I’m listening to Blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. Its for a library book discussion group that will be meeting August. I’m really enjoying the book although as will all nonfiction some parts are less interesting than others. I’ll probably write more about this book later but I wanted to comment on a part I heard today. The author is talking about what physically happens to our body in moments of extreme stress, which is very interesting, basically your body stops controlling what it considers nonessential activity (such as bowel control). At this point he quotes Dave Grossman “Grossman says that everyone should practice dialing 911for this very reason, because he has heard of too many situations where, in an emergency, people pick up the phone and cannot perform this most basic of functions. With their heart rate soaring and their motor coordination deteriorating, they dial 411 and not 911 because that’s the only number they remember, or they forget to press send on their cell phone, or they simply cannot pick out the individual numbers at all.”
Because I’m an insensitive smart-ass my first thought is that all those jokes about call 911, wait whats the number might have some basis in truth. My second it is – holy shit! I can’t even imagine being in a situation so scary that I can’t remember 911 or can’t seem to dial it. And I hope I never have to be! But I’m gonna go home and practice. I think I’ll refrain from actually pressing the buttons because I don’t think the Police department would be ok with that. But I’m gonna look at the phone and think 9-1-1 send over and over.