Imagine waking up on Saturday. The sky is blue and the sun is shining bright. You lean over to wake your husband. He doesn’t move. You turn him over and notice his lips are blue…you check him…no pulse. Your heart breaks…he’s gone. Now imagine you are 9-1-1, listening to the screams and wails of a wife who has lost her best friend and husband. She requests CPR instructions but you know it’s too late. This is what it’s like, Within the Trenches.
In this episode we will visit the #IAM911 movement, a movement I started to fight the reclassification of dispatchers from clerical to protective and bring awareness to the types of calls that 9-1-1 dispatchers answer on a daily basis.
Now…you heard the warning at the beginning but I must warn you again and add that if you suffer from PTSD or have suicidal tendencies you are listening at your own risk. The stories you are about to hear are all true and come from the dispatchers who lived them.
While some stories have a good outcome, the majority are horrifying. This is our reality. Your worst day is our every day.
So let’s start with a bang.
I want you to imagine each story. Become the dispatcher who has taken each call and imagine listening…
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Woooooooo! Two weeks and counting my fellow Jabber Loggers! Yesterday made the birth of my daughter more of a reality. My wife and I had to meet with one of the advisors of the hospital in order to pre-register so that we did not have to do it when my wife goes into labor. The hospital is very nice and it’s pretty peaceful as well. I’m sure it won’t be all that peaceful when my wife is crushing my hand while dealing with a killer contraction but oh well. I helped make the child so I might as well take some pain as well right? We sat in the office with the advisor and we enjoyed some small talk but we quickly moved on to the good stuff. Let’s register and get to know everyone by asking somewhat awkward questions.
“So Ricardo, I see you’re a 911 dispatcher.”
“Yep, that’s correct.”
“Oh, that sounds like a very interesting job.”
“Why yes it is.”
The advisor stared at me for a moment, smiled and nodded her head. I was baffled. I smiled back and nodded my head as well.
“I bet you’ve heard it all huh? The job sounds unpredictable.”
“That it is, that it is.”
There were long pauses and I usually don’t talk about all of my calls because I have taken some horrifying ones. If you don’t believe me, click on the right side for “Within the Trenches” and you can read a few bad ones. So after a few awkward pauses we moved on. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk to her. I was just saving her mind from thinking too much about any bad call I brought up. We moved on to allergies in the family and past medical history. It was the normal routine crap but what threw me for a loop was when she asked about our race/ethnicity.
“So I see that you’re both white but do either of you have anything else mixed in there?”
I chuckled for a moment. I glanced over at my wife and then smiled. I slowly turned toward the advisor and my smile grew. Imagine the scene in the animated version of, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” when his smile starts out small and then grows beyond belief.
“Um…well I’m actually 100% Mexican.”
“Oh!” She turned red for a moment. “Well, I thought you might be mixed because your name is Ricardo but…”
My wife and I laughed. I took no offense at all by her comment. It takes a lot to upset me and I have an open mind and an excellent sense of humor.
I laughed and said, “It’s cool. I am slightly lighter than most Mexicans and I have no accent.” I made sure to say all of this in my best announcer voice and we all shared a nice laugh about it. Then the advisor asked another question and I almost lost it!
“So Rebecca, I know Ricardo is full Mexican but do you have any Mexican in you?”
I let out a chuckle and I bit my tongue. Seeing how she was pregnant I could have busted out several cracks but I held back. I glanced at my wife and she gave me the, “Don’t you dare joke right now” look. I’m sure she would have laughed but I let it go. The registration ended with a tour of the birthing center and I was impressed. The best part, for my wife that is, was that she may have a room with a jacuzzi. Now from what I saw, it looked pretty sweet. Are there any mom’s out there that had a chance to use one? If so, let me know what you thought about it. There is just a short time left and Lola Mae is on her way and I’m stoked! Can’t wait to meet you baby girl!Post Views: 210
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good morning folks! Before I take my break from blogging to concentrate on my finals before graduation, I’d like to share a post on what I believe is the “Top 10 Drug Induced Movies You Must Watch Before You Die”. The movies that made my list range from comedy to drama. Each one of these movies are ones that I could watch over and over. Some are pretty old and others are a little more recent but all in all they fall under my list of classics. So without further ado I bring to you the best of the best.
***WARNING…SOME OF THE MOVIE TRAILERS MAY HAVE LANGUAGE NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.***
1. Up In Smoke – 1978
Comedy legends Cheech & Chong starred in this classic comedy that in my opinion, started the whole trend of Marijuana specific films. Who else could have brought you the quarter pounder joint and a van made entirely out of weed?
2. Scarface – 1983
Al Pacino gives a stellar performance as Tony Montana in Scarface. Tony is shipped from Cuba to America and goes from being a refugee stuck in a camp to a high powered cocaine drug lord. The story is a rise and fall of a classic character that lives on in cinema and shows what happens when you try and live your own version of the american dream.
