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  • 07/21/2002
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Fire Momma and Sammi:

I hope I keep my sense of humor and gain the wisdom and philosophy you have…I tried to be a Hotshot’s girlfriend, and it’s a hard row to hoe…now I’m looking at coming at the same thing from the other side (as a FF myself) and I’m gaining a lot more insight into so many of things he used to do that drove me up the wall.

As badly phrased as it was, AK has a point, though, and one I’ve found a lot of FF would share. There’s French Foreign Legion aspect to what we do…sometimes it doesn’t seem fair to get involved with another person at all, knowing what we’re going to put them through and knowing that fire will most likely come first. It’s hard seeing the look in a guy’s eyes when your pager goes off in the middle of a date…and even worse calling in a rush to tell him the date’s cancelled because you’ve got to go fight the dragon. And then having to explain to a crewmate’s girlfriend on the way out the door that even though he’s not that far away, no, he can’t get away for a couple of hours to come see her.

We were cutting line through an aspen grove one day and our squad boss pointed out a “Widowmaker on the left”, and somebody pointed out none of us were married…”Girlfriend pisser-offer on the left”…and then somebody pointed out that nobody on the line had a girlfriend…and the line got sort of quiet. Somebody suggested “Pet-starver on the left”, but by that point nobody’s heart was in it anymore.

Nerd on the Fireline

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