Within the Trenches is back with episode 132! After this website being down for almost a week it is back up and iTunes subscriptions are up and running again too. In this episode I spoke with Mary the Deputy Director of Macecom out of Washington State and also the author of a very popular article “Dispatch on the Brain” for The Journal through the IAED. We visit her personal 9-1-1 journey, calls she has taken and much more.
This is a must listen! As always if you have any questions, comments or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com. Also make sure to check the links below. Macecom is currently hiring and please go to Macecom’s Facebook page and like them. Mary’s article is also listed along with the link to 911ceu.com.
Macecom – Now hiring!
Dispatch on the Brain by Mary | The Journal
911CEU – Web
Episode topics –
- Website issues recap
- Mary’s 9-1-1 story
- Mary’s 9-1-1 calls
- Dispatch on the Brain article discussion
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Earlier today I was watching “The Adventures of Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad” when something struck me funny. In one part of the Ichabod Crane portion of the movie, there is a song that tells a few things about him.
Who’s the town’s ladies’ man?
Gets around like nobody can?
Has to be none other than
Ichabod, Ichabod Crane
Now as a kid, we don’t pay attention to everything that is being said in the song. I immediately began to laugh because of the adult humor that’s added in there. My sisters had previously mentioned this and I thought they were joking but sure enough the song in the movie tells about how Ichabod gets around. I sat back and thought about other cartoons and children’s movies in general that I grew up watching. Were there others out there that included adult humor that I didn’t get as a kid? Of course there was!
The first one that came to mind was Disney’s Pinocchio. The portion of the cartoon I want to reference is where the boys are hauled off to the island. All of these punk kids are taken to a place where they are given all kinds of food and at one point Pinocchio and his friend are smoking cigars and drinking beer. The horrifying part of all this is when they turn into donkey’s. As a kid you don’t understand why they are turning into donkey’s except for maybe the fact that they have misbehaved. Watching it as an adult you put two and two together and realize that turning into a donkey references the animals other name; Jackass. This is Disney’s way of humoring adults and passing the message that if you misbehave, smoke cigars, and drink beer you’re being a Jackass. The same goes for old Looney Tunes episodes because there would be times where characters would do something stupid and they would morph into a sucker and it would be labeled as such. There were also parts where a character would turn into a donkey and labeled, “Jackass”. It’s really funny if you think about it.
Cartoons seem to be laced with adult humor in order to keep parents content while sitting through entertainment targeted at their children. Another cartoon that comes to mind is Spongebob Squarepants. I can’t say that I have actually watched a full episode but a few years ago I was up late channel surfing. I stopped on Nickelodeon and there was an episode of Spongebob on. I left it on as background while I typed up a paper. I wasn’t paying too much attention to it but I looked up in time to catch some adult humor. I don’t remember what built up to the punchline but Spongebob says,
“Patrick! You’re genius is showing!”
Patrick, the dim-witted starfish friend, pulls on his shorts and looks down toward his crotch. I laughed at first and then realized why my wife didn’t want our son watching it. He was around four at the time and I know he would have never gotten the joke but I was surprised. And don’t get me wrong here. I’m all about adult humor and I have a great sense of humor, but the scene caught me off guard.
Another movie that cracks me up as an adult is Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. I loved this movie growing up and I still do but the humor is so much better as an adult. Gene Wilder, who plays Willy Wonka, is excellent in this film. The way he pulls off his sarcasm is priceless. As a kid the jokes fall flat because you don’t get them. When a kid does something they were told not to do and Wonka throws out sarcasm one can only appreciate it as an adult. Think about all the scenes in the movie or watch it again for that matter. You will pay much more attention to the dialog and the adult humor within. One scene that makes me laugh out loud is where everyone is trying to find the tickets and there is a scientist who is introducing a super computer to some suits in a lab. The computer has the ability to tell them where the golden tickets are but this computer doesn’t want to help cheat in any way.
The end of the clip is awesome because as an adult you know exactly what the scientist is telling the computer it can do with a life-time supply of chocolate. I mean, the look on his face tells it all. It’s stuff like this that cracks me up over and over. I missed so much as a kid when I was watching these movies and cartoons. There are two parts to every kid friendly movie/cartoon. There’s the fantasy that relates to children and then there’s the portions soaked in adult humor. I may have to re-watch everything from my childhood for the hidden grown up humor. There has to be a lot more out there that I have not seen yet. If you can think of any let me know. I’m always up for a good laugh. Cheers!Post Views: 408
By Ricardo — 1 year ago
Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 188 features Brittany, Assistant Director of Fulton County out of Indiana. This was recorded at the Indiana NENA/APCO conference.
Episode topics –
- Brittany’s 9-1-1 story
- Calls that stick with you
- And more
As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Views: 238
By Ricardo — 8 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: 477