A few weeks ago my friend Sue invited me to movie premiere that was being sponsored by her company. My friend Andrea and I drove down to the Mission district in San Francisco to meet Sue and a few of her co-workers. Sue had mentioned that we "would grab something to eat" and me being a foodie and a control freak, I took it upon myself to make some reservations. I picked a place called Mozzeria because it looked good on Yelp and I made reservations. It wasn't until later that I learned the owners and most of the staff are hearing impaired. The food turned out to be amazing and the dining experience was very interesting because many of the patrons were hearing impaired as well so there is almost none of the ambient noise you would normally encounter in a restaurant because almost no one is speaking. If you happen to be in the San Francisco area I strongly recommend this little gem!
After dinner we headed down the block to see Freedom House: Street Saviors, a film about a group of "unemployable" African-American men in Pittsburgh, PA. Two men, Philip Hallen and Dr. Peter Safar believed that many of these men could be trained in emergency medicine and then provide service to the under served community that they came from. The experiment was a huge success and soon these men were providing life saving care that was unheard of in 1967. In 1975 a new, less forward thinking mayor was elected and many of the existing paramedics were pushed out using unjust testing procedures and other bureaucratic loop holes so that could be replaced with new paramedics that happened to be primarily Caucasian.
This movie really made me take a step back and think about why I became a paramedic. I love my job and the company I work for has been good to me but let's face it, I work for one of the largest EMS corporations in the United States and sometimes "helping people" feels like it gets lost in politics, statistics and the bottom line. This movie inspired me to get hold of my paramedic roots and remember why I go to work everyday. It sounds cliche to say that "I just want to help people" but that is what I really want to do. Some of the paramedics from the movie were at the screening and it was nice to be able to thank them for paving the road for me to be able to have the career that I do.
Zendala Dare #24
This week I went for something pretty straight forward. Sometimes straight lines bother me but something about this templates screamed "POSSIBILITIES" (yes, it's in caps because it screamed).
|Tangles: River, Mosaic, Paradox, Betweed,|
I felt like this template cried out for simplicity. Now that I have finished however, I'm not so sure. I may have to make another, just for comparison, of course!
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