|June 13, 2022
|Ignoring Clint Eastwood's
advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like
certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
story to the left: The Army, in an effort to ready young
surgeons to treat war casualties, is sending doctors to work
in the trauma unit at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical
Center in Watts, which receives most of Los Angeles County's
gang shooting victims.
I was called by someone at the Eagle Scout Association, they
were putting together a book and wanted some input from me,
asking what it was that I learned as an Eagle Scout that
stuck with me as I traveled through life. I told the lady
that the Scout motto "Be Prepared" was it in a
A year or so ago, I started to put
together a first aid kit for the motorhome. Traveling alone,
often in wilderness areas, I felt I needed a good one, and
even purchased a gunshot trauma kit, something often carried
by gun enthusiasts when they go to the shooting range. You
just never know when something might happen.
was camped in the same remote area where Gabby Petito was
murdered. I was letting friends and family know where
I was with my "Spot-X"
satellite locator, when I would arrive at a new location for
the night, often just a Walmart parking lot, I would hit the
button to send a canned message to the family that I was in
camp for the night and everything was ok. That message
included my GPS location and clicking it would bring up a
satellite photo of exactly where I was.
If I run into a life-threatening situation I could call in
the calvary by pressing the "SOS" button. A $25 a
year insurance policy covers the cost of extraction, getting
my beat-up body back to civilization, paying up $250,000 for
whatever it takes to do the job. A friend of mine recently
had to be transported 120 miles by air ambulance, he said it
was $44,000 and fortunately was covered by his insurance.
I took inventory of what I had in two small red duffles, and
realized that I needed to be a lot more organized. I
couldn't wait until an emergency arose to figure out what I
had. That's when the light bulb over my head went on with
the idea to buy a fishing tackle box to organize all of
these things. It couldn't be a regular one, like my 40 year
old green one, it would have to look like a first aid kit,
readily recognized by anyone, it had to be "red".
I found the perfect one for sale at
and Home Supply" in Quincy, Illinois. I ordered,
and it arrived last week. Yesterday, I got to work
The green "First Aid" sticker came from
Now, all I need is an emergency. And a life.
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