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Don’t Call It A Reprint…

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So if you’ve been by the site over the last month or so you may have noticed a slight change over there in the sidebar…

25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School... But Didn't 2nd Edition

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I’m happy to announce that 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is NOW available! If you’ve already bought the first edition, keep your eyes open for an e-mail from Amazon about the update.

Includes #26 BONUS: Avoid Social Networking Pitfalls

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. It’s really no secret that I’ve spent a lot of my time over the past 5 years blogging about Social Media and EMS at TheSocialMedic.net, cofounded PIOSocialMediaTraining.com to help agencies of all types adopt Social Media in an effort to get their message out, and have even spoken on it at conferences.

Yet, time and time again we read and hear about issues with Medics using Social Media inappropriately, and this can be an absolute career ender. This bonus chapter includes 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. It’s important to know and understand our place in this new medium while always remembering that our primary role is that of providing care for the patient you’ve been called for.

New Edition… New Formats

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For those of you wondering, yes 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is on Kobo as well. I’m not quite sure how Kobo updates their titles, but the new edition is indeed live and kicking.

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I’m also happy to announce that 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is now in the iBooks store! That’s right… after a grueling process I am now finally available to ALL the iPad readers in the world!!!

That’s all exciting stuff, right? Well… there’s just one more thing…

25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is in PRINT

3D_Transparent_BackgroundThat’s right… it’s true… now you have NO excuse not to get a copy because 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is in PRINT available through Amazon, Createspace, and other fine book sellers in most countries.

I have to be honest, when I first wrote this book I figured it would do really well as an ebook but only an ebook. I was surprised to hear how many people wanted an actual physical copy for themselves AND their students. I even had one instructor tell me he wanted to send them out to people BEFORE they started class so that when they actually did show up, it was with eyes wide open. So, along with the new content, a fresh edit, and a shiny new cover it is now something you can tote around with you


Don’t Sit There… GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!!

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The #IceBucketChallenge Answered

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So… recently I was “tagged” or “nominated” or “challenged” to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by one of the supervisors at my agency.

Here I am meeting the challenge…

Ice Bucket CoverDoes it suprise anyone that I was a Film major in college? One of the things that has bothered me about a lot of the videos I’ve seen is where they where bathing suits or clothing that was put on obviously in preparation. I did no such thing.

‘Cause I’m internet hardcore.

So if you haven’t heard or seen anything about the #IceBucketChallenge, then seriously what rock have you been hiding under? The amazing part to me is that I remember seeing my friend “Rotor” Ray do it on Facebook what seems like months ago. Now it’s gained some serious traction and virality. The people at the ALS Association must be very pleased… over $70 million dollars has been raised through the campaign.

Of course, the true success isn’t in the amount of money raised or the number of people who receive a cold drenching. The true success is in raising the awareness and education people about a deadly and debilitating disease.

New Ebook Announcement: The Pride of the Hills (A Vollie’s Memoir)

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Time is a funny thing. Those milestones and seemingly significant dates come and go until one day you wonder where it all went.

Back in the 1990′s (yes, over a decade ago) I began working on a manuscript that I had planned on shopping around in 2000 chronicling 5 years as an EMS volunteer. Life happened and I never really got around to finishing that manuscript. I worked on it piecemeal over the years, starting on an Apple IIC, going to the IBM PS2, then on a Pentium powered machine, moving it to a dual-core PC, and finally on my iMac. It started in a software called FrEdWriter, moved to MS Word, and was finished in Scrivener. It’s been stored on floppies, flash drives, and the cloud.

Today I am happy to announce the launch of that manuscript as an Ebook that has been almost 20 years in the making, a true labor of love that has been a proverbial millstone around my neck whether I wanted to admit it or not.

The Pride of the Hills: A Vollie’s Memoir is now available on Amazon.com for the Kindle platform.


The ebook is available at the launch price of $.99 for this week only and will go back to it’s regular list price of $4.99 on 11/23/13 so get your copy NOW !!!

