Ep 138 features Christine, dispatch supervisor with Waukesha, Wisconsin and Drew, manager of EMS and flight communications of Columbia City, Indiana. In this episode we follow Christine and Drew as they reflect on their careers and how they got there. Stories are shared along with moments of clarity and realization that this job is not just a job but a life long career.
This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about the IAED follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- Christine’s 9-1-1 story
- Drew jump into public safety
- 9-1-1 calls
- NAVIGATOR conference experience
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Hello people and welcome to Friday! We are one day away from New Year’s Eve and I have something that will make your party that much better. Now I know everyone likes to play Beer Pong but how about something else for a change. I for one have never played Beer Pong so maybe I’m missing something but from high school to now I have played drinking games that kept the party going for hours. The games are pretty easy to learn and I will be giving a written explanation as well as a video demonstration to come.
The game of Kings is best played with a large group of people. To set up the game you need a full deck of cards, minus the Jokers, and either a can of beer or a glass full of something Alcoholic. Place the beer in the middle of the table and spread the cards face down around the drink.
In order to see who goes first you can see who has the closest birthday and work from the left. The object of the game is to complete a round without getting the last King. Along the way are some fun cards that will get you smashed so here’s what those cards mean,
10 card – (Optional) Either a social drink with the whole group or you can invoke the Thumb Master Rule. If you pull a 10 card you become the Thumb Master or TM. While going through the game the TM will put their thumb on the edge of the table and the last person to put their thumb down has to take a drink. This can be done as many times as the TM wants or until someone else pulls a 10 card and a new TM is crowned.
Jack card – This is the Rhyme card. For example I pull a Jack and I say, Cat. The person to the left would say Bat and so on. The person who messes up the rhyme has to take a drink.
Queen Card – This is the category card. For this card you need to know your stuff. For example I pull a Queen card and I choose different beer but no lights. I would say, Budweiser, then the next person would say Coors and so on. If someone mentions a light beer or can’t think of anything within 5 seconds then they have to take a drink.
Ace Card – This is known as the waterfall card. If you happen to pull an Ace the entire group must drink as long as you are drinking. So if I pull an Ace I will chug my beer and everyone else has to do the same until I stop.
King Card – This is the dreaded King card. If you pull a King you place it next to the drink. There are four in the deck so be careful. The person who pulls the fourth King has to slam the possibly warm drink that is in the middle of the cards. You do not want to get the last King.
So there you have it folks! This is my favorite of all drinking games and before I forget, there is a time limit when thinking of a rhyme or category. If your turn comes up to choose a rhyme or add something to a category you have 5 seconds or you have to take a drink.
2. Bop It!
I’m sure you have all played Bop It at one time or another but have you played Bop It for drinks? This game is very easy so if your kids have this game you’re in luck! The game is played in a group and the game piece itself says what to do as you pass it to the next person.
It’s a think fast type of game already but once you take drinks with it the game gets interesting. The game piece will say bop it so you bop it fast and pass it on. It will then say twist it or pull it and will go on and on until someone messes up the sequence. The person who messes up will take a drink. The game starts again and goes on for as long as each player wants to go. The combination of drinks and fast thinking will eventually collide and you will not be able to think fast enough to keep up with the game piece. This is what makes the game so fun. You’re buzzed and trying to concentrate but the game is fast paced and you fall behind leaving you with multiple drinks and laughter from the group. It makes for a good time!
3. Speed Bump
This drinking game is a beast! If you have the stones to step up to this game then you are a beast yourself. The game is simple; make it from one side to the other and you’re done. Pretty easy, right? Wrong! In order to get to the other side you have to turn over cards and make the jump of the speed bump. Certain cards can add cards to your deck and the journey, as well as drinks, becomes harsh.
To set up the game you need a speed bump. This can be a pencil, cork, bottle cap, etc. Take out the Jokers from your deck, shuffle, and place four cards on each side. Let the player choose where to start from and have at it! The dealer will turn over the first card. If the card is a number under 10 the player can proceed to the next one. If the next card is a 10 or higher a card is added and you drink between 1 and 5 drinks. This is where it gets fun.
