I want to thank Mellie for her kind words and notes on everyone. I hadnâ€™t visited the site since I got off my last fire assignment in Oct. of 2003.
Me and my SJ (former smokejumper, now) are now living the life of respectability and decorum, and neither of us have plans to return to the fire service next summer. I think it got to be too much for both of us. I didnâ€™t like always being away from him, and I think he might have gotten a little spooked last year (although heâ€™d never admit it.)
In big, big, BIG news he proposed over Christmas and weâ€™re getting married next fall! Right now weâ€™re living in Tennessee. I got a job working for FedEx in Memphis, which Iâ€™m super happy with, and heâ€™s looking for a way to utilize his international relations degree â€¦ Iâ€™m trying to convince him to go to law school.
Anyway, everything is going great, though I know weâ€™ll miss fire once it starts up here. Itâ€™ll be our first fire season not in the west, but weâ€™re both really happy. Who knows? Maybe itâ€™ll be too much for us and weâ€™ll run away to be with firefighters again. I doubt it though, weâ€™re both ready to settle down.
Good luck to everyone, and thanks for the thoughts.