11.01.2008

Thinking about trying this again

Some of you may recall that I've always been interested in pursuing my EMT certification. And I've been stymied at every turn. With Little Man starting Kindergarten next year, I might just be able to "git 'er done".


The course at the local community college is a 20 credit course and runs M-F from 830-330. After-school care is covered for the kids. And I'm eligible for resident tuition which is nice. So hmm...

Subbing is going well but, should Senator Obama get elected, I'm not going to continue to work - no point in doing so because it would put us up in to the next tax bracket and the cost of that completely offsets the benefit of working. So no thanks. Instead I think I'll pursue something that I've wanted to do for a VERY long time.


I'm going to print out and drop off my application and my transcripts and see where that puts me (there are some prereqs that I've met but might have to plead my case as they were met more than 5 years ago). Should be interesting!




Pau.




- hfs

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Point in favor of Obama! He IS helping YOU realize your dream :)

Homefront Six said...

No, my ultimate dream is to save as much money as possible and pay off our debts as quickly as possible; to build our wealth to a point where we can not only retire comfortably but also to help our children with their college costs and build the house we want when we retire.

Hard to do that when income tax rates go up so much that my working actually penalizes us rather than helps us. Which is pathetic.

BostonMaggie said...

Go! Go! Go!

Ken said...

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/UploadedPDF/411750_updated_candidates_summary.pdf

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/spread_the_tax_hooey.html

http://alchemytoday.com/obamataxcut/

http://www.yourmoneypage.com/campaign2008/index.php

http://www.electiontaxes.com/

BillT said...

Yeah, it's interesting -- under Carter and Clinton, every time I got a pay raise or a promotion, I wound up with less takehome pay.

Forget website talking points -- read McGyver's LES.

Got friends in the EMT world -- stay out of helicopters until the FAA allows *all* the operators to get NVG certified...

Pogue said...

Good luck! and I concur with Bill... I would probably add two pilot operation, but I'm just conservative like that. :-)

BillT said...

...and no single pilot IFR in a helicopter unless he's got 50 hours IMC as PC, unnerstand? Verboten.

Homefront Six said...

You know, the scary thing is that I completely understood what you just said!

Maybe *I* should go to flight school.


Pogue ~ conservative is good. I'm a fan of conservative, especially when *I* am on board.


Honestly, I don't know that I plan to work any medevac jobs. Then again, I don't plan not to.


It's good to know I have the two of you looking out for me!

BillT said...

You knew what verboten meant?

*That's* scary...

Homefront Six said...

Why is that scary??

BillT said...

*psst*

It was a joke...

Homefront Six said...

*psst*


I know ;~P You're not the only that can be a smart ass.

John of Argghhh! said...

Been there, done that, had the certification (paramedic, actually) um, 30 years ago.

As a volunteer fireman. Heh. They made me go the paramedic route after the third building collapsed around me as a firefighter. Claimed I was waaaay too dangerous to those around me.

Heh. So they gave me all those needle thingys and other sharps.

And we all know how well *that* worked out...

BillT said...

Relax, John, you're still the Number One Google hit for "I bayoneted myself"...

BillT said...

Relax, John, you're still the Number One Google hit for "I bayoneted myself"...

BillT said...

%$#@!

I'm being stalked by both the Great Hall Echo and the Iniquitous Iraqi Server Burp...

rsm said...

BTW

I've been a certified and now licensed EMT for 17 years. It has been one of the best things I've ever done so I work hard to maintain my education requirements. Even when I wasn't pursuing EMS jobs, the EMT on my resume set me apart from others and always ended up being one of those special things that pushed me to the top of the list over others: sales engineer: they needed someone who could work the hospitals and healthcare scene. University admin: they needed someone who could finally get the nursing department on board with policy.

From the other standpoint, I have been blessed with the chance to actually save lives. Not many people can feel both the pride and humility in knowing you have been made an instrument in the overall Plan, and that has been to extend the beauty of life to someone who otherwise would have died.