I told the guys on the fire department that I can drive anything with wheels. I think they doubted me. There was no reason for doubt; I really did learn to drive (many years ago) on a manual transmission.
What was the big deal? I wanted to be able to drive the tanker truck. Josh rode shotgun and let me have my chance. He explained that speed tops out between 52 and 55 mph. It’s also top-heavy, so I will need to practice safe turning techniques.
The guys are all taller than I am, so nobody wants that particular tanker because they joke about having to open the door to hit the clutch. Not a problem for me! Being short has its advantages!
Have I ever mentioned that I can get lost in a paper bag? It’s a fact. The best thing that can happen is for me to drive and have a top-notch navigator with me! After all, what good is “my” water truck if I can’t find the fire? I might also need to buy a step stool…..
And this is what happens when I get a day off….
I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July! The Mullen Volunteer Fire Department always has a fireworks show, so I guess I kind of took it all for granted. I never realized just how much work went into the fireworks display! This year, I participated instead of just watching, and I learned a lot!
I had no idea the hours of prep time that the firefighters need to have an hour’s show. (This doesn’t include the firework stand the guys run for almost two weeks before the 4th.) Early in the evening, the department guys gathered to separate and pack the fireworks into boxes and set up launchers at the fair grounds. I had worked somewhere else for a few hours more than planned, so I was running late for that meeting. After a supper break, they met back at the fire hall. I made it this time. More sorting and unpacking took place, and we finally got our gear, loaded into the rigs and went to unload everything else. We had to gear up before the show started. As soon as the guys were ready (and it was dark enough to give a spectacular show), the sky lit up with colors. What a show! On the way out, one person said it was the best show in 20 years! We took in a substantial amount in donations, but the fancy display in the sky cost the department many hours of work and about $3000 for the fireworks. Not many people realize that.
After everyone had left, the firefighters had to stay and clean up by flash lights and the headlights of the rigs. Once the mess was clean, the launchers themselves had to be cleaned out and gear stowed. I left before some of the guys, and I got home at 11 p. m. There were at least 10 firefighters working to make the show possible. That is volunteer time for our community. The next time you watch a fireworks display and the donation boot is out, remember all the time invested to make it happen!
I feel the most like I want to be when I am having coffee and eating Chinese food with my best friend! Going to the bookstore with another friend is cool! Spending time with family is also great. That time is coming SOON!
Professionally speaking, I enjoy presenting at foreign language conferences. Attending fire school (as a volunteer firefighter) is awesome because I love to learn new things.