Life as I Know It: 0730: Wake Up (how is this is sleeping in now?) and make French toast for breakfast. Happy Sunday! 0745: Wake the kiddo 0815: Clean up from breakfast, run the dishwasher and get ready to exercise 0845: Take the kiddo jogging in the stroller 0930: Shower (for both of us) and … Continue reading Me and What Army?
With exploration of the unknown come blunders and missteps. The other side of adventuring is adversity. Living nomadically also means living with insane logistics. When you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know where you’re going. Things will work out when you work to work them out. If you’ve got 1,000 balls in the … Continue reading Underbelly
This furlough is all fun and games until wildfires start kicking up and communities are insufficiently protected because firefighters are stuck waiting for human resources to process their paperwork.
The plan was to spend a couple of days in Chicago exploring which is technically what happened, but it’s the other things that also happened which make this story worth telling. Amazingly we somehow drove into Chicago hitting no traffic whatsoever, which gave us more time to grumble about the number of tolls you are forced to pay … Continue reading A Christmas Miracle
When you spend your life hiking around steep hillsides, digging in the dirt and sleeping on the ground while surrounded by a sea of other people all doing the same thing it’s easy to forget that the general public doesn’t understand the reality which wildland firefighters live in. As the effects of wildfire on communities’ … Continue reading Wildfire 101
On the eve of yet another Election Day, I feel compelled to put some words out into the great beyond to ruminate on (but not for too long) regarding voting in the United States. I view voting as a foundational right that I possess as an American Citizen, but I also consider voting to be … Continue reading Cast that Ballot
Many, many, moons ago while working as a server in a restaurant I noticed something about the working world, which I’ve found to be a constant truth no matter the line of work I have transitioned to. My epiphany came about like this: As several other servers and I were feverishly rolling silverware in the … Continue reading Working Truths
As I pulled up to the beach and looked out at the water I was overcome by the feeling of disappointment. I had a plan. I was going to swim for exercise in the calm morning waters but apparently, Mother Nature didn’t get the memo. The wind was whipping and the waves were crashing one … Continue reading Living and Nothing Else
You know how some days________ ________? Some days I feel so motivated that nothing could stop me; I’m firing on all cylinders and anything in my path best step out the way or I’m hoppin’ right over that bad Larry. Other days I am completely void of energy and monumental achievements include activities such as … Continue reading Some days–Those days–Other days
There’s seems to be this one certain subject that is sooooo complex and convoluted, and at times contentious, that essentially no one wants to touch it with a ten-foot-pole. Each time someone even grazes the topic people get hot under the collar and so, folks keep their distance as if it were a hornet’s nest. I’m … Continue reading Ten-Foot-Pole