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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
As you can see from the title of this post, my co-host Whitney and I are trying to make a goal. That goal is to land on the “New & Noteworthy” section of iTunes for podcasts. To be featured within this section of podcasts would be huge for the show. I have been doing some research on it and it looks like many of the shows that hit this section have good artwork, a nice description and reviews and ratings. As of right now we have everything except for the reviews and ratings. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why this is so important, right? Well, if we were to land on this section of iTunes it is very possible that our number of listeners would see a huge jump. Not only that, it is possible that the amount of downloads we would receive would hit the highest numbers we have ever seen.
With that said we are calling on our current listeners for help. We need everyone to log into their iTunes, search for Within the Trenches and rate and leave a short review for each episode. It’s very easy to do and your help is appreciated. If you are unsure on how to rate and review the show, please review the instructions at the end of this post. We thank you in advance and we want you to know that without you we wouldn’t be here. You are very important to us and we do this show to tell the stories of our fellow dispatchers and to educate the public on what really goes on in dispatch. We have been very successful throughout our nine episodes and the show continues to grow. Our goal is to make the New & Noteworthy section of iTunes, begin our live shows and play real 9-1-1 calls for our audience. Stay tuned folks and please share this information with everyone you know. Help us make that section by rating and reviewing Within the Trenches on iTunes.
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Click the “iTunes Store” link at the left side of the iTunes window
Navigate to the podcast’s page in the iTunes Store. You can search for a specific podcast by typing its name into the search box at the top, right corner of the iTunes window and pressing “Enter.”
Select “Podcasts” in the filter-by-media-type column that appears at the left side of the page.
Scroll down to the “Customer Ratings” section on the podcast’s page.
Click the amount of stars you want to rate the podcast to the right of “Click to Rate.” One star is the lowest possible rating and five stars is the highest.
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
I have always been fascinated by ghosts and the unexplainable. The horror genre is my favorite and two local stories have always been a topic of interest. Growing up I heard stories of melon heads in West Michigan. I figured it was simply a story to scare me into good behavior but as I got older I continued to hear the story but in more detail. The story I heard was that of an asylum next to the Felt Mansion that housed the insane as well as children with “melon heads”. They were abused, treated badly, and ultimately left to roam the woods. It was also said that at one time they stayed at the mansion. The story spooked me but I wanted to know more. I actually wanted to see the building and the inside of the mansion. I had gone out to the mansion several times but could never get close to the supposed asylum. It has been destroyed but the mansion remains. I’ve been inside the mansion and although it has been restored, it felt as though I was being watched by something or someone. The stories are endless but after a little research I have found more info on the asylum. According to StrangeUSA.com,
this is located near the Felt Mansion it is a small building that is a behind the BMX track. It is all broken up and windows are busted due to kids. At night if you were to go and look around the house, curtains in the window move and windows open and close, and strange lights are often visible in them. If you were to go inside and walk around you can hear heavy breathing, loud footsteps, screams, and even able to see silhouettes of figures walking. Sometimes you can feel as though something walked threw you and sometimes you may encounter a sudden pain in the wrists of your hands over all the place has just a creepy feel. October 2004 update: This building is the last remaining building of Dunes Correctional Facility. Its the old Trustee Bldg. that housed 80 inmates. This place is now being vandalized horribly and the police ARE prosecuting! The Junction itself is a myth. Allegan County Historical Society has stated repeatedly that “The Junction” insane asylum has never existed.
So the building was once the Dunes Correctional Facility. Where I work it’s known as the old 80 man building. It was a low security prison that was eventually shut down because of funding. This is the story for the public but others seem to believe that much more happened in this area. That this is actually the infamous “Junction Asylum” where the melon heads originated. Wikipedia, who is not always a good or factual resource, had a little more info on the matter. “According to one story, they were originally children with hydrocephalus who lived at the Junction Insane Asylum near Felt Mansion. The story explains that, after enduring physical and emotional abuse, they became feral mutants and were released into the forests surrounding the asylum.” This story is amazing to me because it had to originate somewhere. Something had to happen for this to spread. I’m sure it could be made up but if this is true then someone out there has to have some sort of evidence. Maybe I should walk through the woods and see for myself what’s out there. Can you imagine finding the underground tunnels that were supposedly used by the children who escaped the asylum? It is also said that the melon head children had planned to kill the doctor who abused them. Once they did, there was no where to hide the body so they cut him up and hid parts around the mansion. If you or anyone you know has any solid information on what really happened in this area, I would like to know. Was this correctional facility the site of The Junction? I’ve heard many tales of the hauntings in this area. If you have experienced anything in this area please leave a comment. It’s about time that we solve the mystery of The Junction Asylum that has been said to not exist by the county. Stay tuned for part two and watch the video below. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
It been 8 years since my wife and I got married. Today we celebrate our anniversary and our marriage has been great. We’ve hit our rough patches and at times we thought we should take a break but we continued to fight for each other and we’re together. We laugh together, argue together, and most importantly we are dorks together. I think that’s what keeps us going. No matter how mad we might get about something we are always able to laugh about it. On top of that we are straight up dorks like I previously stated. When a song comes on that we like we bust out our best, dorked out moves and jam. It doesn’t matter where we’re at either. We can be in the car, at the store, or just on a walk and we bust out our moves. It embarrasses our 7 year old but it’s cool. I’m sure he digs it…deep down he digs it.
