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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good morning! Last night I had the pleasure of doing a RandomCast episode with my mom and her sisters. It was hilarious and the reason I wanted to have them on the show is because as far as I can remember they are always laughing and having a good time. I remember them telling stories of their childhood and it has always fascinated me. I could sit and listen to them talk about their past for hours. What makes it fun and interesting, as you will hear in this episode, is the detail and humor they put into it.
It was an honor to sit and go back in time with them and I think they had a good time too. They share stories of their parents, what it was like walking miles to school before buses started picking kids up, dances and much more. If you are ready to laugh then this episode is for you! As always you can email the show at email@example.com.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Motivation. Are we always motivated? Do we experience motivation by sheer will or do we require a reason to do something to create that motivation for us? How about this, what is motivation? By definition it stands for,
- The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
- The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
So how many of you experience this by sheer will? I can honestly say that I don’t always experience this. Sometimes it takes something big or urgent for me to experience the motivation needed to accomplish my immediate goals. I’m sure everyone has dealt with this at one time or another and we deal with it as it occurs. So what if you were motivated by force? I’m thinking that this would be the best type of motivation to get your ass in gear to accomplish your goals. If I had to make a choice on what scenario I would like to experience in reference to forced motivation, I would choose it by way of Tyler Durden? Do you know Mr. Durden? Have you ever watched the movie, “Fight Club”? If you have not seen it then you need to buy or rent this movie. I highly recommend it. I would like to tell you about the movie but I might reveal too much. Instead, I will give you the synopsis I found on IMDb,
“An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.”
The synopsis is short and to the point but once you get into the movie, you’ll realize that there is something more going on between the main characters. In Fight Club the male characters are given an adult playground where they take part in bare knuckle brawling. It’s a way of venting aggression and eventually the club moves out of the basement and onto the streets where the characters are involved in different assignments. For example, one assignment deals with starting a fight with someone and losing. Tyler Durden, the leader of the group, breaks them down in a way where they can be free and do away with what may be holding them back. Another assignment within the movie makes me think a lot. The assignment is called, “Human Sacrifice”. This scene shows the forced motivation I have been talking about.
The video above shows Tyler Durden threatening a store clerk with a gun. He talks to him about what he wanted to be and his current state. He tells him that he is going to keep his license and if he is not on his way to becoming a veterinarian within six weeks, he will be dead. To me this is perfect example of what I see as forced motivation. There is a little more to the scene though. Tyler actually gives a line or two of information that brings this assignment all together. It’s what makes me think the most. The following is the dialog at the end of the scene.
Tyler Durden: Run Forrest, run!
Narrator: I feel ill.
Tyler Durden: Imagine how he feels.
Narrator: Common, this isn’t funny! That wasn’t funny. What the fuck was the point of that?!
Tyler Durden: Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessel’s life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted.
Voice-over: You had to give it to him. He had a plan. And it started to make sense in a Tyler sort of way. No fear, no distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.[Tyler throws gun to Narrator who opens the barrel to find no bullets inside.]
Think about what happened in the video for a moment. Picture yourself in Raymond’s situation, on your knees facing the opposite direction of your assailant and scared for your life. Your previous goals are brought to light and you face the fact that you stopped what was once your dream. You have a few moments to think about your life and how you wish you had done more or simply had a second chance. You feel the gun pressing against your head and as you tremble your assailant gives you a second chance to accomplish your goals. In the beginning you may have had obstacles holding you back from your specific goal or maybe you were just unmotivated, but now nothing will hold you back. You have been given six weeks to jump start your life or you will be killed. Forced motivation is crazy is it not? Think about how the next day would be. The second to last part of dialog by Tyler is very true. Every time I see this movie I think about how I would feel the next day. I would wake up with renewed motivation. My breakfast would taste better and it would indeed be the most beautiful day because I would be alive.
This is the type of motivation and determination I would like to have all the time. How can this be done? How can one feel this sense of forced motivation? I’m thinking the “human sacrifice” would actually have to happen in order to experience this. For me though, I would want to keep my goals in mind as much as possible to try and replicate the motivational aspect of the scenario. I know what you’re thinking. This whole thing sounds odd but really think about the entire situation. Wouldn’t you be motivated and determined to do your best? I know I would be if someone told me that I would be dead in six weeks if I wasn’t on my way to becoming what I wanted to be. So what would you do? What if you were in the same position as Raymond K. Hessel? Do you think this situation would be helpful or is it pointless? Let me know what you think. As I have stated before, this type of motivation is something that would get me off my ass in order to plow through all obstacles to accomplish my goals. In all reality it’s really up to me but if I had the choice it would be by way of Tyler Durden.Post Views: 326
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Within Allegan County Central Dispatch sits one of several seasoned 9-1-1 operators. Her 20 years of experience have contributed to the safety of the public as well as her co-workers in public safety. During down time, she jokes with her co-workers in the room. Having a contagious laugh, the others can’t help but join in. The phones rings, the room goes silent.
