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By Ricardo — 2 years agoOne of my admins on this page is currently working in Florida and is preparing for Hurricane Irma with her crew at her PSAP. This is an honest look at what she is experiencing. Please read, share and sending prayers and good vibes to you my friend.Written by: Daphanie Bailes – Within the Trenches Admin, In Between the Chaos columnist for IAED & Senior Telecommunicator and Communications Training Coordinator for Martin County Fire RescueTaming TerrorPacing, singing, joking, making lists, wishing for the 911 lines to ring just to keep from watching the Weather Channel over and over and over…..all ways that I have attempted to keep myself focused and not think about the impending bitch of a hurricane named IRMA. “♪♫Waiting is the hardest part…♫♪”How can I not think about it? Like many of my co-workers, I have children and my husband is essential personnel. I just want to stay home with my munchkin and play trucks on the floor, to be there to hold him when he’s scared, for my spouse to hold me when I can’t hold back the constant level of anxiety that threatens to boil over at any time… Think about something else, think about something else…Did I pack him enough clothes, diapers, wipes and toys? UGH!With the recent devastation from Hurricane Harvey, no one is taking any chances with IRMA. Florida has not seen a storm of this magnitude since the 1920s. Nine MILLION people expected to be without power for an undetermined amount of time. Holy crap! Well that doesn’t make me feel any better. My phone is BLOWING UP! Text after text arrives from worried family. “Don’t risk your life for a job.” “Get out of there!” But this is what we do. We help people before we help ourselves. We wait until well after the storm passes to check on our own homes, to hear from our own families.I try to remain positive during the thick of it all to help my team mates, to try to take their minds off the worries that we all share. I am grateful. We are in a secure facility. We have electricity and access to food. We have a ton of Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue family to lift us up and help us if things don’t turn out so well. We have done all we can to prepare and what will be, will be. “♫♪ Let it be, let it be…♪♫”I know the worst is still yet to come. I know there are people who are going to catch this storm worse than we will, but we are here. We are here to answer the calls, every day, through the storm and after. To be a light, a calming voice, an avenue to hope and help. To have the patience of Job and the wisdom of Solomon. We are expected to hold it all together when the world is falling apart. Again, that is what we do.Post Views: 413
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Happy Friday folks! We’re just one day away from the Christmas weekend and I am stoked like you wouldn’t believe! This is going to be the first time in a very long time that I have spent both Christmas Eve and Day with my family since working in dispatch. This year I won’t have to worry about opening presents at 5:30 in the morning, eating breakfast with the family, and then crashing out in order to go back to work at 5pm. No sir, not me, not this time. I can now relax and sleep in if I want but I’m a kid at heart so I will be up early and ready to open up some presents. The tree will be lit and the holiday fun will be in full swing. The only thing missing as of right now is snow. Yep, I said it. There is no snow on the ground and I live in Michigan! What the heck is up with that? I’m hoping for a Christmas miracle here. It just isn’t the same without a little snow on the ground, you know? It just adds to the Christmas spirit but if it doesn’t snow then I’m good either way. I’ll be with my family and that’s all that matters.
Now, if you’re like my family you’ll have a movie or Christmas music playing in the background while opening presents. There are many movies out there but our favorite plays on TBS for a 24hr marathon. I’m sure you know what it is but if you don’t we like to watch, “A Christmas Story”. The movie is not only funny but it takes me back to when I was a kid and the hijinks my siblings and I used to pull on my parents in order to solidify our choice for presents. The movie follows Ralphie, who longs for the perfect present; an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Throughout the movie Ralphie does what he can to convince his parents to consider this present but no one can see the logic in it. Ralphie even asks Santa, the big man himself and even he turns him down.
“Santa Claus: How about a nice football?
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Football? Football? What’s a football? With unconscious will my voice squeaked out ‘football’.
Santa Claus: Okay, get him out of here.
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] A football? Oh no, what was I doing? Wake up, Stupid! Wake up!
Ralphie: [Ralphie is shoved down the slide, but he stops himself and climbs back up] No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Santa Claus: You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
That is the greatest scene ever! Can you imagine seeing Santa as a kid and he turns down your request for a present with,
“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
I would be devastated but towards the end of the movie Ralphie gets his prized possession and while target shooting outside he happens to hit himself in face just under his eye. As he scrambles to save himself from having his gun taken away he comes up with a story, like any kid would do, and says that an icicle fell and hit him. It was perfect and something I could see myself doing at his age. The movie is a great choice for the holiday’s but if you’d rather find something elsewhere you can search the TV Guide Channel for more family favorites or you can visit the site below. It breaks down a list of only Christmas themed movies that will air over the weekend and what channel to find it on. Merry Christmas my fellow Jabber Loggers! Keep reading and if you happen to get a BB gun for Christmas just remember to be careful because, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
A Christmas Story excerpt source: IMDBPost Views: 485