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There and back again. Again. - John C. Kirk

Aug. 30th, 2005

12:58 am - There and back again. Again.

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Another day at Notting Hill Carnival on SJA duty - slightly longer than yesterday, since I was out of the house from about 07:30 to 00:30. It was busier than yesterday, but it went well overall. I was able to put my casualty handling training from a couple of months ago into practice for the first time, when I went out on a couple of running calls - that means that we have to retrieve casualties from the crowd, when they can't come to us. That was surprisingly tiring (I definitely need to do more exercise), but it was also rewarding; this is the first duty I've been on when I really felt that I made a difference by being there.

Another interesting aspect of doing the same duty two days in a row is that I felt a lot more confident about it today. Something similar happened when I did some volunteer work for Crisis a few years back (doing the night shift in one of their homeless shelters over Christmas) - I got pretty fed up on the first night, and I only went back for the second night because I'd already committed to doing three, but it got a lot easier after that. This reminds me of something Peter David has said in the past, about living "in the world" vs "on the world". It's not quite at the same level as Carrot (from the Discworld novels), when he is almost wearing the city, but I certainly felt more involved in things today.

Anyway, shower then bed, so that I can be up for work in the morning. In hindsight, it might have been better to book tomorrow (today) off, but live and learn.