Echoes

All is peaceful. The only sound is the whir of the Coke machine. A window pane rattles as the wind buffets one of the six garage doors. Suddenly, a klaxon blares out. There is a loud CLANG-CLANG-CLANG as the alarm sounds. All across town, men are awakened to the insistent BEEP BEEP of pagers. All […]

A walk in the woods. . .

Spring is here. With my impending hike of Mount Washington, I have felt the urge to get out on the trails and warm up a bit.  Yesterday I had an hour to spare, so I took a brief trek to the fire tower at Pawtuckaway State Park. Best laid plans. . . I took a […]

Pickup

This past week we had a bit of a tragedy in the yard. A storm brought down a large pine which grazed the 1963 Ford/ALF. It was a freak thing; 2 feet one way would have been a complete miss, 2 feet the other would have crushed the cab. The body isn't totalled, but it […]

Nostalgia again

The tones drop, just like they have for the majority of my life. I've reached the point where I've been a firefighter for more of my life than not. (Scary thought, that.) A box alarm; routine. At least it's not another medical aid. Circumstances conspire: maintenance, a detail. The first engine responds as usual, but […]

Billboards

My company stresses appearances. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I drive a large ambulance with bright stripes, lots of flashing lights, and a two-foot high corporate logo on the side. It’s a rolling billboard. Everything I do in it reflects on me and my coworkers. No matter how pure our motives, if we […]

Retro

As mentioned previously, I’ve been shooting a bit on real film. I learned photography on a manual 35mm camera, shooting and developing my own film. Sometimes it’s fun to go back.   January 12 – At the firehouse. You don’t see folding controls very often, but even when folded these barely clear the doors.   […]