Hey there bloggers! It seems that I’ve been a blogfest-aholic lately. I can’t seem to get enough. When I saw the badge: Blood, Boobs & Carnage Blogfest, I knew I had to join. It’s the brainchild of Heather Gardner and Alex J. Cavanaugh.


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I was never into movies that included massive amounts of blood, boobs, or carnage. When Hostel came out, everyone I knew kept saying it was so gross, but realistic gross, that I had to see it.

I don’t know what I was thinking… Oh yeah, I do. I was a few years into my EMS career already and figured I could ‘analyze’ the film and put myself into a few ‘what if’ scenarios. Uh, not so much.


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I thought I’d seen it all during my career: shootings, stabbings, evisceration, and severed limbs. I remember watching helplessly as a young man burned alive in his vehicle while police officers futilely tried to gain access until the fire department arrived. This happened only a few months after 9/11, so there was a brief investigation involved until the cause was finally determined. Sad, really.

Anyway, this movie made most of my bad calls look like a walk in the park. I watched most of it through my fingers; I’m not even kidding. I was so horrified by what I saw, it almost made me sick. But I liked the movie overall. Go figure. It must’ve been because one of the victims got ‘justice’ in the end.

I’m sure there were boobages galore, but the gore is all too vivid for me to remember those parts.

Have you seen any of the Hostel movies? Do you believe these ‘Elite Hunters’ exist in life? I’m curious to know your opinion.

That’s my submission for the BB and C blogfest. Until my next adventure…











Up to P in the A-Z Challenge. The first lessons in professionalism I learned in the Bronx. In high school my original goal was to study Nursing, but decided against it because of my intense fear of blood and anything gross.

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Instead, I chose Cosmetology and studied it through my entire sophomore year. Decided it wasn’t my thing. In junior year I changed to Secretarial Science because I thought I’d make a good living at it, and I did.

I held most jobs in high school through the summer jobs program (where you have to get working papers). Once I turned 16, I worked part-time at a burger place.

After high school I got a job as a teller at a  local bank on Fordham Road near Jerome Avenue (There goes Jerome again!), but my real coup was landing a position as a legal secretary about 1 1/2 years later at a law firm next door on the second floor.

I learned to control my Bronx accent when speaking to clients and bosses (main office was and still is in NYC), run a small one attorney law office, and manage temporary employees when it necessary. These experiences prepared me for working Wall Street and big midtown companies and corporations that would fill the next 16 or so work years.

What’s interesting to note is that I ixnayed Nursing as a profession early in life because of my fears, yet I found myself changing careers at 35 to work in EMS (Emergency Medical Services) after the death of my father in my home (in NJ) and the progression of  Mami’s Multiple Myeloma. Ironic, isn’t it?

Did you know the following people were born in the Bronx?

  1. Pascal, Adam – Actor
  2. Pakula, Alan J. – Producer, Writer, Film Director (1928-1998)

Hmm, didn’t find many P’s today. Ah, well. How long did it take you to make a career choice when you were young? Any regrets? How’s your Saturday going?