10 card – 1 drink no card
Jack – 1 drink 1 card
Queen – 2 drinks 2 cards
King – 3 drinks 3 cards
Ace – 4 drinks 4 cards
Speed Bump – If you hit the speed bump going either way you have an automatic drink.
This is why I call this game a beast. It sounds confusing but once you get into it, it becomes addicting. I have seen players go through the game in one quick shot where others have added a few rows to their deck and dreaded taking on the beast in the first place.
Jenga is a game that takes concentration and strategy so why not turn it into a drinking game, right? The adult version with drinks is very simple. Each player pulls a block and places it on top until someone finally makes it topple. The game is fun and gives bragging right to all those who didn’t break the tower. Now lets add drinks to the game. After every piece that is pulled by a player, that player will take a drink of whatever they are having. The person that breaks the tower will have to slam a fresh can of beer or mixed drink depending on what the player is having. The game is awesome and the concentration and strategy that is needed for Jenga is clouded by the amount of drinks taken during the game. Once the tower gets tipsy the players are tipsy as well.
5. Up and Down The River
Oh the wonders of Up and Down The River. This game should be played with a large group or at least a minimum of 3 people. For the explanation of this game I will use 3 players. Each player is dealt 5 cards and they will need to face them up for everyone to see.
Player one’s hand – 5, 10, King, Ace, 3
Player two’s hand – 8, 8, 2, Queen
Player three’s hand – 10, King, 3, 9
The dealer will pull a card from the deck and say, “Take 1”. The card pulled is a 5 so Player one would take a drink. The dealer will go on to say, “Take 2”, “Take 3”, and “Take 4”. A lot of drinks are taken and it sucks but it sucks even more if the dealer gets to Take 4, pulls an 8 and you are Player two. I say this because that means that Player two takes 8 drinks instead of 4. The good thing is that each card has four in each suit so if this were the scenario then the 8 card can only be pulled one more time. Make sense?
Now that was going up the river. It’s now time to go down the river and this is where it gets even more fun in my opinion. So when going down the river you get to give drinks. The dealer will say, “Give 4” and pull a number. If the dealer pulls a 3, Player 1 can give 4 or split them among each player. This is where players get cocky but if they are not paying attention they can get it right back. So Player one says to Player 3,
“You can take all four drinks man!”
“Yeah, well I have a 3 too so right back atcha.”
If you’re Player 2 and the dealer pulls an 8 on “Give 4” then you can give 8 drinks to one person or split them up. The “Give” drinks go down the river until you get to 1 and then you work your way up the river once again with “Take” drinks. The game goes on until someone finally bows out. It’s a very fun game and after a few rounds you’ll be a pro.
These are the five drinking games that will make your party the most fun that anyone has ever had. This has been brought to you by Jabber Log! Make sure to drink responsibly, sleep at the party or have a designated driver and we wish you a happy New Year. Cheers!Post Views: 500
In my previous post I spoke of the melon or wobble heads of West Michigan. They have been said to live in the woods of Laketown Township by the Felt Mansion. It’s a story that has spread across the area but another story amazes me for it’s connection to the ruthless gangster, Al Capone. Growing up I heard of the Yellow Motel within the Pullman area of Allegan County. It was said to be haunted by the murder victims of Capone. The gangster and his men would frequent the Yellow Motel back when he was in power. There were underground tunnels as well as a pit of quicksand where his victims were left to be swallowed by the land. Years later, the stories of a ghostly car that crashes in the area as well as white dogs guarding the area continue to be a topic of interest. I’ve driven down the back roads of Allegan County but I’ve never witnessed anything. I suppose it’s because it was never at night…well, I have been there at night but I was in a different area. So how true is this story involving this motel and Al Capone?
