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Happy new year folks. Still got 2 and a half hours til mine but I'm about to pass out. Just finished my 5th consecutive 16 and I'm too damn old to be running on 4 or 5 hours sleep a night for that long. Gonna crash for 20 hours or so and I'll see you all in 2013. I'm sure those of us who are off plan to use DD's or taxis tonight so I'll just say; be safe and have a great time!
Oh man. That was awful. My stomach is churning after that. Holy hell. I can't imagine what those surgeons are gonna do for this guy. I watched it through, I'll admit I turned my head and just watched from the corner of an eye at a few points though. Damn. Id say that's unfixable tbh.
I'm not really surprised by the penalty he's facing. One of our field supervisors who's an EMT-B in this state started an IV in a patient during a 911 call and had his cert permanently revoked in this state. He's still certified as an EMT-I in another state though. In that case there were no adverse affects for the patient but he still got nailed. Part of that may have been political though. Still, reading the article I'm a little surprised he got off as lightly as he did.
This is atrocious. I keep trying to think of a set of circumstances in which this could be an understandable error and I'm coming up short. I can't imagine how the patient and their family must be feeling right now.
Varies from place to place in my area, also depends who's on the counter. We have an Arby's where 2 of the cashiers and one of the managers give us the police/fire discount which is 50% but the rest won't. If they're working, cool. If not, go somewhere else. Panda Express offers a straight 10% off to all fire/PD/EMS in our area. A few Subway's offer 30-50% off around here. If they offer it, great. If not, start packing a bag lunch. Neither I nor my partner would ever ask for one though. Way I see it, if they don't offer it they aren't going to suddenly change their mind because we ask. It's a privilege not a right imo, but that's just my personal feelings.
I WAS surprised the other day though, stopped at a Firehouse Subs restaurant, the Sub place created and owned by Firefighters and so very very proud of it. There were a couple guys from a township FD in line ahead of us who got really mad when they didn't get a discount. Given that their signs all talk about the wondrous firefighter mythos and stuff it's mildly amusing that they don't offer a discount. The FD guys went off for a bit then left without ordering. I wish I could say the sandwiches were amazing but... I'd be lying. double the cost of subway and not as tasty. It's ironic that they offer no discount given how Fire-centric the company is but it certainly doesn't bother me. Managers/owners make those calls. I'll try to stop at places that offer discounts but only if it's convenient.
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Everything is bigger in texas.
The body count will be large and the private operators of this turnpike have to pay the state 100 million to start.
Think there are some kickbacks going on?
Perhaps. I have some numbers that I found extremely interesting here though. Regrettably the numbers are found in an editorial article of the type so often found on the interwebs (conspiracy theory/paranoia- esque), which I don't particularly agree with. Feel free to skip down to the numbers for an interesting read. I thought I posted this last night but it seems I didn't.
edit: If you totally agree with the opinion behind the article, more power to ya. I'm not saying the author's nuts, his numbers are pretty shocking and he presents his case well. I simply think the numbers speak for themselves and he would have made a better case without the first half of the article. One man's opinion, I won't argue if you think he's dead on. I've come to the conclusion that arguing opinions on the internet is probably the least effective use of time in the history of our planet. I'll discuss facts all day though :)
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I was in a town in the state, in the coal belt, on the way back from an expo. We ventured off the normal beaten path for something to eat (and drink...ahem..) There was a freight train coming down the middle of town, right down the street.
I noticed something similar to this doing a transfer through Michigan City last week. It's pretty wacky to see a train moving down the middle of the street. [list]
[*][size=4][b]South Shore Line[/b], [url="http://www.nictd.com/"][/url] . The South Shore Line is an interurban commuter line running from [url="http://wikitravel.org/en/Chicago"]Chicago[/url] to [url="http://wikitravel.org/en/South_Bend"]South Bend[/url] that serves much of northern Indiana and has two stops in Michigan City - 11th Street and Caroll Avenue stations. The former is located in the city's historic downtown. It's original station house is currently shuttered, so riders have to make due with a small passenger shelter located at the tip of the adjacent parking lot. The later station is located near Michigan City's southern border, within the railroad's depot and repair facilities. late at night and early in the morning, South Shore Line trains only run between this station and South Bend.[/size]
[size=4]South Shore Line runs on a single track embedded in the middle of the street as it travels though the Michigan City. When the train stops at 11th Street station, it literally stops in the middle of the street. The city designed special traffic lights that automatically signal the cars not to travel on this section of the street when the train is picking up and dropping off passengers.[/size][/size][/font][/color]
Yah, well; on the one hand I think people do post inappropriate stuff on FB all the time. Not necessarily things that are incorrect or even "bad" just things that you probably shouldn't say to your coworkers, colleagues, family members, neighbors, everyone you know the planet, etc. My FB is blank except to friends and even so I rarely post a status update or comment, and even then only after careful proofreading. Frankly, I hate facebook. If it weren't for the fact that everyone I know relies on the stupid site to manage pretty much all social situations I'd delete my account. I have done just that twice before and each time it was a huge pain. FB has, to a large extent, replaced actual human interaction for a lot of people. Be careful. Big brother is watching, and he's everyone you know, or have known, or may know, or who knows you. But hey, enjoy that Farmville and whatnot. :)
In fairness, I have to admit that FB has a huge upside for folks who are overseas or simply not close enough to their loved ones to interact regularly. It lets people in that predicament feel some inclusion into the daily lives of their family and friends. I wish that firefighter luck. A lot of people have had their lives turned upside down based on a single decision. Not even a bad decision sometimes. Such is life.