Episode 144 features show favorite Rob “Big Mac” McMullen and is the first Facebook Live episode. In this episode we play some funny 9-1-1 tapes, interact with our Facebook Live audience and share hilarious stories.
You don’t want to miss this one! As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- 9-1-1 stories
- Live at Indiana NENA/APCO conference
- 9-1-1 tapes
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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: 63
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
“An eye for eye makes the whole world blind.”
Is this something you believe? I’m sure we were all brought up to be kind to others and show sympathy and compassion but do we always feel this way? How about murderers and hardened criminals? I have seen court hearings where a suspect will stand up and address a victims family or families depending on the case and some apologize for what they have done. At times the family has forgiven the suspect but I have always thought about myself in that situation. I see myself as a kind person and all but I don’t think I could forgive someone for doing something harmful to a member of my family. Sure I can say that I might forgive someone depending on the circumstance but really, deep down, I’d probably want justice or revenge in the sense of an eye for an eye. I mean seriously, for one moment, I want you to think about it. You’re a good person who feels that an eye for eye is wrong and that the person will get what’s coming to them when they die and ready for judgment but what if it were your family? Do you think you would react the same way? This is a member of your family that has been hurt. Does the suspect deserve a life sentence or should that person or persons meet swift street justice?
I’ve spoken to a few people about this and it’s interesting to me to hear what others think about the concept of an eye for an eye. Now, please don’t take me for an evil heartless person. This post is simply a way to generate discussion on a topic I used for a project I did in class last month. The project involved creating a city and developing posters and such for it. The professor wanted us to dig deep into our imagination for this project and after a brainstorming session with a good friend of mine the city of Bounty Land was born. The following is an excerpt of my creative proposal for this city that was born out of the concept of an eye for an eye,
“Welcome to Bounty Land, a city built for justice. Although it appears to be normal, the city holds a controversial yet needed purpose. No children inhabit the city of Bounty Land. Those who have been convicted of a crime with a life or death sentence will be brought here. The same is true for those on the run, the fugitives. Once arriving at Bounty Land those who have done wrong will be assigned to a sponsor in a specific sector of the city. They will be made to believe that he or she will be rehabilitated rather than completing their sentence. The abolished will work until the day comes that reflects their specific sector, and on that day the guilty will be let out on the street to be hunted. In the end, the once predator will become the prey.”
There is more to this idea and I plan on possibly creating a graphic novel based on Bounty Land but I’d like to know what you think. How do you really feel about an eye for an eye?
Let’s look at it from another side. Have you ever watched, “The Boondock Saints”? If not, it’s a superb film and is worth watching. The movie is about twin brothers who believe they are on a mission from God to dispose of those who seek to harm the innocent. Their main targets are the Mob who inhabit their city. They protect the innocent but they murder criminals. There is an FBI agent who is trying to figure out who has been killing off the criminals of the city and once he figures out who is doing the killing he eventually sees what they are doing as good. He believes their purpose is needed. What do you think of this concept? Is murder the same thing no matter if you’re doing it to criminals or do we live with some type of, “We Don’t Tolerate Scum” attitude and there is a difference? I would like some honest opinions here. It really doesn’t matter what I think but if it came down to it, I would need to know without a doubt that the accused person was guilty before I went straight to an eye for an eye. There are many people out there who have been convicted of a crime and 20 or so years later turn out to be innocent, so yeah…I’d need some proof first. So here it is folks, the concept of an eye for an eye. The choice is yours and the topic is on the table. Don’t be afraid to respond, I’d like to read all of your responses and trust me, after this post I will get back to the funny posts. This topic has been on my mind for a while now and soon enough I will have some stories written to go along with Bounty Land. I have concept shots and models for the hunters so it’s coming along. Make sure to respond people!Post Views: 64
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Within the Trenches is back with episode 31! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Elise, the Executive Director of 9-1-1 for Kids. The history of the organization is revealed as well as the main purpose, which is to help reduce 9-1-1 misuse. This was an excellent episode and as you will hear in the beginning and the end of the show the music is different. This was done in honor of 9-1-1 for Kids and more information on the song can be found on their website by following the links below. This episode is packed with information and as always you can email the show at email@example.com.
Episode topics –
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- The main goal of 9-1-1 for Kids
- The importance of public education
- Awards given for 9-1-1 heroes
- 9-1-1 stories involving child heroes