Good afternoon and happy New Year! The AudioVillains are back with episode 51! We have an all-new logo and in this episode we do what we always do, kick your ass and sooth your ears. Have you ever been in a situation that put you at the center of something you did not do? In this episode both Ed and I share stories from our childhood that involved stealing. We were both victims in each case but those involved saw it another way. Both were fun to tell and we put it to the man! Get ready to laugh until your stomach hurts. As always, if you have any questions or want to be a guest on the show, email us at email@example.com.
Episode topics –
- Falsely accused of stealing
- Anderson Silvas leg break from UFC 168
- Local restaurants
- Story: Speakers stolen from my Z28 Camaro
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
June 19 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed four bills that would ban synthetic drugs. This would include Spice, K2, and Bath Salts. But what took so long for the powers-that-be in Michigan to finally decide that enough was enough? HuffPost Detroit states that, “after local protests and several tragedies linked to ‘synthetic marijuana,’ Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he will sign into law a package that would ban K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs including “bath salts.” One said protest was held in the city of Zeeland where two moms organized a protest in front of a local business that was carrying the product.
The tragedies surrounding the drugs included an incident in Miami, Fla. that made national news when bath salts, according to nbcsandiego.com, had “been linked to behavior behind multiple attacks that some have labeled ‘zombie apocalypse’.” Locally the incidents involved fatal overdoses and murder. According to HuffPost Detroit, “several tragedies, including a Bloomfield Township teen’s reported fatal overdose on synthetic marijuana and its alleged involvement in the case of Tucker Cipriano, who is charged with murdering his father.”
On the streets, police officers were left to battle an unregulated drug. Detective John Paul Damveld, drug investigator for the West Michigan Enforcement Team responded to Jabber Log in an email stating, “My opinion is that they have a larger reaction to these drugs, which usually causes hallucinations. One occasion led to a motor vehicle crash involving no injuries but both occupants believed they were severely hurt.”
While it was reported by mlive.com that a bill spearheaded by Lowell Republican Sen. Dave Hildenbrand was sent to the “state House for consideration,” a local outcry, as reported by HuffPost Detroit, “caused communities to enact their own bans and protest gas stations where the drugs were being sold.” With all this going on, one would ask why it took so long to pass a law banning synthetic drugs? In a recent interview with Jabber Log, Allegan County Sheriff’s Deputy Morgan Sullivan stated,
“Because these are synthetic drugs, lawmakers would make drug 1403-7 (a bath salt) illegal, so the manufacturers would simply change a molecule in 1403-8 maintaining the same effect but 1403-8 isn’t illegal. You know how long it takes to pass a law? Lawmakers couldn’t keep up.”
With a ban finally in place, mlive.com reported, “smoke shops, party stores, and gas stations in Michigan are clearing the products off their shelves.” In order to keep storeowners on the right side of the law, mlive.com reported, “The Michigan State Police has launched the “K2 is not OK” campaign to warn store owners that selling spice or bath salts will be illegal July 1. Distribution of the drugs carries a 7-year felony penalty under the new law.” How banning synthetic drugs will impact local communities is unknown but the main factor, according to Dep. Sullivan, is the risk.
“If there is someone that wants to use it, you can bet there will be someone ready to profit from it. On the plus side, most of the danger from those listed drugs was their accessibility. The deterrent now is the fact that you have to be willing to take much more of a risk to make it, sell it, buy it, and use it.”Post Views: 350
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Woooooooo! Two weeks and counting my fellow Jabber Loggers! Yesterday made the birth of my daughter more of a reality. My wife and I had to meet with one of the advisors of the hospital in order to pre-register so that we did not have to do it when my wife goes into labor. The hospital is very nice and it’s pretty peaceful as well. I’m sure it won’t be all that peaceful when my wife is crushing my hand while dealing with a killer contraction but oh well. I helped make the child so I might as well take some pain as well right? We sat in the office with the advisor and we enjoyed some small talk but we quickly moved on to the good stuff. Let’s register and get to know everyone by asking somewhat awkward questions.
“So Ricardo, I see you’re a 911 dispatcher.”
“Yep, that’s correct.”
“Oh, that sounds like a very interesting job.”
“Why yes it is.”
The advisor stared at me for a moment, smiled and nodded her head. I was baffled. I smiled back and nodded my head as well.
