05/23/07 392 W - + 20 - 22 Random Thoughts

Heard on scanner, subject has something stuck in her throat and her mouth is wired shut. Crazy... Eyes tired after two hours of working on footnotes, for an upcoming RFD history piece. Separating the quotations from the paraphrasing is the hardest part.. Nobody at the blog dinner, except for Yours Truly. Ate a hamburger and read the paper... Structure fire earlier, with Headquarters asking command if they wanted to upgrade to a working fire. Yes, upgrade. One second later, the tones start. Five seconds later, command continues on the other channel, but hold off on notifications. They are quick on the draw at dispatch... Ordered a subscription to "Firehouse" magazine. Want to read some of those articles that our own Barry Furey has been writing... The history piece is about the transition from volunteer to fully-paid. Twenty-eight pages, with a few pictures. Almost done... Speaking "Firehouse," still debating if Baltimore is the best destination for a solo summer vacation. With fire museums on the mind, maybe a trip to Phoenix would be better. Hall of Flame, there. Wake Forest wants three, count 'em three, new stations, and the staffing to staff 'em. That's going to be interesting... Speaking of museums, that American LaFrance registry is growing, slowly. Cool stuff... The Station 28 dedication is scheduled for June 4. Weekday, of course. Sigh. Details coming... Lee and Mike have both been busy these last few days. Lots to shoot. Wrecks, working fires, formal and informal events. We're posting pics as quickly as we can... Two-way radio + big ol' wad of chewing tobacco. Cracks you up every time you hear it... Zebulon's Mack is sure sweet. And they're an old fire department, one of the first formed in Wake County outside of Raleigh... Already subscribe to Fire Apparatus Journal, of course, and the Extra Alarm Association newsletter out of the Twin Cities. That's a strong buffing group. Raise your hand if you're also from Minneapolis-St. Paul... Those posters and signs for retiree day on Saturday? Notes are coming are how to produce, print, and cheaply display them. It's easier than you think... Good picture on the front page of today's News & Observer, of one of the LEOs at yesterday's post-chase shooting. What a story. Robbed store first, pumped gas second. Ended in tragedy. But that's the business. Some are saved and some are lost.

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