I'm a New York City based EMS provider and this is a weblog, most commonly referred to as a "blog". The opinions and thoughts expressed here represent my own and are NOT those of my employer, any associations, or any volunteer organizations I am a member of.
Today, the first Friday in June, is National Donut (Doughnut) Day! Time to celebrate our favorite deep-fried doughy holey (or filled) friend!! Get yourselves out there and go get you some fried doughy goodness!!!
Here’s a quick run down of some National Donut Day deals:
National Doughnut Day was originally celebrated by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Although there have been some myths regarding the naming of the “doughnut”, because during World War I the soldier’s were often called Dough Boys, that’s really just a myth. The earliest reference was in an 1809 by Washington Irving describing the confection in A History of New York.
In celebration of EMS Week 2017 I have the following e-book deals going on at Amazon:
Lace up the boots with an authentic 20-year EMS volunteer in one of the world’s biggest Emergency Medical Service systems, New York City. Beginning with a bumpy start in the service, through to those teenage rebellion years as a new provider running on calls for help, and culminating to a point of maturity often never reached in an industry infamously known for eating its enthusiastic young with an astronomically high burnout rate to prove it.
Ride along to discover what it’s like to be an EMS provider, plunge head first to unlock the secrets of a misunderstood EMS system, and discover the shocking truth about who’s winning the life and death struggle that human nature declares we wage in the quest for immortality.
“She’s gone. No pulse, no breathing, and cold as an ice cube,” I replied while reluctantly withdrawing my hand.
Turning around and away from her, my eyes fell on the scene at the end of the basement. Along the wall were roughly a dozen men. All of them had their arms above their heads with their palms pressed against the concrete wall. Their feet were spread apart. Their heads were hung in either shame or fear. None of them were fully clothed. Some were missing their shirts, some were missing their pants, and one of them was completely naked….
The New York City EMS system is much more complex than many people realize. It is a tiered service comprised of a variety of agencies, each with their own history and challenges trying to fulfill the Emergency Medical Services mission. Learn about both the challenges and some of the outlandish calls first hand through the eyes of one of the providers.
Medic school is all about teaching you how to save the lives of others, right? Because that’s what the Emergency Medic Services does, right? Maybe… but there are many topics that medic school doesn’t cover, such as what about the health and well being of the medic providing the care? What kind of shifts will you work?? When will you have time for lunch??? How RICH will you be????
Upon reading this book you will have some honest answers and a new found appreciation for those who stand between you and a potentially negative outcome in times of medical and traumatic emergencies. Understanding how their lives are vastly different by answering that call for help when it comes to things such as eating lunch, getting sleep, and being with family on the holidays will have you appreciate them that much more when you need them.
Popular Chapters Include:
Although Social Media adoption and use continues to spread like wildfire grabbing headlines on news sites around the world it is important to remember that we are still medical professionals. Time and time again we read and hear about issues with Medics using Social Media inappropriately, and this can be a career ender. This bonus chapter includes the 7 Things To Do Online That Will End Your Career and 7 Things To Do Online To Build Your Career, because not ALL Social Media is bad.
Have a Happy EMS Week!
Last night was Wrestlemania 33. The final match of the night was Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker. For his 25th appearance at Wrestlemania, The Undertaker lost the match… and has apparently retired from wrestling in the ring…
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2017
What was different about this end of match… The Undertaker got dressed in his hat and duster AFTER the match had ended and Reigns had exited ringside. Then he proceeded to appear to leave, stopped, walked back to the center of the ring, and decided to leave it ALL in the ring…
… where it remained as the crowd exited the venue.
I watched from home as The Undertaker made his WWE debut at Survivor Series in 1990… and I watched from home as he closed out a 27-year career at Wrestlemania. There have been rumors for years about his retirement… so much that it’s hard to believe it’s actually true.
There’s really not much else to say… because anything I come up with seems inadequate compared to the years of chilling entrances, great matches, and memorable moments both in the ring and back of house. I’ll just leave it with this:
With the spring season officially (at least according to the calendar) in effect, it’s time to see the new seasonal offerings from all of our favorite fast food restauranteurs. This is also usually the time where we see a changing of the croissant donut at Dunkin’ Donuts. Last year we were treated to the Strawberry Shortcake Croissant Donut, but this year there is a new offering being injected into the typical two-month cycle of Croissant Donuts. I was able to finally catch this season’s offering, the Delightful Peanut Butter Croissant Donut, in the wild.
This is probably to most un-delightful Croissant Donut of them all. It has the seemingly standard glaze topped with a chocolate drizzle, the creme inside is a pale mocha color that provides a powerful bland chemical taste with an ever so slight peanut butter aftertaste. To describe it as underwhelming would be a definite understatement.
I know Dunkin’ Donuts is trying to brand this as a perfect pairing with their bold cold brew blend ice coffee, but this is not a spring time flavor combination that works. More importantly it underwhelms from the onset and reminds you that there isn’t actually any peanut butter in there… just simply a host of chemicals mixed to trick your tastebuds into thinking the creme is nutty in nature. While the previous flavors were also undoubtedly chemical mixtures, they at least hid that fact from the palette well.
Here’s the nutritional info for the absolutely un-delightful Peanut Butter Croissant Donut:
If you see one, try one and let me know your thoughts in the comments…
This morning Punxsutawney Phil, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, has prognosticated for the 131st time and says there will be 6 MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!!! In Groundhogese… there is a SHADOW!!!
Not surprisingly, Phil has been counter-prognosticated by the New York upstart Staten Island Chuck who did NOT see his shadow and is predicting an early spring. While this counter-prognostication is not uncommon, it should be noted that Phil was the first. In 1886 it was a newspaper editor, a member of hunters dubbed the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, who put Phil‘s prognostication in the paper making him famous locally and eventually immortal worldwide.
While many will point out from that historical fact that the power of the media is great, I would have to point out that the power of the media is a power granted by those who consume and spread their content. In an age when propaganda is passed off as “news” and where transparently fraudulent claims are emboldened by a Steve Jobs-esque reality distortion field the responsibility of the individual to vet and take EVERY report with skepticism (whether it be from a Gray Old Lady or a Cunning Red Rodent) has become vital to our existence as a society.
I love Groundhog’s Day… it’s by far my favorite holiday of the year. I continue to revel at the lack of commercialism and expectation placed on Ground Hog’s Day while the world continues to believe in the mythical weather forecasting powers of an over-sized rodent. You can’t have disappointment without expectations, right?
So weather (misspelling intended) you choose to bundle up or get the shorts out, HAPPY GROUNDHOGS DAY!!! Tomorrow you can stop disappointing by regurgitating everything you’ve been spoon fed by others and instead digest, research, and share the news stories with your added commentary and annotations… otherwise it may as well be winter all year long.