In this episode we go back in time a few years to when Curt, who lived down the street from the Kosciusko County 9-1-1 dispatch center fell out of a tree and his wife had to call 9-1-1. Sarah, was the call taker that day and in this one story, they both found out what the other was doing before and after the call. To bring them together and allow for closure was a great experience.
This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. 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 –
- Curt’s side of the 9-1-1 call
- Sarah’s side of the 9-1-1 call
- Know your location
- And more
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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 — 4 months ago
Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 183 is an Open Mic episode. This episode features funny stories and blunders from 9-1-1. This was recorded at the Iowa APCO conference during the closing session.
Episode topics –
- Funny 9-1-1 stories
- Open mic blunders
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
I remember grade school being pretty fun. There was a different learning tool every year. Some seemed stupid back then but looking back at it now, I see where it helped. Some learning tools came with incentives and if it had not been for that I might not have read as much. I mean, I enjoyed reading back then but I would rather write than read. Now years later I have a 7 year old and yesterday he revealed a program that I used to participate in and it shot me back to grade school.
“I’m going to have pizza tonight”, yelled Logan.
“What”, I asked.
“Well…maybe, if that’s what we have.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I get a free pizza because of Book It.”
I chuckled at him and flashed back to my pin with gold stars and a hologram on the front of it that would switch between a book and the Book It logo. I asked him to give it to me so that I could see what it looks like now and when I saw it I was a little disappointed. Sure you still get the pizza for reading books but now it’s simply a slip of paper. That’s right, a slip of paper! Why!? What happened to the Book It pin? The pins were what made the program awesome! Well…at least it made it awesome to me. Logan was very happy about it but my wife and I lit up at the thought of our pins back in the day. We both grinned from ear to ear and you would’ve thought we were the ones getting the personal pan pizza. We ended up having pizza for dinner and I am very proud of my boy.
After dinner I started thinking about other things in school that were cool. The first thing I thought about was these inflatable figures that were used as a tool for learning your ABC’s. I thought these figures were so cool that my parents went looking for them but could not find a store that sold them. The figures had names like Mister M – Munching Mouth, Mr. B. – Beautiful Buttons, and others. If you don’t remember The Letter People then you should Google it but if you were a kid in elementary school during the early to mid 80’s then you know what I’m talking about.
Man those figure were awesome and if I remember correctly I think there were some records or tapes that included songs or skits where a specific letter person told a story or something. Next up is D.A.R.E. Do you remember this program? If so then you remember the weeks of education followed by a t-shirt, pencils, erasers, and bumper stickers at the end of the program where there was an actual graduation. Sounds like a lot but it happened. Now…how many of you graduated the program and smoked weed either way? Raise your hand if you did this. Are you actually raising your hand right now? If you are then that’s pretty funny!
I’m sure there are many more things that made school cool but I can’t think of anything else at this time. I’ll tell you one thing, I remember walking down the hallway in grade school and the fresh odor of saw dust. I remember walking to my locker and approaching a huge puddle in the middle of the hallway. As I got closer the odor was stronger and every time it was the same thing. Some kid showed up to school sick and chucked it all over the floor so the janitor would have to put this sawdust like substance over it to take away the smell. It didn’t always help but it was better than nothing. Along the same lines of gross was the fluoride that was provided in grade school. Do you remember this? When it first started we were given a small, clear, plastic cup with a light green fluoride rinse. It tasted nasty and not minty at all. It tasted more like hotdog water but there was a way to get out of it. Each cup was accompanied by a napkin. What my friends and I did was wrap the napkin around the cup so that our teacher couldn’t see it and fake the rest. It worked every time! Later on they began using a bubblegum flavor but by then I was older and the school didn’t care anymore. Either way it was all nasty and years later we find out that fluoride isn’t the best thing for us after all. Hmm….Well all of this, minus the sawdust and fluoride, made school cool. If you can remember anything from school like this then make sure to comment. If there are any school officials who are reading this then I request that you bring back the Book It pin and the Letter People! They were awesome and I think kids would dig it. Have a good one folks and happy reading!Post Views: 224