How I feel about ATLS, in someone else’ tweet

Perfect.

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Grumpy People Get the Details Right — Science of Us

Think back to the last time you had to navigate a customer-service situation. Perhaps you were trying to make a doctor’s appointment when few convenient times were available, or you may have been speaking with a credit-card rep in an effort to get a onetime waiver on a late payment charge. Maybe you were speaking with an airline representative in hopes of finagling priority seating. Did you adopt a warm tone and play nice? Or did you raise your voice and speak aggressively? You are a nice person, so you probably chose the kind route. The tough pill for most of us to swallow is that those overbearing screamers often get their way. Feisty personalities, although unpleasant, can be tremendously effective.

via Grumpy People Get the Details Right — Science of Us.

I am vindicated!

There’s always another surprise

We remodeled our kitchen 16 months ago.

Today, my wife decided to pull out the broiler pan.

surprise!

 

We don’t use the broiler, obviously.

It did answer the question ?Why didn’t it come with a temperature probe?! The red is plastic that was holding some nice black trim screws.

So, we now have a temp probe and I have some plastic-coated screws.

 

I kinda like surprises. Sometimes.

Amusing typo

Flew on American Airlines yesterday and today.

The plane both ways was an Airbus A319, a smallish but perfectly nice plane. It had a really fancy infotainment system built into the back of the seats, and I enjoyed following the flight with this view selected:

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but there was something bugging me about one of the menus, so on the return flight (where an hour ground delay once we loaded up gave me some time to actually look) I found what had been making something in my brain itch:

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I sent this to @AmericanAir while waiting for the plane to park (their people-less parking system apparently doesn’t work in rain), and they were nice with the response:

Good for AA for having SoMe savvy people around!

Squirrel season

It’s on. Three shots, three hits, 40 yards.
Air rifle is a TalonSS made by AirForce AirGuns right here in Fort Worth, Texas!

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They were filled with water only, I’m not a barbarian.

Report a Litterer | Don’t mess with Texas

Drive safely while collecting that information!

Even after more than 25 years of the Don’t mess with Texas® campaign, litterbugs still roam the roadways, tossing trash from their car windows and letting litter fly out of their truck beds. We’re talking about cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, and the like. They’re small, but they’re still trash.

via Report a Litterer | Don’t mess with Texas.

Department of Health And Human Services Threatens Blogger Over Satirical Posts | Popehat

Your tax dollars in action. Threats against satirical bloggers.

The blog Addiction Myth is devoted to a very out-of-the-mainstream proposition about medicine: that the entire concept of drug and alcohol addiction is a scam perpetrated by law enforcement, rehab groups, and the entertainment industry. By contrast, the United States Department of Health and Human Services is devoted to mainstream medical and scientific propositions1 It is perhaps inevitable that these two worldviews would conflict one day.But it was not inevitable that HHS’s Office of General Counsel would bumptiously threaten Addiction Myth over obviously satirical posts. That, given minimal good sense, could have been avoided.

via Department of Health And Human Services Threatens Blogger Over Satirical Posts | Popehat.

Police: Woman drives wounded abductor to Fort Worth hospital | Breaking News | News from…

She’s nicer than I would have been…

FORT WORTH — A man being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday morning was arrested and will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, an official said.

Fort Worth police did not release the man’s name, but spokeswoman Sharron Neal said that he was brought to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth by a woman he was trying to abduct when he accidentally shot himself in the arm.

via Police: Woman drives wounded abductor to Fort Worth hospital | Breaking News | News from….

Great moments in advertizing

RHD Escalade

Behold, the right hand drive Cadillac Escalade!

Thanks to Jerry’s Cadillac in Weatherford for the chuckle.

Terrific Southwest Airlines safety briefing video

Beats the others:

 

I think using humor to keep peoples’ attention beats all the pre-recorded announcements hands down.

Texas citizenship test: Dirk and Conan

Funny bit.

 

Am I the only one

who, when they get a new Uninterrupted Power Supply immediately cracks that thing open and rips the buzzer off the circuit board?

My first tweet

The inauspicious beginning:

 

My First Tweet

 

The Generator works

even when I try to turn it off!

Just after midnight, it’s cold and a little windy but nothing different than the rest of our weather for the last dozen winters, and then: power outage for more than 30 seconds, then the standby generator comes on, and the house electricity is back.

15 minutes go by, still riding the generator, probably, and looking out the windows gives me second thoughts: everyone around us has electricity. Everyone. But the generator runs on.

