Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Greetings From The Big Apple!

Well, I'm just back from New York City! And what a cool city it is! Easy to get around (you don't need a car) easy to have a good time in, easy to find fun stuff to do. And it's HUGE! I spent 5 days just in Manhattan and didn't scratch the surface!
EMS must be miserable, all those high-rise buildings with no elevators. And the hospitals I saw have no ramps; the ambulances just park on the street and off-load in the middle of traffic! Still, statistics say that NOHD, per ambulance, is twice as busy as NYC. They run 12 calls in 24 hours. HAH! That's a slow 12-hour shift for us!
I happened to find myself on 5th avenue and saw everyone lining up behind barricades on Sunday. Curious, I asked and found out it was the start of the gay pride parade. I hung around to see how NYC handled parades. The start of the parade was dominated by New York's contingent of gay police, fire and EMS workers. While the Police and Fire departments made a decent enough showing, New York's EMS gay contingent was woefully lacking! Maybe 6 or 8 EMT's were in the parade along with a rainbow-draped unit. Big woop. NOHD could beat that with A and B watch tied behind its back!
If you ever want to practice your foreign language skills, try a stint in New York! I must have heard at least 20 different languages on the streets. I caught myself a couple of times speaking Spanish to people who spoke no Spanish at all, just because it was so common there! And if you want, you can easily practice your French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Polish and Japanse without even trying!
Well, missed y'all on this trip! Lemme know if any of you go to NYC anytime soon and maybe I'll join you!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Well..........I don't know, FUCK! I need to 10-42, but I cant't, and if I 10-42 for too long, I'll be 10-7. Then if I'm 10-7 for too long then I have to clarify why I'm 10-42 for so long, but maybe I shouldn't 10-42 here because I might not hear and they'll carry me 10-50?. Is it because its been so long sine I've peed, that I have to pee a lot? Or maybe I'm constipated, or maybe I have diarrhea and I have to sit for a while, and I just have to sit and shit, I shouldn't have had he chili on my 10-40. There now I think I'm 10-8 again.....Oh wait! Maybe not....It's time for me to get off, but here I am at grand route, 100 ft from Moss street with 3 other units, this is very productive. God forbid if there's 2 trucks waiting for the relief to come in. Maybe they're 10-42 or they were switched on the schedule and no one informed them. I'm in a six o'clock truck and maybe there's no relief coming in. I could be here all day. Fortunately I have the kind guidance of dear barbara with truck washing particulars to look forward to. I cannot wait to file my paperwork in numerical order, download the calls from the computer, wait for it to reboot, shut it down, restock my truck, seal my cabinets, and sanitize for "your protection." ......to be continued secondary to 10-19......Can I get a witness?