Episode 133 of the podcast features Kaylyn, a 9-1-1 dispatcher & content creator out of Northern California. She is the creator of the popular YouTube channel Youmarriedme. In this episode Kaylyn shares her 9-1-1 story along with her inspiration for Youmarriedme. One of her stories left me speechless. It’s a powerful one that you don’t want to miss! Below you will find links to her social media outlets.
As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com.
Episode topics –
- Kaylyn’s 911 story
- Kaylyn’s first high priority call
- Kaylyn’s closure, 5 years after a suicide call
- Inspiration for “Youmarriedme”
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The experience of life is an interesting one. You can be at the top living like a king and life can slap you with a reality check and bring you down. Once you’re at the bottom you feel as though you’ll never get out. You fall further and finally you hit rock bottom. From my experience, this is where you find yourself. You figure out what you’re made of and you fight your way back to the top. It’s a long journey. Nothing is perfect and nothing is easy. We don’t have an easy button, though we wish Staples would lend us their’s for our personal use. It takes patience and hard work to live like a king again. I have experienced this and though I have mentioned this in a previous post, it deserves another mention to let people know that it’s possible to make it out of the hole.
With all this said, I am thankful for everything that has happened to me. Yesterday I was having a conversation with my 7 year old while holding my 3 month old daughter about my past. I believe it started out with the topic of factories and how I worked at one before leaving for Florida. The conversation also included time travel and though I’m being vague here, the point of our conversation was that if I had never lost my job I would have never moved to Florida and they would not exist. It took a little bit for him to understand but he got the point. When I think about it now, my life would have been completely different. So ultimately I’m thankful that the factory I worked for contributed to me hitting rock bottom. Had it not been for them laying me off I would not have moved to Florida, and I would have never met my wife or worked at Frostproof Police Department. That job started my whole career and my rise to the top. When talking about this with my son I went deaf for a moment. The thought of not having my family was gut wrenching.
Can you imagine what life would be like if you had made different choices? For me it’s crazy to think but in the end I’m thankful for everything that happened to me in my past. It got me where I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing. Life has blessed me with an excellent job, a wonderful family, and friends I can lean on when in need. I also went back to school and I currently hold an Associates with a concentration in Web Design, a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design that will wrap up in a couple months, and I will be seeking a Master’s in New Media Journalism right after that. I have also been blogging my heart out here. It’s been great doing this and I will continue to do it. It has helped me get my life experience out there, and opened some doors that will help in the future. I am thankful for a lot indeed. A big thanks goes out to my wife Rebecca, who has helped me get through moments where life has thrown a curve ball, to my kids who keep me on my toes and bring me back to my child-like imagination, my family, friends and co-workers who are the best that anyone could ever have, to my new Jabber Log writers who have contributed to fresh material, Candis of EcoBuns, Cassidy of Cassidy Rae Studio, Maddie Larkin, Jackie Green of WGRD who I have had a pleasure of working with and for the shout out that means so much to me, and everyone I have ever come in contact with. My story alone shows that with hard work you too can break out and work your way back from rock bottom. Remember to be thankful for everything that life slaps you with. Whether good or bad you have the ability to make it back. Keep fighting, keep working hard, rise up, and don’t hold back. It’ll be worth it in the end. Keep reading folks and Happy Thanksgiving. The show goes on…Post Views: 94
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
With Halloween only a few days away it made me think about all the costumes and characters I’ve played over the years. If I remember correctly, almost every one of my costumes were homemade. Halloween USA wasn’t around yet and store bought costumes were not all that glamorous. I mean, if you wanted to have an awesome Halloween costume you made it. For me it was almost like Christmas because my mom wouldn’t show my siblings and I the end result until it was finally ready to go. She had to hem different parts of the costume here and there but it was only a section at a time. When it was finally done it was like opening a present on Christmas morning.
I remember one year I was the headless horseman. To make the costume work my mom cut a hole out of an old Pampers box for me to wear over my head. There was a liner around the bottom so that my neck wouldn’t get shredded and holes up top so that I could see and breathe. I wore one of my dad’s button-up shirts and a cape wrapped around the top to give it that “headless” effect. It turned out great and my mom received a lot of compliments for it too. I was also Spot from the old 7up commercials, Dracula, and many more but the best homemade costume I ever had was the year I was Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3. I was around 10 or 11 and the game was epic. I was addicted to it and that’s what I wanted to be for Halloween. The costume had everything! I was the happiest kid around with the coolest costume. Many years later my eldest son was Luigi from Super Mario Bros. We were both around the same age and what gets me the most is that we have not seen each other in years and that’s what he chose. I have not had any interaction with him, which if you have read my previous posts you would know why, since he was almost 2 years old. He would have had no knowledge of me being Mario when I was his age. What are the odds huh?
Homemade costumes just seem to complete the fun of Halloween. Sure you have the candy and the parties but making your own costume just tops it off. Retail stores offer some fancy costumes now but some of them are just too expensive. It almost takes away from the creativity of it all but it’s the convenience that sometimes gets the best of us. One of the best costumes I’ve seen comes from my wife. One year she made a costume for our son and my eyes exploded when I saw the end result. I was seriously jealous when our son had it on because I wanted a costume for myself. Now if you didn’t know from my previous posts, I’m a huge Mega Man fan and if you don’t know who that is then Google it or dust off your old Nintendo and go buy the game. When Mega Man 3 came out a new character named Proto Man was introduced. I told my son Logan about this character and after we played the game he was hooked. When my wife asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween he chose Proto Man. It was a tricky costume to complete but Rebecca did an excellent job with it. It was complete with an arm cannon and helmet and like I said before, I was very jealous.
So what were you growing up? Did your parents make your costumes or were they store bought? I think the only one I had as a kid that was store bought was a Charlie Brown costume and although I probably thought it was great back then, it looks pretty cheap to the standards of today. I guess it was cool either way but it would have been even more cool if I had put a sheet over my head and cut out several holes like Charlie Brown did in the cartoon. Comment below and let me know what you were growing up. I’d like to read about how creative everyone was back then and today. Have a great time Trick or Treating and Happy early Halloween to everyone from Jabber Log!Post Views: 93
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good afternoon folks! I hope your Sunday is going great. I just finished a live broadcast on Ustream explaining my Kickstarter project for a new podcast called Within the Trenches. The podcast would be a live show on Ustream and would feature 9-1-1 dispatchers and their stories. After wrapping up my broadcast I realized that I forgot one main point of the Kickstarter project. The point refers to how and when the money you pledge is applied to the account set aside for this project. If you pledge to this project you will not be charged unless I make the goal amount. For example, I have $1,450 and I need $1,500. If I don’t make that by January 12th, 2013 then no one is charged. With that said, if I don’t make it no one is charged and no one gets their reward. With Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing venture. Now, I would continue to explain everything but instead I will include the link to the Kickstarter page that shows the pledge amounts and rewards. I will also provide a link to the Ustream broadcast from today. It includes the explanation and a 9-1-1 tape of a co-worker of mine who did an excellent job in getting a guy to stop his car during a two county police chase. The call contains a few choice words but the tape is superb. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please go to the links below and share and pledge so that we can make this show a reality.Post Views: 92