From the Desk of John Rourke – February 10th, 2015

The percent of full time jobs compared to the gross domestic population is the worst in 30 years. But I digress – the unemployment rate is only 5.6%. Wonderful.

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Coming back Monday from my Crossfit workout during lunch came upon the scene below. It literally happened maybe 45 seconds prior to me getting there as there were very few cars backed up. Neither the gold or black car on the right side of the photo were there however I could see the driver of the upside down van crawling out the back through a broken window. I pulled over, grabbed my trauma kit from the back of the Jeep, and ran across the highway to him. A woman was standing beside the man when I got there and she asked if the OD green bag I had was a  first aid kit and I confirmed that indeed it was. We helped the guy stand and walked him to the side of the highway to the women’s van. Turns out she was a nurse. We looked him over for cuts, lacerations, or any other trauma and he seemed OK other than a few scratches and a very hurt back. He was in a state of disbelief and certainly was not thinking very straight. State police and an ambulance arrived quickly. I thanked the women for stopping to provide assistance and I left.

Incredibly – as I made my way back to work I started shaking. I felt fine when I ran across the highway and helped with the situation. It took 15 minutes or so for me to calm down. What a rush. As far as the driver of the other vehicle – I have no idea.

You just never know what is going to happen.


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The snow the Northeast is getting is incredible. Logan Airport in Boston has received 73.9 inches so far this winter. I can remember the Winter of 78′ and this one is worse.

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I am drooling over the CRKT Kangee T-Hawk.

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The luge is one of my favorite winter Olympic events. Don’t know what it is but have always enjoyed watching it. Downhill skiing is great too.


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  1. Rourke, the shaking is the come down from an Adrenaline rush. Very similar to what happens after armed conflict too. I have to give you credit for stopping to provide aid, and wonder what in the world a nurse is doing WITHOUT a ‘first aid kit’. My wife thinks I am nuts for putting a well stocked trauma kit in our cars, but I figure it is like carrying a firearm or car insurance. You don’t need it until you NEED IT.

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. Way to go on the crash! Not many people would stop and even less are actually prepared to help with a good stocked med kit. How were the other drivers involved?

  3. I did a small study awhile back and am convinced that there is no solution to be had for unemployment. I took several different years and went back 18 years and 65 years respectively. Assuming that everyone that turned 65 retired and everyone that turned 18 joined the work force, in every case the numbers joining the work force out numbered those retiring. Not even taking into account the jobs that are lost due to outsourcing and those being taken over by technology, we can never have enough work to keep up with our current population grow. The only reason that unemployment numbers drop today is people give up looking and drop out of the count. I don’t know how long it will take the people in this country to figure this out, but you will never hear anyone stand up and tell them the truth. I look at my grandchildren and great grandchild and wonder what is in store for them.

  4. Re: employment. I have always been self-employed, and have learned and practiced many specific trades. When one type of work is not available, other types of work are. Like Maslow said,” if the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail”.
    I have taught my four children to be similarly versatile, taught them my skill sets, supported them to get an education in their chosen fields, end always expected them to work for what they wanted. None of them have ever been without a job, either working for me, or elsewhere.
    The more types of skills one has, the more opportunities are available. The trick is to acquire the types of skills that are and will continue to be in demand as the great change overtakes us.
    Best to all.

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