Good afternoon and welcome back to an awesome episode of the AudioVillains Podcast. Right off the bat I have to give a shoutout to the man himself, Joey “CoCo” Diaz, an amazing talent and comedian. He is going to be at Dr. Grins this Saturday April 12 and we are heading out to see his show. We are going to be at the 8pm show and maybe we can get him to spend a little time with for an episode of humor and knowledge. We would love to have you on the show and if not I know we will have a good time at yours.
On this episode we visit a time when Joey Lawrence was making music and breaking hearts while becoming a man on Beauty and the Beach, a spring break pageant during MTV’s spring break special. We also visit the time of $2,000 sound systems in $400 cars and the Ed Lover dance. This episode is a must listen so check it out and share! As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- Joey Lawrence
- Bassing in the ’90’s
- The Ed Lover Dance
- And more…
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone! It’s been about two weeks since my last post here and the break was definitely needed. I have been hard at work and between, family, school, work, and personal projects, I really needed to step back a moment and prioritize. During my break I was able to finish school and design my personal website. It will included my portfolio among other items. As of right now I have the homepage and blog portion completed. I just have to finish up on four more pages and it will be revealed to all.
All of that has lead to one thing, graduation. My school is based in Winter Park Florida so that meant I would have to take a vacation. I know, Florida is so horrible this time of year, (playful sarcasm) but I can’t miss my own graduation. The excitement of it was becoming unbearable as early as last week. As Friday approached the local news station warned of winter weather. I figured it was a crock since this winter in West Michigan has been nothing compared to previous winters. I think it has snowed maybe five or six times and even then it didn’t stay.
Friday morning, or two days ago, I woke up at 3am to get ready for work. I walked outside and it was snowing but not like I had heard. My car was barely covered and I figured my team and I would have an easy day in dispatch followed by an easy drive for my family and I. The Gods and Goddesses of winter must have heard my cocky remarks about the weather and they let us have it! Dispatch was busy with slid-offs and accidents everywhere. We had only so many officers working but we kicked ass like we always do. It also helped that my co-worker Whitney hooked everyone up with some awesome BBQ pulled pork. Although we had good food the powers that be continued to grace us with snow so our eating time was limited.
After kicking ass at work and saying my good-byes I headed home to get the family and head out on our long trip to Florida. After packing the car and getting some last minute items we were off. Our first stop was at the local BK to get some fastfood and my 6 month old daughter Lola was already tired of being in her seat. She was fussing so my wife decided to sit in back to keep her company. It was just what the doctor or Lola ordered and she was good to go. The snow was coming down hard and when we got to Benton Harbor the snow was really bad. White-out conditions and no windshield fluid made it tough but we made it out fine. At one point I couldn’t even tell where the road was.
“You should see this.”
“I don’t want to look.”
I shoved more fries in my mouth as I tried to figure out where the highway was. Luckily the smart folks at the Michigan Department of Transportation decided that rumble strips between lanes would be best. Indeed they were correct because that was the only way I knew I was within my lane. The snow was like this until we passed Indianapolis. After that the roads were clear and I was on a mission to get as far as I could before switching with my wife. Now remember in the beginning I said I woke up at 3am for work. It was almost 3am when we hit Kentucky and I was beginning to wind down. The kids were asleep as well as my wife but when I stopped to put gas in she ended up in the drivers seat. I was relieved and ready for a nap. We took off and I crashed out.
I remember dreaming something crazy and someone was pushing me. I awoke out of a deep sleep and it had been my wife trying to wake me up.
“WHAT’S WRONG!? ARE YOU OK?”
Rebecca looked at me with her eyes half open,
“I don’t think I can make it.”
“How long have I been asleep?”
“An hour or so…I think.”
I laughed and applauded the fact that she took the wheel for me.
“I’m sorry, you know that when it’s dark out I want to sleep.”
“It’s cool, I had a cat nap and I’m ready to go.”
