Weíre gonna have ourselves a little Audience Participation Exercise.
This whole blogging thing is a pretty intimate relationship, isnít it? I mean, you all have your favorite bloggers that you regularly read and Iíd be quite honored if youíd count me among them. I write straight from the front of my ambulance and Iíve been repaid by all of you for it by your sheer act of coming to read what I have to say. I rarely hold anything back from your eyes, and this is no exception to that rule.
So please, dear reader, humor me for a bit here while I pull you in to a pretend scenario. Iím a rural Midwestern guy and like any of my peers I like my dive bars. Of course, Iím a family man and I try to be a good one so I donít frequent them very often anymore, but the one thing that Iíve always liked about them is the conversation that develops centered around the non-formal atmosphere that they hold. Itís pretty intense most times, usually brutally honest, and always entertaining as all get out. Everybodyís equal with a can oí PBR in their hand. (or, diet pepsi for the young folk as weíre a family establishment) (no swearing either) (well, not much).
So let me invite you to the ďLife Under the Lights Bar and GrilleĒ. Coming soon to this little blog of mine is the beginning of my crusade to kick the current EMS pay rates and system thereof squarely in the behind. Iím frankly, mad as heck and Iím not going to take it anymoreÖ well, at least as blogging is concerned as I still have to make a living, you know. Donít get dressed up, come as you are, and letís have a spirited conversation about why EMS people make such crappy money for doing what we do. Iíve got enough ideas on this topic to carry me through a few evenings of my wooden ďfree drinkĒ nickels and Iíd love to share some brutally honest conversation with the EMS folks in my audience that I think can make a difference in the quality of life for those who save lives. We need to, we have to, and we deserve to.
On duty personnel will be limited to a three-drink-maximum, as long as itís coffee or a soft drink of their choice. We are consummate professionals, you know.
Starting tomorrow Iím going to be writing a few good rants on this topic. Iím holding back tonight because well, coffee lends itself to more coherent writing than does late night camaraderie enhancement beverages. However, if you all would do me the honor of getting started by reading the following posts of mine:
- Why Does Being a Paramedic Seem so Worthless Sometimes?
- EMS 2.0 and EMS Ethics Ė How far would you go?
- The Current US Economy and EMS – An in-depth look at how this mess will affect EMS in your community
Read this too if you want to get mad:
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292041.htm – The US Bureau of Labor Statistics Paramedic Salary page
I’m turning this into a 5 or 6 part series, so here they are: