By now, you may have heard about the fires raging the good state of Colorado. Many eyewitness accounts, some as far as thirty miles away, have described the scene as “eerie,” “scary,” and “unreal.” They describe the sky as dark, filled with smoke, and show pictures of a sun, normally yellow, basked behind smoke clouds which turn it into a frightening red.
While the attention is on the fire and just when it may or may not get under control, many are working behind the scenes in order to get it there and keep other homes from perishing.
There is one major player in this game though, that works through the night, inside some 120 degree areas – battling heat and embers of ash – and who do so without so much of an expectation for even a thank you.
Other names include: Firemen, firewomen, smoky, rescuers….heroes.
These men and women don’t just fight fires, they have also aided families in evacuating dangerous areas, provided medical aid, dug trenches to drain water, worked some 14 – 16 hour days, and the list goes on and on.
Some are volunteers, some dedicated to only this role. Men as young as eighteen years old, some decades older. Women, fathers, daughters, cousins, grandparents, accountants, police officers, the local grocery store attendant. Each firefighter dedicated to their job are these individuals.
They risk their lives day in and out with threats from heat stress on up to death – all to help make the world we live in that much safer.
Just as those Colorado firefighters are doing now.
So how do we repay these individuals? Well, you can’t just volunteer to go up and help them can you? No, the inexperience we carry – as the firefighter training academies are extensive – just won’t cut it.
But what you can do is this. Specifically for the fighters in Colorado, your thanks can mean so much to one who never expects it.
1) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – the fire fighters will have a chance to read your messages.
2) Make a donation to the Wildland Fire Fighter Foundation at http://www.wffoundation.org.
3) Give a donation of water or Gatorade to the local Red Cross, an Incident Command Center, your local firefighters. One note to remember though is they can’t accept food. Only water and Gatorade.
All it takes is a few minutes to do any of the above things, when the actions of a firefighter can affect you for a life time.
Many prayers and a ton of thanks go out to each and every one of our firefighters across the world doing what they do best. Thank you!
OOOooooooh, scary right?
Google Zombie Apocalypse and you’ll see a dozen different articles pop up from the last week, alerting the public on some very strange, yet violent, things going on around North America. The scary part is the results don’t accompany worldwide results.
On Saturday the media was horrified and riveted by the story of Rudy Euegene in Miami who ate eighty percent of a homeless man’s face. It took four bullets and several police officers to get him to stop.
Then Sunday a Hackensack man, Wayne Carter, was reported to have cut off pieces of his own flesh.
But Carter didn’t stop there. He then stabbed himself and cut out a rope of his intestines to throw at the police. He disemboweled himself and was pepper sprayed by the officers who responded, but still, didn’t
stop. He didn’t even stop after they emptied the second can of spray. No, he stabbed himself over fifty times before SWAT was brought in to subdue the man.
Then Tuesday, reports of a man in California, Jarrod Wyatt, a cage fighter, were reported where he attacked his training partner after he drank some sort of mushroom tea. Wyatt ripped out his partner’s heart, tore off most of his face, and cut off his tongue as he believed him to be “possessed by demons.”
It doesn’t stop there.
Oh, not even close.
That night, a Baltimore man, Alexander Kinyua, admitted to killing his roommate and then eating his heart and brains.
The stories just continue to grow…from a pet murderer in Canada to dismembered body parts being sent by a former porn star.
One can only ask, what in the world is going on?
Rumors are flying about, being fueled by the media and fanatics that a “zombie apocalypse” is here. Well, I don’t know about that and I can only laugh in good fun when hearing that term, but there is nothing funny about how they've gotten to that alleged conclusion. But what I do know is that there are so many questions left without answers.
No links exist between any of these incidents and the only conclusions so far have been speculative suggestions such as drugs, bath salts, and mental illnesses.
So in chatting with the old man tonight, I asked him what he thought. A common shrug, as if he didn’t care one way or the other, had me wondering even more what the world would do should said apocalypse be coming. He motioned towards his side arm and stated he’d stop them from fifty years away. *Cue James Bond music*
In my world, as a writer, I exist in strange worlds, fantasize about zombies, vampires, demons…oh my.
But in the real world, these things haven’t existed, or at least not to my knowledge. *Cue scary music*
So I ask you, as the reader, what is your favorite way to kill a zombie? Give us a little gore and make it your own with a comment below.