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  • 08/02/2004
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(Laughing) Hey, Taz, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it…I’ve always made friends faster in the boondocks than the city. I never really pictured myself as the homesteader type, but I’m really enjoying it. I’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 don’t know the Denver area real well, but I know some folks in Evergreen, and I was looking at going to school in Golden; Golden’s real pretty, but it was a little too snobby/subdivision ridden for my taste. Evergreen’s pretty nice, but it’s kind of enclosed-feeling, as I remember it; it’s one of those towns tucked so tight into the little mountain pass there’s not much to see. Nice place, though. Good people. Arvada never impressed me either. It’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 school…yeah…I’m coming up on a year past when I’d planned on heading back in. But shoot, people keep paying me to do a job I enjoy, so what the heck. You’re right about the Southwest being slow this season…like I said before it’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. There’s this lingering conviction that we’ve dodged the bullet the last two seasons…I hope next season isn’t the season when we get what’s coming (knock on wood). But winter is coming faster than next fire season, so right now the worry is firewood…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 we’re set to do another three loads…pinon’s a great burning wood, but man is it a pain to split.

I will say hi to the lizard, but he’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.

Nerd on the Fireline

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