So Apparently I Moved to Australia

Over the past year, I’ve gotten emails at my main email address (the one with my slightly peculiarly spelled name as the root of it) from various businesses in Australia. Each time, I reply, telling them that I’m not the person that they think I am. Each time, I’ve gotten an apologetic email back, saying how sorry they are for taking up my time and stating that they’ll delete my email from their system. I’ve often been sorry that I wasn’t who they thought I was, because they’ve all been so very nice about it.

But let me list what I’ve apparently missed out on by not being the me Down Under…

1) I didn’t buy a Range Rover.

2) I didn’t go on a luxury vacation to what looked like a fantastic resort in New Zealand (I’m still longing over this one!).

3) I didn’t buy a Jaguar.

and 4) I didn’t have plumbing work done on my house (the latest email).

When the plumber wrote back, she was not only nice about it, she had me laughing. I’d explained a bit about how often I get these emails, you see, and what I’ve been missing out on, so she replied, “Have a great time in your new cars and also on your fantastic trip away! lol”.

It makes me wish I did live there, just so I could call that plumber and give them some business!

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Not in Kansas

I live in the upper midwest. Living here means cold, hard winters (but not nearly as bad as some places get). It means warm, humid summers (but again, not nearly as bad as a lot of places get). Summers also mean big thunder boomer storms rolling though (which I love).

But until this year, it hasn’t meant tornados. I’m not in what is traditionally thought of as “tornado alley”, though basements are traditional equipment on houses around here.

This year, however… This year…

From 1950 to 2013, my county has had 22 tornados. Already this year? 4. FOUR! And two of them have been within just a couple of miles of my house, in a county that is well over 400 sq. mi. That’s cutting things a little close.

I do believe I’ve said before that I’d like a refund on this year, please, because it’s been so broken. If I get hit by a tornado, I’m gonna get louder about demanding that refund.

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The Declaration

These 56 men are the ones who put their name to the Declaration that defined the birth of our country. Their words are often repeated, usually in bits and pieces, some phrases more instantly and easily recalled to mind, but their names should never be forgotten either.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: George Read, Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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Of All Days

Of all days to have seen this in the parking lot at the Big Orange Box Store,

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it seemed very appropriate that today was the day I saw it for the first time. (And yes, I am in and out of there often enough to know that it hasn’t been there for long.)

This day, 70 years ago, was not the only day that the Second World War was fought, but it is one of the days that can be pointed to as a defining point in those long years. I get chills when I think about the young men wading onto those beaches that morning. My breath catches as I read the words that Gen. Eisenhower wrote for the expeditionary force.

I can only hope that we have in our current and future generations the same courage and will shown by the young men on that day and all the days that surrounded that one, the courage and will that it took to overcome the evil that threatened the world of their time, so that we can do the same now and into the future.

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On this Memorial Day

It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the community organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran who salutes the flag and who serves under the flag.

This day is about remembering those who gave their all so that we have this day and all others to live in freedom and in liberty.

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Out in the Wild

Spring is definitely here, and it has brought all of the animals out of hiding in my backyard again. The turkeys are serenading me under my bedroom window, as they do every spring. Deer are jumping out from behind every tree to try to hit my truck, and little 4-footed critters are everywhere!

I saw something odd today when I was sitting out on the back deck for a few minutes. I was sitting fairly still; the squirrel must not have noticed me. He ran up the stair railing, all around the deck on the deck railing, jumped down and ran across the back of the deck, climbed back up a post on the other side and then back down the stair railing on the other side. But he stopped every few feet and rubbed his cheeks along the wood. It didn’t look like he was scratching himself, and in fact, he stopped at one point and gave his neck a good scruffing with a hind paw.

It made me wonder… Do squirrels mark their territory?

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New Tramp Stamp?

I was out and about today and saw quite a few teen girls with tattoos. Not exactly a new phenomenon; I see them often enough at work, but today, it struck me as a little odd.

Maybe it’s just because the weather was warmer, or maybe because summer might actually be almost here, but I saw an ungodly number of tattoos on the back of the necks of these young girls. None of them were sporting ink in the usual location of a tramp stamp (and yes, they’d have been visible!) or any other place that I could see, and the images varied from a cross to wings to a few notes from a song to a heart with a date under it (not the girl’s own birthdate, as it was just a few years ago).

Has this become the new tramp stamp? Easy to cover up with longer hair but easy to show off if desired?

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Recently Overheard

While sitting at my doctor’s office… “Global warming doesn’t mean it’s going to get warmer, you know!” Said by a hippie-looking older woman who then began expounding on just how evil the oil and gas industries are and how they are ruining the world. *sighs*

While wandering the grocery… “I’m about ready for an equatorial vortex! All of those polar vortexes this winter really got me down.” Never did catch sight of who said that, but I couldn’t agree more!

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NRA…”Shooter Self Care”

Part of the NRAAM that I’d been most looking forward to was Kelly Grayson’s “Shooter Self Care” class. He’d put a post up on his blog, A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver, one morning, saying that he’d be willing to teach a 4-hour class on shooter self-care and first aid. He wanted to limit it to 25 or so. Within 24 hours, he had an overflowing class at 32.

Kelly is a fantastic teacher, and I was delighted to finally be able to attend one of his classes. Although I may be an ER physician, when I’m dealing with gunshot wounds and other emergencies, I do it with the backing of a full trauma center surrounding me. It’s not often that I get a chance for an update on the newest theories and practices of how to handle pre-hospital emergencies.

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Medicine is an art as much as anything, so the practice changes over time.
— Tourniquets used to be last-ditch and a “never!” sort of implement; now they’re just about first-line, especially given the advances in vascular surgery and limb repair.
— Basic CPR has changed. There used to be all sorts of ratios between breaths and compressions for 1 and 2 rescuers. Now it’s all compressions, all the time. 100 beats per minute. Hard, fast, and deep. (And if you can’t figure out what 100 beats per minute is, sing “Staying Alive” in your head. Or “Another One Bites the Dust”. They both fit the rhythm.)
— Electricity is key. AEDs are cheap and plentiful and found in many (?most) public places now. And they’re easy to work. I’ve had to use one on a plane before, and THEY WORK.

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I think everyone (save one) really enjoyed the class and got a lot out of it. Kelly doesn’t drone on and on as so many lecturers can (and so often do). His slides are well-organized and neat. His pictures were well-chosen and very representative of the injuries that he needed for us to see in order to be able to recognize what may be there out in the real world, should someone be injured by a gunshot at a range. As someone who sees the gunshot wounds that come to the ER, his pictures were hardly over the top in terms of blood and guts, nor were they examples of the worst that can happen out there. He would have done us all a great disservice had he not had the pictures in his lecture, especially when he was trying to demonstrate the differences between “looks ugly but won’t kill you NOW” and “will kill you RIGHT NOW” injuries.

And to the person in the front row who kept interrupting the class by squealing every time a new picture came up on the screen… Erin, put on your big girl panties. You carry a Glock. You run a prepping blog. You own a rifle and write about knives. What good do you think squealing and hiding your face is going to do when that Glock goes off and someone gets hit? What did you think you were going to see in a class titled “Shooter Self Care and First Aid”? Flowers and ponies? Get real. Life is, and it’s not going to stop for you and your precious sensibilities.

P.S. A huge thank you to Larry Weeks and Brownell’s for the snacks and goodies that kept us going during class!

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NRA…the Beginning

So I took a little trip this past weekend. I was in Indianapolis for the NRA Annual Meeting. It was my first, and despite all of the medical conferences I’ve attended (generally one/year for the past x years), I still underestimated the toll it would take on me.

Fun? Oh, my, yes! But draining, exhausting, and tiring, too. It’ll be another couple of days before I’m all caught up on energy, despite being used to being on my feet at work 7-8 hours every night.

And totally worth it to see good friends again and to meet so many new people! I never realized just how many people I know in the shooting world, and by extension, how many people -they- know. And now, I know even more of those people, too.

I’ll be putting up a few posts over the next few days as I get some of my thoughts back in order. For now, it’s just good to be home again.

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