Hello folks and welcome back to another excellent episode of Within the Trenches. This is the podcast where you will learn, laugh and understand what 911 dispatch is all about. The point of the show is to give a true experience and look into the lives of those behind the mic. They are the true first responders and the most important people you will never see. In doing this podcast I have made it my goal to help share their stories as well as some of mine.
In this episode I sat down with show regular Rob McMullen, North Central Region Director of NENA as well as director of Vigo County 911 in Indiana. Joining him on this episode are Victoria and Kelli, dispatchers with Vigo County 911 and this is a must listen and share. We tell stories from dispatch, personal life and a story I have never told before from my time in dispatch. It’s one you don’t want to miss.
As always you can email the show for comments, questions or if you want to be a guest on the show at email@example.com.
Link to the story that Kelli mentions at the end of this episode below.
Suicide call – http://www.thejabberlog.com/2011/05/10/a-moment-of-clarity/
Episode topics –
- Encounters with the police
- Gas station burrito story
- Victoria and the pepper spray shank
- And more
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Good evening folks! Today is Friday and usually I would be typing up a post for “Friday at the Movies” but instead I thought I would share something fun and…dorky. Yes, this is going to get a little dorky. If you dig comics, video games, Anime, science fiction, etc. then you will dig this post a lot. If not, you might get a kick out of it either way. As you can see from the title this has to do with Star Wars and Marvel. If you don’t know what Star Wars and Marvel are then in the words of Sheldon,
If you don’t know who Sheldon is then a second “For Shame” on you and you should be watching The Big Bang Theory. Now, between my family and I we began an off the wall discussion where we were pitting cartoon characters and such against each other in a battle to the death. We were sitting at the dinner table, having a normal conversation and out of no where my son and I jumped into the land of dorks and geeks, which is fine because we’re awesome! We started out with a match where Team Dragonball Z would fight against Team Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or TMNT for short. It sounds dumb but it was fun and interesting to hear my now 8 year old dig deep and explain why Team Dragonball Z would win. We got so into it that we began a tournament of champions.
We had Team Dragonball Z go up against the Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, The Gummi Bears, Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, and many others. Finally we came up with Team Dragonball Z vs. Team Star Wars. There was no doubt in our minds that Team Star Wars would destroy the other team but who would be strong enough to take them on? So after many considerations and several helpings of whatever we were eating that night, my son Logan, wife Rebecca, and I came up with the Ultimate Fantasy Mashup. We decided to pit Team Star Wars against Team Marvel. We decided that each team would have four fighters and that Team Star Wars would consist of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and yes…Darth Vader. Team Marvel would include, Cyclops, Wolverine, Professor X, and Magneto.
I told you it was going to get dorky didn’t I? Well thats nothing! Earlier this month when I was in Florida, my siblings, son and I talked this out in depth and at a Bob Evans. There were some business type gentlemen sitting next to us trying to have a discussion and here we are all hopped up on caffeine and talking about who would win. It was pretty funny but in reference to this battle here’s where your thoughts come in. Who would come out victorious in this ultimate battle to the death? There are many factors here in who would reign supreme. I mean, you have the power of the Force vs. the power of Mutants. I’m curious to read what everyone thinks and your take on the battle. In the end I believe that the two left standing would be Darth Vader and Magneto. It’s hard for me to choose who would win because I like them both but I want to know what you think. Star Wars or Marvel?Post Views: 390
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
How smart are kids these days? I would say, judging from my 7 year old, that kids are very smart. I’m sure my parents said the same thing when I was younger and I’m sure I thought I was awesome but now I’m the adult and I’m paying for it. My 7 year old Logan comes up with some interesting thoughts and concepts. There are times where I have to have him repeat it because it’s so out there, yet logical, that it takes me a moment to wrap my brain around it. He’s does great in math and he reads a grade level higher than others in school. I can’t even spell anything out in adult conversation because he’s already putting it together. It’s crazy how fast he picks things up.
One evening my wife and I were making Spagetti for dinner and he was saying that he did not want any cheese because he doesn’t like square cheese. I laughed at him and said,
“Buddy, you love cheese.”
“Yeah, but not square cheese.”
“Well, mom is shredding it up right now so it’s no longer a square.”
“The shredded pieces are the shape of a rectangle so it’s still somewhat of a square.”
I froze and I felt my face get hot. I looked at my wife as she tried her hardest to hold back from laughing.
“He got you there Rich.”
What else could I say? He got me and all I could do was laugh and think, “Crap! This kid is too smart for his own good.”
He’s clever and blows my mind at times. He also listens way more than I realize. I mean, we as adults speak in front of our kids and either use codes or spell things out in order to converse without them knowing what exactly is going on. It’s not until they repeat something you’ve said that you realize your kid has been paying attention the whole time. For example, Logan and I had gone to the store and a song came on the radio where the female lead singer was screaming into the mic.
“Dad, are you sure that’s a girl?”
“Yeah buddy, I saw this band live and they’re all girls.”
“Wow, they’re awesome!”
“Heck yeah! I wonder how they can scream like that without hurting their throats?”
“Well dad…I guess they just put their back into it.”
I busted up laughing. Once again he got me. I always say, “Put your back into it”, and I don’t ever think he’s paying that much attention to what I say but when he repeated it without skipping a beat it cracked me up. Kids are pretty clever and when they read it makes it harder to hide certain things. Another example of how smart kids are comes from a conversation between my wife and our son.
“Logan, can you bring me my vitamins?”
“Yeah, I’ll open it and bring it to you.”
“I don’t think you can open it Logan. It’s child-proof.”
Logan opens the bottle and brings it to his mom.
“Logan, how’d you do that?”
“Mom, it’s only child-proof for kids who can’t read. See, it tells you how to open it on the bottle.”
How true is this? I mean, seriously? The only reason stuff is child-proof is because at a young age kids have not yet learned to read. The directions are right out in the open for adults because we can read. See…kids are a lot smarter than us. They learn new and advanced subjects a lot earlier than we did because kids absorb things like a sponge. It’s amazing how much information they take in and distribute and they are doing this without the burden of every day life. I think they could take over the world if we let them. The only reason we stay in power is because we’re bigger. So, how many of you have dealt with a similar situation? How many of you see yourself in your kids when their doing something clever. I know I’ve seen myself many times through my son. He is in fact a version of myself at that age, but he’s evolving and surpassing me. It’s definitely a sight and something great to experience.Post Views: 293
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Woo! Within the Trenches Podcast is back with episode 49 and I would like to welcome back Whitney! She has been gone for some time and rather than spoil the surprise I will let you go ahead and listen to her reveal it. In this episode we share some personal stories along with what happened on my trip to Marquette Michigan for work. It was an awesome experience and I can’t wait to go back. Towards the end we touch on Kari’s Law and future episodes. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the links below to ‘Like’ Kari’s Law on Facebook and sign the petition on Change.org.
Episode topics –
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- Whitney’s reveal
- Marquette or Bust
- Future guests/topics
- Kari’s Law