Friday, July 31, 2009

Out of Order

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jill hurt her back
It's out of whack
This blog is out of order.

Hi all. I'll be out of commission for a while until my back feels better.
Take care and God bless.



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Today is Tuesday. You know what that means...

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest!!!

If April showers bring May flowers, then July showers bring torrential rainfalls. (I know, I know....If April showers bring May Flowers, then what do May Flowers bring.....Pilgrims)


We have had some incredible storms lately. BTW, All this rain has made me think of His Princess, and I hope the drought is better there. Anyway, Last night it literally poured.

I LOVE weather. It is so forceful and strong and unpredictable. My favorite nights to run calls have always been stormy nights. Rain, Hail, Lightening, Snow, Sleet, Wind....I love it. I know it is dangerous and I've seen some of the awful results of it, but I cannot help it, I just love to be out in it. It makes me feel so alive. It makes me feel like..........

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Just wondering....

There was an old lady
who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why
she swallowed that fly.....

Do you???.



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Re-Visiting the WVB

Hi all. You may think all I do is write about funny things or off the wall topics. But education is a very important topic. Enriching one's vocabulary is a great way to enrich one's mind. SO, as you read the following, you will see there is a very intellectual and deep side to me also.

Today, I am going to approach the Word Verification Box again.
The DREADED Word Verification Box (WVB)!

We've been over before how annoying they are and how those spammers get through anyway but they still keep getting used.

As I've told you in the past, at least it can be very educational. Why, I've even learned more new words since my last post on this subject...what did you say? You want to read the last one I wrote? Well, aren't you sweet. You can read it by clicking H E R E. OR, as I just found out, you can go to Goggle, type in Word Verification Box on images and yours truly is the first image there!

These new words that keep coming up are tricky. Sometimes I cannot find them in my Websters dictionary, but that's ok because many of these have the meaning built right in.

Here are a few I've run across in the past few weeks.........

1. CATAPOOT- definitely an easy one, (and my favorite from this list). Your kids are playing with their toy catapult and it isn't working properly. The stone is just falling off of the end. That is definitely a "catapoot"

2. Nonash-The opposite of YesNash

3. Suatri- When a tree falls on you and you take legal action against it. (ok, maybe this one is my favorite)

4. whobb- What Weebles do when they DO fall down.

5. Gizinh- What to say to someone who starts to sneeze but stops in the middle of it.

6. Volium- The medication that the doctor gives you once the Valium becomes ineffective. (a step before Xanax).

7. Genfati- that is what you become when you drink too much gin and get a big belly.

8. Cardem- What the guy at the local bar does to make sure under age drinkers aren't trying to get in.

9. Inquets-opposite of outquets......don't ask me what outquets means. I can't do all the research. But it probably means something like the opposite of inquets.

10. Cowerso- Remember those bullies from when you were a kid? Stand up to them and watch them cowerso much.

11. Addiliu- A word for people with ADD and ADHD. It is when they start to talk about one thing and suddenly get sidetracked and off the subject. My favorite subject in school was history because you learned so much about real people and real times and, oh, I've really spent too much time here today because I have tons of important things to laundry ....dishes.... dinner .....vacuum ..... My vacuum is an Oreck. It's ok, but until they make a vacuum that does the work for you, to me, they are all the same. Hey, I think they did, I think it's called the Robovac and it is a little disc that travels around the room for you. I read somewhere that you have to program it though and I could be finished vacuuming by then.

Well, that is all for now.

Oh, and to all you people that still have the WVB. I'm just kidding. I LOVE you all. Thank you for enriching my mind!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today Is Tuesday. You know What That Means

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest!!!!

July 20th (yesterday) was an historical day for the world.
July 20, 1969
One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.




Monday, July 20, 2009

Public Service Announcement!!

This is a public service announcement from the National Mom's Who Are Ready For School To Start Association (NMWARFSTSA).

In the general Virginia district there is exactly...

