A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the by Kevin Hazzard

By Kevin Hazzard

A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly humorous account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s suggest streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and low good looks that lies inside of catastrophe.

In the aftermath of 11th of September Kevin Hazzard felt that anything used to be lacking from his life—his days have been too secure, too regimen. A failed salesman grew to become neighborhood reporter, he desired to attempt himself, see how he could reply to strain and risk. He signed up for emergency scientific education and have become, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT working calls within the worst sections of Atlanta. His existence entered a distinct realm—one of blood, violence, and striking grace.

Thoroughly intimidated initially and regularly terrified, he skilled on a nightly foundation the adrenaline rush of jogging into chaos. yet in his downtime, Kevin mirrored on how people’s facades drop away whilst disaster moves. As his hours at the task piled up, he discovered he was once starting to see into the reality of items. there isn't any pretense 5 beats right into a chest compression, or in an alley subsequent to a crack den, or on a dimly lit street the place vehicles have collided. finally, what had before everything appeared very unlikely occurred: Kevin bought mastery. And within the method he used to be capable of determine the pro changes among his freewheeling friends, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”

Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile good looks with laugh-out-loud moments that retain us smiling in the course of the worst, A Thousand bare Strangers is an soaking up examine one man’s trip of self-discovery—a journey that still teaches us approximately ourselves.

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And again, and again, and again. Over the course of an afternoon, this can actually make a grown man cry. pmd 34 07/12/2005, 12:56 S 101 REVENGE TRICK 21 Shower Shivers If you’re looking to get a housemate’s day off to a shocking start tomorrow, angle the shower head to point precisely at where their naked body will be when they turn the water on in the morning. This works especially well with power showers, which squirt powerfully straight away but take a few seconds to warm up. pmd 35 07/12/2005, 12:56 S 101 REVENGE TRICK 22 Unhappy Birthday to You Pull apart a musical birthday card – one of the ones that play Happy Birthday when you open them – and remove the little disc that plays the music.

They’ll wriggle and wriggle and won’t stop. It’s due to a human reflex – when the toes slide against each other, the unconscious mind will concentrate on removing the cause of the slipperiness until it’s gone. Unfortunately, this wears out the part of the brain that’s supposed to be recharging at night. Your target will wake up feeling like they’ve had no sleep whatsoever. pmd 30 07/12/2005, 12:56 S 101 REVENGE TRICK 18 Clinical Retribution With modern scanners and photocopiers, it’s becoming increasingly easy for criminals to duplicate official-looking stationery.

Then unfasten the drainage pipe from the sink that your target is most likely to empty the bucket into.

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