Dawn: BACK OFF HE’S MINE. You’ve already got one.
Sammi; Do you want me to pay the postage? Slap a stamp on his forehead and send him down hereâ€¦wow, he’s even tall (I’m 5’9â€â€¦tall is a plus). Sigh. Now you’ve derailed my train of thought for the rest of the day.
Everybody else: I was raised on Gerald Durell and the original Oz books by Frank L. Baumâ€¦chock full of smart, gutsy females. I had structure fire training all this weekend, and at the end of it, one of the local (female) chiefs wanted to get all the women together to take a special picture. This brought about some active (if not impassioned) discussion; being female in addition to being FF doesn’t make us â€˜special’â€¦it just makes us another set of hands on the line or on the hose or on the engine. If we single ourselves out, that’s kind of counter productive. When push comes to shove, I want to be dispatched and assigned based on what I can do, not by somebody who’s thinking â€œOh, Nerd’s a girl, so we’ll put her hereâ€¦â€ I want them thinking â€œOh, Nerd’s a damn competent Firefighter, so we’ll put her hereâ€¦â€ I’m a very specialized confined-space rescue team, and we have a special call-out procedure for communication within the teamâ€¦I’m number three man. When I’m yelling out â€œNumber three man okay!â€ Or â€œNumber three man in trouble!â€ I’m not going to take the extra time and thought and say â€œNumber three womanâ€. That’s pretty silly. By the way, I got my structural FF1 (whoo-hoo!). I’m still wildland at heart, thoughâ€¦one of the instructors commented that I was rather aggressive about going through walls during overhaul, and that cutting line through somebody’s living room and then firing out the kitchen really wasn’t what we were after.
TazGirl; One bad apple really can spoil the bunch as far as guys are concernedâ€¦I’ve noticed that people tend to make relationships into self-fulfilling propheciesâ€¦if they expect bad things out of relationships with female FF, younger women, blondes, brunettes, women with six fingers, or green people, they tend to have bad relationships with any of the above. The only thing that fixes that is love, courage, determination, and good will. And a bit of introspection helps. And if your cute, charming brother gets stuck on anything in EMT training, I’d be more than happy to lend some study-buddy helpâ€¦(grin). Happy Birfday, by the way.
P.S. Chica’s doing better. She thanks you all for the good thoughts.
Nerd on the Fireline