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The Story That Wasn’t

Today I didn’t die. I didn’t come face to face with an armed criminal, and I didn’t have to fight for my life. Today I got to leave work, go home, and see my wife and children. So did everyone else that I work with. I call that a good day. Yet, regardless of whether you believe in fate or simply a Universe of random quantum fluctuations bubbling and foaming reality into existence, my day could have been much worse.
We dropped low on available ambulances late this morning and, as is our procedure, several managers got geared up to put ALS rigs in service. I donned my uniform, grabbed an out of service ambulance, and stocked it with portable equipment. I pulled the truck around to the side of the building where my office is, locked it up, and left it so that I could jump on as soon as a partner became available. As it turned out, we got several units back in service quickly and I did not end up going out. I did, however, leave the ambulance there outside of our training entrance just in …
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Beach Balls

“The minute you get away from fundamentals –whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation –the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”-Michael Jordan

When I was studying geology at UB, one of my classes was Geophysics. No, it isn’t nearly as difficult as you might first think, but it was challenging at times. In geophysics we learned about these things called“beach balls.” In layman’s terms, a beach ball is a diagram which is created after an earthquake event. It is a visual representation of the direction of the forces involved with the earthquake and what happened to the bedrock surrounding those areas.

<--Beach balls looked like this on a map. They were frequently drawn by hand, and measuring the angles manually was a real pain in the you-know-what. I recall asking my professor why we needed to produce these beach balls when for years there had been sophisticated computers that gave us all of the data we needed for an…