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34 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

I foresee a future when an ambulance arrives at the scene of an accident.

A Military vehicle escorts the ambulance.

Then a squad of special forces is deployed to clear the area so the medics can do their job.

An assault helicopter hoovers over the scene.

 

 

 

I'm a retired Parole Agent and have seen so many fights as LEOs would try to hold someone down while the EMTs would try to help. Been in a couple myself, as well. When you are dealing with the strung out and their cohorts [who are often doped up as well] reasoning has usually died first....

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I generally drive smaller-than-average cars.  Until 5 years ago, I was slimmer than average.  I make it a point to park in the 2/3 parking space left when the guy leaves his Camero across the lines so nobody scratches his precious baby.  Or he's just an inconsiderate troll-sod flipper.

 

After all, I CAN get out of my car when there's <8" to open my door and I guarantee my car's cheaper than his and a revenge-slam will hurt him more than me.  Besides, -I'm- between the lines so whose fault is it really?  Eat those natural consequences, come on.

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3 hours ago, FaekiasDracon said:

Judging by the age that I started wandering around work muttering about "those damned kids", I'd say 22.  Then again, I worked in retail in electronics and toys, so...

I think I first said "in my generation" without sarcasm when I was 16 or 17....  And was of course referring to young kids misbehaving... >.>;;;

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3 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

I foresee a future when an ambulance arrives at the scene of an accident.

A Military vehicle escorts the ambulance.

Then a squad of special forces is deployed to clear the area so the medics can do their job.

An assault helicopter hoovers over the scene.

 

Around here whenever you call emergency services you get everything. Call an ambulance, and you get a fire truck and police car(s).  Call police, you get a fire truck and ambulance, too. 

 

As for feeling old, I think it happened in my 30's when I realized I was sounding like my grandfather. 

 

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27 minutes ago, Inarah said:

 

As for feeling old, I think it happened in my 30's when I realized I was sounding like my grandfather. 

 

 

I used to say that the Navy was going to the dogs...

To which my father would say: "Going!?! It's been in the BLEEP Kennel since before you were born!"...

And my grandfather would bellow: "It's been a mess since Jackie Fisher was in charge! They should never have done away with sail!!"

 

There may be some slight exaggeration here. 

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On 1/5/2019 at 2:33 PM, Sylverthorne said:

 

… this is honestly why I carry a knife around with me pretty well everywhere I go.

Clamshells? KNIFE. Box? KNIFE. Bag? KNIFE!

 

Starting around the age of 13-14, i used to carry a knife around with me all the time, too.  A nice Boy Scout Pocket knife, with a 2.5" blade, a can/bottle opener, and couple smaller blades.  Used it a lot, even at school. 

Carried some form of knife up until I was about 35, when I got a job that sent me to places where mere possession of a pocket knife was now a felony.  Didn't matter that I had a bucket full of screwdrivers, hammers and hacksaws - god forbid I pull a pocket knife out to do my job. 

 

9 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Then again, it's a job I had wanted to get into, but never even went in for EMR training as I didn't trust myself to be able to get past that dreaded lockup/brainfreeze when solo.... Had a few close calls because of lockups, and I decided then and there that maybe a position where you absolutely must be on your game when lights go on wasn't for me. 

You might be surprised what good training can do for you.  I get very queasy at the sight of blood, especially if it's not mine. Often can't even watch those medical shows on TV, even though I know it's all fake.  Yet the training I had in the Navy helped in a few instances where I was first on scene - training took over where I otherwise would have locked up, allowing me to render necessary aid.  Of course, I fell completely apart as soon as additional help arrived. 
 

2 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

I think I first said "in my generation" without sarcasm when I was 16 or 17....  And was of course referring to young kids misbehaving... >.>;;;

The first time I felt old was when I was talking with a teenage co-worker about my ex-wife and I attending a Styx concert , and she said "Who's Styx?"   I was 26 at the time. 

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13 hours ago, Darsc Zacal said:

@Dr.Bedlam At what age does a cranky middle aged man become a cranky old man?

 

Asking for a friend.

:ph34r:

 

There's a test for that, its called the fall down test:  if you trip and fall and the people around you laugh at you, you are young.  If you trip and fall and the people around you wince and offer to help you up, you are middle aged.  If they call the ambulence or medical services, you are officially old.

 

The grumpy part is just a natural part of being intelligent surrounded by those less so.

 

 

3 hours ago, Froggy the Great said:

I generally drive smaller-than-average cars.  Until 5 years ago, I was slimmer than average.  I make it a point to park in the 2/3 parking space left when the guy leaves his Camero across the lines so nobody scratches his precious baby.  Or he's just an inconsiderate troll-sod flipper.

 

After all, I CAN get out of my car when there's <8" to open my door and I guarantee my car's cheaper than his and a revenge-slam will hurt him more than me.  Besides, -I'm- between the lines so whose fault is it really?  Eat those natural consequences, come on.

