Saturday, July 26, 2008


Today, a group of those of us who worked "back in the days" of NYC * EMS got together for a BBQ in a park in Harlem. Many of the older folks you see in the picture are truly legends in the EMS community. No, at first glance you wouldn't think so but some of these folks drove Cadillac and "bread box" ambulances, brought their own jumper cables to hook up & use the siren during the time when the city wouldn't allow ambulances to have them, wore the white uniforms and pea coats of hospital attendants. These were some of the First Paramedics in New York City, Viet Nam vets, The folks who would walk up 27 flights of stairs and carry down a patient when the elevator didn't work. There's a Lot more I could say about them, all True but I don't want to Bore you. Many of these folks have forgotten more about EMS then many today know.

As a group of (mostly) retirees, it was quite interesting to hear what they had been up to. They mostly have kept busy, doing everything from becoming Physician Assistants, teaching High school, going into Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, owning businesses and houses. A few are still bearing the Heavy Price for their participation in 9/11 with recurring illnesses, PTSD, that limits them to living far from most folks and being stressed by being there at the BBQ; even knowing that they wanted to be there to Catch up with Old Partners and Friends. Some couldn't make it, their Cancer, their Asthma too severe. All were missed. We also took a moment to Remember those of us who had passed on this year. Many stories were told, much food was consumed, much Fun was had getting together.

Those of us still working talked about the status of our Contract Negotiations with the city, where we were & who we were working with, and how we were getting on. EMS is a Thankless Job. I am certainly not the first to say this, nor will I be the last. The people who do this come from Many different backgrounds but we share in the Rescuer personality: We like to help Others so much that we do this job for Far less then many others would, put up with a Lot of BS while doing it and for some of us, doing this gives us injuries and illnesses that are Permanent. We have also found Family and Life-long Friends here, experiences Bonding us. I feel Proud to be a part of this group. I am not in this picture as I had to take pictures for many others but next year, I will be in it!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Acknowledgement of Copyright (s)to Owner

Just Full of Ideas... or it....

Well, it's been another banner week at my house. The laptop I re-installed Windoze on suddenly went dark and wouldn't start up, so I took it to Geek Squad and they pronounced the motherboard had fried. Here are my choices:

-Get a new laptop ($600.-1,000.)

-Repair this one ($500. approx.) Note- late model Toshiba running centrino duo processor and windoZe visa capable 'tho running XP on it. very lightly used and compatible with many current laptops sold today)

- See if Toshiba would take a look & perhaps replace the Motherboard for me ( abut a year out of warranty) because of defect in motherboard.

-Go Finhing.

What would You do?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hot Enough for Ya?

Sorry about not actually posting, I've been busy driving myself to the poorhouse (mine) all the while working OT and trying to keep my head on straight. I lent my laptop to a fellow church member and he managed to delete a system file, so I had to dump and reinstall Windoze WITHOUT a recovery disk! try that sometime... I've been taking a lot of pictures and will be posting them to flickr-I think- I like their stuff. I'll put in a link when I'm done. I'm just now installing the A/C that has been wrapped in plastic in the shed and trying it out beforehand so if it needs fixing, I'll do it BEFORE I put it in! (Yes, I AM a genius- 'cause I've done it before!) Hope you are all keeping your Cool and Those of you at Blogher this weekend are busy getting your drink on- Mommy needs a cocktail! Cheers!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Why Youtube Sucks!

I really like Youtube. at times, it can be awesome, exposing you to Great Folks, Like Julia Nunes (LOOK BELOW!),Paperlilies,etc... but then comes the IT SUCKS! moment! Here I am, trying to add a comment: Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you Julia Nunes,Appearing at the Knitting Factory,NYC on July 12th. A pretty innocuous comment, don't you think? Well, Youtube WOULD NOT LET ME ADD THIS!!! I was turned down over a dozen times! It would only post as it did. Check Julia out on Youtube: jaaaaaaa and she's on Itunes.

Flagpole Sitta?

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday America & Me....Especially Me...Yay Me!!!
Friends,Bloggers and fellow Countryfolk, Once again it's my Birthday! A wild celebration of massive proportions! I know you will all be enjoying this day almost as much as I will (who doesn't love a 3 day weekend?) Please feel free to revel in the moment-I will! My chopper is well on the way to being fixed, My personal life is satisfying and low Drama- except for the kitten-My health is good, Overall, it's been a Pretty Good Year. ( Forgive the Reference- I enjoy Tori Amos &No, for the record want to be a boy today and every other day!)I hope it's been the same (or better) for you as well.
What's Next? No one can say with certainty, other than we will most likely elect a Democrat to the White House, The Economy will slow further as prices rise, the real estate market will soften further as the full extant of the World Credit Crisis becomes fully visible, ( I can't speak with surety about where you are but the real estate here is Overvalued) The Oil companies are colluding with this Administration and OPEC to keep the prices high ( This is where the Chickens have Come Home to Roost- NEVER elect an Oil Man-EVER! ) Face it Folks, we are in a Recession that will not end soon.
THANK YOU REPUBLICANS! Your Over-riding HATE of Democracy, Love of Money & Power and willingness to send everyone Else's son and Daughter to die while yours stay safe at home and work on their tan (or degree) Directly put us here!You say it's Government that's the problem- No, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!!!
Enough said for one day...