The Project is coming and I’m Helping

“The Project” is coming. As I’m sure that every single person who reads my blog knows, Happy Medic and Medic999 are planning the first International Medic Swap between the United States and The United Kingdom’s EMS systems. It’s beginning very soon, and I’m very excited about it. Fact is, I just plain can’t wait for Mark (Medic999) to pop over here across the pond and get a taste of Good Ol’ US EMS. Then, I’m sure that I’ll be anticipating Happy heading over to Mark’s side of the pond just as much. I’m planning on making it over to one of them to hang out with the two biggest stars in EMS blogging.

There, that’s enough fawning over my two best blogger buddies. Now it’s time to add something that’s missing from this whole equation that I think that I’m amply qualified to provide. Here guys, this is my gift to you. Enjoy. I’m helping.

Today I sent out a Facebook comment directed towards my friends on the Packer’s side of the line congratulating the Packer’s fans for being so “Sportsmanlike” after being decimated by their former godlike QB. I’m not a Packers fan, and actually I’m not much of a sports fan… but I do like Bret Favre. Not so much for the sports, although he is an artist with a football, but because he really seems like a stand-up guy in the vapid egotistical wasteland that is contemporary “professional” sports.

But enough about that. This is about my Facebook comment. Medic999 popped up and commented that, basically, we US people were whiny little crybabies and our favorite sport is meant to be played by 8-year-old schoolgirls who have sprained ankles. (I’m paraphrasing).

And with the ensuing exchange of comments, I figured out what I could add to The Project.

Trash Talkin’ that’s what!

So, ya Lilly Liver’d Limey (What does “Lilly Livered” mean?) Whatcha gonna bring to show us US medics? Huh?

Oooooh, so your little car is GREEN with BLUE CHECKERS on it! Mine’s a big SUV with a big powerful engine. It’s a 4×4.

Just got the IO drill? Hmmm, had that for a while over here. Yep, good thing you’re catching up.

Oh, so you’ve got “Tail Lifts” to pick up your stretchers for you, huh? Here we’ve got these things we call “muscles” and “brute force”.

 Hmmm, so you UK guys run all blue lights and have “nee naw’s?” We run Lights and Sirens, or “Code-3” or “10-39”. Yea it’s manly! Ever heard a Federal Q? You’re going to. Better bring some aspirin, you’re gonna getcha self a headache.

You may have played some Rugby, but we occasionally run in to burning buildings. I get to go to work and “Drive Fast and Break Things” when I’m on the fire side. We get to swing axes and mauls and tear apart cars with hydraulics. What do you guys have? Crumpets? What’s a crumpet?

Awful quiet over there from your side of the pond. What’s that? Nothin…. That’s what.

(Attention, the above has been all in good fun. No offense intended. If you were a whiny cry-baby and couldn’t take a little trash talk, then I apologize)

  • Oh yeah!!!!
    Well…..
    Yo mama is so……
    What's that you say??
    Am I going a bit far??
    Seriously though, great way to wake up and have a giggle!
    There is only one way to sort this out once and for all though – Drunken arm wrestle!

    See you for the showdown next week!

  • crazynewt

    Bah. Both UKers and you Yanks are missing the real action, up here in Canada! I mean, what's football? A bunch of fat people in tights running in lines… nothing at all like, say, HOCKEY. A man's sport – where we shoot a hardened piece of rubber at each other, knock out teeth, and swing sticks in the air. All while moving around on, you know, SHARPENED BLADES. That's friggin' tough.

  • crazynewt

    Bah. Both UKers and you Yanks are missing the real action, up here in Canada! I mean, what's football? A bunch of fat people in tights running in lines… nothing at all like, say, HOCKEY. A man's sport – where we shoot a hardened piece of rubber at each other, knock out teeth, and swing sticks in the air. All while moving around on, you know, SHARPENED BLADES. That's friggin' tough.

  • damn. i got no fight back… except that i'd rather be called lilly livered and have a tail-lift than have to lift the 300+ pounders we see over here when talking about your system…. 🙂

  • Oh what's that? Hey, my momma's a saint. She reads this blog too, HI MOM!!