“I bet you’ve heard it all huh? The job sounds unpredictable.”
“That it is, that it is.”
There were long pauses and I usually don’t talk about all of my calls because I have taken some horrifying ones. If you don’t believe me, click on the right side for “Within the Trenches” and you can read a few bad ones. So after a few awkward pauses we moved on. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk to her. I was just saving her mind from thinking too much about any bad call I brought up. We moved on to allergies in the family and past medical history. It was the normal routine crap but what threw me for a loop was when she asked about our race/ethnicity.
“So I see that you’re both white but do either of you have anything else mixed in there?”
I chuckled for a moment. I glanced over at my wife and then smiled. I slowly turned toward the advisor and my smile grew. Imagine the scene in the animated version of, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” when his smile starts out small and then grows beyond belief.
“Um…well I’m actually 100% Mexican.”
“Oh!” She turned red for a moment. “Well, I thought you might be mixed because your name is Ricardo but…”
My wife and I laughed. I took no offense at all by her comment. It takes a lot to upset me and I have an open mind and an excellent sense of humor.
I laughed and said, “It’s cool. I am slightly lighter than most Mexicans and I have no accent.” I made sure to say all of this in my best announcer voice and we all shared a nice laugh about it. Then the advisor asked another question and I almost lost it!
“So Rebecca, I know Ricardo is full Mexican but do you have any Mexican in you?”
I let out a chuckle and I bit my tongue. Seeing how she was pregnant I could have busted out several cracks but I held back. I glanced at my wife and she gave me the, “Don’t you dare joke right now” look. I’m sure she would have laughed but I let it go. The registration ended with a tour of the birthing center and I was impressed. The best part, for my wife that is, was that she may have a room with a jacuzzi. Now from what I saw, it looked pretty sweet. Are there any mom’s out there that had a chance to use one? If so, let me know what you thought about it. There is just a short time left and Lola Mae is on her way and I’m stoked! Can’t wait to meet you baby girl!Post Views: 510
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Jabber Log has recently hit 9,909 views. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be doing this and that I’ve reached this number. I have shared stories that have made you laugh, reflect, and maybe even grossed you out a little. The main thing is that you were able to laugh and get a kick out of my hijinks. I thank you very much for reading and as I’ve said before, there is more to come. With that said, I have decided to add a blog roll to my blog. This will hold links to other blogs that I have come across on WordPress and the point is to help others by being seen on my blog. I feel that by doing this I can not only help others but help myself as well. I love writing and if it was up to me I would do it as a career but I’m not sure how to swing it just yet.
I have hit some milestones with Jabber Log and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was when I landed on the “Freshly Pressed” section of WordPress. My numbers exploded with the post, “Saturday Morning Cartoons…I miss you.” I was on the homepage of WordPress for about a day or so and the discussion between readers was excellent. It was amazing to read about others and their memories on something that I remember fondly. Next up in my line of milestones was getting the opportunity to design a banner for none other than Jackie, a beautiful and talented DJ with WGRD. She had seen my blog and dug my banner design and asked how I had done it. I jumped at the chance to explain and offered my services. We have kept in contact since then and I even featured her in a post titled, “A Jackie of all trades“. The next milestone involved a very talented, up and coming Country singer/song writer named Maddie Larkin. I was given the opportunity to type up a post featuring her and her debut album, “Letters From My Cold Heart“. I was more than honored to do this and the album is a must listen for fans of all music. If I had to choose one song to headline as the top single of her album I would choose, “Give it up”. My words cannot do the song enough justice so you will have to check it out for yourself. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
More opportunities are coming my way and I am enjoying every moment of it. I have some new ideas involving social experiments. I had a lot of fun doing them and I’m thinking about getting your ideas on what you would like to see from me or if you happen to do some, I can then post it on Jabber Log. There are more ideas being thrown around and as they come I will post them up. If you would like to be featured in a post please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and give me some information about yourself and why you would like a feature. You can spread the word on your new band, album, artwork, stories, events, or your personal blog. If you would like to be part of my blog roll let me know by email or comment here. We can help each other out with mutual adds and spread the word. Thank you very much to all those who have read and continue to read Jabber Log. Thank you very much to those I have featured and visit them by clicking their links below. Keep on reading and let’s “Come together…right now.”Post Views: 355