Point Break

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    Little Drummer Girl

    No argument. Still.....remarkable similarity. Loved it. But yes....Janis.....
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    Little Drummer Girl

    How about Janis Joplin reincarnated........at age 13.....
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    Little Drummer Girl

    Don’t know if you’ve seen it, but I absolutely love this clip of Page explaining the development of Stairway while its playing. It makes me smile that he is spinning the vinyl with the label so familiar. I literally wore that album out. Although Stairway isn’t my favorite musically of theirs (that would be “Going to California”) it was the soundtrack to such a remarkable moment in my life that I just love that song. Anyway......
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    Little Drummer Girl

    Ah heck Hobot.......I ran over to you tube and now I’m in a Led Zeppelin marathon.........
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    Little Drummer Girl

    Pretty darn good, she’s even got some Bonham Beast moves! (the elder Bonham )......and she is a lot cuter......
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    Todays Useless Fact

    The reason for the change is three fold. It is believed that the mouth to mouth portion of CPR was considered icky/unsafe and keeping people from doing anything. The coordination of the breathing and compressions was difficult for some people. Studies show that the rescue breathing element did not increase blood carried circulating oxygen all that much. So the protocol was changed to compressions only. Something better than nothing. Depending on the patient and circumstances I would still favor including the breathing. Yes automated external defibrillators improve survivabilty for those persons whose cardiac arrest was due to ventricular fibrillation. Studies vary pretty widely on what that percentage is. Somewhere between 40% to 80%. Remember though......it’s described as a chain of survival. CPR almost immediately, if appropriate auto defibrillation within 5 minutes, and ALS care within 10 minutes. Pulling any one out of the chain dramatically reduces the already low probability of a good outcome. If you want to help....there is an App that will notify you when someone nearby is reported to need CPR. It’s called PulsePoint. https://www.pulsepoint.org/
  7. Woody as thread cop.......that there is some funny shit......
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    Todays Useless Fact

    I had a guy who was dead walk into our station with his wife and kids and say thank you. His kids said thanks for saving their daddy. It does not happen frequently....but it happens. If nobody does CPR it’ll never happen. I would do it.
  9. I camped enough on the job all those years. However I still like remote outdoors - as long as nothing is on fire - so my buddy and I split a Class “B” on a Sprinter dually chassis. Only 20 feet it fits in lotsa places. Doesn’t have the ground clearance of a pickup with camper shell, but can go to lots of places those pavement princesses cannot. It’s perfect for dry camping with just enough comforts. Had it out last month for a 3 day test run. I like it. Planning a couple month Ore, Wash, Idaho, Wy, Co, Ut with no itinerary to wander and hiking end of Sept/Oct. trying to figure out how to take my bike and SUP......although not sure about how many places to use the SUP. Looking forward to it.
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    Todays Useless Fact

    As if coming back isn’t remarkable enough?
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    Todays Useless Fact

    Different EMS systems report different survival rates. All are well below 20% (except Seattle which claims higher than that). There are a number of variables that also vary from system to system (age of patients, cause of cardiac arrest, citizen CPR trained etc.) but there are a couple factors that float to the surface in most studies. CPR within a minute or two, and followup ALS (advanced life support aka paramedics, not just EMT’s) within 10 minutes are significant predictors for survival in any system. Time to defibrillation fir patients in V-Fib is pretty telling as well. If you don’t include arrests that we witness, or traumatic arrests (cardiac arrests in the prehospital setting have abysmal survival rates), the system I worked in had survival rates that varied year to year between 7%-11%. That’s pretty typical. Caveat.....I haven’t paid attention to those statistics for about 15 years or so so things might have changed slightly. I doubt they’ve improved much.
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    Todays Useless Fact

    I always tried to cut seams on important looking stuff. My partner and I cut a leisure suit off a old guy in cardiac arrest in church in....1978ish.....we successfully resuscitated him (he was deader than a beaver hat when we got to him) and he sued us for the cost of the suit. Judge tossed it.
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    Do you live in a shithole city?

