldn’t help but laugh at his entire reaction and response. He mentioned his pizza like it was more important than what we were talking about and that it didn’t matter if he knew what it was called or not. Kids are so funny and their thought process is amazing! So how do you handle it? Have any of you experienced something similar to this? Leaves comments and stories if you can because stuff like this is funny and we as parents all learn from experience. I feel we handled it pretty well but as he gets older the questions and understanding will be more complex. Lord help us!Post Views: 425
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
In honor of Father’s Day I would like to take this time to talk about my father who is pictured on the left. Yes, on the left, the one with the bright white “Don King” hair. Although we’ve had our share of quarrels I thank you for everything you have done for me. You were very strict and hard on me but I thank you because I was able to develop a work ethic like no other. My sense of music is mostly because of you. Every trip we took to Texas when I was growing up I remember everyone crashed out late at night in the van while you and I were up front listening to Oldies and Classic Rock. I listen to the same with Logan and he loves it. Your thirst to compete has been embedded within me. It can be a curse at times but I’m a badass for it.
I remember a lot of times that you would have flashed your patented LOD and tore me a new one. A few times that come to mind are when you caught me smoking for the first time. I was about 16 or 17 and I really didn’t know what I was doing but you threatened me with smoking an entire carton if I thought I was man enough and I never smoked again…well until I was old enough which was still stupid of me because my dumbass has asthma. Thanks for trying to show me the way back then and I have since learned my lesson. I also remember my first beer. You had just left to work and I was curious as to what you were drinking so I snatched one. I cracked it open and the suds ran out and onto the steps of the basement. I took a sip and damn that Old Milwaukee tasted like ass! I about vomited and I hated it. Why would anyone drink this? I’m sure you knew I snatched one but you didn’t say anything. Years later we shared our first beer together and it reminded me of the scene from “Vacation” where Chevy Chase shares his beer with his son. I felt badass old man. Thank you for always treating me like an adult and being tough on me. Despite the hard ass in you there is a fun fool that comes out every now and then. This is why I used the picture of Tio Fernando, Tio Joe, and yourself. The sense of humor here is what I dig the most. It’s not always out in the open but when it emerges it’s contagious. Thank you once again for being you. Thank you for being my father.Post Views: 391
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Good morning and welcome to episode 78 of Within the Trenches. It has been a while since episode 77 but I am back with a long list of guests. In my last episode I revisited some of my personal dispatch stories. If you haven’t listened to it you need to check it out. I will be recording more of my personal stories soon. I also mentioned that the new Indiana NENA website was up and registration is open for the 2015 conference so make sure to sign up. The website address is innena.org. Check them out, register and look for the show on their site. All the episodes recorded from last year’s conference are located there.
With that said today’s episode is going to be a good one. My guest today is Joanne, a dispatcher with the New Hampshire State Police and one of the admins for 911 Operator’s Peer Support Page on Facebook.
As always, if you would like to be a guest on the show or if you have any questions, email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org
911 Operator’s Peer Support Page – Facebook
Indiana Chapter of NENA – Web
INNENA Within the Trenches Page – Web
Episode topics –
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- How Joanne started in 911
- Inspiration for 911 Operator’s Peer Support Page on Facebook
- Calls that stick with you
- And more…