It is very very early but the AudioVillains are back with episode 24! Now, this was recorded a week ago but I have been slacking so I apologize. In this weeks episode we talk about my bout with food poisoning, the battle between Alex Jones and Piers Morgan and random movies that are coming out. We also talk about Bulletproof Coffee and a look back at dial-up Internet Services. As always you can email us by using the black button to the left or you can use the new official email for the entire JCast on Jabber Log at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Contributing to Jabber Log every day has been an excellent experience. I am finally able to let the creativity flow and share a little bit of myself with all of you. I really appreciate all the comments and everyone who has taken the time to read my entries. I am pretty close to 600 views and I am stoked about it! I have a lot more coming so stay tuned. Hopefully “Parents of Elementary Students” will take off and for those who have dug the stories in reference to my current career, there is more to come.
Thank you once again and the fun will continue. There will be more additions to the sections of News, The Creative Corner, Parents of Elementary Students (hopefully), a fan page and especially Within the Trenches. Have a good one folks, and cheers you cheeky mofo’s!Post Views: 277
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
I’m sure you have all watched the show, “What Would You Do?” on ABC right? If not, it’s a show where people are put in situations to see if they would help out or sit back and do nothing. For example, a couple is sitting in a park and the male half is yelling at his girlfriend. She is crying and pleading for him to stop but he continues. They are both actors and in on the experiment and as they argue, some people simply pass by ignoring what is going on. Others step up and try to defuse the situation. It’s fascinating to watch how people react to the situation and how they stare but do nothing. The only time they make a move is when a group gathers to take out the bad guy. So what would you do?
I’ve asked myself this many times. As a dispatcher I receive certain certifications for my job. One of them is CPR and I have always thought about having to use it out of work. It might sound odd but when I’m in a checkout lane I think about what I would do if someone choked in front of me or passed out and needed CPR? It’s plagued my mind for a while and several months back I had my chance. I didn’t have to perform CPR but it was enough to let me know what I would do in an emergency situation out of the workplace.
It was in the evening that my family and I had decided to call for some Chinese take out. My son and I were going to order, play outside, and then go pick up the food. For some odd reason I couldn’t get a signal on my phone. I walked throughout our entire home and nothing. It simply said, “No service”. I always had at least one bar but for some reason there was nothing. I told my son to come outside with me so that I could get signal on my phone and as we walked outside I heard someone yell, “Help!”
“Did you hear that Logan?”
“Yeah, but I don’t see anyone.”
I looked around a few times and couldn’t see anyone. I heard the yell again and I looked down across the street and saw an elderly female laying in the driveway of an adult foster care (AFC) home.
“Stay right here Logan!”
I left my son at the doorway of our home and ran across the street.
“Ma’am are you ok?”
“Oh dear, where did you come from?”
“I live right across the street.”
“Oh bless you.”
“How long have you been out here?”
“I don’t know…seems like a while now.”
She was laying face down in the driveway struggling to get up.
“Ma’am are you hurt anywhere?”
“No…my legs will be bruised though.”
She laughed the situation off and tried to get up. I know that when someone is hurt you are not supposed to move them unless they are in immediate danger but she was in the driveway so I had to move her.
“Ma’am, I’m going to try and help you up. Is that ok?”
“Oh yes, that’s fine.”
I pulled her up and looked toward the entrance of the AFC home. A nurse had spotted us but she was unable to get the doors open. I noticed that the elderly lady had a gash on her forehead and was bleeding. I got one of the cloths from her bag and put firm pressure on her wound. The nurse finally came out with a wheelchair and I was instantly annoyed with her.
“Oh, now what have you done to yourself?”
“Do you know how long she’s been out here,” I asked.
“Well no. I saw the both of you out here and I rushed out to help.”
“You were unable to get the doors open though, right?”
“Well…they’re locked at this time and…well I wasn’t sure how to get them opened.”
I was pissed! Who knows how long she had been out there and since it took me a little bit to even notice her in the driveway, someone could have easily run her over. I let go of my attitude for the sake of the elderly lady and I sat her in the wheelchair.
“Let me see your face…oh…you’re like my guardian angel. You came out of no where to help me.”
“I’m glad I was able to help. My name is Ricardo.”
A few more nurses came outside to see what had happened and I asked if anyone had called 911.
“Um…no we haven’t. She should be fine though.”
I stared at them for a moment in disbelief. I mentioned where I worked and that I was going to call and they agreed that I should call. Funny how the tune changed so quickly huh? The first responders and EMS showed up fast, as well as an officer and it felt good that I was able to help. What made it even better was when I turned around to see if my son was still at the doorway. He and my wife both smiled at me. It was followed up by a nod of acknowledgement and a thumbs up from my son. I had found out that the lady had gone grocery shopping and parked on the opposite side of the building. She had been told that the doors would be locked and that she would have to walk to the other side to get in. She did this, but the weight of the bags were too much for her and she fell. What’s worse is that the doors she was headed to were locked. They mixed up the doors on her. It was a simple mistake but it could have been much worse.
In the end, I finally got my chance. I was put in a situation, out of the workplace, where I had to make a decision on whether or not to help or sit back and let someone else do something about it. There was no time to think just act, and act I did. After that incident she was to be moved to her families home. I’m not sure where that is but if you’re out there Wilma, I hope you’re doing great. God bless you…Post Views: 297
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
For the past few weeks it has snowed consistently in West Michigan. Well…that’s not entirely true. It snowed to the point that I thought Old Man Winter had finally awaken. Then, the other night, there was a thunderstorm! Yeah, you read that right. In the middle of January there was a thunderstorm complete with lightening. Only in Michigan would weather like this take place. I have been holding off on writing this post until we were right smack in the middle of winter but now the snow is gone. But since the snow will probably be back within the next couple days I am going to spread the word on how to survive a West Michigan winter.
