WTF of the Week
Last night I went to a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class. I figured I would check out the class and see if it was something that would be good for the company I work for. What I found had me scratching my head in disbelief. The information given out in the class is decent and well intended. The bad news is that the people attending the class give me the distinct feeling that I will need to buy more weapons so that I can defend myself from these weirdoes.
First let me explain the whole CERT thing. People in CERT, which volunteer for a team, are used to respond to and help other professional groups that also respond to disasters. You might see them occasionally on the news. They wear green vests with CERT written on the back of them and are usually handing out water, directing traffic, or doing searches. This is definitely a noble cause that could help with recovery after a disaster. The unfortunate part is that the majority of the people I saw at the class last night probably don’t have the ability to help themselves much less me. I wouldn’t let these wackos come within 100 yards of my home or family. Let me clue you in on what I’m talking about.
First there was the ever present know-it-all in the class that felt compelled to elaborate or give a personal story after the instructor said anything. Every class that I’ve ever been to always has one. This class had two and they would “one up” each other taking up my precious time. I was about ready to stand up and leave till someone offered a pretty funny comment as they were in one of there “Well I saw (add disaster that would top last comment here”. The guy just said “The cheetah is the fastest land animal” as loud as he could as they were in the middle trying to give obscure facts and references. I laughed and they finally shut up.
The next type of person that was there was the “hero”. Everyone knows some one like this. They are the people that talk about the time that they helped some one in a car accident, or gave first aid to some one in Wal Mart. Mostly they’re full of crap and probably would pass out at the sight of blood. They talk a good game but I’ve found that the people who talk the most about helping people are usually the most inept when it comes time to actually do something. God help whoever they try to help.
The last one, and the one that scares me the most, is the