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  • 09/24/2003
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BLM Bob: (laughing) Your story about the pink hardhat reminds me of another incident…During my first prescribed burn one of the guys decided announce that I was just one of the guys…which is cool up to a point, but I was trying to get the attention of a guy on another crew at the point so I really didn’t appreciate the sentiment (I don’t like having to hit a guy over the head to get him to remember I’m female…it’s counter-productive). So I grabbed a big hank of pink and green flagging and tied it onto the end of my braid, Little-Bo-peep style. Realize that that chunk of flagging was about four feet long, so it trailed and fluttered rather nicely. “There, do I look like a girl now?”…and I wore that flagging for the rest of the assignment. Actually our crew boss wound up with a pink hard hat and the moniker Sir Twinkle Toes on one assignment, but that wasn’t quite the same thing.

Sammi: You remind me of a patient we had on my ambulance squad once…it was a very busy weekend, and we had two ambulance loads on the way to the hospital when we had another accident…with no available ambulances and six patients on the pavement, we had to bring the low-triage priority patients back to our station. One poor woman wound up lying there, back boarded, on our pool table for almost an hour. At one point, we asked her if she needed anything and her eyes got dreamy. “A biker boy…a baaaad biker boy…” We figured she was okay. By the way, Sammi, if you’re really looking for a nice FF girl for your son, and I don’t look like a good fit, allow me recommend Chica too…she’s smart, spunky, and definitely cuter than I am.

“chica’s boots”

Nerd on the Fireline

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