Posts Tagged ‘ accidents ’

Sometimes You’re Just a Foot From Trouble

March 12, 2019
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All I wanted to do was pee. When you get to be middle aged, that kind of thing can become very important. Some people wake up at night thinking, “Did I leave the oven on?”…

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When Your Car Is Smarter Than You

January 17, 2018
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I totally loved my last car, so it’s ironic that it got totaled, which I didn’t love. Normally I’m not one of those who falls madly in love with automobiles. They’re just something to get…

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Don’t Wait: Check the Date

October 11, 2016
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In my three (or so) decades in the emergency services, I never heard anyone complain that their smoke detectors worked properly. Well, okay, once—but that guy was an arsonist. Fire Prevention Week this year is…

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The Nutcracker: My First and Last Ballet

August 19, 2015
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Growing up I had several best friends. One of them was Timmy Grant, who lived across the street from us in a big house with lots of siblings. Visiting them was an adventure. Over there…

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There’s a syndrome for everything that hurts, and most that don’t

June 22, 2015
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There’s a syndrome for everything that hurts, and most that don’t

I’ve been diagnosed with Acute Mechanical Back Syndrome. Yeah, I hurt my back. Chronic pain is different from acute pain, which isn’t cute at all. Years ago I spent several hours at a business fire,…

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How I Ruined Winter … For Almost Everyone

January 11, 2015
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How I Ruined Winter … For Almost Everyone

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK   I love January! Said no one, ever.   Okay, some people actually do love winter, which just goes to show you: Northern Indiana needs better mental health screening. I used…

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Don’t Text And Read This

May 22, 2014
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Don’t Text And Read This

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK   At work the other day, while taking a 911 call, calling a police unit on the radio, checking an address on a map, and following an approaching storm system on…

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The Day I Almost Killed An Entire Family

March 24, 2013
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The Day I Almost Killed An Entire Family

The dark night and black roads were scary enough, but when I was given “directions” to turn at the red barn and continue until I saw a yellow house with a thatched roof, I knew…

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Driverless Cars: Friend or Foe

October 2, 2012
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Driverless Cars: Friend or Foe

Google has paved the way for driverless cars with its artificial intelligence software system that they have successfully used on a few modified Toyotas.  While Google is not in the car-selling business (yet), the idea…

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Motorized Scooters Do Not Do Escalators

July 19, 2012
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Motorized Scooters Do Not Do Escalators

A woman attempted to drive her motorized scooter up  an escalator in a Boston subway station. During her misguided ascent, something went awry and the scooter toppled over and so did the woman.  A fellow…

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