It’s actually pretty easy. Now, I have always heard that it’s better to learn from the mistakes of others so that you don’t make the same ones. Well, in this post you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes and the mishaps of others. First off, if you’re from Michigan or you have been here for a few winters then you should know better right? Yeah…this is far from true. As a 911 dispatcher I can tell you that people forget how to drive when winter comes around. I understand that the road is slick and sometimes the snow just pulls you in a different direction but most of the time this happens to those who are driving fast. I mean, come on! You’re driving on ice and snow you should be driving slowly! All right, all right, I’ll stop my parental rant.
1. Hey I have four-wheel drive!
So there’s a possibility that you may drive a truck, jeep, or anything with four-wheel drive. This is great during the winter but things are not always as they seem. I have a small 4-door sedan and there have been many times where I’ve gone home from work, driving slow and someone in an SUV or truck has passed me up. As I continue my tortoise drive home I eventually catch up to the vehicle that passed me. Can you guess where they were when I caught up to them? Yep, you guessed it; they ended up in a ditch. It sucks but it’s true. As a 911 dispatcher I take a lot of calls like this and the majority of the vehicles that go off into a ditch are vehicles that have four-wheel drive. So the tip here is; make sure to drive slowly during the winter even if you have a vehicle that has four-wheel drive. It’ll save your life, your vehicle, the other people on the road, and your wallet from wrecker costs.
2. “Don’t worry I got this. I’m going to make a sharp turn and we’ll slide right in.”
When making a turn on an icy road it’s always good to 1, come to a complete stop, 2, ease off the gas while turning and 3, have complete control of the car. With that said I can safely say that I now abide by these rules. Did you catch that? I NOW abide by these rules. Several winters ago I was coming home from work with my friend Vinnie. His driveway was halfway down a hill and on this particular morning it was pretty icy. I slightly tapped the brake and we began to slide down the hill.
“What are you doing Rich?”
“I’m going to make a sharp turn.”
“Don’t worry I got this. I’m going to make a sharp turn and we’ll slide right in.”
Vinnie braced himself and I spun the wheel. We fishtailed and we slammed right into his neighbor’s mailbox. I had no damage and luckily a snow bank covered most of the mailbox. We quickly reversed and when I put it in drive and slammed the gas the tires began to spin. A car was coming towards us and we freaked.
“Holy sh*t bro! Hurry!”
“I’m trying man, I’m trying!”
My tires finally caught traction and we made it into his driveway before getting hit by the other car. I’m sure I sharted during that moment of panic but in the end I learned my lesson.
3. Go back to Florida jerk!
During the winter I mentioned above my wife and I were driving around with our Florida plates. One night I was driving home from work on the highway. It had been snowing all day and when night came it began to sleet. I was driving home around midnight and I figured I would be gold because really, how many people were going to be on the road with me? Well, there happened to be a truck driving fast and passing by me. I was white-knuckling the steering wheel and I turned my head with enough time to hear,
“Hey! Go back to Florida jerk!”
All I could think was,
“What? I’m from Michigan man…I’m from Michigan…”
Yeah…I cried a little on the inside but slow and steady wins the race. As I got closer to my exit I passed a truck that had spun out into the median. Now, I don’t know if it was the same truck but it wouldn’t surprise me.
4. You’ve been…Thunderstruck!
When driving, one should always pay close attention on the road and the driving of others. This is especially true when at a four way stop. Many years ago I was on my way home from dropping my fiancé off at work. We lived in a trailer park in West Olive and as I pulled up to a four way stop within the park I noticed a minivan coming down the hill. I was enjoying the sounds of AC/DC and as I made my turn I noticed the minivan was coming fast. I sped up a little and right as Brian Johnson belted out,
The minivan slammed right into the side of my Neon. I was immediately pissed and as I sat there biting my lip, the other driver ran out and screamed at me.
“Mijo, Mijo, are you ok!?”
“Mijo”, I thought. “I’m not your Mijo.”
Mijo is Spanish for son or my little boy or something to that effect. I didn’t actually tell her that I wasn’t her Mijo but I wanted to. The whole side of my car was destroyed. We exchanged information and we went on our way.
5. DO NOT TAKE 58th STREET!
If you happen to be visiting the Fennville area of West Michigan during the winter you want to stay clear of 58th street. This road is horrible and notorious for icy conditions, high snowdrifts, and accidents. It’s mainly because of the open area on either side of the road. The high winds blow the snow over and at times you can’t even see the road. Many vehicles have fallen victim of this relentless road but still people try their luck driving on it. If you’ve never driven on it then stay away.
There you have it folks. With this information you too can survive a West Michigan winter. Learn from my mistakes and the mishaps of others. If you drive something with four-wheel drive it doesn’t mean you can haul ass in the snow. If you’re making a turn, make sure you do it right by not making a sharp turn. If you happen to be out of state and driving in the snow just drive slowly and don’t listen to the hecklers. We Michiganders are happy people but some make us look bad. Make sure to watch everything that is going on when you’re driving in the snow. If you’re at a four way stop and another car is coming down a hill, watch it for a moment. It may just slide through and hit you if you’re not paying attention. If you’re listening to AC/DC it will most likely happen during Thunderstruck. Finally, if you’re visiting the Fennville area during wintertime, please stay off 58th street. You’ve been warned and if you’re from Fennville, you know better! Have a good one and drive safe!Post Views: 333