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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Retro has its limitations.

Look, I think steampunk callbacks to the Gilded Age and before are just kewler than heck.

But if you are home with your children in your frame house, and surmise that you've just had a drive-by (fellow going to his night-shift job) shooting (neighbor kids setting off some leftover firecrackers) out front, and your response is to:
Text your spouse about what you saw and heard, and
Ask what to do, and
Ruminate on his suggestion (via text!) to call the cops, and
Commiserate with your neighbor via phone, before finally
Calling the cops, then
I question whether you're fit to actually be taking care of those children at all.

When you're calling in an Emergency, don't just be a bear; be a grizzly.

While it's true that this person was wrong about her suppositions, I'm fine with that part. Heck, put a couple of walls between me and five evenly-spaced firecrackers, and I'd be hard-pressed to guarantee that it's not small caliber pistol-fire. Those who swear that they can tell the difference, without knowing the exact surface construction of the area of the discharge or what acoustic interference may lie between them and the source, are simply blowing smoke.

By all means, call the cops. But don't turn your whiz-bang, more-processing-power-and-better-communications-than-the-Apollo-astronauts-had-cell-phone into an 1850's telegraph key to do it. Excuse me-- to discuss doing it. You are empowered. There's a 9 key. There's a 1 key. There's a Send key. Make a cop come.

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7 Comments:

At Wednesday, July 08, 2009 8:16:00 AM, Blogger Ted said...

The ability to make a decision is sadly lacking in many folks. I sometimes think that is why we pay first responders: Not the willingness to catch (or pitch) a bullet; not the nerve to run into a burning building; not the medical training. We primarily pay them to show up, take charge, and make a decision.

 
At Wednesday, July 08, 2009 9:11:00 AM, Blogger HollyB said...

This post reminds me of Crusty Ambulance Driver.

 
At Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:47:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Conrad said...

Yep.

In my neighborhood, I look first. No body? No reason to call the cops. Without a body, and nobody there, they can hardly arrest a noise that is 15 minutes in the past.

But probably it's one of my neighbors who sets of a not exactly government approved firecracker or two on the holidays. Good guy, and it'd be a petty SOB that called the cops on him for doing such an American thing.

 
At Wednesday, July 08, 2009 4:10:00 PM, Blogger ZerCool said...

We here at the dispatch center suggest pushing *two* "1"s before the send button, but maybe it's different down that way... :)

You know as well as we do that some folks just don't have the neurons quite connected right...

 
At Wednesday, July 08, 2009 4:15:00 PM, Blogger James said...

I didn't realize that cops found 911 calls quite that exciting.

 
At Thursday, July 09, 2009 12:27:00 AM, Blogger J.R.Shirley said...

Back in 2000 or so, I was sitting on the floor of my apartment, when I heard what sounded like several rapid small-caliber pistol shots from nearby.

About the time I realized they were firecrackers, I also realized I was prone.

"Make a cop come." Wow. *There's* a tag line for ya.

 
At Saturday, July 11, 2009 8:17:00 AM, Blogger KD5NRH said...

Maybe she had to call all those people to find out where the "11" button was on the phone.

 

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