1 Month
1 Week
4 Days
1 Hour
29 Minutes
17 Seconds 16...15...14...13...12...

until school starts.



Thursday, July 16, 2009

Procrastination Paid!!!

About a month ago, our dog, Sydney, got loose and was picked up by Animal Control. When I went to the pound to pick her up I had forgotten to bring any of her records. I assured them she was up to date on her shots etc. According to their records, I wasn't.

The officer gave me 2 summons. One was for no rabies certification and the other was no county license. She told me that if I could find the papers at home, to notify the courts and that would be the end of it. So, I paid the $25.00 fine that was due because they had picked Sydney up and took her home.

When I got home, I realized that all the papers I had were for our dog that had passed away a little over a year ago. Her next update wasn't due until 2010, but Sydney's had all expired the month before.

So I figured I would get the shots and license, mail in the fines for the summons and that would be the end of it.

We got the shots and license. The 2 summons, which were due today, June 16, laid on the counter.

They laid and they laid.

Each day I cleaned the counter and moved them from one to-do stack to another.

They laid and they laid.

Just this morning I realized they were due today by 1:30pm.

I rushed to the courthouse to pay the fines and got there around 1:15. I was informed that it was too late and that I had to go in front of the judge.

This is Virginia. We are conservative. When you go to court for ANYTHING, even Animal Control, you better be dressed respectfully in your Sunday-Go-To-Meeting-Clothes. I was wearing blue jean shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers. I felt awful about that. I was guilty of the summons and didn't expect to get an extra fine for my attire but still, you just DO NOT dress like that for court.

The judge went alphabetically. My last name starts with a T so about 15 people went before me. It went very fast. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. get the point. Then he called my name and I went and stood before him, (wishing desperately I had taken a Xanax before hand).

He asked if I was guilty and I replied "Yes Sir, it was inadvertently but I am guilty." he asked me to explain. I then first told the judge that I would like to apologize for my attire. I told him I was expecting to pay a fine and I felt very disrespectful standing before him dressed in the manner that I was. He paused for a moment and then said in a very surprised voice, "Well, Thank You. That is really, really nice and I appreciate that.". I then explained the mix-up on Sydney's shots and licence and showed him proof that we had since had everything taken care of. He smiled and said, "Dismissed". DISMISSED!!!! As I had told him, even though it wasn't on purpose, I WAS guilty.


If I had paid the 2 summons ahead of time it would have been about $200.00, but instead.....
D I S M I S S E D !!!!!!!

When I was leaving a different officer came outside and said, "Ma'am, you need to go to the Circuit Desk and pay your fines. I replied that my case had been dismissed. His eyes opened wide and he said, "Dismissed? In Animal Court? Wow!". Then he said "Have a great day!" And you know what, I think I will!

P.S. To all you rain-on-my-paraders, yes, if I had had the proper paperwork in the first place none of that would have happened. But do you know what, if that had been the case, then this would just be another hot, humid, long, summer day. Instead.....DISMISSED!!!!!


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Today is Tuesday. You know what that means.

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest!!

You may have seen today's special guest on the news, but this is just too good not to pass it on.

This guy (Dave Carole) and his band (Sons of Maxwell) were flying on United Airlines. One of the other passengers saw the baggage handlers throwing guitars out of the baggage compartment. They belonged to the guy. Sure enough, his Taylor guitar was broken. He tried for about a year to get United Airlines to repair...Nor Replace...just pay for the repair. he got absolutely no where.

SO, he wrote a song about the experience and posted it on You Tube. It became an overnight sensation. Even CNN and MSNBC heard about it and did a commentary on it. Of course United Airlines THEN offered to pay for the guitar after it received a LOT of negative feedback. The guy told them that it was too late for that and if they wanted to do anything, just take the money they would have used and donate it to a charity of their choice.

Since then, I believe he has received offers from guitar manufacturers to repair and even replace his guitar at no charge.

United says they are using the song for training purposes to improve their customer service. HAHA.

Anyway, today's special guest is his video. He posted it about a week ago and already has over 2 million views! If you are interested, after the video I am also posting the CNN clip.

Have a great day.....and if you're traveling, don't forget....United breaks Guitars!



Monday, July 13, 2009


Good Morning Everyone.

You simply MUST go visit Beverly YooHoo and see the beautiful first born of her first born.

Her smile says it all!!!!

What a lucky child to have such a wonderful grandmother!!!!

Congratulations YooHoo to you and all your family!

She is absolutely B E A U T I F U L!!!!!!!.



Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tonight is Saturday. You know what that means...

Tonight is Saturday.
You know what that means....

OK, What is really means is that I am tired of seeing "Today is Tuesday" on my blog. Unfortunately I have absolutely nothing to say.

OK, I have tons to say....I just lose it somewhere between my head and my fingers when I'm sitting here.

Have a great weekend!.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's Already Tuesday. You Know What That Means!

Wow. I have lost track of what day of the week it is. Summer does that to me sometimes.

Today is a little later than usual but it's still Tuesday.
You know what that means!
We're gonna have a special guest!!!

On yesterday's post I talked about a car accident in which the car was upside down and the victim was still buckled up. If she hadn't been wearing her seat belt, I don't think she would have survived.

So today's guest star is a PSA (Public Service Announcement) from the 1970's.

Have a great day....And don't forget to buckle up!!

(Is that Sgt Joe Friday doing the narration?)




Monday, July 6, 2009

The Day I Saw An Angel ...... Conclusion

If you are reading this now, and didn't read yesterday's post, you really need to go back to my prior post and read that one to catch up. You can click here, The Day I Saw An Angel. I'll wait while you catch up.

OK, So I finally reached the car and what I saw was not good. I had been trained. I had practiced multiple scenarios on dummies and even on real people that were acting the part of the victim. I had ridden along and watched others do the job. I had taken the classes and passed the tests. I knew the time would come when I would be the one responsible. I knew the day would come when the job I did would hugely impact the future of the victim. I just didn't expect it to be on my very first solo run.

For about 3 seconds I stood there trying to size up the situation. I felt my pulse rising. I was terrified that every bit of training I had ever had was going to fly out of my head and be gone forever.

I wiped away as much of the broken glass that I could and crawled through the window. My patient seemed to be in her early 20's. She was hanging upside down, suspended by her seat belt. Her injuries were awful....and all over.

ABC- That's what they teach us to look at first. ABC, Airway, Breathing, Circulation. As I began to check her airway, a voice said "Her airway's clear, breathing is shallow, pulse is weak and irregular.". I looked up and there sitting on the other side of this woman was a motorist who happened to be riding down the road when the accident happened. But this wasn't just any motorist. This was the guy that had been my partner during the entire EMT class. This was the guy that had worked with me through all those scenarios we had worked on. This was the guy that I had worked with so many times that we could almost read each others minds when it came to patient care. This was MY Angel. As I looked at him, our eyes locked, he gave me a slight nod, as if to say, "You got it. You can do it." and it all came back. All of the sudden I knew exactly what to do. All the training kicked into gear and it was as if I had been doing it forever.

We got her as stable as possible while the other firefighters were cutting the car in half so that we could get her out without jostling her any more than necessary.

By the time we were able to start moving her, we had her hooked up to oxygen, neck and back stabilized, and cuts and gouges patched.

The worst of her injuries was the side of her head. That one worried me. I won't go into details that you may not want to hear but just know that I had to keep my hand on the side of her head at all times.

We got her up the hill, loaded her into the ambulance, and watched them drive away. I was helping the policemen retrieve some of the personal articles out of the car, when I noticed the driver of the car standing at the top of the hill. He was wearing handcuffs.

My partner, my angel was finishing up filling out a few forms for the policemen. As he was walking to his vehicle, he looked over at me. he gave me the same nod that he had given me in the car. Then, he gave me a tiny smile, a wink, got into his car, and left.

