David Kirkpatrick

February 20, 2010

Just one more reason California is a moving train wreck

Filed under: et.al., Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:15 am

This almost doesn’t seem real, but the date isn’t April 1 and the source isn’t the Onion.

Yikes!

From the link:

Tracy residents will now have to pay every time they call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency.

But there are a couple of options. Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year which allows them to call 9-1-1 as many times as necessary.

Or, there’s the option of not signing up for the annual fee. Instead, they will be charged $300 if they make a call for help.

(Hat tip: Fark)

October 14, 2009

Can you find me now?

Filed under: Arts, et.al. — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:02 pm

If you own a home the answer to that question might be, “No, I can’t find you now,” if your home isn’t easily identifiable by an address plaque. It can be hung on the front wall or front door of your house, and can even be featured in your front yard, maybe highlighted with a spot light.

Prominent address plaques provide three immediate benefits. The first I just outlined. If your address is only marked by faded paint on the curb in front of your house, or numbers tacked on a dark area of the front of your house, your home can be very hard to find for visitors, party guests, delivery services and this list could go on for a while. And if your house is hard to pick out from other homes around you during the day, just think how hard it will be to find at night. A properly displayed address plaque will draw attention to your address and make your home that much easier to find.

The second benefit is you can display a customized address plaque that reflects your interests, hobbies or just simply your personality. Address plaques come in many styles and options and with little effort you can most likely find something to meet most any criteria you can come up with.

The third benefit of a prominently displayed address plaque is probably the most important — it helps emergency response vehicles quickly find your home day or night. If you have to call 911 for any reason the last thing you want is to delay the police, fire or ambulance response unnecessarily by leaving your home poorly marked from the street. Emergency response time lost because the response team is lost in your neighborhood could be the difference between getting to a fire before it has the chance to engulf the entire house, beginning needed emergency medical treatment or being forced to deal with a burglary or home invasion situation on your own.