A Silent Musician

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

You know you are IRR if:

You’ve ever worn combat or hiking boots with your dress pants.

You feel naked without a knife, lighter, and flashlight on your person.

You don’t smoke but always have a lighter in your pocket.

No matter where you are, you look for something to climb.

A rock isn’t just a rock, it is a possible anchor for a 3:1 rig

When you shake someone’s hand you look at their veins for an IV stick

Bombproof, copious, and cyanotic are common words in your vocabulary

Routes people call impassable or impossible you see as a challenge

MacGyver is one of your favorite shows, you hope to own all the seasons

You never leave on a hike without at least: 2 days of food, a water purifier, 3 knives, 3 sources of fire, 2 flashlights, a roll of duct tape, toilet paper, and baling twine

You wear wool socks all year long, just a different thickness

You not only know how to use a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope but also how to use them as tourniquets and E/T tubes

When ever a semi truck passes, you pull out your HAZMAT book to find out what it’s carrying

Medical shows frustrate you because they aren’t doing CPR correctly

You know what dandelions, grass, raspberry leaves, silver leaf, wild onions, stinging nettles, and grasshoppers taste like.

You know you are IRR when you get excited when people get hurt.

You’ve told people more than once “I can save you!!!”

You’ve seen Dr. Mike with weed

You can make up 20 verses about the Summer Program

Papa Smirf, Admiral Duckie, and Captain Black beard are friends of yours.

Lots of ketchup is gross, lots of blood isn’t

You hate the phrase “dry heartwood shavings”

You have night classes as a daytime student, a 1 hour course is short, and Sunday is a weekday

BTLS, BDLS, CISM, NASAR, SCUBA, E/T and AED are common acronyms

Your certification patches cover over 50% of your backpack, your wallet is fat not because of money but certification cards, or you have more framed certifications that most doctors.

Lastly, you know you are IRR when
You don’t worry about passing classes, you worry about surviving them, literally.


Blogger Terri said...

Those are great! Don't you feel special!

3/08/2007 9:05 PM  

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