Just make sure I'm around when you've finally got something to say.--Toad the Wet Sprocket

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Real Tom Sawyer

On February 16, 1853, the steamship Independence was heading north along the coast of California to San Francisco.  On board were more than four hundred passengers and crew--including a twenty-one-year-old firefighter named Tom Sawyer. Sawyer was taking a break above deck when he felt a tremendous jolt. The vessel had struck a reef and he had to act fast to try to save the boat.  He goes below deck to check the damage.  He was in two feet of water. There was a slice in the boat that was filling up overheated boilers below the waterline causing them to cool off rapidly.  When the coal bunkers flooded the Chief Engineer and his men began to toss wood from the staterooms into the furnace.  The blowers were useless which ended up causing the flames to shoot out of the furnace doors and ignite the woodwork in the room and around the smokestacks.  The boilers have exploded turning the engine room into an inferno. Within minutes the flames spread to the main deck and it is out of control. The ship is going down. Chaos ensues.

People are beginning to go overboard and drown. Sawyer, a strong swimmer, immediately goes in and begins to swim out and take people to shore.  Someone goes above deck to get to the lifeboats but finds nearly all broken and that only two are able to be fixed enough to be seaworthy.  Sawyer puts one into the water and crams as many people as he can into it. Then he passes out lifejackets out to others and has them jump into the water. He tells those in the water to form a human chain and grab a hold of the boat and he rows them over a hundred yards to the shore.

But the story doesn't end there. Because he goes back and does it again. And again. And again. He continues until the ship has sunk and there is no one else to save.  He ends up saving ninety people total and twenty-six individually  He is lauded as a hero and rightly so.

In 1863 a young man named Samuel Clemens had an idea for a book about a mischievous little boy. However, he had yet to find a name for his main character.  That's when his path crossed with Tom Sawyer who told him his tale.  Clemens was so impressed with his story and his bravery that he decides to name his little boy Tom Sawyer. In 1876 the novel will be released to wide acclaim and become the classic it is today.    

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Other Songs To Do CPR To

In a previous entry I compared the virtues of doing CPR to either "Stayin' Alive" or "Another One Bites the Dust". Today New York Presbyterian Hospital released a list of 40 other songs that you can use to do CPR to that are just as interesting. Here's the list

1.Stayin' Alive-Bee Gees
2. Cecilia- Simon and Garfunkel
3. Hard to Handle-Black Crows
4. Sweet Home Alabama-Lynard Skynard
5. Rock Your Body- Justin Timberlake
6. I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor
7. MMMBop- Hanson
8. Gives You Hell- All American Rejects
9. Heartbreaker- Mariah Carey and Jay Z
10. Another One Bites the Dust- Queen
11. Who's That Girl- Madonna
12. Fast Car- Tracy Chapman
13. Fly-Sugar Ray
14. Rock This Town- Stray Cats
15. Hips Don't Lie- Skakira and Wyclef Jean
16.  You Can't Hurry Love-Phil Collins
17. Notrorious B.I.G- Notrorious B.I.G featuring Lil Kim and Diddy
18. Work It- Missy Elliot
19. What's Going On- Marvin Gaye
20. Suddenly I See- K T Tunsell
21. This Ain't a Scene It's an Arms Race-Fall Out Boy
22. Body Movin- Beastie Boys 
23. Walk Like an Egyptian-Bangles
24. Dancing Queen- ABBA
25. Heart and Soul- T'Pau
26. Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2- Pink Floyd
27. Quit Playing Games With My Heart- Backstreet Boys
28. Five to One - Doors
29. Crazy- Gnarls Barkley
30. Spirit in the Sky- Norman Greenbaum
31. Girls Just Want to Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper
32. Book of Love- The Monotones
33. (Sittin') On the Dock of the Bay-Otis Redding
34. Ain't No Moutain High Enough- Kris King
35. Man In the Mirror- Michael Jackson
36. Hey, Soul Sister- Train
37. Float On- Modest Mouse
38. Crazy In Love- Beyonce and Jay Z
39. One Week- Barenaked Ladies
40. History of Rap- Jimmy Falllon and Justin Timberlake
There's a wide variety to choose from. You can go inspirational and choose I Will Survive or Work It.  Or you can choose a darker tone and go Five to One or Spirit in the Sky or Cecilia. Maybe you'll pick something in between.  But now you have alternatives to choose from. Pick your own life-saving rhythm.And the Red Cross offers classes all the time in CPR for those who don't know how. So get started and jump to the beat.    

Info on Where to Find Classes: http://www.redcross.org/