Good evening folks! Within the Trenches is back with episode 4 and boy have we picked up some steam since the beginning. This week I had the chance to sit down with Barry County, an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (PSAP) & AeroMedical Service Controller from Dublin, Ireland. Yes, you read that right. Barry had some excellent stories that I’m sure you will enjoy and we talked about how I was confused in the beginning with his name. I originally received a message from him on his interest in the show and being a guest. I thought he was…well I’ll save it for you to hear because it’s quite funny and I don’t want to ruin it. We touched on how social media has put major incidents in the hands of the media in seconds due to everyone having a smartphone and how the agency he works at is working on something to stop people from listening to their radio channels.
This episode is a must listen and if you didn’t already know, we have partnered up with Threadsy for a t-shirt giveaway. Check out our site for details or head over to our Facebook page. A big thanks goes out to Mark Fletcher of Avaya/E911 Talk Podcast and Spyder Harrison of SiriusXM Hits 1 for doing the intro and outro of the show. I appreciate it more than you know and as always you can email me your suggestions or if you want to be on the show at email@example.com.
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Hello fellow Jabber Loggers! Today is an excellent day! Not only are we getting closer to Christmas but I get to spend it with my family on both days for the first time. I also just saw the trailer for the next blockbuster movie coming December 14th 2012. The movie comes from the makers of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and I can’t say how excited I am for the release of The Hobbit! If you are unaware of what The Hobbit is then you need to hit your local library and check out the book and read it. If you don’t like to read then go to Netflix or your local and possibly outdated video store and rent The Hobbit. It is a cartoon but if you like fantasy you’ll dig it. Even if you don’t it’s rather interesting. The story has gone from print, to video, and in 2012 it will come to the big screen.
I was first introduced to The Hobbit when I was a kid. My parents had gone to Mr. Music’s, our local video store, and rented it along with Pete’s Dragon. I remember watching Pete’s Dragon and thinking it was cool but when The Hobbit started I was glued to the TV in amazement. The talk of adventures with dwarf’s, hobbits, wizards, elves, and dragons appealed to me more than the fun loving relationship between a boy and his dragon from the previous movie. I probably watched it several more times before taking the movie back but since then I have been a fan. I’ve passed on my love for J.R.R. Tolkien, the author, down to my siblings and my son. We are all big fans and when the trilogy for The Lord of the Rings came out we were more than excited. My siblings and I went to watch the first installment of the trilogy and this is going to sound lame but watching it come to life was awesome! I remember slugging one of my siblings on the arm and saying,
“Look! Bilbo’s house is real!”
I know, I know…very dorky and lame but I don’t care! Think about your love for Harry Potter or the Hunger Games and that’s the equivalent of my excitement for this. The movies were epic and now that The Hobbit is coming next year my excitement is unbearable. In this series we will get to see how Bilbo took possession of “The Ring” that is the focus of The Lord of the Rings series. It’ll be good stuff but if the Mayan calendar is right and the world ends December 21st 2012, I will be happy with this being my last movie….wait! Actually no, I’ll be pissed off because I believe this will be only the first of three parts. Crap! Well, I’m sure it’s a fluke but if not I suppose I can do without the other installments…yeah…I suppose. For now though, make sure to read The Hobbit or go out and rent the video in order to refresh yourself with the story and below I have included the official trailer. Happy reading, viewing, and cheers to this upcoming epic tale!Post Views: 391
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
I have been scared of a lot of things in life. A lot of it is every day stuff but big bodies of water are not my friend, I don’t like clowns (like Pennywise), and up until a few years ago, I had a fear of flying. I had never flown before so what was there to be afraid of? It’s not like I had a bad experience flying or anything, I was just plain scared. Maybe I can attribute this fear to movies I have seen in my past. La Bamba is a good one, where the main character has nightmares of his best friend dying from plane debris falling on him. In the end the character named, “Ritchie” dies in a plane crash so I’m sure that’s one of the movies that did it for me. Another one would be “Alive”. I love the movie but I wouldn’t want to crash in the mountains and eventually have to resort to eating the other passengers. Well…if it came down to it, I would take out the elderly first since they would more than likely hold us younger folk back. So…yeah, I have a fear of flying. Well, had a fear of flying.
