February 27, 2018

Still Got The Skills

One of the perks of living as close to my office as I do is that I can walk home for lunch, eat something from the fridge, and walk back to the office and still be under the hour duration of lunch break.

Today, I was headed back to the office when I came upon a lady, probably in her 60's or so, who was walking her dog.  Dog was a puppy of some mixed breed, and quite rambunctious as puppies are wont to be.

At any rate, the dog saw me, and excitedly lunged, pulling the lady off balance.  I tried to grab her as she fell, but she still managed to whack her forehead on the sidewalk fairly solid.

Her forehead was lacerated, nice sized gash that needs stitches, and was bleeding fairly well, as head injuries do.  I grabbed some gauze from my IFAK (you DO have an Individual First Aid Kit that you carry on your person, right?  RIGHT?) and put pressure on the wound.  Helped her gently to her feet, and took control of the dog by taking the leash.  I offered to call her an ambulance, but she declined, and a quick down and dirty neuro exam revealed no deficits. 

I walked her to her car, grabbed some facial tissues she had handy, and added them to the gauze.  The bleeding was stemmed with the direct pressure, so I wasn't terribly worried.  Normal pulse and skin color, etc.  Just a significant gash to her head. 

I pointed her to the nearest Urgent Care clinic, gave her my business card that has my cell phone number on it, and offered to train her dog for her. 

It's been 10 years since I worked on an ambulance, but it's nice to know I still have those old paramedic skills when I need them.

February 15, 2018

Five Easy Steps

Over on the Book of Faces, an associate of an associate of mine is making the usual arguments for banning guns in the wake of yesterday's tragedy in Florida.

His comment:
"Jeff, what we should do is repeal the Second Amendment, have a mandatory buy back of most guns, outlaw the sale of most guns, and develop an import inspection program that would keep most guns out of our country."

I slept on it, because I'd had a couple beers last night and I know better than to get into internet discussions after drinking.  This morning, I wrote my reply:

OK. That's simple. Five easy steps:
First, get 2/3 of both houses of Congress to pass a bill that proposes repealing the 2nd Amendment.  Have the President sign it.   
At this point, you haven't done anything to reduce gun violence. 
Next, get 3/4 of the states to ratify the amendment. 
Still haven't done anything to reduce gun violence.  
Third, get another bill passed that makes possession of any firearm a federal offense. 
Still haven't done anything to reduce gun violence. 
Fourth, call for citizens to turn in any gun they own. 
Still haven't done anything to reduce gun violence.
Finally, mobilize the FBI, BATFE, state and local police agencies, and every other law enforcement office you can find (some of whom are pro-2A/civilian gun ownership) -- those law enforcement agencies that are well known for their restraint and professionalism in the face of violence (/sarcasm) -- and have them go door to door all across America, every house and apartment, searching for firearms.  You'll have to go to the homes of some 80+ million gun owners, searching for and seizing all firearms.  Ignore that pesky 4th Amendment while you're at it.  It's for the children, right? 
A great number of those 80+ million will refuse to comply, and you'll have to use force to get them to comply. Force that will, undoubtedly, turn deadly. The results will be bloodshed on a level this country has never seen before. Cops and citizens alike will be killed, all in the name of your objective. 
That's all you have to do.

I've yet to hear a reply. 

February 5, 2018

Today is a Good Day

Woke up this morning and just to make sure I wasn't dreaming, I checked the local news station app on my phone...

Yep, Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Eagles and their backup QB.

Today's gonna be a good day.