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AK bids farewell....


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Hello to all EMT City folks---past, present and future.

Some of you know me on a very personal level, some just know of me and some could care less...that is life.

Regardless, now that I have awarded this year's CAP Lab Scholarship in honor of Rob Davis, my next step is to say good bye to all those I have come to know, love, and respect here on EMT City. Yes, it is true, AK is retiring.

Writing this open letter has been a very difficult and emotional process. I have been with The City since 2004 and participated in many adventures because of it...good times, bad times, you name it I have been a part of it. Countless poser bustings, challenging debates, informative sessions...those have been fun and educational. As for relationships, I have made life long friends, I have had short time friends, I have had friends die, get married, get divorced, make babies...suffered through their problems right beside them, because that is what friends do. I have met some of the most inspirational people who receive all my respect in the world, there have been such amazing discussions offline....all of it has been amazing. There has been a very special person in my life because of this site, one who will never be forgotten, and this person knows who they are.

As I reflected on the years with The City, I realized how much like a family this is and I see how retirement is a process, very much like a relationship ending. I will miss everyone of course and there are those of you out there who know how to find me.

If I have enjoyed it so much...why am I leaving? This is a fair question and I will explain...being an integral part of The City has become an obligation. In my personal life, I have had many changes to include starting a new business. The business takes all my time and focus; this will not change anytime soon. I feel like a relic around here as none of my information or experience is relevant or valid. I feel like the old man on the front porch longing for the old days. I suspect part of the problem as well is the repetitive/cyclic nature of postings. Not that there is anything wrong with them, I just personally no longer have the energy or desire to assist and inform as much as I used to. I am no longer a willing participant.

Please do not misunderstand any of the above as bashing or negative. It is all personal changes within my life that has brought this forward. You, if you care, deserve an honest explanation.

I wish all of you the best and I know the "New Guard" will deliver to all the neophytes coming up through the ranks. The transition has been in effect for quite some time and is fun to watch...baby medics I mentored through school are now medics with years of experience and wisdom and are passing it on. It is an amazing process to watch.

Take care, stay safe and keep pushing for higher standards of education within our EMS system!

(I will be checking in for a couple more weeks only because of I have some active threads that I wish to close out, but yes this is a final act).

Thank you everyone!
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You will be missed more than you know. Thank you for all you have done for the community and for me. You have pushed me and challenged me to not only become a better provider but also just a better person. Thank you.
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WOW AK I hope everything in your life goes in the direction that you deserve. I have to say this forum will have alot less to give without your posts. I have learned many things from you and you have given me awsome advise through out the years (you may never have known that) you will be truely missed from many here.


Good luck to you sir...
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AK- I find it interesting that you feel you have to disappear, rather than pulling back and lurking. Is there really NOTHING left of value here for you? I also am busy and don't have time to post much, but I do still lurk and pop in occasionally. Why the huge, final, whammo move?

Just my thoughts...

Wendy
CO EMT-B
RN-ADN Student
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Good luck ol' man...you will be missed here by many, but I'm sure that it's a good move for you..
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Damn it AK this is just because you were sick of hassling you because I want to get the hell out of New Zed isn't it? Dude you could have just told me to stop! :D

I know exactly how you feel mate; this place seems to go round and round in circle and eventually you get dizzy, oops, no thats the valiumz and multiple psychological infarcts I've had ... ooh look valiumz, mm num nums.

You are a person whom I have much greatness of the respect for and I wish you well; it is certainly my hope that we get the chance to meet one day; now that i am no longer wanted in Hillsborough or Duval Counties it will make my coming to visit much easier, I make a mean burger and offer of a BBQ still stands or if you don't trust my cooking I know a mean restaurant in Brevard County, but you will have to trust my driving ...

My sincerest best wishes to you and the rest of the AK clan

Kiwi the Kiwi
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My thoughts Echo Wendy's.

I can't believe you're just walking away like that, I won't let you go without a fight.

This is a crap move on your part. Just because you're tired of saying the same things over and over again doesn't mean they aren't falling on the same old ears. new people learn new things and you're a wealth of information, even for us old buggers. It's just selfish of you to take off on us like that and I hate it!!!

Is there anything we can do that will change your mind? We'll really miss you and even if you can't be here as much as you used to, we'd really like you to come visit on occasion.

This place just won't be the same without you. :cry: We've grown to love you so much that you're really important to all of us. I know I am gonna miss you.

I suppose it's just the circle of life, people come, people go, those of us left behend just have to keep trudging on and living our lives as best we can.

