Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of humor and debauchery with The AudioVillains. We were missing Mike but we kicked ass and took names as always. This week we went on location at the Higher Ground Farms and it was beautiful. The sun was out, there was a cool breeze and the birds were chirping away. We sat down with Vinnie, a good friend of ours and talked about several different topics. This episode is hilarious so get ready to laugh! As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to ‘Like’ Jabber Log on Facebook!
Episode topics –
- A pot hole and a tire
- Cartoons and the Price is Right
- Our grade school days
- And more…
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
With Halloween only a few days away it made me think about all the costumes and characters I’ve played over the years. If I remember correctly, almost every one of my costumes were homemade. Halloween USA wasn’t around yet and store bought costumes were not all that glamorous. I mean, if you wanted to have an awesome Halloween costume you made it. For me it was almost like Christmas because my mom wouldn’t show my siblings and I the end result until it was finally ready to go. She had to hem different parts of the costume here and there but it was only a section at a time. When it was finally done it was like opening a present on Christmas morning.
I remember one year I was the headless horseman. To make the costume work my mom cut a hole out of an old Pampers box for me to wear over my head. There was a liner around the bottom so that my neck wouldn’t get shredded and holes up top so that I could see and breathe. I wore one of my dad’s button-up shirts and a cape wrapped around the top to give it that “headless” effect. It turned out great and my mom received a lot of compliments for it too. I was also Spot from the old 7up commercials, Dracula, and many more but the best homemade costume I ever had was the year I was Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3. I was around 10 or 11 and the game was epic. I was addicted to it and that’s what I wanted to be for Halloween. The costume had everything! I was the happiest kid around with the coolest costume. Many years later my eldest son was Luigi from Super Mario Bros. We were both around the same age and what gets me the most is that we have not seen each other in years and that’s what he chose. I have not had any interaction with him, which if you have read my previous posts you would know why, since he was almost 2 years old. He would have had no knowledge of me being Mario when I was his age. What are the odds huh?
Homemade costumes just seem to complete the fun of Halloween. Sure you have the candy and the parties but making your own costume just tops it off. Retail stores offer some fancy costumes now but some of them are just too expensive. It almost takes away from the creativity of it all but it’s the convenience that sometimes gets the best of us. One of the best costumes I’ve seen comes from my wife. One year she made a costume for our son and my eyes exploded when I saw the end result. I was seriously jealous when our son had it on because I wanted a costume for myself. Now if you didn’t know from my previous posts, I’m a huge Mega Man fan and if you don’t know who that is then Google it or dust off your old Nintendo and go buy the game. When Mega Man 3 came out a new character named Proto Man was introduced. I told my son Logan about this character and after we played the game he was hooked. When my wife asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween he chose Proto Man. It was a tricky costume to complete but Rebecca did an excellent job with it. It was complete with an arm cannon and helmet and like I said before, I was very jealous.
So what were you growing up? Did your parents make your costumes or were they store bought? I think the only one I had as a kid that was store bought was a Charlie Brown costume and although I probably thought it was great back then, it looks pretty cheap to the standards of today. I guess it was cool either way but it would have been even more cool if I had put a sheet over my head and cut out several holes like Charlie Brown did in the cartoon. Comment below and let me know what you were growing up. I’d like to read about how creative everyone was back then and today. Have a great time Trick or Treating and Happy early Halloween to everyone from Jabber Log!Post Views: 239
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Today’s episode of Within the Trenches touches on the topic of stress and physical and mental issues in 9-1-1. As 9-1-1 dispatchers, we have heard it all. We have taken every call from the most ridiculous to the most horrific. If you’re like me, the calls that involve children are the ones that affect you most. I once took a call from a nine-year-old girl who had come home from school and found her mom passed out in the living room. She told me that her mom was not moving and her face was blue. I told her how to do CPR and she did it the best she could until help arrived. Although she did a great job her mom had already passed. She had had an overdose and died long before her daughter got home. I remember the little girl being scared but never lost it. Maybe it was the shock of the situation. Whatever it was, it’s a call I’ll never forget.
Towards the end of my dispatch career I began to feel burnt out. I enjoyed my job but the politics, long hours, workplace drama and stress began to eat at me. It’s something that people don’t understand unless you have done the job. The stress can be so great that some dispatchers have crashed and burned. How come no one, other than the dispatchers themselves, have noticed or addressed this? It’s something that wasn’t out there before but within the past year there have been numerous news articles covering the constant stress and physical and mental state of 9-1-1 dispatchers.