He doesn't work at the same station that I do. The chances of him being there were close to none. God knew without a doubt that this was going to be difficult. God knew that I knew what to do but he knew that because it was my first time, I was nervous....ok I was scared. God sent me my angel.....and I will NEVER forget that day.


I read an article in the paper a few weeks later about this young lady and the ordeal she and her family were going through. Yes, she lived. Quality of Life??? I'm not sure.

I do know that before the accident, she was a law student and a basketball player at her college. She was well liked and she had a bright future ahead of her.

Well, she did. Then she went to Kings Dominion with a guy that was a friend of hers.
They played. He got drunk.
He got very drunk.
Witnesses said that he was traveling well over 100 mph. Probably closer to 110-120. They say he was all over the road. They said he seemed to miss his exit and did a u-turn in the road. he spun around too hard. They say the car literally flew off of the embankment.

Anyway, the article was about the accident and the reporter was asking the girl's father some questions. He said she was doing a little bit better. That she was conscious and had been able to speak a few words. they were working on teaching her how to feed herself.

At the end of the article, her father was quoted saying"Think. Think before every action you make. Every move you make. If something doesn't seem right, then stop and think because if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't right. We are all responsible for our own decisions and for the choices we make. Don't throw your gifts away. Just stop and think."

Oh, and one final note, the driver, the guy in handcuffs....not a scratch on him..

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Day I Saw An Angel

Once in a while, just when you think you are on your own, you realize that there is always an angel that is watching over you, helping you, looking over your shoulder, ready to step in when you are reaching your limit.....

I remember the first car accident that I went to when I became a fire fighter. I had been riding along on the engine for about a year but until you get certified, all you are allowed to do, is what they call "grunt work". That is, fetching, running, traffic control etc.

Well, about a week after I had my certifications and had received my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certification, we got a call for a MVA, (Motor Vehicle Accident). I won't lie. I was excited. Of course, in a perfect world there would be no fires, MVA's etc, but in reality, they happen every day. Once one is trained, they want to use their training, they want to help, they want to make a difference. In other words, since these things are going to happen, we want to be able to be there when they do.

We were on the way to the accident site, which was on the interstate. Dispatch notified us that the rescue squad would be arriving at least 5-10 minutes after us, as they were finishing up another call and the next company was a bit further away. That's when it hit me. I was the only EMT on the engine.

We pulled over on the side of the interstate where a guy was waving his arms. There was no wrecked vehicle, Just him. I went over to him and asked if he was injured, he looked ok. He said, "Help Her." and he pointed to the woods. Then I saw, way down into the woods, the car was in a swamp, upside down, wrapped around a few trees.

I turned to the probie (that would be the person without his certs, you know, the same guy I had been the week before) and told him to grab the medical gear and meet me at the car.

I worked my way down to the car. It was an extremely steep hill and I couldn't help but think about how difficult it was going to be to get someone back up this long steep hill. By the time I got to the car, I was already breathing hard. It was one of those 100+ degree days, I had started out wearing about 50 lbs of gear. I did drop off my airpack once we had hoses ready( just in case the car started to burn), but even then I had on about 20-25 lbs of extra clothing. (3 layer coat, pants and helmet over regular clothes). Mix the extra clothes, the 100+ degree temp, the noon sun blaring down and the adrenalin I had rushing through me, and I was literally dripping by the time I got to the car. That is when I had to remind myself to relax, slow down and breathe. It's a hard thing to remember, but one of the first things we are taught is that if we over do it and wear ourselves out, we will be no help to anyone. AND, then we will become a liability.

SO, I rested, for about 2 seconds.

When I got to the car (or, what was left of I had passed pieces of it all the way down the hill), it was upside down, the tires were still slightly spinning, it was smoking, the windows were broken out, and there, hanging upside down and still buckled up was the passenger. She was still breathing (barely) and unconscious...... .

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