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 Hotshotâ€™s girlfriend, and itâ€™s a hard row to hoe…now Iâ€™m looking at coming at the same thing from the other side (as a FF myself) and Iâ€™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 Iâ€™ve found a lot of FF would share. Thereâ€™s French Foreign Legion aspect to what we do…sometimes it doesnâ€™t seem fair to get involved with another person at all, knowing what weâ€™re going to put them through and knowing that fire will most likely come first. Itâ€™s hard seeing the look in a guyâ€™s eyes when your pager goes off in the middle of a date…and even worse calling in a rush to tell him the dateâ€™s cancelled because youâ€™ve got to go fight the dragon. And then having to explain to a crewmateâ€™s girlfriend on the way out the door that even though heâ€™s not that far away, no, he canâ€™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 â€œWidowmaker on the leftâ€, and somebody pointed out none of us were married…â€Girlfriend pisser-offer on the leftâ€…and then somebody pointed out that nobody on the line had a girlfriend…and the line got sort of quiet. Somebody suggested â€œPet-starver on the leftâ€, but by that point nobodyâ€™s heart was in it anymore.
Nerd on the Fireline