Welcome back to a brand new episode of Within the Trenches! It has been about a month since episode 70. I have been busy like you wouldn’t believe but in no way am I letting this show go. I’m working harder than ever to bring you awesome content including more dispatch stories/highlights and continuing education. I could say everything here but it is all explained in this new episode so check it out and share and comment!
As always you can email the show with questions and if you want to be a guest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of the AudioVillains podcast on Jabber Log. This week is part 2 of the Vintastic Voyage with our good friend Vinnie. We were on location at the Higher Ground Farms and it was a beautiful day. In this episode we share our thoughts on medical marijuana and where the state of Michigan is headed in the future. Episode 29 of the AudioVillains is jam packed with interesting facts and vulgar humor so get ready!
As always you can email the show at email@example.com and if you would like to be a guest make sure to contact us for in-house or Skype interviews. Cheers!
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- Lip jackets – a.k.a. mustache
- Medical Marijuana
- Growing tips
- The interpretation of the medical marijuana law in Michigan
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
During the week of 12/13/2012 I was sketching in a notebook. I had a lot going on during that time. I was well into my Masters program, studying, working in dispatch and trying my hardest to be a good father and husband. As I continued to sketch I began to reflect on a new project I was working on. The project was a new podcast named after a written segment on my blog. I was nervous about launching my Kickstarter campaign. What if I couldn’t make my goal? What if it was only something I thought was a good idea? I continued to sketch and think. My co-worker Whitney walked into the room I was in and I asked her what she thought.
“I like it but the symbol makes it look like angry eyebrows.”
She handed me some reports I had printed out and we both laughed as she walked back out of the room. I stared at my sketch for a while. Finally, I added “9-1-1” to the upper right part of the vital sign. I called Whitney again and she told me that it looked good. The sketch was the logo for Within the Trenches. Although I was nervous as hell I was determined to make this project a reality. A few days after completing the logo I launched my Kickstarter campaign on 12/13/2012.
I went through a lot during that time. Planning a campaign is no easy task and promoting it is even bigger than the planning stage. Once it’s out there you have to make sure it remains in the public eye without spamming. The campaign started out strong but hit a snag. With 8 days left I had only reached $330 of the $1,500 needed to fund my campaign. I continued to promote and on January 3 2013 episode one of the podcast was broadcast live on Ustream. The episode was a hit! More pledges came in and with 36 hours left in the campaign I had received $660. I was scared. I felt like I wasn’t going to make it.
With those 36 hours left I sent an email to Gary Allen of Dispatch Monthly. I told him I wasn’t looking for money, just help with spreading the word. He helped me out and in 24 of the 36 hours left in the campaign I surpassed my goal. I remember sitting in the living room with my daughter Lola as she ate lunch. I kept refreshing the page to see if I had made it. I received a text message from my good friend and co-worker Trista that read,
“I just bought a shirt. Congrats!”
After a huge pledge from my now employer, the shirt pledge/reward was worth $25 and that was all I needed to hit the goal. I refreshed one last time and sure enough Trista’s pledge put me over. I jumped in the air with my arms up and yelled, “Woo!” as I hit the ceiling. Lola threw her arms up as well and laughed. I went to work a few hours after that for the second episode of the show and I was greeted by my co-workers with a grand applause. I was smiling from ear to ear and I remember trying to hold back my emotions because I wanted to cry from being so happy. That moment of triumph was great!
It’s been just over a year since I launched my Kickstarter campaign. 2013 was a big year for me. The show blew up and continues to grow. I spoke at Michigan’s NENA conference, made an appearance at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton, Florida, brought the show to NENA’s National conference, recorded a part in a documentary that features hotlines and call takers in all types of jobs, recorded a segment for A&E’s Panic 9-1-1 and landed an amazing job working on the other side of 9-1-1.
Between Whitney and I, we have interviewed dispatchers from all over the United States and areas such as Australia, Canada and Ireland. It’s been an amazing year and I know that 2014 will be even bigger. I’m grateful for the support and continued support you have given me throughout this adventure. It means a lot to me. The show will continue to tell dispatch stories from those who have lived them. We are also going to educate the emergency services community as well as the public. With Google+ Hangouts serving as an open forum of 9-1-1 professionals we are going to grow and expand.
If you take anything from my experience this last year it is this, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” Thanks Doc Brown. Your words have always stuck with me. Well…you’re a character in Back to the Future and I love the movie so…well anyway, the quote is true. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! Just grit your teeth and work hard for what you want. I’m living proof. Hmm…I think I just wrote the last page of my book. Anyway, here’s to a new year, cheers!
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The last time we saw people eating spiders, beetles, Quail eggs, and other ungodly things was in 2006 on Fear Factor. You remember this show? Of course you do! If you’ve never heard of Fear Factor then you need to either go to IMDB.com or YouTube. The show is hosted by none other than Joe Rogan. The shows pits contestants against each other in teams or solo and they must pass 3 stunts. The contestant(s) left at the end will win $50,000. How awesome is that? I think it’s pretty cool but the stunts are crazy! The worst ones I’ve seen dealt with eating rotten Quail eggs, live spiders, and anything else deemed edible by the Fear Factor producers. The show also included stunts where people were jumping out of cars, swimming in ice cold water, and these stunts involved getting the best time to move on to the next round. Although the stunts were cool, I think the best part of the show was watching people try to eat the vile things given to them. The look of disgust and attempts to stop from blowing chunks were priceless. After almost five years the show ceased to exist but Joe Rogan continued with his stand up comedy, which is superb, and of course the UFC as a commentator.
It’s now December 12, 2011 and Fear Factor has returned with back to back episodes. I will admit that I missed the first stunt but I tuned in just in time to see Joe yell at the contestants while they tried to eat scorpions. One guy kept yelling that it was just peanut butter and as they showed a close up of him you could see a gooey brown substance around his mouth. It was great and watching their gag reflex go wild was hilarious! The final stunt of the first episode put the contestants in front of a truck while ramming into different things and grabbing as many flags as possible. They were actually strapped to the front of it and the team with the most flags at the end of the stunt would win the $50,000. It was definitely a good episode and the second episode had a stunt that would have made me puke on the spot. The second episode started with ex-couples driving a car into a tank of water and unfastening screws on a container in order to release some flags. Once this was accomplished they were to swim to the other side of the tank and clip the flags to a pole. Now I was less then impressed with this stunt until one of the contestants encountered a problem that would have most likely taken me out. While trying to swim back, one of the contestants began to struggle. She struggled enough that divers on the sidelines had to come to her rescue. After making it back she revealed that she did not know how to swim. This would have been my problem! So the stunt turned out to be cool after all but only because I could relate to it. The next stunt involved a large tank, gallons upon gallons of blood, and cow hearts. The teams had to get inside, pull out a heart with their hands and put it in their partners mouth. The partner would then reach over the tank and spit out the heart into a container next to the tank. The team with the most hearts in the container at the end would move on. The stunt was nasty and I’m sure I would have lost my lunch but for $50,000 you never know. Finally the last stunt included a helicopter, a speedboat, and lighting flares in order to set off an explosion. After doing this the teams had to swim to the other side and the one with the best time would win the loot.
The final stunt was an adrenaline junkies dream come true! The return of Fear Factor was definitely a good one and I for one am glad it’s back. I look forward to many seasons involving gross, raging stunts. As Joe Rogan has stated to the press,
“Fear Factor is way grosser than before.”
I’m ready for the gross factor of Fear Factor Joe! Bring it!
– Past stunt
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