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Catching up

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Everyone

It has been a while since I posted on here.

Not a whole lot has changed. I am still on nights. Three days a week. It is nice working only three days a week. I am contemplating going back to school to upgrade to my paramedic. 

Summer is rapidly approaching. I hope to spend more time at the lake this hear thanks to my new schedule. I also plan on camping once a month. Preferably up on Lake Ontario. We shall see.

June already has a few weekends booked.

I have been getting to the range more lately. I am enjoying that greatly. I think Anna is as well because I come back with a lot less stress! It is nice to be shooting again.  It is a skill that is important to have in my opinion.

Maybe I will do a blog on my opinion on gun laws someday. It is a touchy subject, not only with me but with all of the USA. Now that I can blog from my phone it will be a log easier for me to do it. Oddly enough.

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Four years

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Everyone, Family
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Four years ago today, my best friend pasted away.

I miss him every day with all of my heart.

Everyday I think of something, see something, or do something I want to tell him about. But I can’t.

He is the reason I got into EMS.

I miss you dad.

This would be longer. But I can’t right now. Maybe later I will edit it.

Ten

Posted: September 11, 2011 in EMS, Everyone, Family, Geocaching
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Ten years have passed.

Ten years ago today everything changed.

Ten years ago, at quarter of nine in the morning, I was in Chemistry class. Doing what every sixteen year guy was doing in class, checking out the girl in class wearing a shear shirt (I remember who it was, but will respect privacy.) She had come in after the period break, saying someone just flew a jet into the World Trade Center. My first thought  was “WTF is the world trade center?”, then I thought someone had flown a jet fighter into the building. I was wrong. We talked the teacher into letting us go down to the library instead of doing a lab, to watch the TVs down there. It was then that I saw the second jet fly into the other building. Everything changed. We watched as the towers fell.

I got home that day, after watching the news all day at school. No one was home but my Uncle Rick visiting from Mojave with his camper. First thing he said was “Fucking Ragheads are going to pay.” And we continued to watch the news.

Coincidently, it was also my first day, at my first job, working by myself in the kitchen of McDonalds. It was a slow night.

That day forever changed everything, how we fly, how we travel, how we view others everything. Friends and family started enlisting. I am proud of each and everyone of them. I lost one friend in Iraq, and another will never be the same after Afghanistan.

Now, now I put others before myself, doing what 343 firefighters and EMS professionals did on the infamous day. Ten years ago I never would haven even contemplated it.

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Time

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Everyone, Family

Well, the time has come. That is right.

It is time for us to move again.

Our land lady is moving, and plans on selling the house. We have been told that we have till the end of our lease, 2/12. But we are hoping to move this October! We plan on staying in the same general area since we love it up here. The biggest problem is going to be getting our deposit back from our current land lord. She expects the apartment to look exactly the same when we leave as it did when we moved in. When we moved in, no one, absolutely no one, had lived in the apartment before, we are first tenants to attempt to survive in this habitat! You can see the problem!

We are looking into complexes, as opposed to renting a part of a house, we think this will be better for us in the long run. Income based housing would be nice, but time will tell.

Other news, Annas wrist is getting better after she got injured at work. The doctor at the ED she went to gave her the wrong size brace initially and unknowingly gave her tendinitis. Yeah.

Five years!

Posted: August 4, 2011 in Everyone

Well, time flies, five years has come and gone.

That is right, it has been five years since Anna and I got married.

So much has changed in that time, both good and bad,

  • I changed careers, three times! To factory work, then to retail, and now EMS!
  • Anna changed careers! From daycare to being a CNA!
  • We moved twice, once from our apartment to Anna’s parents, then to Macedon when I got a job up here.
  • Numerous new nieces and nephews!
  • The bad is there though, to many sad deaths to list, financial burdens have increased, especially during numerous layoff while I did factory work.

I would like to thank everyone who has stood by us during all these changes, which would be all of our family!

So here is to another 50 years!! lol

it has been a long 5 years, lol!

Medic Poem

Posted: April 2, 2011 in EMS, Everyone

Here’s something I found on the net. Sadly I don’t know the author, but if you do let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

The medic stood and faced God.
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his uniform was clean,
He’d gotten dressed kind of fast.

“Step forward now, Medic.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?”

The medic squared his shoulders and said,
“No Lord I guess I ain’t,
cause those of us who wade in blood,
can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was tough.
And at times I’ve been violent,
cause the streets are awful rough.

But I never took a penny
that wasn’t mine to keep…
although I worked a lot of overtime,
when the bills got far too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
except to calm their fears.

If you have a place for me, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t I understand.”

There was silence all around the throne,
where saints had often trod.
As there medic waited quietly
for the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, Medic.
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on heavens streets.
You’ve done your time in hell.”

AND NOW A LITTLE BIT OF HUMOR!! IT IS HOW I ROLL AFTER ALL!!!

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Been a while

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Everyone, Family

Well, it has been. A while that is.

What has changed? well…

Anna got a new car! We bought her parents 2004 PT Cruiser, and then she got a new job! She is very happy with both. Then she got rear ended. Sitting in drive through on her way home a teenager hit her back bumper. Not much damage, but since he was a jerk about it. The cops got called, charges filed, and his insurance company is paying for it all to be fixed. They are also paying for her rental car. We had to harass them some, but they rolled over once we threatened to get our insurance company involved. When the accident occurred though, I think the kid was more scared of me then the cops, of course I got there 10 minutes before them (a recurring thing with Anna’s accidents).