We stopped at the next restarea and I hit the road with a bag of beef jerky and a couple cans of Red Bull. We were making pretty good time and the kids were doing great. The whole trip was pretty easy and I was proud of Lola because she hates her carseat. I don’t know if she just gets bored or if she gets hot but she will pitch a fit. Until this point of the trip she had been fine but the last 2 hours were HELL! She fussed here and there but nothing big. The traffic blew and for whatever reason the people of Florida wait a few minutes after the traffic light has turned green to take off. I mean, geez people! Punch the gas already! We were all getting hot and ready to be done. The very last leg of the trip was where Lola had had it. She definitely let us know where to put it in baby talk and when we finally reached our destination I wanted to kiss the grass and roll around in it.
It was a good trip overall but man that last part about killed us. I would like to thank the excellent people of Combos, Jack Links Beef Jerky, and Red Bull. Without your contributions to society I would have not made this long trip on minimal sleep. Thank you to my family for hanging in there and we left on Friday at 7pm and arrived Saturday in Florida at 5pm. Despite everything that attempted to hold us back we pushed forward and that’s how you go from Michigan to Florida in 22 hours.Post Views: 191
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
*sigh* Well here we are Lex, the day before your last shift. I am writing this because I feel it is best to thank you this way and let others know what you mean to all of us at Central. But first I must say that it’s not going to be the same around dispatch. I, along with everyone else will be letting out a sigh as we go into work. Stories will be told and we will reflect on the past. It’s going to be hard.
We have been through a lot together and we went from being co-workers to something more. We’re family. We go into work for twelve hours and it can sometimes turn into a nice long sixteen-hour shift. No doubt we need someone to talk to and when you were working you were there to listen us. I know I can speak for everyone when I say we appreciated it more than you know.
No matter how you were feeling that day you brought a sense of humor to work that helped get passed the most gruesome calls. The humor included the random songs of your pets, to the slow 80’s clap that you, Meg, and I performed as a tribute to John Hughes. We played music trivia in the winter when people were actually being smart by staying off the roads and you and Trista, and Meg participated in my many school projects. I thank you for this.
We were on the same team for a long time and we were involved in the most intense of situations. Four of those calls will forever be branded within my memory. No one will ever know what it was like to go through it but our team. It’s an experience that is hard to describe but we got through it and excelled like we always do.
As you close this chapter and open a new one, remember to just be you. Keep on smiling and smother them with your humor. If they start out cold at first just offer them some fruit snacks or gum (inside joke). Thank you once again for doing everything you did in dispatch and thank you for being you, friend.Post Views: 222
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Ever since Within the Trenches was funded through Kickstarter there have been several niche Facebook pages that have helped in spreading the word on the show. One of those pages is The Cool Kids of 9-1-1. The people who run this page are also involved in many different aspects of the 9-1-1 profession. One of those aspects is a mini conference or “Mini-C” and it’s that time again folks! The South Florida 9-1-1 Dispatchers “Mini-C” has returned and is now in its fourth year. This mini-conference and precursor to National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week will take place on April 1 – 5 at the Boca Raton Police/Fire/9-1-1 Training Center 6500 Congress Avenue –Auditorium– Boca Raton FL 33487. The “Mini-C” will include classes that range from crimes in progress, active shooters and 9-1-1 risk management.
According to their official flier, the conference is “uniquely funded so that Attendee Cost is $0.00 FREE for all 9-1-1 Professionals who work in Palm Beach County! *Registration required before March 15th 2013*” Now, just because this is being held in Florida, doesn’t mean that you can’t attend. The flier goes on to say that, “Outside-the-County 9-1-1 Professionals and invited guests may register their interest now to be considered on an available-space basis. These registrations will have attendance confirmed by email on March 18th 2013 (2 week notice] So if you want to take part in this conference you need to get cracking folks! For more information on the Mini-C and The Cool Kids of 9-1-1 follow the links below.
Mini-C | Details PDFPost Views: 85