#WeekendCoffeeShare – Just Be a Second While I Fix Coffee

Would you believe it?!?  I made coffee only to realize I forgot the most important aspect – The actual coffee…  So it’ll be just a moment while I make more.  Same thing happened to me just the other day, made coffee but forgot to put the actual coffee in.

OK I’m back with coffee, actual coffee this time – LOL. Mmmmm, gooood, come join me for a cup.  There’s also tea (Ginger Peach, Morrocan Mint, and a couple other flavors) if you prefer, but we’ll need to boil up some water for you.

So how was everyone’s weekend?  Hope it was a good one.   We are in the middle of Pesach and I wish all who  are  celebrating a very Happy Pesach….  And to those who celebrate Easter, a very Happy Easter.

We went to a formal seder at the congregation we go to (or try to go to) and then we had another informal one at our house, with family.

I had promised, well not so much promised but said, that I was going to see about writing up something about the ridealong I had gone on with the local police.  I haven’t really had a chance to formulate anything and to be honest there wasn’t much to write about being that it was on a Sunday night so most everyone was home asleep or at least behaving themselves.  I also want to be careful what and how I write so as to not break any agreements to uphold privacy, etc and so forth.  The last ride I went on was a lot of easier to write on as more had happened and I was able to put together a generic look at the evening without giving anything away – You can read that here if you wish:  A Tale of Two Stupids (and no one of those is definitely NOT referring to the police but two stupid (or at least head-shaking) things I saw that day.  I promise I’ll get something up on the more recent ridealong coming up shortly.  It will be over on my Public Safety Tidbits blog plus you’ll want to stay tuned over there as there may also be something written up regarding another Fire Department ridealong – this will depend on what happens and what I learn (again I have to be careful as to uphold privacy and to be sure I am being accurate in my information).

The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted each week by Nerd In The Brain

I’m about to make myself up another cup of coffee (hopefully this time I remember to add the coffee 😝).  See you all again next week.  In the mean time, have a wonderful, blessed, and safe week.                                

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Sunday October 16, 2016

Good Morning  my coffee friends.  Just sitting down to a cup of coffee and homemade biscuits and 2 types of jam (no, they aren’t homemade) – pineapple and peach.  Care to join me?  My coffee maker is a single serve, that brews coffee right into your cup so I can customize.  It is BYOM….  ohhhh, and if you have a particular favorite coffee otherwise we have a  frenchroast-sumatra blend and a super dark.  I do have a coffee grinder, if you need, as well.

So what’s been going on with everyone this past week? Anything of excitement.  Join our host Diana over at PartTime Monster for this week’s coffee share.

The garage sale I mentioned last week went pretty well.  We sold a few things and made a little money, not much really.  We’re thinking of doing another maybe into November….  Yep, it’s warm enough around here to have garage sales in November, even into December.  In fact, the worst times here are the summer months – way too hot and during part of it you have to contend with monsoons.

The other thing I mentioned was my two “upcoming” ride-alongs with the local sheriff department and the local police department.  Obviously I can’t really share any details of what happenned during the course of the two ride-alongs.  I will tell you that when someone refuses to give a last name or makes evasive naneuvers so you can’t get a look at the registration or license plate on the car (btw we’re talking more than one incident here) they are likely trying to hide something.  I can tell you that these guys get a fair amount of silent alarms that they have to go check out as well as “suspicious” activity calls which usually amounts to “a male wearing all black walking down a major street with a gun in their holster (I should mention that we do allow open carry here), or an male and young female walking down the street in the middle of the day.  Often times, no other descriptors are given…  You start to wonder if it’s illegal to walk down the street – apparently doing so is considered suspicious activity by some (well-meaning) citizens.  And yet things that should be considered suspicious are often left unnoticed or unreported.

I have one more ride-along coming up the beginning of November with the local fire department.  Again, I won’t be able to share much of anything – especially the calls themselves – but will share what I am able of general operations and what it’s like riding with the fire department.

Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week ahead.  See you all next weekend for another coffee share.

“280” What Does it Mean?

I burrowed this from one of Our24YearAgeGap‘s posts because I thought it was something that should be shared.

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People complain all the time that Fire/EMS makes too much and do too little but when they need us they complain we took too long. WTF?! Did you know that 85% of people in my career (nation wide) can not afford to live off just one income? Bet you didn’t. That’s why everyone in my career works 2 or more jobs! Meaning they can’t get off work when they need help, nor can they afford the help they need. I’m an example. I’m one statistic, but I won’t become another…not yet anyway.

Do you know what the number above means? Do you know what it stands for? No? Well read below and find out.

In 2010, while educating firefighters across the United States, I began to notice through stories and reports about the number of firefighters who had taken their lives.  I began to collect reports through a confidential reporting system in late 2010 through Counseling Services for FIre Fighters.  After much research and effort, I realized this was a much larger issue than I thought, and expanded by starting Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance. I am now collecting this data through FBHA also. This confidential report can be found on the list at the left “ff suicide report” or at http://www.csff.info under the tab “FF Suicide Report”.

The number on the box above are members who were active or retired firefighters who suffered deaths by their own choice.  It should not be conceived as one of weakness but one where they might not have believed they had any other options to relieve their pain.  FBHA is dedicated to collecting the most accurate numbers regarding FF suicides and then updates this number as information is confirmed.  It is also FBHA’s objective to educate all of our brothers and sisters on suicide prevention through our workshop titled “Saving Those Who Save Others” in hopes to limit this number.

Regards,
B/C Jeff Dill
Founder of CSFF & FBHA

Note: Number is from information received from suicides ranging from the years 1880-2012. The total is comprised of 269 FF and 11 EMT/P.

Think about that. Just let that sink in when you think about voting for a tax cut for firefighter/paramedics. And that is JUST firefighter/paramedics. What about the police officers? Or that military?? Those numbers are alarming as well. Some things in this country need to change…congress needs to be put on minimum wage in their comfortable little office and give their pay to the people that work every day for their life, health, and safety.

Random Topic Writing Challenge – #Police

I know I’ve been seriously slacking on this  (Okay Okay for penance I’ll do two “Random Topic” Blogs tonight.  The first up is Police   About to set the 5 minute Timer…. Go.

What first comes to mind is the fun I have in following @ArlingtonPD for their #Tweetalongs.  @DallasPD has been doing some tweetalong type stuff (though not quite to level of ArlingtonPd) and, from information I’ve gotten  @FortWorthPD is also suppose to be joinging the Tweetalong Song 😛

 

Even more important than all that though is the fact that these guys are Heroes often times putting themselves into grave danger.  You wouldn’t think that a routine traffic stop could turn dangerously deadly in seconds….  Think again.  So yeah next time you want to mouth off and give a load of crap….  Consider the crap these guys put up with each and every day….  Do they need or deserve yours????  As the common vernacular of the day goes  “HELLS to the NO!!!!” (yeah I don’t completely understand the phraseology either).
GIVE EM A BREAK

They see things…..

They see things no one should see

Things that ought not be

Everyone expects they’ll always be strong

Not even realizing they are so wrong

Each day brings a chance

of seeing suffering at every glance

To whom do they turn when they feel no hope

When they feel at the end of their rope

*Depression amongst Soldiers and Emergency Service workers is a very real problem.  Often times we only see the mask they put on in the “public eye” – We don’t see the suffering on the inside*