Here’s the description from the Amazon.com page:

Pride_of_Hills_Cover“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….”

Lace up the boots with an authentic 20-year EMS volunteer in one of the world’s biggest EMS systems, New York City. Going from 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 known for eating its enthusiastic young with an astronomically high burnout rate.

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.

Volunteering in EMS has been an aspect of my life now for nearly 20 years. I don’t think it often gets the credit or explanation that it deserves. Altruistic in nature, these EMS agencies and their providers are not in it for monetary gain. While the community hails them as assets and everyday heroes in public, behind the scenes the support offered to us dwindles. They are often looked down upon by their fiscally compensated counterparts as overly enthusiastic blunderers placing a higher emphasis on maintaining the moral high ground as opposed to adequate training and experience. Founded on the ideals of community participation, volunteerism, and neighbors helping neighbors in a country where the economic feasibility of that type of service is diminishing, we struggle to survive as agencies and as individuals. After all, it’s a matter of life or death, right?

Yeah… maybe not so much. To find out, you’ll have to read the book! Reviews, constructive commentary, and feedback as always are welcome and encouraged… especially if you get it at the ridiculously low launch price of $.99!

For those of you who like nothing more than the feeling of dead tree in your hands, the trade paperback will be most likely available in early December.

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Lil Bub and I

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atStrandBooksTonight (or actually last night considering when this post is set to publish) I made a journey to the Greenwhich Village area to visit the Strand Bookstore (which boasts on their awning about having 18 miles of books) along with 299 other people for a once in a lifetime experience.

Now I know many of you are probably wondering, “Wait, doesn’t he read only ebooks now?” You’re right, I do read ebooks 99% of the time. That remaining 1% is reserved for those very special books. Books who are authored by skilled artisans of the craft containing powerful soul clenching content. It has to be a book with meaning, with purpose, and an uncanny knack for speaking to the cofe of my being.

This is one of those books.


Lil BUB’s Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet

And here I am with the author herself…

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Yes. I met Lil Bub!!!

I have to be honest, except for the Strand Books redheaded line worker/announcer who kept referring to Lil Bub as “the cat” (which is like referring to Stephen King as “the human”), it was a very pleasant and exciting experience. It’s not everyday you get to meet the cutest, amazing, adorable, internet cat sensation in the world! So thanks to Lil Bub and her cool dude Mike for coming back to New York and doing a night event!!!

Of course, the second moment of the night was when a typical New Yorker came to us on the line at the corner of 12th and Lafayette asking what everyone was doing there. I explained to him it was for Lil Bub, the cutest most famous cat on the internet, and asked if he had ever heard of her. He told me no. I then asked him if he had internet, to which he replied yes. I think he was a bit shocked to be asked if he had internet, and I covered his shock by telling him to go to LilBub.com. Silly humans.

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So now I have a signed copy of the book, I’ve met Lil Bub, and I have the photo to prove it!

How ya like me now internet?

New Ebook Announcement: 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t

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This month I started what will be my sixth refresher class. Having been first certified in 1995, that gives me 18 years of EMS experience. This refresher will see me through to 21 years.

Damn.

That’s a long time.

25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School But Didn'tAll of those years have to be worth something besides the aching back, the cracking knee, and the hearing loss on my left side. I like to think I have some knowledge that’s worth sharing. Knowledge that it would be relatively hard to find elsewhere based on my first hand experience. Knowledge that can help other people as they begin their career in EMS… or disprove the popular myths out there so that the air can be released from those false expectations BEFORE reaching that painful interview with their first agency.

Today I’m officially announcing the publication of my newest ebook that both shares my knowledge and addresses some of the more common sense issues that seems to challenge new Medics on a daily basis. Titled 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t, this book started out as an idea for a series of blog posts, that morphed into the outline for a 12,500 word ebook, and ended up being a 21,520 labor of love drenched in sarcasm with a heavy dosing of a blueberry muffin chaser.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Certification Level Doesn’t Matter, We’re All Medics

Have you ever seen a story on the news that talks about the heroic actions of the police and firefighters while those of us who work in the Emergency Medical Services are lumped into either the First Responder or the uber generic Emergency Worker category? Or perhaps there was a news story that referred to the (*GASP*) ambulance drivers?

