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Well, I have been pretty busy lately and then me and the boss went to R.I. for a few days, as about 35 or 40 years ago we went up through the New England state and ended in Nargaset camping with the kids, the youngest in a buggy. Boy has it changed and then the rest of our time last weekend went walked and walked around Newport. We found out there was a Boat Show, and I mean Boat show. The boats were bigger than my house cost a heck of a lot more than my house and the fuel cost and maint. and crews were out of this world. But we had fun and we even did the city walk which is 3.2 miles along the coast on flat land then rocks and then more rocks then flat land and so on and so forth you get the picture I hope, oh went through "The Breakers" mansion which was owned by the Vanderbilt's. We had a good time the weather was great and the food was good also. It took us about 16 hrs. and 1,035 miles round trip.
So how are we all doing on our driving and training going along well. Remember i believe I told you I was a NY State Fire Instructor well I have retired from that as I just never kept up with all the new stuff (equipment) in the fire services and the hours that a new firefighter has to go through to become a Firefighter 1 is getting longer and more time for the instructor to prepare for class and make sure you have all the equipment , I said enough is enough (16 yrs.) time to hang up the gear for the last time. I had fun and met a lot of people and I even had a couple of recruits who personally Thanked me at graduation. That was special for me I even had some old-timers going through the class that want to stop and I said NO you can do this, keep trying as I said the word "NO" is not in my dictionary and they made it through, then there were the huge ones nothing against them and the thin ones and nothing against them and the ones that freaked out inside a tunnel which was made out of PVC pipe the size that fits in a ditch, that was fun to calm them down and get them out as their face was covered. But all in all, I had fun.
Let's remember winter is just around the corner, and before I forget let's remember those that lost everything in the bad storms we had, I can not image losing everything and coming home to see your home destroyed. Let's also remember those that are fighting to keep us free and safe be it Military, Police or Firefighters, ..................... Amen