    So it's drunken arm wrestling, is it? Um, well… there's this issue I got since I got my swine flu shot where my arm hurts and I don't want to aggrivate the injury in the case that my arm might turn to bacon…

    Or maybe it's because I don't want to hurt ya, since you're going to be have to be riding in the big trucks when you're up here and you'll need your arm for real work.

    Yea, that's it. I'm being nice to you.

    Can't wait for your post that you tweeted about. Bring it, Geordie. 🙂

  • You're saying that Hockey (Honest to god Hockey!?) isn't played by “fat guys in tights”? We play hockey down here too, ya know. It relaxes us from our other, manlier pursuits.

    Oh, and hey Canadian… Hats don't talk.

  • Ok, well you've got us there… We Americans do like our Cheeze Nips.

  • Oh what's that? Hey, my momma's a saint. She reads this blog too, HI MOM!!

    So it's drunken arm wrestling, is it? Um, well… there's this issue I got since I got my swine flu shot where my arm hurts and I don't want to aggrivate the injury in the case that my arm might turn to bacon…

    Or maybe it's because I don't want to hurt ya, since you're going to be have to be riding in the big trucks when you're up here and you'll need your arm for real work.

    Yea, that's it. I'm being nice to you.

    Can't wait for your post that you tweeted about. Bring it, Geordie. 🙂

  • You're saying that Hockey (Honest to god Hockey!?) isn't played by “fat guys in tights”? We play hockey down here too, ya know. It relaxes us from our other, manlier pursuits.

    Oh, and hey Canadian… Hats don't talk.

  • Ok, well you've got us there… We Americans do like our Cheeze Nips.

  • poopy pants.

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  • epijunky

    That's it, I'm selling tickets to the main event!

  • TheLimey

    Well I'm torn here. I should be on the side of my fellow country man, but he's a Northerner and we all know that they can only drink Shandy. I did get my US citizenship this year so I could go with my American counterparts (especially since they are in the brotherhood), but they do live in the bay area, where “fluffy coffee” and “manscaping” abound. I think I will just sit here on my high horse and judge all of you. 🙂

    Can't wait to see pictures of this shenanigans.

    Lee

  • “Fluffy Coffee” and “Manscaping”? Uhhhh, what's that? Guess we don't have those things over here in Flyover Country.

    Limey, I gotta tell ya, you'd be well served to stay over here on our side of the fence. For nothing else, at least because our food is better, our beer's colder, and our accents aren't as funny.

  • “Flufffy coffee?” I thought the term was “foo-foo coffee!!” As for “manscaping”, also known as “manshaping”, be careful, especially if you're married to a woman who knows how to use clippers and can catch you in your sleep.

    Trust me – you don't want to know 🙂

    And I think this is going to be fun. I canna hardly wait to see what happens. Epi, I'll help you sell tickets if you like…

  • “Flufffy coffee?” I thought the term was “foo-foo coffee!!” As for “manscaping”, also known as “manshaping”, be careful, especially if you're married to a woman who knows how to use clippers and can catch you in your sleep.

    Trust me – you don't want to know 🙂

    And I think this is going to be fun. I canna hardly wait to see what happens. Epi, I'll help you sell tickets if you like…

  • MarkUK

    OMG, you colonials need some education. Football, aka “soccer”, is the gentleman's game played by hooligans. Rugby Football is the hooligans' game played by gentlemen.

    Rugby Union is the better game, though Rugby League does have its good points. However, neither game uses armour. A man is thought to be a wimp if he wears a (leather) scrum cap to prevent his ears being detatched.

    Hockey is played on a field covered in grass, using a round, hard ball. ICE Hockey is a different kettle of fish. Having reasonable winters, Ice Hockey is played indoors here.

    Incidentally, most of our ambulances are not 4X4 as we've learnt to build metalled roads that don't require 4X4. Can we give you a few tips in that direction?

