MATF = Mutual Aid Task Force
This is a quarterly meeting of all the representatives involved in the various Hospital Regions in GA. I am affiliated with Region J which includes Memorial Hospital in Savannah, which is where I operate from. I recently attended a Region J meeting and also participated in the Region J Simulated Emergency Exercise.
This meeting meeting includes seminars throughout the day and is attended by people from the Regions, the State EMA, the GHA (GA Hospital Assoc) and many emergency management personnel.
I left home “early” in the morning, met Steve (EC Chatham Co.) my superior in the Hospital and ARES Radio group, in the town of Dublin. We then drove to Forsyth, just outside Atlanta. The even was held at the GA Public Safety Training Center. It was educational, informative and I felt worth attending. We adjourned at 2:30 and I then drove home. A long day start to end but I enjoyed it.
The Theme for the weekly challenge on the Nikon Forum (starting 5/30 was “Flower” Each person is allowed one entry and based on “likes”, the top entries go to a final.
This was my entry….
I was fortunate enough to make the finals and in the vote for the winner, I collected 70% of the votes for the Win! During this process, a fellow photographer told me he liked it very much. He also showed me a modification he did (cleaning up some of the distractions. It looked really nice so I tried to duplicate it myself and was pleased with my results.
It also got me thinking about a process I developed to make a photo look a bit like and oil painting. It has been well over a year so I thought I would try that again… Here are 3 samples..
Yesterday I participated in the Region J GA Hospital Coalition Simulated Emergency Exercise. The event was a Hurricane coming from the Gulf so the effects hit the center of the State and Patient evacuation would be towards on near the coast.
I was working out of Memorial Hospital in Savannah, which is the Region Coordinating Hospital. We actually had a team of 5 working the event with us and we logged in other Hospital check ins and passed messages back & forth. in a couple cases, where a Hospital could not reach us we had to work via Relay.
It went well, we learned a lot… and we were highly commended for our professionalism and ability to get communications in and out… Later in the month I will be attending a statewide seminar in Atlanta.
I have decided to sell our Camper, I would not be using it without Lyn. My plan is to make a mini camp area in the bed of the truck. I pulled the Extang hard tonneau cover and ordered a Leer Cap model 180. The Extang was sold on the 22nd and on the 23rd I had the Leer Cap installed. Pleased with it, I am now looking at options for the build in the back end. It will have a pad for bed and some storage areas, likely totes to start but hope to have a fabricated areas.
May 23 was Ella’s Graduation from Pre-School at the JEA (Jewish Education Alliance). They had a very nice little program and all the kids were so cute. Ella especially but then I may be slightly biased… 🙂
Everyone was there, Scott, Morgan & kids, Dave and Lynn Reeves.. Everyone except for my Lyn. I broke down a bit near the end, Lyn loved these events and I was saddened not having her here with me.
May 15th I went and visited the grave site again, then over to DePue Monument to order the Headstone. It will be about 8 weeks so I wanted to get the process started. They will order the granite and work on the design while we wait for the stone to come in.
This is the first draft…. I have a few adjustments but it gives you a general idea..
This was a rough day for me… My Mom has been gone since 1979 but I have never been totally alone with my wife Lyn with me… Until this year…
It was a rough day for me… spent the entire day alone, went out early and visited Lyn’s grave site. I spent the rest of the day home by myself and it was a depressing to say the least. I tried to call the other Mothers in the family to wish them well and was able to reach all but one.
This was one of those days that I wish I was not alone…. But that is life… I guess that is what phones are for!
On May 10th, I attended my first grief counseling session provided by Hospice Savannah. It is a group session for those who lost Spouse/Partners. 1st time, I did not know what to expect but felt comfortable and intended to return.
The following week, it seemed to be helping and while I plan to continue attending, I will miss the 24th as I have a Region J Hospital meeting. My next session will be May 31st.
I have been looking at the Cowboy guns, Single Action clones of the 1873 Colt. I found one here local in .45 Colt and was able to trade a Ruger revolver that we have not used in years for in. I have already had it out to the range and it was fun, though I really need more practice!
It is a Ruger New Vaquero, 4 3/4″ barrel …. and .45 Colt
Note the size of the .45 Colt rounds to a .38 Special
May 7th, I attended my 1st CARS (Coastal Amateur Radio Society) club meeting in the better part of a year… I enjoyed getting out and seeing all the folks again. I have enjoyed the club very much and look forward to getting back active again. I attended their Swap Meet last Month, will attend the next meeting (regular and Board) and then we have Field Day next month.