By Kevin Hazzard
A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly humorous account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s suggest streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and coffee good looks that lies within catastrophe.
In the aftermath of 9-11 Kevin Hazzard felt that anything was once lacking from his life—his days have been too secure, too regimen. A failed salesman became neighborhood reporter, he desired to attempt himself, see how he may reply to strain and chance. He signed up for emergency clinical education and have become, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT working calls within the worst sections of Atlanta. His lifestyles entered a unique realm—one of blood, violence, and remarkable grace.
Thoroughly intimidated first and foremost and often terrified, he skilled on a nightly foundation the adrenaline rush of jogging into chaos. yet in his downtime, Kevin mirrored on how people’s facades drop away while disaster moves. As his hours at the activity piled up, he learned he was once commencing to see into the reality of items. there is not any pretense 5 beats right into a chest compression, or in an alley subsequent to a crack den, or on a dimly lit street the place autos have collided. finally, what had at the start appeared most unlikely occurred: Kevin got mastery. And within the approach he was once capable of determine the pro ameliorations among his freewheeling friends, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”
Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile attractiveness with laugh-out-loud moments that maintain us smiling throughout the worst, A Thousand bare Strangers is an soaking up examine one man’s trip of self-discovery—a journey that still teaches us approximately ourselves.
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Bill Cosby Drinking beer doesn’t make you fat, it makes you lean … against bars, tables, chairs, and poles. Anonymous Wine gives a man nothing … it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost. Samuel Johnson Do not cease to drink beer, to eat, to intoxicate thyself, to make love, and to celebrate the good days. Ancient Egyptian proverb Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. ” Eleanor Early There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion. Lord Byron If four or five guys tell you that you’re drunk, even though you know you haven’t had a thing to drink, the least you can do is to lie down a little while.
H. L. Mencken The light music of whiskey falling into a glass—an agreeable interlude. James Joyce Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used. William Shakespeare, Othello Claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men; but he who aspires to be a hero … must drink brandy. Samuel Johnson Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Benjamin Franklin I know the truth is in between the first and fortieth drink. Tori Amos It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.
George Bernard Shaw An alcoholic is anyone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do. Dylan Thomas Red wine is just like ketchup: it goes with everything. Jason Walton I think hangovers are the body’s way of telling us we didn’t drink enough to still be drunk when we woke up the next day. Anonymous On some days, my head is filled with such wild and original thoughts that I can barely utter a word. On other days, the liquor store is closed. Frank Varano It’s a long time between drinks. Robert Browning Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.