Whitney and I have done episodes in the past about CISM and EMDR but I wanted to do another one. In this episode I spoke with Michelle, assistant professor with Northern Illinois University who has been doing research on 9-1-1 dispatchers for the past few years concentrating on mental and physical health. There is a lot to learn in this episode. There was so much we could touch on that we are going to do a second episode to cover the rest. Michelle’s research is ongoing and if you would like to participate you can do so by clicking the link below. There is also a description. As always you can email the show at email@example.com.
We are currently looking for participants to enroll in our current studies. We are recruiting experienced TCs (at least one year of experience as a TC) and they can be currently working, have left the occupation, or retired from the job. Experienced TCs can complete a 1.5-2 hour survey online that they complete in multiple sittings. We are also doing follow up surveys that are much shorter (45 minutes) at 6 months and 12 months after the first survey. For each survey completed, the TC gets entered for a chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes. There will be three drawings – one after we’re finished collecting the baseline survey, one after we’re done collecting the 6 month survey, and one after the 12 month survey. The survey is hoping to get a good estimate of the psychological and physical health complaints of TCs and is a follow up to the pilot project. We’re also hoping to understand much more about what predicts poor health over time for this population.
We also hope to enroll trainees. They just have to be within their first 4 months of training. These participants complete a 1.5-2 hour survey and get $30 for completing it, as well as a chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes. In addition, we do shorter follow up surveys (45 min in length) and hold drawings for each of the subsequent time points that a trainee completes the survey. We hope that they will stay enrolled, even if they do not complete training or leave the job. The survey is looking at factors that predict adverse mental health and job attrition over time to help improve training efforts, hiring practices, and telecommunicator well-being.
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- Michelle’s intro and research interest
- What elements contribute to PTSD
- And more
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The past week has been a busy one. I’ve been doing the usual with work, school and family but I also had the chance to attend the annual NENA conference in Lansing, MI. NENA is the National Emergency Number Association. Those within the world of public safety gather each year for Michigan’s chapter of NENA to share ideas, visit with vendors and attend helpful workshops. This was my first conference. Out of the three-day event I was able to attend on two different days. It felt good to sit among my co-workers and peers. The first day began with motivational speakers from our line of work. The stories were great but the best part of the morning was honoring one of our own from St. Joseph County Central Dispatch. This veteran of 9-1-1 was honored that morning for her 17 years of service in public safety. The emotion could be felt throughout the room as she made her way to the front to accept her award. Recently she has been battling cancer but despite her illness she displayed a smile and attitude that lit the room with joy. She received a standing ovation. Not one person sat until she made her way back to her seat. I felt honored to have been present during her moment of recognition.
The day went on with workshops but it wasn’t until the last day of the conference that I was fully engaged. Two specific workshops brought forth new ideas and understanding between different organizations. The first was entitled Media – Public Safety Relationship, given by Ashley Wioskowski of WWMT News Channel 3. First off, I have to applaud her for giving this talk. She was alone in a room full of public safety workers and when it comes to the media we don’t always mesh. Picture the feud between the police agencies in the movie Super Troopers. Can you picture it? Well, it’s not exactly like that but you get the picture. If you think about it, it’s rather sad. We have a similar goal when it comes to the public and that’s really what Wioskowski was talking about. She wanted to help us understand her side and explained that we need to find a way to bridge the gap. The workshop helped me understand the media side and although Wioskowski announced to the room that she was nervous, she was very professional and I was impressed.
Dee Wachele and her colleagues of “911 The Number To Know“, a national education campaign out of Indiana, presented the following workshop. It was done in two parts and the topic of discussion was based on public education of 9-1-1. This was very interesting because my training coordinator and I had recently spoken about this. You would be amazed at how many people have no idea what we actually do in dispatch or what to do when an emergency occurs. Now, as much as I want to explain everything that was said during this workshop, I’m going to wait. My reason for waiting is because I want to compare your answers with what I know to the next question I’m going to ask. So…if you were given the opportunity to attend a 9-1-1 Public Education workshop, what would you like to learn? It might sound like a stupid question but not many schools out there teach our children about 9-1-1. There might even be some parts of 9-1-1 that you yourself are unaware of. Make sure to comment on this post so we can generate some discussion. Thank you very much to Michigan’s chapter of NENA for holding this conference once again. A big thanks also goes out to Dee Wachele, and Ashley Wioskowski for the excellent workshops and to Lois of St. Joseph County Central Dispatch. You’re strength, warm smile, and years of service made me proud to do what I do every day.
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