According to Charlotte Weick who wrote on the topic for Advance Newspapers, “Witnesses claim to have observed an unearthly yellow glow around the ruins of a former resort in the Allegan Forest and others report being chased by white dogs near the ruins. Others report a blue motel that transforms to a sickly yellow.” The story of white dogs is one that I have heard before. Back when I was in high school, a cousin of mine told me that he and some other friends drove out to where the Yellow Motel was located. He said that they pulled up, left the lights on to the car, and began walking towards the motel. He said that the lights turned off and all they could see were red eyes. He said that they ran back to the car and when they turned the lights on a white dog jumped on the hood. He said that it took a minute for the car to turn on but once it did they took off and the dog disappeared. There are more stories that relate to the Yellow Motel other than the one of Al Capone.
Tonya Howe, a Yahoo Network Contributor, also wrote about the Yellow Motel. “Ken, a friend of mine, was renting it when my husband and I dropped by for a visit, however, Ken was not home. As we drove around the circle driveway a lady looked out the window at us. When I later told Ken about this, he told me he lives there alone but that the lady watches him when he is mowing the lawn as well.” I can’t imagine seeing this let alone living within the motel when it once stood. The stories are almost unbelievable but if it was haunted, where did it all start? Howe states that, “It is said a young couple honeymooning there caused the hauntings to begin when the groom, discovering his bride not to be a virgin, killed her and threw himself out the window.” It would be something else to find out the truth behind the Yellow Motel but I think it’s the mystery that keeps the story going. The motel burned down in the late 90’s. Some say it was vandalized, but others think it was the ghosts that haunted the motel. “I stopped to talk to the renters who were going through the rubble”, said Howe, “they indicated they felt the fire was set by the ghosts and that it was not their first attempt to set the place ablaze.”
So what really happened at the Yellow Motel? What really happened at the Felt Mansion and is the Dunes Correctional Facility the site of the mysterious Junction Asylum? Both stories require more research. I would love to head out to both spots and do some recording. It’s definitely worth a try. I’m sure that the ones who know the truth behind both stories are long gone but what if? What if someone has evidence? Something the county doesn’t want people to know about in reference to The Junction. Maybe someone has actually seen the underground tunnels around the Yellow Motel. The quicksand might still be there, and maybe, just maybe, the white dogs are still guarding the area. Please comment and if anyone has further information, I’d love to discuss it.Post Views: 760
Crazy things happened to us throughout our lives. People come and go but it’s the conversations that last a lifetime. This past Tuesday I had a conversation with my team, and a couple officers. The conversation was hilarious and it involved a time when I had gone to the Old Country Buffett with my wife and our friends. We had been there for a while and of course, I had to use the restroom. So I got up and went for it. I usually try to wait until I get home because public restrooms suck but I couldn’t wait.
I walked by snotty kids who were running around. They were obviously annoying others while they ate their dinner. I laughed and made my way to the restroom. I chose a stall and sat down. Now, I know this is getting personal and possibly gross but it’s funny. I’m sure everyone has had a moment of stage fright when someone else enters the bathroom and I’m no different. I sat awkwardly waiting for the person to leave, but instead I heard a familiar voice.
“Hey bro, you need a poop buddy?”
I busted up laughing. My friend did the same and sat in the next stall. The story was short. The story was funny and I shared it with my co-workers. We laughed and had a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. I will remember this because one of my co-workers who took part in the laughter recently passed away. It’s a shock and out of no where. But I will remember him through this story and his laughter.
On a personal note…I will miss you bro. It’s crazy to think that you’re gone. We were just laughing and joking this past Tuesday. We even talked about you taking over my shift and I expected to see you this morning for coffee and more stories filled with laughter. It’s just surreal bro. I’m trying to stay strong and fight back my tears as I type this but it’s hard. Since I started working here we’ve been cool. We hung out with our group many times and it was always fun. Monday Night Football (MNF) isn’t going to be the same without you. I don’t know that I will be able to have a Stella without thinking about the Stella glasses that we would use during MNF. It’s going to be hard brother but we will manage as we always do. Thanks for always laughing and joking, thanks for being you my friend. For the rest of my life I will live by a quote you posted within the last couple weeks,
Life is short, Live it. Love is rare, Grab it. Anger is bad, Dump it. Fear is awful, Face it. Memories are sweet, Cherish it.
That’s exactly what I’m going to do sir.Post Views: 431