(Laughing) Hey, Taz, donâ€™t knock it â€˜til youâ€™ve tried itâ€¦Iâ€™ve always made friends faster in the boondocks than the city. I never really pictured myself as the homesteader type, but Iâ€™m really enjoying it. Iâ€™m splitting wood, building furniture, sewing various things, REALLY enjoying the animals. A good dog is such great company that being sixteen miles from nowhere hardly even occurs to me. I donâ€™t know the Denver area real well, but I know some folks in Evergreen, and I was looking at going to school in Golden; Goldenâ€™s real pretty, but it was a little too snobby/subdivision ridden for my taste. Evergreenâ€™s pretty nice, but itâ€™s kind of enclosed-feeling, as I remember it; itâ€™s one of those towns tucked so tight into the little mountain pass thereâ€™s not much to see. Nice place, though. Good people. Arvada never impressed me either. Itâ€™s really pretty much Kansas. If your FF is looking at Paramedic school, Denver is a great place for it; Denver EMS has a great reputation, especially for some really cutting edge stuff.
Going back to schoolâ€¦yeahâ€¦Iâ€™m coming up on a year past when Iâ€™d planned on heading back in. But shoot, people keep paying me to do a job I enjoy, so what the heck. Youâ€™re right about the Southwest being slow this seasonâ€¦like I said before itâ€™s actually been cold in my part of the world. Like I said, the old timers are predicting one doozy of a winter, and the frost kill will make the beetle kill worse. Thereâ€™s this lingering conviction that weâ€™ve dodged the bullet the last two seasonsâ€¦I hope next season isnâ€™t the season when we get whatâ€™s coming (knock on wood). But winter is coming faster than next fire season, so right now the worry is firewoodâ€¦got almost a cord cut, split, and stacked between two families on Saturday, with about half a cord left to buck and split. Next week weâ€™re set to do another three loadsâ€¦pinonâ€™s a great burning wood, but man is it a pain to split.
I will say hi to the lizard, but heâ€™s been joined by a dog and three cats, which is interesting to say the least. Nothing like watching a hundred and seventy pounds of dog get his *ss kicked by six pounds of cat. Much better than TV.
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