Doubt is my constant companion, add mechanical systems and electricity and my doubt is exponential. I reason that the transfer switch (automatically shunts power from the mains to the generator and back again) has malfunctioned. Only real answer given that all others have power.

So, off comes the front panel of the transfer switch (it’s cold and windy), I get the wrench to manually switch off gen power back to mains, and: the switch fights back. Doesn’t matter how hard I push, no go, no switching off the generator. Fortunately I eschewed killing the generator manually, and I got on line and submitted a power outage entry to Oncor.

Less than 30 minutes later I got a call from a lineman with Oncor outside my house asking what the problem was. (I don’t blame him, the house looked normal with the gen on). I explained, and he went to investigate. After a few minutes: “Your meter is blank, and all your neighbors have power, so one of the legs of your electrical service is bad”. Much rejoicing on my part, because the generator/switch isn’t malfunctioning, it’s running like it should, and there’s a lineman here who has a diagnosis that fits, and a plan to fix it!

James the Oncor lineman spent 20 minutes in a bucket surrounded by high power lines fixing the wiring to my home in bad weather (‘the feed wires were small and one burned off, I added much bigger ones’), and the moment he re-engaged the transformer the generator slowed then stopped, like it should.

To recap: my home was the only one affected, the gen worked, even when I tried to shut it down, and life is back to normal.

Life is good, and Oncor linemen are terrific. (My wife gave him coffee and warm cookies, hope that doesn’t get him in trouble). Thanks, James!

I have a blog?

It was pointed out to me (very politely) that I’ve left the blog fallow for more than a month. That’s a first, and hopefully a last.

I have some excuses, and while they’re stronger than ‘the dog ate my homework’ they are still excuses, and I owe the nine of you better. Mea Culpa.

Something I didn’t talk about after the Christmas Cruise was the disappointment of the missing travelers: my folks, for their first cruise. Not quite a total tragedy, but not good. We’d planned ahead, bought the recommended trip insurance from AAA Travel, and we were going to spend a day in Miami before boarding so flight disruptions couldn’t screw up our cruise. Every plan has a flaw: it doesn’t matter spending a day of there are no flights/they’re overbooked when yours is cancelled. That’s what happened to my folks. Oh, the airline did reschedule them for a flight 30 hours later, which would have taken off after the boat shoved off, so they couldn’t come.

Well, there’s always tomorrow, and we have trip insurance, right? The folks got their money back from the airline. The trip insurance company has decided to play the ‘not covered’ card, so we’re appealing through AAA as they recommended this insurance vendor. I’m not going to mention their name on the off chance they do the right thing (eventually), but there’s a bus waiting for them should they reject the AAA appeal.

The Global Warming Winter of 2013/14 has been harshly cold here in Texas, and we have had two days of 70 degree weather back to back, so hopefully that means the CO2 has ganged up to help us out.

I work in a highly functional and generally well regarded ER seeing a little over 100K a year, and January 11th we got to move into our new construction ED. Longer and wider than a football field, 89 rooms (many, many of which can hold two patients in a pinch), it’s so pretty and so big all of us are just now recovering from the shock. We’ve had more than a hundred patients in the ED at one time several times in the new place, and while the staff and docs were humming, and: not crowded! In the legacy ED, we’d have patients on gurneys very literally next to all of us, having to turn sideways to get through the spaces, etc. It’s so nice we aren’t sure we deserve it.

The downside of new construction in an existing hospital footprint means long walks from the hospital to the ED (like, 100 yards down a million dollar bridge). Consultants like the space, but don’t like the walk, especially several times a day. Time will make things better, or at least more normal.

In other news, I’ve briefly mentioned (probably) that I have a man lift, which means a mechanical bucket on an hydraulic set of arms. It all works well when it does; add a squirrel and a winter and there’s wire damage; rather a lot of wire damage, like at least 8 wire bundles eaten through and others denuded of their insulation. The eviction was brief and had I known the damage would have been quite a bit more terminal, and now the lift’s gone to the Land of the Fixer, my father the mechanic. (I’m aware that in modern movies ‘Mechanic’ often means killer or brute, but in my world and my experience it means a guy whose hands and mind can create anything and destruction is secondary to creation, which seems right). In my life Dad has made me and my brother understand mechanics, work and the life it presents.

I have a Tesla Model S car. It’s the closest thing to driving a UFO you can imagine, as it’s all electric and the torque seems limitless and unending. Get one now.

I intend it won’t be more than a month before my next post. Apologies, and live well.