And Then I Realized…


While looking at my referral log on Site Meter, I saw a sudden influx of visits from a site called I was perplexed as I didn’t know that there was a forum for Rocket Propelled Grenades. Being curious I signed up for the forum and went to the specific thread being discussed. Imagine my surprise when I found out that RPG stood for Role Playing Games and that they were discussing the Pittsburgh Incident. None of them seemed to have much good to say about the medics, or even the posts that yours truly put up about the situation.

I was going to post a reply, then after reading about RPG and it’s close cousin Live Action Role Playing, I realized that this was mostly like a bunch of carrot snapping, acne faced kids, hiding out in their parent’s basements playing their fairy tale games.

And it was then I realized that what these nitwits had to say didn’t really matter in the least. Those of us who live in the real world and have to work for a living really don’t care what these weenies have to say. At least I don’t.

Although I should thank them for driving up my visit count for the day.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. TOTWTYTR, Don't be too quick to dismiss the RPG crowd. They are not necessarily "carrot snapping, acne faced kids, hiding out in their parent's basements playing their fairy tale games". More than likely, the group comprises of a bo=road spectrum of intelligent people who HAPPEN to ALSO enjoy RPGs. This is true for the people that I game with.Treasure your allies wherever you find them.Pax,Newbius

  2. Hey, it sucks when people generalize based on little or no knowledge, doesn't it? Based on their comments (and ignorance of the subject) I'd wouldn't exactly call them allies.

  3. It is easy to blame the paramedics, but has no one considered that there were hundreds of calls coming in, and had the medics taken the time to walk to EVERY single one of them, that many more of them would have gone unanswered?A 1/2 mile walk in the snow towing a stretcher (roundtrip) would take, what- an extra half hour per call? What kind of a strain will that place on an already overloaded system?

  4. They have acne because they neglect more pressing issues, like daily facial cleanser. =D (Or daily showers, for that matter.)

  5. Uh… you DO realize that you went shooting today with some one who plays an RPG every other Friday night, right? Yeah, didn't think so. Sorry, guy… but while I may have been an acne-faced kid 35 years ago when I started, I'm now on my own, own my own house (not to mention a modest collection of guns!) and I've even been known to run an Appleseed Shoot or two. Sorry to burst your bubble. ;-)Ross

  6. While I can't comment on the quality (or lack thereof) of discussion over on the boards, having never posted there, I do also think that you're overgeneralizing the RPG gamer crowd (and their overlapping other groups, video gamers and MMORPG players) way to much. I'd hardly call the Atomic Nerds or Caleb over at Gunnuts carrot snapping, acne faced kids.Personally, I went to college, graduated, started a career, and then started playing RPGs with groups of like-minded coworkers and church friends.The wealth of my personal experience in EMS (none) and bad weather (practically none) qualifies me to say precisely nothing about the Pittsburgh story, so I have no comments there other than I've enjoyed your commentary bringing to light a number of issues I wouldn't have considered otherwise.Thanks, please keep up the enjoyable blogging, just please don't generalize us game playing nerds any more than you'd generalize any other group.

  7. As you can see, it's wrong to generalize, especially when it's something of which you know little or nothing. Which was my point about the RPG forums. Which I still think would be better off discussing Rocket Propelled Grenades!


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