The fact is that the mass media does not know how to refer to us as a collective group. This in turn directly affects how the general public both perceives us and how we are received by other healthcare providers. Who do we blame and hold accountable for this mass confusion that causes the failure for us to be recognized for the collective profession we truly are?

Ourselves.

We do this to ourselves every time we beat our chests and proudly proclaim that we are an Emergency Medical Responder, or an Emergency Medical Technician, or a Paramedic, or a Critical Care Paramedic. We define ourselves individually based upon what the certification card in our wallet says instead of the collective whole. The division we create amongst ourselves along the lines of certification is what leads to the mass confusion and the mass media throwing their hands up in disgust, all because we selfishly insist on them understanding our complex internal classification system for the scope of practice.

The fact is it’s not about us as individuals. It is about the perception of our profession as a whole.
Back in 2011 Skip Kirkwood ran a simple survey asking providers what they thought we should be called by the media and wrote an article for JEMS Magazine about the results that you can read here. The results were interesting in that there was no clear consensus in how we wanted to be identified. The Top 5 Chosen Titles were:

  1. 25.4% said EMTs
  2. 21.3% said Paramedics
  3. 12.5% said Medics
  4. 8.6% said Emergency workers
  5. 6.7% said Prehospital professionals
  6. If we can’t decide amongst ourselves what we should be called, how can anyone else know what to call us?

    For those of you curious, I was among the 12.5% who chose to answer the question with Medic(s). I chose this purely from a journalistic perspective based on the fact that Emergency Medical Technician is too long, Paramedic leads one to believe that we are a subsidiary of the professional Medic instead of a Doctor, and the term has already been introduced and popularized into our culture via the action packed popularity of the military war movie.

    This is why the title of this book is 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t as opposed to being called 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In EMT School… But Didn’t or 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Emergency Worker School… But Didn’t. I am a big believer that we hold our own fate in our hands, but unless we come to some sort of consensus or agreement on our identity then this branding crisis (and I assure you, it is truly a crisis) will continue.

    The lessons in here can be applied to whichever certification you hold because ultimately, regardless of what the card says, we’re all Medics working in the Emergency Medical Services.

If that riling excerpt was not enough to convince you that you NEED this ebook, what if I told you that it was FREE through Sunday February 10th? Yes, you read that right… if you go to Amazon from now until midnight Sunday February 10th, you can download it for FREE!

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In Hindsight: #121212concert

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Photo Dec 13, 3 06 22 AMI had the fortune of working the Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert held on 12.12.12 at Madison Square Garden. The concert benefited the Robin Hood Foundation, a local charity organization that has taken a much different approach to how they use donations. Instead of just handing the money out in grants, they spend a lot of time analyzing what programs are actually working. The most effective programs get the support and because of that careful analysis their dollars go further than most others. You can read more about their metrics system here.

I heard quite a few people ask aloud both at the concert as well as online as to why Robin Hood was the recipient of the funds instead of the American Red Cross. I often wonder how the American Red Cross would measure up to Robin Hood‘s evaluation. I would guess they wouldn’t rank too high, which is one of the reasons the money didn’t go to them. New Yorkers see results with the programs supported by the Robin Hood Foundation. Historically we haven’t seen results from the American Red Cross, and sadly Hurricane Sandy hasn’t changed that record.

The concert itself was, if you didn’t happen to catch it in the bazillion places it was being broadcast, quite an epic event. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, the real Jersey Boyz, put on a great show. No one can doubt the immortality of Roger Waters or the essence of the Who.

