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  • 08/21/2002
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It’s so cool to hear that you’re really pursuing this fire madness
(smile)…I just wanted to drop a quick note of encouragement, and to
ask why you’re worried about a negative reaction from your FF…he
should be incredibly flattered that his love for fire has sparked your
interest too. I remember when I first decided that fire was something I
wanted to do…I was scared to tell my FF (at the time) because I was
worried that he’d think I was being presumptuous…a wanna-be tanker
kitten or fire groupie. In retrospect, though, I think any guy worth the
effort would have enough respect for me to take my interest seriously.

Worried Wife, FireWife,

Please hang in there….please understand that here in the remote, rural
West, communication can be very difficult. Four phones in a fire camp is
not very many, and lack of cell phone coverage is the rule rather than
the exception in many areas. Four days is not a long time; they could
easily be spiked out for that long. Hang in there, buy yourself an ice
cream cone, keep smiling. A friend of mine recently suggested a great
method for keeping it together: the Kleenex fund. Every time you really,
really want to have a crying jag and you fight it off, put the cost of a
box of Kleenex in a jar. Let it build up, then use the money to buy
yourself a treat; a nice dinner, a banana split, something nice. My
friend collects angels; she gets a new angel with her Kleenex money.

Nerd on the Fireline

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