3. Blow – 2001
This movie includes an all-star cast and is lead by Johnny Depp. Based on the true story of George Jung, the movie shows another rise and fall of a man seeking out the american dream. As many times as I’ve seen this movie, I always hope for a different outcome in the end. You begin to feel bad for George and you want him to succeed but in the end he falls.
4. The Basketball Diaries – 1995
Leonardo Di Caprio plays Jim Carroll in this movie based on Jim’s life. At the age of 13 Jim was well on his way to becoming a full blown heroin addict. He documented what would later be known as, “The Basketball Diaries” and self published his book turning him into a known and famous author by age 16. I can’t even begin to tell you what this person went through, but it’s a must see.
5. 54 – 1998
54 is based on Studio 54, a real nightclub in NYC from the 70’s. The nightclub was host to celebrities, the outrageous, and the fabulous. The story is told through the eyes of an employee and shows how the club was eventually shut down due to drugs and trouble with the IRS.
6. Go – 1999
From the director of Swingers comes a movie dubbed as, “The child of Pulp Fiction”. The movie includes different stories that involve, Las Vegas, a rave, drug dealers, a strip club, a wedding, and Ecstasy. The movie is insane and fun for all.
7. Dazed and Confused – 1993
Dazed and Confused is an all out good time. The story is based in the late 70’s and is at the end of the school year. New freshman are running for their lives from those who are now seniors and everyone is trying to find something to do since the party of the year has been crushed by the hosts parents. I showed this movie to my dad once and he remembered how hazing was part of high school back then. Ah the memories.
8. Detroit Rock City – 1999
If you have ever wanted to watch a movie that included the music of KISS and the stoners of the 70’s then this is your movie. In this movie, 4 teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert after one mom torches their tickets. The incident leads them on a crazy and insane adventure that they’ll never forget.
9. Half Baked – 1998
Following the Marijuana laced films that Cheech & Chong brought to the table comes Half Baked. The movie follows four childhood friends who live in NYC and have a mutual love for weed. When one of them is sent to prison for murdering a police horse, the remaining three are left with having to raise bail money. Now, the charge sounds odd but that’s how this comedy is. The police horse is fed by Kenny while out on a munchie run but what he doesn’t know is that the horse is a diabetic. The horse goes into shock and dies on the sidewalk. It’s all goofy fun and a must see.
10. Friday – 1995
Two friends, Craig and Smokey, experience a wild Friday by dealing with a bully, an angry drug dealer named Big Worm and other crazy characters. The movie is definitely a classic and is one that I believe was the way that Ice Cube made it out into the mainstream of film.
There you have it folks! The Top 10 Drug Induced Movies You Must Watch Before You Die. Now I know I missed some like, Party Monster, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and many others but you can comment and add others that should have made the list. Happy reading folks!Post Views: 243
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
On today’s edition of The Creative Corner, Jabber Log features a very talented artist. Comics to Canvas is the creation of Crystal Martinez, an artist who paints from her heart and soul. She currently holds a B.A. in Psychology and is working towards her Master’s and Ph.D. Crystal has always loved art and has been drawing and painting since her days in elementary school. It has continued into adulthood, however, her passion wasn’t realized until her second semester of college. In her own words she states,
“I didn’t discover my true love of Pop Art until my second semester of community college. I had painted a Master Copy of Roy Lichtenstein’s Drowning Girl in my painting I class and from that moment on I knew that Pop Art would become my style of choice.”
Since then she has painted numerous pieces involving pop culture in her own version of Pop Art. She has won numerous awards for her work and one was even purchased by her school as a feature in their private collection. From then on her work was also featured on posters and t-shirts when she won a contest for an annual Mardi Gras celebration in Lake Wales, Florida. Her work revolves mostly around comic book images and characters but in no way takes credit for the original creation. Other inspiration comes from movies, cultural icons, and every day life. She focuses on closeups in her work. It’s the emotion and expression of a person or character that drives her artistic vision. In her own words she states,
“My version of Pop Art focuses on taking those popular images and centering on faces and expressions and painting them with bold black lines and adding beautiful bright colors.”
Crystal has twenty plus works of art under her belt. This does not include those that she has sold off. She is now working on a web site to showcase her work and talent. As of right now she is working on new works of art and taking requests. The price ranges from $200-$300 depending on the canvas size and the amount of paint needed to complete the project. Typically the canvas’s are 16X20 and those are usually $200. Do not miss the opportunity to own a great work of art by up and coming Pop Artist Crystal Martinez. Her passion can be seen in every work of art. You can reach her by email at email@example.com Below is a look at her work.Post Views: 182