As for Kanye West, well, let’s just leave it as it just wasn’t his type of crowd. It was nice of him to come and that’s appreciated, which is more than can be said about native born and bred Jay-Z who’s ownership in the Barclay Center undoubtedly played a role in his no show at Madison Square Garden.

Photo Dec 13, 3 06 11 AMOf course, the reunion of the surviving members of Nirvana joining Sir Paul McCartney is what truly defined the concert as epic, at least for me. Grohl looked great behind the drum set and Novaselic sounded as awesome that night as when Nevermind first landed. I was glad he didn’t toss his bass in the air and knock himself out, because really kids its all fun and games until someone gets hurt… then its a job.

One of the cool things about being there, besides the great music, was the FourSquare Badge done for the event. For the first 25,000 users who checked in that night, Samsung was donating $10 to the Robin Hood Foundation. That could be an extra quarter million dollars which is nothing to sneeze at. I love my FourSquare badges. No, really, I do.

It was a great event for a great cause with some great social media integration.

Enterprising Ventures

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Enterprise in Chantilly, 2011

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Back in 2011, the Popstar and I attended the NoVaCon 2011 meet up in Northern Virginia. At that time we had the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Hangar out in Chantilly. It was a great experience with a ton of things to see including, at the time, the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

For those of you who may be living under a rock, this past spring the Space Shuttle Enterprise came to New York. It was quite an exciting arrival, flying up and down the Hudson River with the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle trending as everyone turned their eyes (and iPhones) skyward to witness (and document) this very magical moment.

Although the Shuttle Pavillion opened back in June(?), yesterday I was afforded the opportunity to go see it for the first time in New York with my longtime friends Gaspar and Heather, who also happen to be as nutty about the shuttle as the Popstar and I.

I was honestly pretty impressed by the “temporary” display for the shuttle. You have far better views and access to it than you did in Chantilly. The content surrounding it was specific to the Enterprise as opposed to all the other things that had cluttered it previously. There’s even a pretty cool movie narrated by none other than Leonard Nimoy. It was definitely a great time, and I recommend it for anyone who has ever had the mere thought of what it would be like to travel into space.

The visit served as a good reminder that if you can dream it, with the right people you can make it come true. It also provided some motivation to finish off some things I have that right now are half-baked, so that I can move onto new and bigger things the visit inspired. It’s going to be good times and good fun, just like yesterday, for sure.

You can check out my entire Flickr Set: USS Intrepid and Shuttle Enterprise

3 Things I Learned On Presenting

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Presenting at Pulse Check 2012Last week at this time I was presenting at the New York State Volunteer Ambulance And Rescue Association Pulse Check EMS Conference in Suffern, NY. The topic I had proposed and was chosen for was “Telling Our Own Story: Using Social Media To Connect To Our Communities“.

Now I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what type of crowd I was going to get because I was scheduled to present simultaneously as the New York State Department of Health Director of EMS Lee Burns. I mean really, if you had the choice of listening to the head of the regulatory agency talk about EMS vs. some guy talk about Facebook, who would you choose?

Overall, I like to think it was a pretty good presentation. The crowd was about three times larger than I had expected, and that was both a pleasant surprise and a bit intimidating. When all was said and done I walked away with 3 important lessons to remember if there’s a next time…

  1. The order if topics can change from submission to presentation – when I presented the summary and outline, it was Christmas week and I was in a trailer in Tennessee. I had already done a rough outline of what I wanted to do, but when I started working on the actual presentation I realized that it was a bit like most other presentations I had been to. I wanted mine to be different, and so in doing that I inadvertently changed the outline. Although I still covered all the points, they weren’t in the order I had originally listed them
  2. Bringing your own audience can be more intimidating – because this was a local conference, a number of members from my own squad were there and came to see the presentation. At first I was all for this, because I really thought I would end up talking to a room by myself. Once I actually got up there, seeing the familiar faces was almost more unnerving because I felt like I had to deliver something way superior. Most of them had attended either my CEVO lecture or my Crew Chief 101 presentation, which for a small agency was good enough. But this was a conference, so I suddenly felt immense pressure to exceed those familiar and almost routine sessions with all new material in a new setting
  3. Practice makes perfect – I did practice run throughs during the presentation build, the night before the conference, and the morning of the presentation. This gave me time to make some final edits, fix any transitions that may have slipped by, and most importantly practice my timing. Timing was really my biggest challenge, and in the end I think I would have ended with some question time, but I failed to account for the intro and in depth questions during the presentation. Now that I’ve done it live, I know I need to account for that time as well