Good luck to you my friend, warm wishes for a bright future.
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I wish you best of luck. And you will be missed!!! you have helped me a lot in the past and i just wish you could still teach me but I am sure you on to bigger and better things!
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I would like to wish AK all the luck with his new venture and will welcome him back anytime.

AK has been a great supporter here, and his decision to leave will be felt for some time to come.

He has been with this site for as long as I can remember and has stuck in there through the good and bad times here.

Good luck AK, and thank you very much for all of your support though the years.
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AK: What can I say brother;
May you have fair seas & following winds my friend.
May your life's goals be met.
Stay safe!

Like you I have been considering when my retirement should happen. While I hate to leave what has been a part of over 40 years of my life, It will soon be time to let the kids sink or swim on their own. Edited by island emt
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All the Best AK, I do more reading than posting and I've always regarded your posts as some of the better ones. Take care and best wishes with the new business.
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So, if my interpretation is correct:

1) I'm too busy.
2) I'm feeling clinically irrelevant.
3) I'm not liking the cyclic nature of the discussions here.

I call BS on having to cut all your ties instead of simply pulling back your involvement, but you have got to do what you have to do. Good luck on the business as I know it's busy and growing.
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Best of luck to you in all your endeavors. Stay safe out there.
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I haven't been here long but I'd like to wish you luck with what ever you endevor to accomplish in the future!
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It's our loss. Sorry to hear that you feel the need to withdraw completely.

All the best for you. We'll be here if you feel the need to come back.
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AK one question......who has to take over the goat conversations with Dywane.........
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[quote name='Happiness' timestamp='1352479907' post='290262']
AK one question......who has to take over the goat conversations with Dywane.........
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I think the goat conversations should fall to Wayland
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I don't think they have any goats in Papua New Guinea .

Dwayne's been forced to switch to sheep.

DAAAAADDY

:doctor:
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Good luck with everything and stay safe! Always enjoyed your posts!
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AK,

Trust me, you'll be missed.
Good luck.


Jon
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AK, it's sad to see you go and I wish you the best of luck. I will also ask you to reconsider. There is no minimum post requirements so don't worry about how much or how little you contribute. Any contribution from someone with your experience is always welcome. You are not one of those that say, "We always did it this way so why change it." You recognize that medicine changes, even if you can't keep up with it. The newbies need someone like that to remind them that just because that is the way it was taught in EMT class doesn't mean it is still correct (or was correct when it was taught). I've had to cut back quite a bit but I still pop in from time to time. I don't know what I would do without an occasional dose of goat sex and Kiwiemergontology. Those of us that survived the Crotchity years share a bonding experience and are like family, lol. Seriously, please consider sticking around, even if it is only once a month.
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Being a member of the city for only a year, I have read quite a few of your posts and feel your contributions are both valuable and thought provoking... I think the value of opinions coming from a seasoned medic far outweigh the newest buzz in prehospital care..

It has been extremely comforting knowing that there was a community that I belong to where I could go to and receive some of those hidden gems of information that you can't find in a textbook. My ears have yet to hear much of the knowledge you have to pass on even if it is the odd post here and there.

Please take some time to yourself, take a break from the city, and regain that spark and passion that is still down there somewhere.

Goodbye for now.
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[quote name='J306' timestamp='1353173322' post='290454']
Please take some time to yourself, take a break from the city, and regain that spark and passion that is still down there somewhere.
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Chuckle, I read this and thought you were talking to Dwayne when he rotated back home. heh heh heh.
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The only rotating Dwayne does is when the goat says "baaaaa baa!" which is goat for "its your turn to do reverse cowgirl up the ass now bitch!"

AK is a pretty badass straight up bloke if he says it's not for him to be here no more then I have no reason to doubt him in any way, he is not one to pander to internet emo bullshit so he wouldn't start it.

Speaking of rotating, excuse me, must nick off ...

Beacon, on
Strobes, on
Torque, 100%
Doors, closed

Morning Cleveland it's Medevac, helicopter mike echo, got some crook bloke who needs to be taken to the hospital, we're eh .... stupid VFR sectional is too small to read, lets play with some knobs here, oh yes, we're at about 10 DME on the 300 radial of um, eh, Pullman, we'd like IFR clearance to ... hang on, oi Emergentologist! where the bloody hell does this guy need to go? Chicago? righto, done, maybe if I fiddle with with this joystick here we'll get there, I told you I am not a rotary wing pilot!
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Hasta la vista mi amigo. You darn old goat herder learn to multitask and visit occasionally.
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