    I've always found Texas kinda pretty in some parts and the people were always very nice to me. Of course I really didn't spend any time in any of the big urban centers so I don't really know about those. One of our kids lives in southeast Houston suburbs. Nice area.
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    Todays Useless Fact

    Ouch!! I gotta tell you, if you were a motorcycle crash patient and complaining of bad back pain..............I'd cut all your shit off too. But really no reason not to cover you after the assessment. None at all. Rookies............. Side story, I almost got into a tussle with a guy who refused to let me cut his leathers off. Absolutely refused to the point I was pretty sure he was gonna wrestle with me while laying there bleeding on the backboard. Since he wasn't bleeding out (that I could see) I figured the risk of a tussle to his spine wasn't worth visualizing his body for a complete assessment. I let it be. They cut them off in the ER though (which I knew they would ).
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    Todays Useless Fact

    Hopefully you're mostly kidding.........the good ones do attend to both temperature and modesty.............in fact its common to leave the underwear on. Unless the patient was absolutely going to die in moments and I had A LOT of shit to do, on a conscious trauma patient they are generally very careful to cover them up. Also, most of the time it can wait till you're in the rig with the attendant privacy there. I was especially careful with women. Often they didn't wear a bra so that is a modesty complication, but its pretty easy to take the sheet and drape it judiciously so that any exposure was just to myself and maybe my partner. This is especially critical for teenage girls. They are an emotional mess when you expose them, they are more worried about that than their injuries. I have found most of the time I could work around the clothes on the young women, lift this look under that. Really it has to do with how badly you're hurt and how quickly I need to get through my assessment and into treatment.
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    Todays Useless Fact

    Had a pretty bad semi trailer truck wreckon the freeway with the driver trapped in the cab pretty badly hurt, lots of fractures, esp lower body. Really trapped. Big dude, over 6', hairy, beer belly, beard, arm tats, BIG dude. So its 2AM and the extrication takes the Truckers about an hour and I even have to call for a USAR rig for a second set of spreaders and the heavy duty airbags the Truck wants to use to try and push part of the dash off him. A medic is in whats left of the cab with the guy, started an IV etc - the whole thing. We finally get him out and he is unconscious by now. Medics get him in the back of their rig, and under the bright lights begin to cut his clothes off (standard for bad trauma's, too easy to miss a serious injury if you cannot visualize the whole body). So the rig is sitting there on the freeway with the rear doors open waiting to leave so one of the CHP can fish for ID as the clothing comes off. One of the CHP guys walks past me and says...."Chief, you gotta have a look in the ambulance". Now the CHP has probably seen as much as we have so I thought "never had a Chippie tell me to look at a patient before". Curiosity got the better of me and I walked over and looked in. Some things you just cannot "unsee". There.....in all his glory, was the big hairy truck driver now without what turned out to be his "outer clothes" and now in his "underclothes". Black bra, black stockings with garters and black frilly underwear. Chippie has all he wanted by way of ID now and the medics close the rear doors and off the ambulance goes to the trauma center. I look at the Chippie and he looks at me and without a word shrugs and heads off to his car. You literally cannot make this shit up.
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    Todays Useless Fact

    I actually knew that.....I have no idea why........except I never could have spelled it...or pronounced it....come to think of it I guess I really didn’t know that much about it after all. Never mind.....carry on.
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    Grilling 2018

    By the way...just FYI......there are a ton of sous vide recipes on the Anova website. So far they have all been really good. Lots of non-Anova recipes on you tube as well.
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    Grilling 2018

    Cast iron is the only way.............
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    SUV anarchy

    Interesting that Ford has said it will stop making all autos by 2022 except the Mustang and concentrate on trucks, SUV's and crossovers. Says a lot about what their market research is telling them. I'm a big SUV/Truck guy (driving a 2013 big Ford King Ranch Expedition EL) so I don't have experience with the little fellas but my neighbor across the street has two Rav4's, one a bit older than the other, bought the first one for his wife then after a couple years liked it so much he bought one for himself. Has had no mechanical troubles with either. Loves them.
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    Do you live in a shithole city?

    It’s a very.........diverse......community. The biggest impact has been the huge homeless population. I’ve never seen so many.
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    Healthful Lime Smoothy!

    Substitute a nice Rye or a 4 Roses and Regans Orange Bitters and you have my smoothie as well. (I also use a couple drops of club soda to dissolve the sugar cubes....and Demerara sugar cubes.......but.......other than that.....)
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    water bomber run... too cool

    Lot more to come.........a lot more.