A few years ago my cousin decided to get married in Las Vegas and my mom had asked if I wanted to go. I told her yes, not thinking it was going to happen, and about a week after the initial question she called me up to tell me my ticket had been purchased. I was stoked because I had never been to Vegas before and I was sure we were going to have an excellent time. After jumping around like a fool in excitement of the good news I was slapped in the face by a jerk named Reality. I’ve never flown before. I was freaking out and it had been on my mind for a month and up until the time for me to fly out. My dad drove me to Chicago so that I could fly out of Midway. I had the jitters and he told me I’d be fine. I figured I would but I happened to be flying on the week of 9/11 so I was slightly scared. Ok, I was “piss my pants” scared.
I went in and did everything I needed to do like check in, pray, pop in a stick of gum to avoid from my ears popping, pray, and take a couple of Dramamine. Did I say pray? Oh I did? Ok well let’s move on. I made my way to the gate and the waiting area was packed with people. I was uncomfortable as it was and now I was in a crowded place. I’m not claustrophobic but at that time I felt it a little. What was worse was that the events of 9/11 played on CNN on the monitors around the area I was sitting in. Needless to say I was freaked out even more. Well, it was finally time to get on the plane. It seemed like forever to board and once boarded it seemed like forever before we took off. When we started moving my blood was pumping and I held my breath. The sweat began to build up and I sunk into my chair and white knuckled the arm rests. As we lifted off I went through every prayer I could think of. Finally the pilot said we could unfasten our seat belts and move around. The stewardess’ walked around asking about snacks and drinks and I ordered a double Jack and Coke.
About halfway to Vegas we hit a storm and it was bad. The turbulence was nuts and I was freaking out. It was just my luck that at this point in the flight my bodily functions decided to make themselves known. We were told we could not get up but I was struggling to hold it in. I had to pee like you wouldn’t believe and I wanted to cry. I crossed my legs and began to pray again. My dumb ass chugged the rest of my Jack and Coke to sooth my pain but the whole reason for my pain was because of fluids in the first place. The turbulence continued and and I had to grit my teeth. I turned back to look at the bathroom and the stewardess smiled at me.
“Ma’am I really need to use the restroom.”
“I’m sorry sir but I can’t give you permission to use the bathroom.”
Did you catch the message there?
“Err…look I really can’t hold it anymore.”
I turned back around and she snickered away. The plane seemed to drop slightly and everyone jumped out of their seats. I swear I sprung a leak once that happened but a light bulb exploded in my brain and I turned back to speak to the stewardess.
“You said you couldn’t give me permission right?”
“Right, I can’t give you permission.”
I jumped up and all you could see was the smoke from my feet as I ran to the bathroom. When I finished up I came out of the bathroom with a Mentos smile and I was ready to take on the world…or at least the rest of the flight. When we finally arrived I was relieved to be on the ground but it’s really the only way to travel. It was well worth the near explosion of my bladder and I was able to conquer my fear. The next time I fly I will make sure to leave the drinks alone for fear that I might just succeed in peeing my pants.Post Views: 458
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Good afternoon people! I hope you are having an excellent Saturday. The AudioVillains are back again for another round of humor, nerd talk, and stories from our past. This week we welcome back Mike who told us how beautiful Silver Lake was while at his brother’s wedding and the great food they had. We also visit a previous topic involving a creepy d-bag at a fastfood drive-thru window to get Mikes take on it. Finally we chat it up about tattoo and piercing mishaps and Eddie happens to mute himself for almost three minutes. Enjoy folks and we realize he was on mute at 40:54. It’s pretty funny stuff! For episode 10 we want to try and record live from a bar or something to that effect. If you have any suggestions on a place around West Michigan, let us know. As always you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the black button on the left side. Have a good one and listen and share!Post Views: 360