My goodness Iíve got to get into this room! That was a long set weíve just had. Oh yea, Markís in the building so I had better check the lock on the door. Itís lockedÖ good. I shouldnít have had so much coffee in preparation for the talk I just had. Was I nervous? A bit maybeÖ I feel silly about it though. After all, I was really just shooting the ďbreezeĒ with some people who have become good friends of mine over the last year or so and I honestly feel pretty comfortable being in front of the community thatís popped up around the Chronicles of EMS. †
Yes I was talking about what the Frumpydumple crowd calls the ďwater closetĒ and I had just gotten done filming Episode #1 of ďChronicles of EMS Ė A Seat at the TableĒ with an amazing panel of guests. I canít tell you how much Iíve enjoyed being here in San Francisco to watch this all take place, I canít really put into words how much I have enjoyed meeting the people Iíve gotten to meet, and I just wouldnít do the feeling of inspiration Iíve gotten any justice if I were to put it into static black and white words on this page. For you to know how I feel about this Iíll just have to use an analogy.
Picture that youíve been laboring in a tunnel for years, digging as fast as you could every day you were down there. Youíre passionate about your digging but you donít really know if youíre ever going to get anywhere before you run out of steam. You dig and dig and digÖ Then one day you feel like you canít dig any moreÖ not even one more shovel full of dirtÖ Youíre tired, cold, hungry, and cranky and it feels like eons since youíve seen the sunÖ Finding Herculean strength you tell yourself that this shovel full of dirt may be the one that finally counts, so you dig the shovel into the dirt andÖ
Break through into an underground lake that fills the tunnel with water and sweeps you away.
And just when you find youíre about to drown you start a blog and find out that thereís people out there that will throw you a lifeline. You reach out to them and find yourself at a television premier in San Francisco having the time of your life.
So um, yea. Thatís how it is. See why I said that I couldnít do it any justice?
I was here to watch the show and Iím still here writing this from my hotel room. I have to say this: We all knew that Mark and Justin were caring, competent paramedics who are fantastic at what they do. It wasnít really a shock to me to see them portrayed in the video as just that. No camera could hide how much they care about this stuff and it wouldnít be possible to hide how committed to the cause of furthering emergency medical care around the world as they are. I know them, theyíre really, truly good people and Iíll vouch for them. What impressed me, nay, amazed me the most was the quality of the camera work and the production of the film. I was quite literally blown away by the superb quality of the production. Hats off to Chris Eldridge and Ted SetlaÖ You guys honestly blew right past my preconceptions and delivered a product that was way beyond my expectations. I mean, I knew that it was going to be goodÖ I just did not expect the quality to be so high. I had high expectations and you blew past them. Thatís solid work guys. I know that there were many behind the scenes that I donít know all of the names of to thank properly, but rest assured that I am thoroughly impressed by the class act that you have developed here.
So what I am saying is: Thank you. Thank you for the work you have done to further our profession and emergency medical care around the world. I am happy and downright honored to have played a small part in it and I cannot wait to see the heights that you all reach with this endeavor.
You guys rock.
So tonight, I am frankly having way too much fun here with my wife over Valentineís day hanging out with the Chronicles Crowd to spend any more time on this computer. Iíve met a ton of great people, all of which I will dish about (Mwa Ha Ha ha!) in a later post. But tonight is about fun, and off I go.
Hereís some suggested reading:
Http://www.setlafilms.com Ė Ted Setlaís Production Company
Http://www.LevelZeroMovie.com Ė The Level Zero Movie (I have a signed copy!!)
Http://www.ChroniclesOfEMS.com Ė The page for #CoEMS
MsParamedicís article on #CoEMS Ė Great Meeting you!
FireGeezerís Article on #CoEMS Ė Really? Johnny and Roy?? Well, maybeÖ
Fire Dailyís article on #CoEMS Ė Bromance indeed
And Just to Enhance the Social Media Experience – I put out a tweet looking for posts that referenced the meetup this weekend. Here are the ones I’ve gotten so far: