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Slanted Viewpoints

One of the headlines in today’s The Tennessean reads “Big conventions, like NRA, can draw sex trafficking”.

I’m sorry…what?

The article states that the NRA is the biggest convention to come to Nashville, and that “…law enforcement officials have prepared for what some see as the scourge of such large, male-dominated gatherings. Sex trafficking.”

First of all, while the NRAAM may have more male members than women, it is not nearly so male-dominated as the uneducated might think. As I’ve wandered the floor over the past couple of days, I’ve seen men, women, and children in great numbers. I’ve seen babies who barely seemed old enough to be out in public, toddlers being pushed in strollers, kids eyeing the youth models of various shotguns and rifles, and teenagers strolling with their parents. I’ve seen single men and single women as well as couples, parents with their kids in all combinations, and people old enough to be my grandparents.

Now, might some of these people make choices that lead them to seek out paid sex workers? They might. But probably in no greater number than any other large convention, and likely in small number than some, given that there are so many families here.

The article even goes on to name multiple other large gatherings (the Super Bowl, the Republican National Convention, the SEC, and the Music City Bowl) where similar other precautions and interventions have been put into place in the various cities. There was no need to name the NRA in the headline.

Aside from the slanted viewpoint.

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NRA in Nashville!

It’s a beautiful day in Nashville and a great start to the weekend where upwards of 70,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits.

Not only is there the huge exhibition floor, there are trailers outside the building with exhibits that wouldn’t fit inside plus a stage that has live music playing almost constantly all weekend long. There are small group meetings and conferences on a variety of topics, as well.

If it has to do with firearms in any way, shape, or form, it’s likely to be found here this weekend.

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Sharing Grief

Last week, a firefighter lost his life while fighting a high-rise fire in Cincinnati. Daryl Gordon, a 30-year veteran, died when he fell down an open elevator shaft and became trapped. He was in the process of clearing one of the floors of the building, knocking on doors and ensuring that all of the residents made it out safely.

His funeral is expected to be very well-attended, perhaps 3500 people or more, most of them uniformed firefighters from Cincinnati and across the nation. But some of those who will not be in attendance are those firefighters from nearby cities, Columbus in particular, who have volunteered to work shifts all day tomorrow so that Gordon’s friends and colleagues, those that he worked with every day, can attend his funeral without leaving their posts uncovered.

This… This is how those of us in the jobs that cannot be left unmanned work together to share grief, to help each other out in times of need.

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Desolate

I had errands to do today.

Wait. Make that Errands, with a capital ‘E’.

I put 150+ miles on the truck and spent almost 4 hours behind the wheel as I traipsed from the east side of Big City to far out west, then down to Small City to drop off my forgotten pager (which I’d never turned in, because I never remembered that I even owned it!), and then finally back home again.

I’m not often up in Big City, though, and definitely not far enough up to be at the lakeshore. Today, though, I was driving right up by it for several miles at a couple of places. I’ve never seen it frozen solid before. From shore to horizon, solid ice. Nothing was moving out there, as far as I could see.

I drove past several buildings with “exclusive condominiums” and “expensive apartments” on the lake. I’ve always figured those would be really cool to live in, to be able to look out on the lake and see the boats and ships going by.

Today, though, I realized just how desolate the landscape would be for 3 or 4 months a year. You’d sure see the snow coming, when it blows in off the lake! Not sure I’d want one of those places, after all… Or if I did, I’d have to turn the heat -way- up some of these icy cold days!

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In Search Of…

Adrenaline.

I’m a confirmed and long-standing adrenaline junkie. I’ve known this for years. My hobbies reflect this; I learned to surf in high school. I ski. I shoot. I ride horses. I’ve gone white-water rafting on rivers nearby and far (even up in Alaska).

And my job was perfect for someone who needed a regular dose of adrenaline. Sure, lots of nights were dull and boring, the routine…just sniffles, colds, ankle sprains, and the like, but when it all hit the fan, that’s when the ER shines. That’s why I loved what I did. That’s when we made a real difference.

Now I just have to find my adrenaline in more…mundane ways. I’ll survive. And maybe find some new hobbies in the doing.

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Looking Forward

Today, I’m putting on my big girl pants and moving on. There’ll still be days when I may cry for what I’ve lost; I’d not be human if I didn’t miss what I had, but it’s time to look forward now.

I got new hearing aids yesterday. AND THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!!! Yes, they pair with my phone, and I can control just about every aspect of how they function with an app. (And I will hurt y’all who are already plotting to hack my hearing aids. Just sayin’. *giggles*) It’s amazing how loud the world is, though. I’d forgotten that snow squeaks when you walk on it. Traffic makes noise when it goes by in the road. The turn signal in my truck makes noise. I can even stream music to my hearing aids!

I’m also starting to get things ready for starting school in the fall. I’m getting my home office set up as a cozy study zone, cleaning out everything I don’t need and bringing in everything I want and will use. I’ve started a study course that will brush up my study skills between now and then, because it’s been 20-*mumble* years since I was in school, and studying for the occasional exam since then doesn’t count. I am planning on doing a self-study course in basic statistics so that I won’t start out behind the 8-ball for my biostats course in the fall.

I’ve also got a busy few months ahead. I’ll be spending some time down with family. Looking forward to going to NRA in Nashville. Heading to Alaska for 2 weeks at one point. More family is coming to town (one nephew is baseball crazy and the All-Star game is on the schedule!). A friend is marrying off two daughters and I’m her general dogsbody for both weddings. And somewhere in there, I’ve got new guns to shoot! It’s all gonna be a lot of fun.

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Life Is What Happens…

…while you are making plans for what you wanted to do. And somehow, the plans don’t match what actually rolls down the pike.

Today is the day I say farewell to the best job I’ve ever had, the one that I thought I’d have until my working days were done. Today is the day I close the door on the career that I worked 14 years to get to the point of starting, and then only spent 10 years actually doing. Today is the day I walk away from working with some of the best friends I’ve ever had the chance to work with, some of the best physicians and nurses I’ve had the honor to work alongside.

Today is the day I start rewriting my life. With tears in my eyes and rolling down my cheeks.

For the past 18 months, I’ve been battling some wicked crazy symptoms, including losing most of my hearing, a rash that resulted in my hands and feet peeling so deep I lost my fingerprints and all of my calluses, worsening arthritis, and vertigo that randomly comes and goes almost daily. I’ve been on high-dose steroids for most of a year. I’ve been on chemo. I’ll probably remain on immunosuppressants for the rest of my life. And because of all of this, I can no longer safely treat the patients I spent so many years learning to take care of.

I have plans. I’ve been working out where my feet will lead me in the next few months and years. I’m excited about the possibilities. But today is for mourning what I’ve lost.

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Never Forget

Today is a day that makes me both sad and angry… Sad for the loss of life and the loss of innocence on that day, 13 years ago. I’ll never forget where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news and saw the images of what had happened. Angry to think that there are those out there who did then and are still seeking to harm what I hold dear.

But I refuse to live in fear, and I refuse to stop living, even on this day. So I sit here in my house (which I could not own as a single female, in their world), paid for by the money I earn at my job (which I could not do as a female, in their world), wearing clothes of my choosing (which I could not own nor wear as a female, in their world), and eat BACON (which does not exist in their world) while I study for my board exam.

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Complicating My Life

I’ve been meaning to finish organizing the safe and all of the ammo downstairs. That means doing a complete inventory of all of the calibers and types of ammo that I have, as well as where it is stored.

Today, that job got just a wee bit more complicated. Half a case of

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followed me home from the LGS.

Of course, that means that something else just might’ve followed me home, too…

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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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