 

I like your style!  in college I used to drive a 20 year old Datsun B210 Honeybee.  the car was so tiny i had to take the back seat out and extend the rails  on the seat so i could be comfortable.  Also the paint developed a yellow haze that would come off on you if you so much as breathed on it wrong.  This is the car i had great glee parking next to mercedes, sports cars and other 4 wheeled toys whey they would park over 2 parking spots, particularly when they did it on campus parking where spaces were at a premium!

 

25 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

Starting around the age of 13-14, i used to carry a knife around with me all the time, too.  A nice Boy Scout Pocket knife, with a 2.5" blade, a can/bottle opener, and couple smaller blades.  Used it a lot, even at school. 

Carried some form of knife up until I was about 35, when I got a job that sent me to places where mere possession of a pocket knife was now a felony.  Didn't matter that I had a bucket full of screwdrivers, hammers and hacksaws - god forbid I pull a pocket knife out to do my job.

This sounds achingly familiar.  i used to carry a small swiss army knife and a lighter around with me until i started a career as an engineer.  Most process plants wont let you in with either in your pocket.  so i stopped carrying them.  But as you said, all sorts of heavy tools, including knives were available all over the place if one wanted to do mayhem.

 

My college ring met the same fate and now only gets worn on special occasions.

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14 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

My college ring met the same fate and now only gets worn on special occasions.

Rings at least make sense from a personal safety vs usefulness standpoint.  I rarely wear my wedding ring because ever since the first time I got married, I've been in jobs where it can be dangerous to do so.  I have never once been working on a piece of equipment and said to myself "dang, I could really use my wedding ring right now!" 

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1 hour ago, kristof65 said:

Starting around the age of 13-14, i used to carry a knife around with me all the time, too.  A nice Boy Scout Pocket knife, with a 2.5" blade, a can/bottle opener, and couple smaller blades.  Used it a lot, even at school. 

Carried some form of knife up until I was about 35, when I got a job that sent me to places where mere possession of a pocket knife was now a felony.  Didn't matter that I had a bucket full of screwdrivers, hammers and hacksaws - god forbid I pull a pocket knife out to do my job. 

 

I used to have a box cutter on me.... Until the second time I had to walk THREE BLOCKS back to my truck because I'd forgotten to take it off my belt before walking a delivery to the law courts.  Weird thing is you can bring all manner of tools in with you, but a box cutter, nope! I don't help out I  in that area anymore, but now I don't have it on me because... I never use it anymore at work. 

 

It's now my box opener Knifey Slicey, usually used for my Reaper Mini orders... 

 

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You might be surprised what good training can do for you.  I get very queasy at the sight of blood, especially if it's not mine. Often can't even watch those medical shows on TV, even though I know it's all fake.  Yet the training I had in the Navy helped in a few instances where I was first on scene - training took over where I otherwise would have locked up, allowing me to render necessary aid.  Of course, I fell completely apart as soon as additional help arrived. 

 

Ten years of being a volunteer first aider for St. John's Ambulance Brigade...  I've seen a fair bit (nowhere near what you'd see in the military), and after being bailed out twice during serious events (each time by a firefighter who'd seen that look you get when you lock up, oddly enough) I decided that I wouldn't be able to live with the risk of having such happen when someone else around me couldn't bail me out.  Still thankful for them to this day, that's for sure.  Second one my partner went off to check on how others were doing, since mine was only trauma yellow (difficulty breathing) but failed to mention the oh so critical words of "I'll be back in thirty seconds" or that he was leaving to check on others (and also follow through on a bunch that oxygen was going to be required)... I look up from the person I'm taking care of only to see my partner walk around a corner, aaaaand that's when my patient went from difficulty breathing to needing oxygen now.  Best part was instead of taking over, the firefighter walked me through the initial steps to try and break the mind freeze, but it didn't break until partner got back. 

 

Have me paired with someone else all the time though?  Not an issue at all, and back then I could go through pretty much any motion, or deal with most any scenario.  Could training have helped?  Oh, probably.  It's just that personal self-doubt where you really don't want to risk not being able to help due to personal lockup. 

 

Surprisingly, blood is something I don't mind, at least after that split second of shock pushing you into "assist mode" anyways.  

 

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The first time I felt old was when I was talking with a teenage co-worker about my ex-wife and I attending a Styx concert , and she said "Who's Styx?"   I was 26 at the time. 

 

That's... A rock or metal group right? I recognize the name, but for some reason can't place why I recognize it.  Seems rather familiar though. >.>;;;;;  (if it's any consolation, I wound up giving hubby that "you can't be serious, right!?!!!" look when he mentioned he'd never heard ZZ Top...) 

 

...But yeah, like, really familiar that name.  Probably one of the many groups two seconds into a song and I'd recognize it. 

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13 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

Rings at least make sense from a personal safety vs usefulness standpoint.  I rarely wear my wedding ring because ever since the first time I got married, I've been in jobs where it can be dangerous to do so.  I have never once been working on a piece of equipment and said to myself "dang, I could really use my wedding ring right now!" 

 

I got out of the habit of wearing jewelry in high school shop. It's just an accident waiting to happen. 

