Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Why get into the Emergency Medical System?

If you ask 300 people why they went into Public Service, you will end up with 300 different answers. We all choose this career for different reasons. These are the things that lead up to my choice. Be advise some of the events are not pretty but they need to be said.

I was born in Inglewood, California. If you know anything about Compton and Watts, then you know what kind of neighborhood it is. One day I remember waking up to men and women calling my name. That's all that I remember because I was two or three years old. It seems that my grandmother and I were mugged in front of a grocery store. 

I finally met my Uncle Mike. Tall, red hair, mustache, and in uniform. The story goes that I didn't trust him the first time I met him. I think at that age, I thought I was in trouble with the law. He's retired from the Los Angeles Police Department. Uncle Mike, than you for all of your years of service. I guess you could say that I had a Police Officer as a Dad. Since my biological father never showed up in my life.

Till High School, I lived in a neighborhood that was a block away from two major Hispanic gangs. When Police Officers and the local Fire Department watch over you. It resonates that this is what people should be doing. People should be watching out for each other. I remember many nights being woken up by squad car speakers and flight crew searching the area. Then someone gave me a radio scanner for my birthday. I was hooked and loved listening to codes as I fell asleep at night.

I grew up surrounded by Police officers and Medics. My mom worked at a local diner that was a favorite hang out for local first response. Actually this is where my Aunt Patty met my Uncle Mike.

At 16, my mom tried to commit suicide and was diagnosed with mental illness. I will always be thankful for my first aid and CPR instructor for keeping an eye on me. Those were some rough couple of years.

At 19, I was raped by someone that I knew. It wasn't my friend that made me most comfortable. It was the female Police Officer and female Medic that kept me sane until I reached the hospital.

Ultimately my reasons are that I want to be there for people. I want to give back to my community. I believe that we need to do what we can to make our world a better place. I want to do that on scene and during my off time.

Eating at Griffith Park Golf House Restaurant

Are you asking yourself where are all the good American Restaurants near me? Are you looking for a banquet hall for your next wedding or large party? Nestled in The Griffith Park is The Griffith Park Golf Course Club House. 

The atmosphere at the club house restaurant is casual. The only attire that the club house will not allow are cut off jeans and flip flop sandals. The main dining area consist of a large area of tables, chairs, and a few televisions. It has a full stocked bar.

How is the food at the club house restaurant? If I could sum it up in one word..Simple. There is no particular item that I would suggest to my family and friends. The restaurant is a great place to have a casual meal, drink a cold beer, and watch a game. 

Would the club house restaurant be a good place for a banquet or large party? Unfortunately the hall is outdated. Or it was outdated the last time I had visited The Griffith Park Club House. A lot of decorations would be need to be brought in to hide the old paneled walls and to brighten the place.

All in all the club house restaurant is a good place for friends and family who enjoy dining in a casual atmosphere and don't mind sport teams playing overhead.

Tuesday, March 7, 2000

Dinner ideas at Auckland NZ Orbit

Diabetic Medic and my EMS family isstill on the quest to find the best Buffet restaurant nearby. While visiting a friend in Auckland New Zealand we decided to give Orbit 360 restaurant a try. Who wouldn't be enticed by a 360 view of Auckland New Zealand at night right? Plus we were excited about the possibility of trying authentic Maori food.

The view of Orbit 360 is nice. I would recommend visiting during the day to really enjoy the view. The setting at this restaurant is a mixture of causal elegance. It's casual enough to wear jeans but elegant enough to
have table cloths and cloth napkins on the 
table.

How is the food at this Auckland New Zealand restaurant? The buffet food is decent. There is a wide selection of meats, seafood, cold vegetables, and steamed vegetables. I was really happy that there was a wide selection of sushi and fish. Though I am not surprise since New Zealand is surrounded by ocean water. The only disappointment is the fact that there were no native Maori inspired foods. 

Would I take friends and family members to this Buffet Restaurant if I returned to Auckland New Zealand? If we needed a casual meal then I would. If I wanted to take friends and family somewhere special? I would pick another location on the island.