Most people, upon learning that I made this decision, would ask two questions that I actually found pretty easy to answer. Nevertheless, I’m a creature of habit as everyone at MY Dunkin’ Donuts knows… all THREE of them (Dunkin’ Donuts stores that is)… so I figured I’d do what I love and blog about it here.
The first question was, “Why?” and there is an easy way to answer that.
I got bored.
When you go from working 100+ hour weeks to working none it’s a bit of a shock to the system. The first week, when I was in Pittsburgh, was great! When I got home… well I wasn’t feeling great because of a whole abscessed tooth thing but once I took care of that I could enjoy myself… which I did.
It isn’t hard for boredom to set in though. I was doubling my word count goals in preparation of NaNoWriMo this year, drank Dunkin’ Donuts, reading books, drank Dunkin’ Donuts, catching up on television shows I hadn’t watched in nearly a year, drank Dunkin’ Donuts, saw movies I had wanted to see in the theaters but never had the chance, drank Dunkin’ Donuts, took things personally while obsessing over things beyond my control, drank Dunkin’ Donuts, tweaked some websites (including going retro colors circa 2006 on this one in case you didn’t know), drank Dunkin’ Donuts, and fought off some Socialist-Communist Pig hackers from beyond the Great Firewall who have some sort of vendetta against cereal. I was pretty productive for someone unemployed.
I also ran up quite a tab at Dunkin’ Donuts… which is the price I paid for boredom.
The bad thing about unemployment is the lack of new funds coming in on a regular basis. I have been employed and paid regularly for 99.999999999% of the time over the last 30 years… so this was a new experience for me. Since apparently no one took me seriously when I asked to buy my books to support me, well I had to find something. The fact I chose First Response Ambulance should be obvious, but it’s unlikely for anyone to understand why unless you were actually there 20+ years ago.
I am someone who will never forget where I come from. If you cut me, for all analogical purposes, I bleed aqua… green for Forest Hills VAC and baby blue for Metropolitan Ambulance & First Aid Corp. Up until two weeks ago (yes, do the math, I wasn’t THE last but they followed soon after) if you looked at the 3 largest private ambulance companies in New York City they all shared one thing in common… in their leadership ranks there was at least 1 person who had been at Metropolitan Ambulance. Considering I had been at one of them, that only left two choices for me to take into consideration… and that was actually one of the easiest choices to make because not only does First Response Ambulance have my preferred blue in it, but it also has my preferred green in it too.
More importantly, they understand what this type of work is all about. They understand that this is about people, and not just the ones we fill the run sheets/charts/ACRs out on. They have a sense of team, they know where they want to go, their leadership is behind them, and that’s something I found refreshing. As someone who is all about opportunities, well, when the opportunity presented itself this time I took it.
Oh… and yeah… they’re hiring.
The second question was “What are you going to do?” which is easy to answer too… or maybe it isn’t depending on how you want to look at it and just how well you know me. My position on what EMS actually does is no secret so I won’t rehash it here (but if you’ve lived under a rock the last 5 years and want to know you can buy the book). It’s hard to pin me down to just one thing because I, like everyone else, am more than just one thing.
So I’m going to do the same thing I do everywhere else I work.
There’s going to be a need. There’s going to be a challenge. There’s going to be something to be fixed. There’s going to be some sort of magic to be crafted. There are going to be lives that need to be changed.
I’m going to make IT happen.
Whatever IT may be.