So for those who may not have heard, this week is EMS Today in Baltimore.
I began my travels the same way I usually end my days, at the local 7-11. Then it was on the road to Baltimore. Of course, along the way I had to make a quick stop. Yes people, it’s all about the Roy Rogers. There just aren’t any left in New York if in fact there are any left that are not signed to some insane 99 year lease deal with a turnpike. This is where you can get the joy of Arby’s roast beef and Popeye’s chicken on the same tray… and so I did.
After that brief interlude, it was back on the road. Once I got into Maryland, it was almost smooth sailing. I won’t go into details but I would like to thank the Trooper for extending professional courtesy and not writing me, even though my cruise control was set at 69 and I was in a 65. I guess he could have written me for the 4 miles over, but he didn’t… and I honestly still am not sure why.
Then once I got into Baltimore I had a small problem finding my hotel. The GPS told me I was there, but for some reason I couldn’t see a sign… because the sign was down!
Sign down! Sign down! Quick, someone call Emergency Signage!
Yeah… after a trip around the block and after going to the wrong hotel, I finally made it. I checked in to the hotel and it was pretty smooth sailing from there on out.
I was able to get my badge holder, and while doing so ran into some old friends as well as some current co-workers. It’s odd how has big as EMS is, it’s really actually a small world.
Finally I made my way to the Pratt Street Ale House where there was a pre-conference blogger tweetup courtesy of Zoll. It was great meeting with old friends like Chris Kaiser, Ted Setla, and Justin Schorr again. It was also great meeting people in person for the first time such as Medic Trommashere, Scott Kier, Russell Stine, and Tom Bouthillet.
However the biggest moment for me was getting to meet Greg Friese. Greg and I have been working together on different projects for a little shy of two years now, and last night was the first time we actually met in person. It’s a historic event, of this I assure you.
A big thanks to to @ZollEMSFire team for sponsoring the event and helping the conversations we have online take place in the off line world.