Admittedly, presenting really isn’t my forte. I’m nowhere near the level of fantastic presenters like Greg Friese, Rommie Duckworth, and Kelly Grayson. It was an extremely satisfying experience, and I don’t think I’m too terrible at it… otherwise I probably would have gotten some poor reviews (which from what I understand I didn’t) and I probably wouldn’t have had nearly as good a time.

Star Tours. Like A Fett.

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I’m a big fan of simulations and simulation style amusement rides. Couple that with my Star Wars fanaticism, then the revamped Star Tours ride is an obvious destination choice while in Florida. The original ride debuted January of 1987 in Disneyland California and was long overdue for an upgrade.

On August 14, 2010 I was fortunate enough to attend Celebration V‘s “Last Tour To Endor” special event which allowed us to ride the original Star Tours ride until midnight. As you can see from this photo, it was quite an exciting and very enjoyable time! I was more than a bit disappointed when I saw no special event for the new Star Tours on the Celebration VI agenda.

So we added it on our own! I will freely admit that I was bit giddy going there, and I was NOT disappointed. The ride itself is now in 3-D and was digitally created to be a sharp fully immersive environment. Most importantly, although the actual simulators did not change, the que line and lobby were all redone and there is a new pre-roll video that sets up what is about to happen on the ride itself. The premise is that you are going on a touring run, but due to a technical glitch your ship is accidentally being piloted by none other than the goldenrod C3PO. Upon take off your ship is scanned and onboard is none other than a Rebel Spy! They actually show a still photo of someone on the ride with you, and that indeed was a VERY neat minor detail that made the experience of running across one planet, receiving a holographic order from the Rebel Alliance, and then running across two more planets all the more enjoyable. Needless to say, I loved it!

One of the panels during Celebration VI was actually about the design and development of the new Star Tours ride. Besides learning that the actual simulators themselves were not changed out, I found their story arcing extremely interesting. There are, for all intense purposes, 54 possible combinations of the ride. 2 Intros x 3 First stages X 3 possible holographic transmissions x 3 Second planets x 3 Final planets/landings= 54 possible rides. One of the guys on the panel said that someone figured out that you would need to ride it 200+ times to see very different version!

So if you’re in the Orlando area, definitely consider diverting yourself to ride Star Tours: The Adventure Continues!

My Adventures At Dee Em Vee

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With today being the 17th anniversary of my 21st birthday, I had to once again go through the painful process of renewing that glorious little card in my wallet that has me listed 2 inches shorter than I actually am and features my full on samurai haircut in its prime.

Now I’ll be honest, New York State has a great online Department of Motor Vehicles. Everything I had to do I COULD have done online with perhaps better planning… like a more current eye exam. Since I’ve been doing my yearly eye exams in September for over 10 years, the online option just was not to be by the time I realized I needed one within the last six months. Nevertheless, I was undaunted in getting myself off the “Licenses To Expire List” before landing on the “Licenses That Expired List“.

So when I got there at 8:10am (they open at 8:30am), the line outside the door was already down the side of the building. By the time I got there, I was encroaching onto the sidewalk in front. What was worse, even more people ended up on the line behind me. I honestly didn’t expect so many people on a Monday morning of a holiday week.

In front of me was a man and in front of him was a woman with a shopping cart that obviously contained her worldly possessions. I found myself wondering what class license the cart was covered under when around 8:35am, we started to shuffle forward. The security guard at the door stopped the line trying to have the woman leave the cart outside, but to no avail. After some debate, she pushed her way in allowing the line to continue forward until I finally found myself inside at around 8:45am.

