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Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass

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Death Toll: 39 and Rising Last weekend’s cyclone inspired blizzard in the Annapurna range of western Nepal caught hundreds of trekkers, sherpas and porters in exposed positions as they traversed a 17,500 foot pass. Hundreds were trapped or forced to make life and death decisions to try to get lower or to a point of […]

Techno: Could Be Time

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“Hold On–I’ll Google it.” When I retired to the world of part-time work I made a conscious decision to give up the “smart-phone” in favor of simple talk/text. I didn’t want to be a zombie-like compulsive email checker strolling through life reacting to an incoming message chime like a middle-aged Pavlov’s dog. In truth, it […]

Life Online: The Breana Effect

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The “Clutch” I have taken to noticing lately how many people, most actually, walk around clutching their “smartphone” (SP) in one hand. It has become so essential to the pulse of life that it cannot be stowed, even for a moment. People will place an infant child in a backpack or carrier but the SP […]

Wheel Chair For Two, Please

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Just in Case You Need It I finished up the week working with a group of eighth-graders from Lamar Middle School, a touch of irony or humor that was lost on both them and me. It was a superb day at Mount Vernon and down at Pioneer Farm it was sheep shearing time, the old […]

Mt. Everest: Dying To Be There

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Last Friday 16 Nepalese Sherpas were killed in an avalanche on the “shores” of Mt. Everest, a stormy sea known for its exacting toll of victims. Sherpas are a cultural group native to Nepal;  the word also connotes specialists in mountain climbing.  In a team of Sherpas the person in charge is referred to as […]

When The Price Is Right

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  Just Keep It. I wrote the other day about my burglary. The police were called and the Crime Scene Technician did a great including providing a series of helpful tips, like: you will continue to realize missing items. Truer words… I realized they had absconded with my worn and worthless messenger bag that was […]

Irony: Alive and Well at the Holocaust Museum

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have been working these past few years as a Washington, DC, city guide. It’s a bit like working for the fire department.

Travel: TIRE(D)

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  Now, That’s a Workout.   I spent part of this past week near Miami, Florida, sailing on Biscayne Bay.  The Bay separates the mainland from Miami Beach where the smart set go to trendy clubs. The Bay is large and full of manatees, dolphins and rays.  This time of year the wind is good […]

Travel in Nepal: Farming the Old Fashioned Way

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Stepping Back in Time During my recent trekking trip to northern Nepal we found ourselves well off the beaten track in a world largely untouched by electricity and completely free from mechanized agriculture. Fields are cultivated, sown and harvested using only human or animal power. It’s early 19th century farming alive and well in 2012. […]

Kathmandu FD

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Traffic in the city is horrible and is compounded by the fact that many side streets are unpaved mud paths.

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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EMT RJ-FL
Legacy of the Big Black Buck
Your post brought a smile of rememberence of the "blaxplotation" movies of ths 70's such as mandingo. The relations and myths are still evident today as you said (so i guess that events in ferguson aint much of a suprise)..but in the same breath i say the only way you change a perception is by…
2014-11-26 18:39:26
Eric Lamar
Safety: Hillsborough at 25
J- Thanks for writing. Eric
2014-11-25 22:09:46
Jim Malone
Safety: Hillsborough at 25
The tragic deaths of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough was the result of a criminally corrupt police force showing utter contempt for the Health and Safety of the citizens they are paid to protect. The establishment cover up post disaster has caused reverberations in British society for 25 years, the courage of the friends and family…
2014-11-25 20:50:42
Eric Lamar
Providence: A HoMo Horror
Bill, Thanks for writing and have a great thanksgiving. Eric
2014-11-24 14:45:39
Bill Hand
Providence: A HoMo Horror
As previously stated, there is almost always more to the story. Here in Houston our mayor who is female and openly gay is doing all she can to take away our FD benefits. I don't like her because of her agenda against firefighters. It has nothing to do with her gender or sexual preferences, but…
2014-11-23 20:51:22
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