EMS From a Distance: The Cowboy Way

For strong, silent types, talk is cheap

By Mike Rubin

“You never hear a peep out of him.”

That was a compliment when I was a kid. It meant you did what you were supposed to do without complaining. Another version, “He wouldn’t say spit if he had a mouthful,” conveyed the same sentiment with coarser optics, especially if you replaced spit with the original term.

The idea was to say less and do more. Act that way and you might grow up to be a man of few words who let his deeds do the talking. Not a bad start for a future paramedic.

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