Here’s where it gets both interesting and obnoxious at the same time. Now I remember the time when you would go to the counter in the middle (similar to a bank counter with the forms in slots along the desk) (1), find your form, fill it out (2), and then head to the service counter line (3). Simple, right? So that’s what I attempted to do.

WRONG!

The forms weren’t at the desks. See, what you actually have to do, is get on line A to get the form (1). Then you fill it out (2), get onto line B so they can check the form (3), and give you a ticket (4) so when your number gets called you go to the service counter (5). I had inadvertently gotten off line A in my quest for the forms, so I ended up at the very end.

I was doomed.

Luckily, I never had to make it to the counter because one of the clerks came out with renewal forms for anyone on Line A. Once I had the form filled out, I went to Line B and after a few minutes had my ticket.

F641.

They had just called F628 through a digital mechanical voice, so I thought I was in good shape! Only 13 people to get called before it would be my turn at one of the service windows. Then the logic circuits illogically called the next few numbers…

Now serving A223 at window 10

Now serving A224 at window 27

Now serving A225 at window 17

Now serving B546 at window 4

Now serving D607 at window 9

Now serving A226 at window 13

Now serving C356 at window 23

Now serving H905 at window 21

Now serving F629 at window 19

… and so on. I sighed heavily, resigned to be ready to celebrate the 18th anniversary of my 21st birthday before reaching the counter.

As I sat in the pew staring at the angry red numbers on the board glowing back at me mockingly, I became aware of a familiar scent wafting into my nostrils. There, in the middle of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles I smelled the New York City Subway.

Am I the only one to see the irony in that?

“Excuse me,” creaked the voice from slightly behind me, “Do you have a pen? I’ll give it right back.”

I turned to see the shopping cart woman standing there with form in hand.

Penless.

Was there a sign on me that read Misery Line Starts Here? She had the contents of her cart in tow, but no cart. So as I handed over my Bic fine point, I sighed, never expecting to see it again. She sat in front of me, filled out her form as best she could for a replacement non-driver governmental ID.

“Thank you,” she said with a smile as she handed me back the pen. For a second I wanted to ask what she listed as her address, just to see what she would say, but I thought better of it. Or more accurately, fate thought better of it…

Now serving ef six forty one at window forty-two

It was finally my turn! I hustled to the window 42 and promptly presented my form, old driver’s license, ticket, and credit card. The official chuckled a little and asked me to read a few letters on a board hanging from the ceiling to which I promptly replied, “Sure, Henry Nora Victor Boy Union Sam….”

“Uh,” he interrupted, “Sir, can you just say the letters?”

I smiled nervously and read the line the way Mrs. Krause from first grade had taught me. When I was done with the first line, I went to the second line and read that for good measure.

“That’s fine sir. Military?” he asked.

“Oh no, EMS,” I replied. He nodded as if knowingly. A few keys punched, a swipe of the credit card, and a sheet through an inkjet printer later and I was good to go!

On the way out the door I passed by the cart woman again. Apparently they wouldn’t accept her current form due to… yep… lack of address.

“Here,” I said while handing her my pen, “Just put down 1 Penn Plaza, basement apartment.”

With that I was DONE!

In all fairness, I was out by 9:45am. That a whopping 75 minutes which, in hindsight, I could have probably kept to an hour had I just played the role of sheep. While it seemed painful to endure at the time, it really wasn’t all that bad.

Three Things I Learned From Dee Em Vee

As with most experiences, I think there are some lessons to take away:

  1. Sometimes being a sheep is okay – had I just followed along with everyone else, I probably would have been done earlier
  2. Not everyone uses the phonetic alphabet – yeah, oops
  3. “Undomiciled” is not an acceptable address – which is really sort of a downer… but it doesn’t mean I’ll stop using it on my paperwork

And thus concludes my adventure at DMV…