Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
1 White Lantern
2 Solar powered
1 iPhone 4S
2 EL Wire
I don't know why, but I like my flashlights. I have twelve of my own... 5 in my room, one in the hall, and the rest down stairs. I know that seems a little excessive, but it is nice during times like now when the power is on the fritz and you want to see what is around you. It is odd, the power is not completely out, but just enough that most things don't work, but battery chargers and adapters do. And the LED nightlight. Right now I am typing on my cellphone this post using a bluetooth keyboard under the glow of 3 meters of EL wire. A recent acquisition, This very thin plastic wire with a small copper wire in it gives a bright glow for about 12 hours using just two AA batteries. I can see my future dream house lined like the aisles of a movie theater in this stuff, so a power outage does not stop me from wandering around and not step on a catmine.
Another almost necessity is glow-in-the-dark-tape. I first saw this stuff in high school, as we used it to mark out the end of the stage so people don't walk off like they do on America's Got Talent. Every flashlight and water bottle has between 3 and 7 pieces of tape to guarentee visibility from any view angle. Best way to charge the tape? Oddly enough its a UV bulb I got for when I DJ. Too bad that requires house power. Hey Mom...I have another item to add to my Christmas list.
Oh want to see what EL wire looks like:
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Ok, my mom read this and told me that what I thought my have been misunderstood. Let me go back to the story, Roy Lester was a guard in New York. He wears a tightish swimsuit that goes almost down to the knees. This is what he normally wears when guarding, as compared to regular swimsuits, because regular swimsuits can slow him down. He had a choice between wearing a speedo, which will keep him moving fast, or failing by not doing the swim. He chose not to wear a speedo or a loose swimsuit, so he was fired.
A lifeguard should tested in whatever clothing they wish. If they wish to swim in a sweatsuit they can...and if they pass, then does it matter what they wear? They have proven that they can perform a rescue yet watch the water comfortably. His choice, and others, in swimwear should not prevent testing...just test on swimming ability. If he had dressed like this in prior summers, then he should be simply grandfathered in.
One of the city's swim requirement that they have listed is swimming 100 yards in 75 seconds. The lifeguard training I was given was that you must always be within a 25 second swim from any swimmers (45 seconds for swimmers with a lifejacket *shiver in horror*). I know that for myself I can swim 25 yards in 22 seconds with a lifeguard tube, 15 seconds without a tube while sprinting. There are two differences between a rescue swim and a regular timed swim. When doing a time swim you are keeping your head in the water, so you can move thru the water faster. During a rescue you must keep your head above water so that you can keep watch over your victim. You also normally have a tube under your arms or chest to keep ready until you get close to your victim. I should also mention I am only tested on 25 yards due to always being in a pool of that size, and I never taught myself how to do flip turns when becoming a lifeguard, so I can't do a further distance when being timed in a pool.
According to the Red Cross requirements (what I am certified under), there is no unassisted hearing or vision requirements, as so long as the candidate can perform the rescue. As long as the candidate is over 15, age has no impact behind initial certification.