If, in moving through your life, you find yourself lost...go back to the last place where you knew who you were, and what you were doing, and start from there. Bernice Johnson Reagon.

22 September 2012

Ode To Number Four

On a long and lonesome roadway,
East of Westover
You can listen to the siren
Moanin' out it's wailing song
You can think about the sick call,
Or the fall you ran the hour before

But your thoughts will soon be wanderin',
The way they always do
When you're ridin' 13 hours,
And there's so much left to do
And you don't feel much like ridin',
You just wish this shift was through

Here I am, on Number 4 again,
There I am, back on the bench
There I go, playin' star again,
There I go, run the call

So you walk into this restaurant,
All strung out from the road
And you hear the pager sqawkin’,
As you're turnin’ now to leave
You pretend it doesn't bother you,
But you just want to explode
Yeah, most times you can't hear 'em talk,
Other times you can
All the same old cliché's,
It’s an ambulance driver man
And you always seem outnumbered,
You don't dare make a stand

Make your stand

But here I am, on Number 4 again,
There I am, back on the bench
Here I go, runnin’ a call again,
There I go, turn the page


Out there on a sick call,
It seems a million miles away
Every ounce of energy,
It slowly drains away
And the stress runs through your body,
As you struggle through the day

Later in the evenin',
As you’re finally drivn’ home
With the echoes of the pagers,
Still ringin' in your head
You drink the day’s last energy drink,
Rememberin' what she said

What she said

“EMS4, move up to…”
“EMS4, sick call…”
“EMS4, fall…”
“EMS4, move up to…”

Yeah, and here I am,
On Number 4 again,
There I am, back on the bench
Here I go, runnin’ a call again,
There I go, turn the page
And there I go, turn that page

There I go, yeah, Here I go, yeah, yeah
There I go, yeah, Here I go, yeah
Here I go, There I go

And I'm gone

With my apologies to Bob Seger and Metallica...

17 September 2012

Peacefulness in Overshot

Sunrise in Overshot
Many years ago I could walk out into my back yard and see the distant TV towers at Auburn (NC). I could look up and see an entire panorama of stars. Many nights I would just go outside when I took my dog out and just sit on the tailgate of my truck and just look. Before I knew it I had been outside for over an hour. Just looking up.

Tonight I went outside to call my wife (cell phone coverage is a limited out here). We did not speak long and after the conversation ended I walked around the parking lot...looking up and around.

It is partly cloudy here but there are a few stars to see. As I was star gazing I even watched a jet of some kind make its way across the sky in between the openings in the clouds. There was also a light breeze blowing. There are a few lights around at the few houses that are around here. The quiet was only interrupted by the occasional car or truck making its way along US 701 just a few hundred yards away.

Aside from sitting on the beach listening to the waves, it was about the most peaceful time I have been able to spend of late. The only thing missing was Lil.

It's nice to have time to reflect on things.

I think I am going to have to put one of my folding camp chairs in the truck tomorrow. I am back in Overshot on Friday. I think it would be really nice to sit outside and just..............


15 September 2012


The first 24-hour shift is over. Another is Monday, and that is when I start my 24/72 rotation.

Things learned the first few shifts (mostly 12s, with a couple of over-nighters).

1. It's been a long time since I slept close to a busy railraod track. The station I will be at starting next month is real close to the main north-south CSX track (complete with numerous freight trains and AMTRAK 24/7, including the AUTO TRAIN and TROPICANA orange juice trains). I'll get used to it. (I also noticed that the station I am at starting next month has an outdoor fire siren- I wonder if it is in use? Note to self- ask that question.

2. There is something peaceful, however, about the sound of a train passing through a small town.

3. It is nice to not have to rely on fast food for meals during a shift.

4. There are a lot of new faces around, and things have changed around the county while I have been gone.

5. It'll take a little while to get used to it, but it is nice hearing a real person on the pager.

6. I've met some really good people so far.

7. The enormity of things has really hit home. For the past few years I was 10-15 minutes from a major hospital. Now I am 45 minutes from a trauma center or 24/7 cath lab in a lot of cases. Puts things in a different perspective.

8. It is really peaceful driving through the country early in the morning. The sunrises are spectacular.

9. It's pretty neat riding in an ambulance that smells new.

I will get back into a regular routine of posting soon. Right now the new job(s) (yes, that is plural) and school has been rather time consuming. I will also start posting pictures over on my Flickr site @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/9-echo-1/.

Ya'll be safe out there.