Thursday, December 31, 2009

Report From Ladder Company 40 Day 104

Hi Team!

I discovered that if my niece happens to be home when I want to use it, I can get limited internet access so here is a surprise post.

I did not sleep well last night, which is not surprisingly.  I was too excited about getting to come to "Brother's Town" and I was switching from afternoon shift to morning shift.  4 hours was the most I got, but I awoke feeling ready to go, surprisingly.  Any way that puts me down 1.  I did drink 2 1/2 quarts today and Pete logged 9,987 steps between rounds of Tarzan today.  At least I am 2 for 3!

Today has been somewhat of a disappointment nonetheless.  I left work at 12:15 as scheduled to head to "Brother's Town".  It is a three hour drive to my brother's fire station from home.  At exactly 1 1/2 hours into the drive I received a call on my cell phone.  It was my assistant.  She informed me that I left my fire coat at work.  As she told me that the realization hit that even worse than going to "Brother's Town" without my prized coat, when there is snow on the ground there, is the fact that my cash for the trip was in the inside left pocket.  And I was too far into the trip to turn around.  SIGH!  Thankfully my assistant is awesome and very trustworthy so she agreed to take my coat with her when she was off shift and to bring it by my house so my husband can retain custody of it.  NONI ROCKS!  I love my staff!  But the next disappointment came soon after.  Wednesday night is drill night for "Brother's Town" Fire and Rescue and I was looking forward to it.  I have pictures from the November Burn to Learn event that I wanted to share with a couple of the guys I met during that trip and I wanted to talk to someone about a donation I was offered by a Snapple representative for "Brother's Town" Fire and Rescue's rehab unit.  Unfortunately, my sister-in-law had some errands to run and forgot it was drill night so she did not get back to the house before my brother had to leave for the meeting.  I could not go because that left  1 year old Bella and 3 year old Joe and their older but not old enough brother John in need of supervision.  SIGH again.  I was planning to leave as soon as she arrived home and meet my brother at the station where drill is held but my sister in law got delayed further and did not arrive home until 8:20, drill was scheduled to be over at 9:00.  And it takes a little while to drive there.  So I didn't go at all.  Sigh.  I survived  but I was disappointed.  On the bright side though, my brother said it was another meeting night rather than drills and that it was more boring than usual.  He said it was a good time to miss out.

And on another good note, we did get a run tonight.  At around 11:15 pm we got called out on an alarm at a residence.  We took off in the dark with lights, no siren because of the time, and headed for the call.  Yay!  A real call!  Turns out it got cancelled before we arrived.  A total BS call, which is actually good because nobody was hurt and nobody's property was damaged and we got to go for a drive with flashing lights.  OK, kind of fun but kind of boring too.  I want to watch the guys work.  But I don't wish harm to anyone so I can live with this.  Already it is more action than I usually see when I visit.  LOL =)

Thanks for reading.  You are all such a great support to me.

Stay safe! 

Hotflash out.