“9-1-1 where’s your emergency?”
This is how Tammy Gane answers a 9-1-1 call. She’s calm and professional with a helping of patience. She questions the caller asking for an address, name, phone number, and the situation. The call involves a car that was broken into over night. Something easy when it comes to taking a 9-1-1 call but it’s not always this easy. Tammy has dealt with far worse during the course of her career.
Gane, the oldest of three, grew up in western Michigan. The daughter of a homemaker and father, who was a truck driver, was taught a strong work ethic. This quality would follow her throughout her life and carry on in the lives of her two daughters. She began her career through friends and a chance meeting at an FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) corn roast. This meeting led to a night where she caught the public safety bug.
“I had a lot of friends that were in law enforcement and I played softball. Some of my girlfriends on the team were also married to state troopers so that’s how I got into the circle. One year I was at the corn roast with one of my girlfriends and I met Rachel’s dad there.” Rachel, being her eldest daughter, “we ended up going to a bar and his buddies left him. He wanted me to give him a ride home but I didn’t really know him so I made him stay at a hotel.”
She smiles and laughs as she reflects on this memory. “The next day he asked for a ride again and I didn’t even know him so I bought him a bus ticket and put him on the bus.” Laughter ensues as she continues her story. “We started dating and when we decided to get married I moved to Kalamazoo.” Gane explains that around the summer of ’85 her husband at that time had asked her if she wanted to ride with him during his night shift. It was the night before Thanksgiving. Gane had decided to accompany her husband that night. She started out the shift in dispatch where she describes the scene as “just crazy busy.” She later rode with her husband and witnessed a fight with a disorderly subject and radio traffic that left her pumped.
That night in dispatch was only the beginning. She would later land a job with Kalamazoo’s Juvenile Court. She dealt with child abuse neglect cases, delinquent adoption cases, and worked the switchboard. Gane also worked for a local attorney but moved to St. Joseph some time later. Around this time, she gave birth to her daughter Rachel and had gone from having a clerk’s job in the jail of Berrien County to working in dispatch. Her training back then in dispatch was that of pure observation and common sense. Her very first 9-1-1 call was someone who wanted to commit suicide.
“One night it got really busy and the 9-1-1 line was ringing and no one was available and the supervisor says, ‘answer it’.” Gane sits up as she gets into her story. “It was a guy saying, ‘I’m going to kill myself’ and I was thinking to transfer him to the suicide hotline.” The call was transferred while the caller continued to sob. When the suicide hotline picked up it was only an automated system. She disconnected from the hotline and continued to speak to the caller.
“I start talking to him and his wife had left him. Every Thursday night, I’ll never forget this…He goes and gets groceries and when he came home there was a note from his wife that she was leaving him and she left him a tape, a cassette tape, like a letter on a tape. He put the tape in, heard part of it and the machine ate it.” She continued to speak to him but the caller kept putting the phone down. “I kept thinking I was going to hear a gun shot,” Gane explains. Luckily she did not hear a gun shot. Instead she was able to keep her cool and keep the caller talking long enough for the officers to get there.
She tells the story of her first 9-1-1 call as if it were yesterday. She’s spoken to many suicidal callers since then but recently she answered a call that made national news. On the morning of Feb. 28th 2012, Gane took a call from a suicidal subject who led police on a high-speed car chase. She could hear a man screaming hysterically with police sirens in the background. Gane used her experience, calm demeanor, and patience to persuade the caller to not only slow down but also pull over. “First I asked, how fast are you going? And then lets take it down to 50 and let me know when you get to 30 and he just started listening,” Gane explains. The call can be heard in its entirety here but if you do a simple Google search you can find reports from all over on how well Gane did during this call.
Gane continues to set the bar high for 9-1-1 dispatchers. She describes her job as one where, “nothing is easy, it’s constant problem solving.” There is no real break within the walls of dispatch and Gane attributes stress relief by having good co-workers. They, and her two daughters admire her. “My mom is the most hard working woman I know. She has taught me the work ethic that I have today, and I truly thank her for that.” In the end, Gane looks back at her career and how to stay ahead of the rest.
“You have to be able to put up with everything. Deal with the bad and the good and hopefully the good outweighs the bad.”
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