Wednesday, December 30, 2015

TV Turf

December 30, 2015

On NBC’s “Chicago Fire” the firefighters deal with all kinds of emergencies, from rescuing people in burning buildings to removing a tanker of explosive gas from the highway before it goes up. They also rescue people who are trapped in their cars after wrecks.

So I was amused to see an episode of CBS’s “Code Black” in which the doctors of hospitals from all over the LA gather to work at a massive traffic accident. They work to the point of exhaustion, fetching and carrying patients, doing triage, all these doctors, all with no support. Two of the doctors face an agonizing decision about whether to work on Patient A, in the triage tent, or spend valuable time trying to get Patient B out of her wrecked car so they can save her. In the end, having spent lots of time that they don’t have, they jury-rig some improbable method and get the woman out of the car.

Not a firefighter in sight.

Do firefighters not help out in LA, or just not on doctor shows?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Cheer

December 24, 2015

I can't decide which is the worse day for driving: New Year's Eve, with the drunk drivers;

Or Christmas Eve, with people frantically trying to do last minute shopping/errands, and driving like maniacs.

Stay safe, and have a Blessed Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Just Say No (Part II)

December 1, 2015

Someone told me yesterday that she had a former friend who responded to invitations with, “I can’t, but maybe another time.” She’d ask again, but nothing ever came of it. Finally she got the picture.

She said she wished the person had just left it at “No,” and not tacked on the “maybe another time,” part.

I agree. It’s mean to lead people up the garden path. You may think you’re being nice, but if you sound sincere when you say, “Maybe another time,” someone will believe you. (I used to, myself. Eventually I caught on, but it took a while.)***

So don’t say “Maybe another time,” if you don’t mean it. Just Say No.

***The nice thing about this story was finding out that I'm not the only one who can't take hints. It made me feel somewhat less silly.