 

1 hour ago, kristof65 said:

Carried some form of knife up until I was about 35, when I got a job that sent me to places where mere possession of a pocket knife was now a felony.  Didn't matter that I had a bucket full of screwdrivers, hammers and hacksaws - god forbid I pull a pocket knife out to do my job. 

 

I used to carry a 6" hunting knife. It was useful for all sorts of things.  I took the 11:30 train home from school and had to walk a half mile through unlit park to get home, but only felt the need once to take it out of my backpack and carry it in my hand.  Don't use it much now since you practically can't go anywhere with one any more.  

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45 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Ten years of being a volunteer first aider for St. John's Ambulance Brigade...  I've seen a fair bit (nowhere near what you'd see in the military),

You have way more experience than I do.  I served in the Navy during peacetime, and the incidents I dealt with were mostly after I got out at various jobs.  I only mentioned it because the first time I found myself first on scene of an accident, I completely surprised myself that my response was to do everything correctly, and without really thinking about it.  It wasn't until others showed up and I had time to think and really process what was going on that I became useless and in the way.  It really hit home then that all those 'stupid' and 'boring' training sessions in the military worked. 

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1 hour ago, kristof65 said:

Rings at least make sense from a personal safety vs usefulness standpoint.  I rarely wear my wedding ring because ever since the first time I got married, I've been in jobs where it can be dangerous to do so.  I have never once been working on a piece of equipment and said to myself "dang, I could really use my wedding ring right now!" 

 

100% agree with this. Anyone who wears any sort of jewellery and operates any sort of powered machinery is just asking to loose bits of themselves. But every year I have to be the nasty elf who orders an apprentice to remove a neck-chain or something similar.

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2 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

 

I used to have a box cutter on me.... Until the second time I had to walk THREE BLOCKS back to my truck because I'd forgotten to take it off my belt before walking a delivery to the law courts.  Weird thing is you can bring all manner of tools in with you, but a box cutter, nope! I don't help out I  in that area anymore, but now I don't have it on me because... I never use it anymore at work. 

 

It's now my box opener Knifey Slicey, usually used for my Reaper Mini orders... 

 

 

Ten years of being a volunteer first aider for St. John's Ambulance Brigade...  I've seen a fair bit (nowhere near what you'd see in the military), and after being bailed out twice during serious events (each time by a firefighter who'd seen that look you get when you lock up, oddly enough) I decided that I wouldn't be able to live with the risk of having such happen when someone else around me couldn't bail me out.  Still thankful for them to this day, that's for sure.  Second one my partner went off to check on how others were doing, since mine was only trauma yellow (difficulty breathing) but failed to mention the oh so critical words of "I'll be back in thirty seconds" or that he was leaving to check on others (and also follow through on a bunch that oxygen was going to be required)... I look up from the person I'm taking care of only to see my partner walk around a corner, aaaaand that's when my patient went from difficulty breathing to needing oxygen now.  Best part was instead of taking over, the firefighter walked me through the initial steps to try and break the mind freeze, but it didn't break until partner got back. 

 

Have me paired with someone else all the time though?  Not an issue at all, and back then I could go through pretty much any motion, or deal with most any scenario.  Could training have helped?  Oh, probably.  It's just that personal self-doubt where you really don't want to risk not being able to help due to personal lockup. 

 

Surprisingly, blood is something I don't mind, at least after that split second of shock pushing you into "assist mode" anyways.  

 

 

That's... A rock or metal group right? I recognize the name, but for some reason can't place why I recognize it.  Seems rather familiar though. >.>;;;;;  (if it's any consolation, I wound up giving hubby that "you can't be serious, right!?!!!" look when he mentioned he'd never heard ZZ Top...) 

 

...But yeah, like, really familiar that name.  Probably one of the many groups two seconds into a song and I'd recognize it. 

III'mmmm saaaiiillliiing awaaaaaaay...

 

Domo arrigato Mr. Roboto...

 

Oh mama I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law...

 

among others. 

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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

I foresee a future when an ambulance arrives at the scene of an accident.

A Military vehicle escorts the ambulance.

Then a squad of special forces is deployed to clear the area so the medics can do their job.

An assault helicopter hoovers over the scene.

 

 

 

Before we get to that point all emergency vehicles will be equipped with high res. cameras to record license plates.

These will be used to identify the people who deliberately don't yield right of way to the emergency vehicles and to send them the appropriate notices of violation, with attached fines.

If the response is similar to what happened when they started using Red Light Cameras [never mind the other fallout that has led to their going out of use in most places] then people will actually start paying attention to the right of way laws.

GEM

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22 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

Before we get to that point all emergency vehicles will be equipped with high res. cameras to record license plates.

These will be used to identify the people who deliberately don't yield right of way to the emergency vehicles and to send them the appropriate notices of violation, with attached fines.

If the response is similar to what happened when they started using Red Light Cameras [never mind the other fallout that has led to their going out of use in most places] then people will actually start paying attention to the right of way laws.

GEM

Many are equipped already. 

I don't think it will be as successful as one would hope, though.  These days many school buses are equipped with such cameras to help deal with stop arm violators, and yet they still happen all the time.  My wife started driving a bus for our local school district this year, and they get at least 3-4 of these violations a week.  

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