This is going to be a mashup between the Within the Trenches podcast and the AudioVillains! This episode will say Within the Trenches but it doubles as episode 74 of the AudioVillains. So laugh, listen and share!
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By Ricardo — 6 years agoAlmost every day of my life has been good. Sure I’ve had some off days like everyone else but rarely have I had a bad day. Well, two days ago I had a bad day. It wasn’t just a bad day, it was a very bad day. So let’s go back a few days prior. On Tuesday I came home from Midland where I had been in training since Monday for work. I had taken my wife’s TomTom GPS to get there and back and if any of you have a GPS then you know there is something that pops up asking if you need to be at your destination by a certain time. Well, I decided to hit “no”. I wasn’t in a hurry and I knew the highway wasn’t far so I attached the GPS to the windshield and took off. I passed by familiar landmarks and started thinking about how long it was going to take for me to get home. I turned on the radio and drove on. After a few turns I began to notice that I was no where near the highway. Each turn and curve in the road led me deeper and deeper into the land of no where. I passed a few cities that time forgot and when I finally reached the highway the ramp was closed. I continued on and after hitting another closed ramp I finally hit the highway. It took about three hours to get home but it was all worth it when I finally saw my family.
Wednesday was a good day but the night was a bit different. I laid down around 11:30 p.m. after finishing up some homework. Lola, my eight month old daughter, was fussy and fighting her sleep. My wife and I let her cry it out. When I finally crashed it was probably 12:30 a.m. or 1. I had to be up early for work so I set my alarm for 4 a.m. or so I thought. When my alarm went off it was actually 3 a.m. I tried to go back to sleep but it didn’t happen. I got up, picked out my clothes and got ready. I took my time since I had to be in at six. That day I had to appear in court for a 9-1-1 call I took a while ago. Court is never fun. It takes forever and the majority of the time you don’t have to take the stand. You end up sitting there for a while and they let you go. If you’re not working that day, you can come out with a couple hours of overtime pay. It’s that easy! So when I finally left for work it was around 5 a.m. I turned the outside light on and walked outside. I stopped for a moment as I noticed that the dome light was on in my car. It looked as though my wife’s GPS was gone. I walked towards my car and the door was open. I looked inside and it was gone. My glove compartment had been emptied and the contents were thrown everywhere. My wallet was still in the console, thank god, and nothing was taken from it. I had to call for a police report since the GPS had been stolen and my bad day had begun.
My work day, however, was good but I had been called to be at court around 12:45 p.m. I had been told things were going fast and they would need me to take the stand around that time. I arrived and prepared. Court dragged on and around 2:30 p.m. I was brought down to a conference room across from the courtroom. There I sat with another witness until 4:30 p.m. At that time the other witness was brought in to testify. I was told that they were trying to get to me and to hang on. I was fine with it. I had no where else to be so I continued to read on my iPhone. Around 5:30 p.m. I got up to check and see if they had forgotten me. I looked into the first part of the courtroom and I could hear people talking so I went back to sit and wait. At about ten to six I got up again and checked. This time I went all the way into the courtroom only to find an empty room. Everyone had left for the day. I was pissed that I had been forgotten and not only were the rooms vacant but security was also gone. It wasn’t enough that someone had stolen my wife’s GPS from car, and it wasn’t enough that I had to tell ZPD that the one time I forget to lock my doors, is the one time it gets burglarized. Why is that bad you ask? Well for the sweet irony that I am a 911 dispatcher who tells people every day to lock their doors when they’re burglarized and I forget to do it myself. EGG ON MY FACE!
In the end I’m still a bit bitter about the whole day but everyone has to have at least one bad day right? It’s the bad days that help us appreciate the good ones. Yeah…I’ll stick to that train of thought for a while. I’ll try and look on the bright side but for the person who stole from my car? You’ll be caught soon enough. Had I caught you doing it, you would be walking funny because you would be missing a leg. Actually since you stole from me you would be missing your hands. That’s how it was done back in the day right? So…if you live in the Zeeland, MI area and you know someone who recently came across a TomTom GPS XL 340.s and no packaging, please turn them in. It might just be the one that was stolen from me. There won’t be a reward but if you count partaking in a thrashing as a reward then you’ll be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Yeah, I’m not bitter at all. I’m also not a violent person so have fun with the GPS. I’m glad that bad day is over and today was an excellent day! If anyone wants to know how that day felt you can view the video below. Cheers!
(Thanks Limp Bizkit for this awesome gem!)Post Views: 175
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Happy Birthday Abuela. It’s been a few years since you passed but it seems like it was just yesterday that you and I were heckling each other. I remember how you would be in the kitchen making tortilla’s for us and I would walk in and snatch one out of the bowl. You would laugh and tell me that you saw me and I would poke the side of your waist only to have you raise the rolling pin at me and say in Spanish,
“You better watch out because I will get you.”
I miss that, I miss you. I remember that your birthday was huge and we would all get together to celebrate. We would all pile up in the van or the wagon and head over to Tia Mary and Tio Steve’s house. The entire family as well as good friends of the family would show up to celebrate. You were and still are very special to us. I remember the men of the family would each take their turn grilling while the women chilled with the kids or prepared side dishes inside. All of us kids would be running around like fools and you would be under the shade smiling and watching over us. We would play volleyball until the wee hours of the morning and I just remember you laughing and enjoying yourself so much. I miss all of this and especially you. What I miss the most are your jokes and of course the heckling. Your sense of humor was refreshing and I think it helped in molding mine. I think one of your biggest jokes was the fact that you said you only knew Spanish. I remember going grocery shopping and you walking off to the deli to get lunch meat. You would eventually find us and you would have a pound or so of salami and Colby cheese. I wonder how you always got it with no problem? You once let your joke slip when you offered Becky some Mango. She remembers trying a piece and you asking in English,
“Did you like it?”
She answered you and did a double take only to witness you chuckle at her and put your finger up saying, “Shhh”
I think you knew a little more then you lead on, but that’s what I love about you Abuela. As I sit here thinking about you I am trying to fight back my tears. My glasses are wet from the ones that got away but I have to remind myself that you are in a better place and besides; it’s your birthday. This should be a happy time so I am going to man up and smile. By the way, yesterday it was completely gloomy outside and I wondered if it was going to be nice today so that Logan could walk in the parade. It turned out to be beautiful outside and we were able to watch Logan in the parade. I think you may have had something to do with this. You made today beautiful Abuela. Happy Birthday once again and I miss and love you very much!Post Views: 139
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good afternoon everyone! I am back again with another great episode from this weeks NENA conference in Lansing, Michigan. In this episode Mike of St. Joseph County Fire Dispatch in South Bend, Indiana, joined me along with Ron, Executive Director of Kent County Dispatch Authority and Nancy, Dispatch Operations Manager of St. Joseph County in Indiana. Episode 21 is jammed packed with useful information and a must listen. We touch on several dispatch stories as well as a mention of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation that Ron is a part of. One of the major points in this episode is a standardization of training for 9-1-1 professionals.
Episode topics –
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- How each guest was introduced to emergency services
- 9-1-1 standards
- How 9-1-1 is seen as a profession
- 9-1-1 stories
- Odd names such as “Cop Shop”, “Actin’ a Fool” and “Done Fell Out.”