  • AnonBrit

    obviously you wont be using tail lifts becaus it wasnt an american idea and you wouldnt like to use an idea that wasnt american would you? and why would you need a tail lift when ten of you turn up to pick up an old lady off the floor, where us TWO brits can do it on our own,not ALL the ambulances have tail lifts believe it or not.
    You guys are stethoscope-round-your-neck-donut-eating posing media tarts!

  • totwtytr

    Hey! Who invited the Canadian in? Is that even a country? Chris, you forgot to mention that the British drive on the wrong side of the road in addition to having girly looking ambulances.

    Not that I'm trying to cause trouble or anything.

  • Go on Mark Son!!! Get in there !!!!

    Yeah, just like he said!!

    And we have cars that can go round corners and roundabouts!! So there..

  • Woop Woop!!
    Hands in the air for AnonBrit…..

    Oh my country folk are doing me proud!!

  • Errr..Hi Chris's Mom (or Mam, or mother, as it is said in the QUEENS english 🙂 )

    I was about to say that Yo Mamma is so lucky to have a son such as Chris. She must be so Proud, and she has obviously brought him up to be a bright, intelligent and valued member of his community!

    (Is that enough back peddling?….Yes?…..OK…..Phew, I think I got away with that one.)

  • Yeah, Go on Ben, Get stuck in for us Brits!!

  • Shandy? Whats that like?

    (actually, its quite nice with a touch of lime in it too!)

    No, not me, I drink Newcastle Brown Ale me!!

    (its actually rather horrid, but dont tell Chris!)

  • Walt, you could always come over and be the umpire for us?

    There is still time to come to the Blogger meet up.

  • Ambulance_Driver

    Who cares what brand of football you play? The only real sport is cow-tipping.

  • RRD

    Now wait a minute, here!! Us Brits at least speak proper English!!!

  • TheFireCritic

    This is freakin hilarious……

  • MarkUK

    The Irish were there ca. 700 AD. The Vikings were there in ca. 900 AD.

    Then some bloody Italian who couldn't keep his gob shut went there in 1492.

    It's amazing how different countries view the word “ancient”.

    Durham cathedral (my favourite English cathedral) dates from 1093. York Minster (the current one – there were two earlier ones) dates back to 1220.

    The White House, on the other hand, dates back to 1792. 10 Downing Street dates back to 1682 – before some of the American colonies rebelled. (Fair play to Canada – they knew what loyalty meant.)

    Mind you, Britain has always been in the forefront. Just as a matter of interest, in what years did WW1 & WW2 start?

    I'm glad your ambulance services aren't so tardy!

  • MarkUK

    The Irish were there ca. 700 AD. The Vikings were there in ca. 900 AD.

    Then some bloody Italian who couldn't keep his gob shut went there in 1492.

    It's amazing how different countries view the word “ancient”.

    Durham cathedral (my favourite English cathedral) dates from 1093. York Minster (the current one – there were two earlier ones) dates back to 1220.

    The White House, on the other hand, dates back to 1792. 10 Downing Street dates back to 1682 – before some of the American colonies rebelled. (Fair play to Canada – they knew what loyalty meant.)

    Mind you, Britain has always been in the forefront. Just as a matter of interest, in what years did WW1 & WW2 start?

    I'm glad your ambulance services aren't so tardy!

  • MarkUK

    The Irish were there ca. 700 AD. The Vikings were there in ca. 900 AD.

    Then some bloody Italian who couldn't keep his gob shut went there in 1492.

    It's amazing how different countries view the word “ancient”.

    Durham cathedral (my favourite English cathedral) dates from 1093. York Minster (the current one – there were two earlier ones) dates back to 1220.

    The White House, on the other hand, dates back to 1792. 10 Downing Street dates back to 1682 – before some of the American colonies rebelled. (Fair play to Canada – they knew what loyalty meant.)

    Mind you, Britain has always been in the forefront. Just as a matter of interest, in what years did WW1 & WW2 start?

    I'm glad your ambulance services aren't so tardy!