My wife and I met like any normal couple. We met through a friend and our first meeting included an injured dog. Yep, you read that right. When Rebecca and our friend Leanne showed up I met them at the door. I was so nervous about meeting Rebecca that I had to wash my hair twice and do my hair a different way. Yeah, I was stupid but I wanted to look somewhat good. So there I was, so fresh and so clean, and the first thing Rebecca says is,
“There’s a dog that was hit down the road and we’re going to go check on it.”
I remember walking off with them and Leanne introduced us. It wasn’t the way I thought it was going to go and to be honest, I thought they were joking about the dog until I saw it in the middle of the road. As we walked towards it a car was coming and instead of moving out of the way the car purposely swerved into the dog and ran it over a second time. We yelled at them and as the car passed the teens inside just laughed and hollered. Had they stopped I’m sure we would have beat them and thrown them in a ditch before torching their car in an orange grove. The car continued on and we tried to help the dog out of the road. I called one of the officers I worked with and she called animal control to come pick it up. We spent the rest of the night talking and hanging out. At the end of the night Leanne had jokingly mentioned to give me a hug and kiss and I remember Rebecca saying,
“Uh…NO. I’ll give him a hug though.”
I was on cloud nine after that hug and I was hooked. I remember when we spoke on the phone before we met and saying that I was not looking for anything. Rebecca said the same but after I met her and talked to her, I realized that I was looking for someone. We have been together ever since. On this day 8 years ago we were married. I remember how nervous I was and my buela Jimenez kept telling me that she was happy for me and that everything would be fine. My mom was running late and she still had to get to the church to do Rebecca’s hair. I kept getting phone calls and I’m sure my blood pressure was through the roof. When my mom finally arrived to drop my brother off there was about 30 or 40 minutes left before the wedding started. My brother was going to jump into the shower and I remember yelling at him to hurry up.
“Dude, you have five minutes to shower and then we have to leave!”
“Alright man, but I have to shave too!”
“You have five minutes to do everything bro!”
“Man, how am I going to do that?”
“You need to take a County wash bro…you know, wash what counts and get out!”
Thank the lord that he was able to pull it off in record time and we were off. The church was about 15 or so minutes away so we jumped into the car and hauled butt. We were headed out and halfway there I began to smell something burning. The world around me froze as I thought about my vehicle. At that moment I remembered that there was a crack in the radiator and that I needed to fill it with water every other day or it would overheat. I snapped back to reality when I nearly ran a traffic light and I began to panic even more.
“What the hell are you doing Rich!?”
“I’m not thinking right! I completely forgot about the radiator and now the car is going to overheat and we have no time to stop.”
We kept going and I remembered that someone once told me that if I ran the heater that the car would cool down a little. I blasted the heater and it actually went down a little but it wasn’t enough. I passed up cars and took the last two corners like a stunt driver while pulling into the church. I parked and when I got out of the car I opened up the back door to get my jacket and all kinds of stuff fell out. I didn’t care, I left it and ran toward the door where my father was.
“Where the hell have you been?”
“I have five minutes to spare dad!”
“Alright well get your ass inside everyone is waiting!”
I walked in and Rebecca’s aunt walked me to the other end of the church for a few pictures. I was soaking with sweat and relieved that I made it.
“Alright, now I need you to sit here and pose like you’re out of it.”
“Well that won’t be too hard. I was panicking that I wasn’t going to make it here.”
She laughed and I took a few pictures. I went inside to wait and when it was time the nerves were gone. I turned to see her at the door and I was overwhelmed with emotion. My smile was stretched from ear to ear and Rebecca smiled back at me. After the ceremony we were announced as a married couple and the rest is history. My wife and I met like any couple…well maybe not like any couple but it’s been an adventure from the beginning. We have two kids together and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for us. There is nothing that can hold us back, bring on the adventure and happy anniversary Rebecca.Post Views: 192