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 attractiveness 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 grew to become neighborhood reporter, he desired to try out himself, see how he may perhaps reply to strain and chance. He signed up for emergency scientific education and have become, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT operating calls within the worst sections of Atlanta. His lifestyles entered a unique realm—one of blood, violence, and remarkable grace.
Thoroughly intimidated at the beginning and regularly terrified, he skilled on a nightly foundation the adrenaline rush of strolling into chaos. yet in his downtime, Kevin mirrored on how people’s facades drop away whilst disaster moves. As his hours at the activity piled up, he learned he used to be starting to see into the reality of items. there's no 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 vehicles have collided. ultimately, what had firstly appeared most unlikely occurred: Kevin obtained mastery. And within the technique he used to be capable of figure the pro transformations 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 good looks with laugh-out-loud moments that retain 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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Coach class would become my obsession. But first it was time for dinner. The PA system announced the first sitting. Ethel Merman was belting out “There’s No Business Like Show Business” as I passed back through the first-class lounge. Say what you will, the woman had lungs. FOR ALL ITS AIR OF CULTIVATED VENERABILITY, the Indian Pacific is actually an infant as rail systems go, having been created as recently as 1969 when a new standard-gauge line was built across the country. Before that, for various arcane reasons mostly to do with regional distrust and envy, Australian railroad lines employed different gauges.
Underwater currents that run at an angle to the shore and sometimes carry people out to sea,” Deirdre explained. “But don’t worry. ” She smiled serenely, drained her cup, and reminded us that we needed to keep moving. THREE HOURS LATER, our other activities completed, we stood on a remote-seeming strand at a place called Freshwater Beach, near Manly. It was a big U-shaped bay, edged by low scrub hills, with what seemed to me awfully big waves pounding in from a vast and moody sea. In the middle distance several foolhardy souls in wet suits were surfing toward some foamy outbursts on the rocky headland; nearer in, a scattering of paddlers was being continually and, it seemed, happily engulfed by explosive waves.
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A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard