The 90s were the BEST!

Before people were obsessed with FB comments and how many likes they have on their photos…kids actually had real fun. I miss those days.

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Please help me find my car: a brilliant app idea!

Warm spring weather finally arrived to the Bay Area this week. Oreo and I wanted to make sure we soaked up the sun before it goes away again next week, so we did a little bit of roaming in the city. Doesn’t he look super happy?

Our walk was lovely up until the end, when I realized I had somewhat lost track of where we went, and thus technically, lost the car. With my handy-dandy smartphone, I back-tracked our steps to where we started and eventually found it. Just in time too! Our 3-hour parking was almost up and you know how quick those SF meter maids can be…

This got me thinking: the best app you could make for a smartphone (besides gps navigation and photo sharing, that is) would let me pinpoint exactly where I left my car and help me get back in time before I get a ticket.

Too many times, I’ve parked my car on the street or in a garage and went about my business, only to forget which gate I entered or how long my car has been there. In the past, I’ve walked across campus to the parking garage only to remember once I get there that I parked on the other side of campus at another garage.

Maybe this is only a problem for forgetful people like me, but if there was an app for this, my smartphone would be totally be worth it. I would even reserve a spot on the home screen just for it!

If someone makes this app after this post, they owe me some money for the idea!

Send the red one please, not the purple.

My friend, Mr. Fatball, works as an EMT and this got me thinking about ambulances.

Growing up in the East Bay, most of the ambulances until recently were the red and white American Medical Response (AMR) vans. I grew up trusting this group, not only because they were the major ambulance service in the area, but because they were red and white.

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Fire trucks are red and white. Fire and emergency warnings are red and white. Even exit signs in America tend to be red and white! (See a previous post on why I think they should be green.) My entire life, I’ve been conditioned to trust red and white to lead the way, away from danger to safety.

Lately, however, there have been fewer red and white AMR ambulances and more green and yellow Paramedic Plus vans.

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I don’t doubt the skills of these EMTs. (Afterall, Mr. Fatball is an EMT and I would trust him with my life. Maybe.) I am quite sure they are extremely qualified to take care of my in emergency situations as any other EMT from any other company, but not seeing the typical red and white irks me a bit. Green and yellow vans make me feel unsatisfied, as though better service would be provided if the same EMTs came in red and white vans instead. Perhaps the green and yellow cheapen the experience. Or perhaps I have been conditioned to prefer the red and white.

It does seem rather arbitrary, but I guess it’s something to get used to over time. Mr. Fatball explained that ambulances tend to work on contracts. (Did you know this?!) Service was contracted to Paramedics Plus for Alameda County recently, which means most emergency and transfer calls will be picked up by Paramedics Plus ambulances. I guess it’s just something to get used to for now. Who knows, AMR might come back in a couple of years and my anxiety of being picked up by a green and yellow ambulance van will go away.

Green/yellow or red/white. Which ever one picks me up now, I think I don’t mind, as long as it’s not purple. Sorry, Royal, but seeing a purple ambulance drive down the  freeway is just… abnormal.

Green and yellow was already hard to accept. Don’t expect me to accept a purple Royal ambulance van to pick me up in an emergency. You will surely here me say, “Send the red one please, not the purple.”

Like I said earlier, I don’t doubt the skills and qualifications of these EMTs. I do, however, doubt the legitimacy of these ambulances when I come across one on the streets or freeway. I’m from Oakland. We’re all a little skeptical of unusual things like purple ambulance vans…

EMTs are super cool people! I hope I don’t have to meet any soon.


Offensive Bumper Stickers

I don’t get offended easily, but I did not like this guy’s bumper sticker. I had to read it the whole way home in traffic. First of all…if he is Christian…I doubt Jesus goes around trying to beat up other Gods. Jesus has other things more important things to worry about than trying to hurt people. Unfortunately, the First Amendment of the Constitution – Freedom of Speech Protects Rude Bumper Stickers.