No new car for me. I did get into Macedon Village Fire Department. I am very excited to be learning how to be a fire fighter, they are very excited to have an experienced medic on staff now! I did make the news, twice. First time while on duty in Geneva, a high-speed chase ended badly for one deputy, and I was on scene for his accident. He is fine, suspect (who ran over the deputies car with a logging truck) is not. He got tased twice and is looking forward to a long time behind bars. The second time it was because my ambulance caught on fire. Yes, I am fine. It happened on the way to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, long story short there was an electrical fire, and everyone is fine. The patient didn’t even know what was going on.

I almost did get a new car. While on the way to work this last Sunday, I hit a deer. I was going maybe 55mph or 60mph, and a 200lb deer just appeared in front of me. Didn’t even have time to think, jut bam. Severe damage to my hood, and headlights. My HAM radio antenna on the trunk cut the tail off the deer, which I find hilarious. I called Anna, then work, then 911. When I called 911 I had to explain who I was, they wanted to send everyone to it that they could. Bad enough they sent a deputy 5 miles out of his territory to check one me. Yeah, Wayne County Emergency Management loves me that much! The car was with in a hundred dollars of being totaled I have been told. Kind of crazy that a deer can do that much damage! So, I am getting a rental for a little bit, as I have a weekend full of classes for work coming up, and no way to get to them!

Happy New Year!!!

Posted: January 2, 2011 in Everyone

Well, another year has come and gone. The earth has faithfully made its orbit with out killing us all. Last year was a good year for me, and I needed it. For starters no one close to me died, always nice. I got my EMT-B card. And I got job at a private ambulance company, one of the best in NYS. I moved out of my in-laws, and Corning all together, which got me away from some memories I had been trying to escape. Anna got her tonsils out, good because she had 7 strep throat infections before June in 2010, that was crazy. I hit some huge milestones in geocaching, which had its ten-year anniversary as well. I met some great people and made some good friends.

2011? I do have new year resolutions, but they are not for public forum! I am ready for the new year, I hope it is a great one. I want to work on improving my health, both physically and emotionally. I plan on spending more time with family, and getting a puppy. Just don’t tell my landlord we want a dog!

As far as my career goes, I will join a local Volunteer Ambulance/FD, and just enjoy being an EMT-B for another year. Then I plan on moving up to ALS. I will push EMS2.0 of course! I am contemplating a blog on it soon, for those of you who don’t know what it is.

Oh, and I want to buy Anna a SUV.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Posted: December 25, 2010 in Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone! Especially to those who are on duty today, whether it be Police, Fire, EMS, Dispatch, or Military!

What is Geocaching?

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Everyone, Geocaching
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I get asked on a fairly regular basis, “What is geocaching?” It is hard to explain, yet easy at the same time. In plain english it is a high-tech treasure hunt. But in reality it is more, and less than that.

In Geocaching you use a small handheld GPS device, or a smart phone. To find an object hidden someplace. Commonly in the woods, but they can be in cities, parks, and even in front of someone’s house(after permission is obtained). I have seen geocaches at malls, shopping centers, and even fire departments. The range from the size of chap stick lid(nano) to a 5-gallon bucket(Extra Large). Tupperware, magnetic key hides, 35mm film cans, and ammo tins are the most common. There is a rating system of 5 stars, for terrain and difficulty. A 5/5 is the hardest ever(there is a 5/5 on the ISS!) Where as 1/1 is the easiest, and where you should start!

So, you create a FREE account on geocaching.com, enter your address and find the latitude and longitude of a cache near you. You put into your GPS device, whether it is a $50 eBay special eTrex, or a $700 DeLorne, it will work. You walk/drive/ski/boat/swim/climb/run/crawl/ride to the cache site, known as Ground Zero. Now you have to actually find the cache. GPS is not dead accurate. Your device should tell you how accurate it is, and that is your search window. You look and look, no luck. Well online there should be a hint available most of the time. Decode it and use it! Hey! You found it! Great job! Now what? Now you sign the log! Inside every cache there is a log. You date it and sign it, and if there is room tell a little story! If you found a cache big enough, there will be swag in it. Take an item, and give an item of equal or greater value. Close up the cache and hide it EXACTLY as you found it! Now go find another one, or head home your choice. But when you get home, remember to get online and log your find, or did not find, on the geocaching.com website. Just go to the page for the cache, and hit add log. It is that easy!

Now, when you go geocaching. Remember to be discrete. Some people, often called muggles, do not know what geocaching is! (Hey, you used to be a muggle!) Often they will wait till you are gone, go get the cache themselves, and destroy it! I have also had the police called on me while geocaching, and fire. That is a story for another blog. If they do catch you. Just explain what you are doing, in detail of course. Usually they will understand. Some police officers even cache and know what it is! If it is just a normal person, also explain, and maybe they will start geocaching themselves, you never know.

There are sometimes a things called trackables in the cache. This is an item of some kind, with a special code on it. If you take this item, remember you NEED to drop it off at another cache in the near future. You log this on it’s own separate page, and you can see where it has been, and it’s goal or where it wants to go. I will elaborate on trackables in another post later on. Just remember, you take one of these, DO NOT HOLD ON TO IT!!!

Why do I geocache? I do it, with Anna, to get out. When we moved up here from Corning, the first thing we did is go geocaching so we could get to know the area better. It is a way for us to bond. It is also a great way to get out end experience nature. I have seen things I never knew existed, even in the Southern Tier where I had lived my entire life. You will meet some of the nicest and helpful people on the planet while geocaching. Some of your co-workers may even geocache, you never know. I go as trckey2 in the geocaching community    Profile for trckey2. We did have many hidden, but when we moved a good friend adopted them from us. Now I have many stories about geocaching, and there is much more to discuss. But this covers the basics. I will have future posts with stories(like the time geese surrounded our car till we fed them pizza), tips, tricks, more details on various aspects, and my opinions.

Let me know if there are any certain topics that I need to go over. Feed back is welcome!

Want to know more? Go to www.geocaching.com to find out!