Oh my, you gals are too funny…explosives, mice, 3-yr old meltdowns, testosterone, etc. Good stuff. Dawn & Fire Momma, I would love to have you explain a 3-yr old “meltdown” to me. C’mon Dawn, you owe us another story. I want details.
Happier day…I talked to my man this morning for like 20 whole minutes I think, maybe even 30!! And he wasn’t exhausted. He was at the airport waiting for his flight to Boston. We even talked a little bit more about plans. He brought it up actually. I think his words were, “so have you gotten over this firefighting idea yet?” He doesn’t seem to mind the idea of me dispatching, but then again doesn’t necessarily understand it or why I would want to get into it if it’s not a career. But the thing he is so adamant about is me doing anything else in wildland fire, such as working for an engine crew. He absolutely does not want me to get into that. I was really trying to figure out his motive for this. I think it comes down to two things: 1) he is burnt out, wants a career change and does not want me falling into this; he wants me to go back to school and/or find something else steady, not seasonal 2) he thinks that I would be treated badly by all the 500 guys around and have nasty things said about me, which is probably what he must hear from his guys about our female FF’s (he works w/ an all male crew); I don’t think he wants guys talking that kind of mouth about his girlfriend. So justifiable or not, I told him he’s lucky I’m not really set on working for an engine crew. I mean, I toyed w/ the idea, but that’s about as far as it went. I’m much more interested in dispatching. And then I told him that I think I could really only get a dispatching job in Alaska and that I didn’t really want to do that, be based out of Alaska. So there’s more discussion as far as that all goes. We would basically be in almost the same situation if we were both to work out of Alaska next summer and I’m really trying to avoid that lengthy of a separation. Two weeks to a month is one thing, but five months is a whole ‘nother ballgame. And I want this relationship to work dam’mit.
He should be finished by early October. He said they are going to do another 2-week tour and then probably a half tour and then head home to Alaska. So that’s three weeks out, travel time, R&R time, and eventually here. I’m still looking at another month basically. Yechhh. I’m trying to work on him to fly here for my b’day because it falls on his next R&R. But the odds of that are slim to none. The hour glass is almost out of sand ladies, but I’m hangin’ in there.
Went wakeboarding yesterday….yippeee! Got rained on twice but then it kept clearing up and we saw this awesome full rainbow. My brother came with me and we went and saw this old friend of mine I mentioned before, that has moved here. The water temp. was 86 degrees people!!! It feels good. If you get cold when it rains, you just jump in the water.
Sammi, if you want to see some good action photos from our last roller derby bout, check out my profile on Fire Chat and there is a link.
Remembering soberly the people of 9/11 today,