Long story, real short version…
Hometown – Fort Myers, Fla
Allen Park Elementary
Ft. Myers Jr High
Rabun Gap Nacoochee School
Fort Myers Senior High 70
1970 – 1978 Truck driver; as my friends went through college – I drove 24/7 delivering fresh produce throughout the mid-west and east coast.
1979 – 2010; Firefighter, engineer, officer. A 31-year career among the awesome family within the City of Asheville, NC and its Fire Department. Traditional structural fire-fighting into the most recent of accredited emergency care providers.
- Metro, Engine 15 B, 1979-1981
- West, Engine 6 B, 1982
- West, Engine 3 B, 1983 – 1989
- Metro, Capt. Ladder 1 A, 1990 – 1993
- North, Capt. Engine 7 A, 1994 – 1997
- West, Capt. Rescue 3, Ladder 33 A, 1997 – 2000
- Central, Capt. Engine 2 C, 2000 – 2001
- Bat 2,3, Batt Chief B and C shifts, Admin SOG’s; 2001 – 2006
- South, Capt. Engine 4 B, 2006 – 2007
- East, Capt. Engine 8 B, 2007 – 2010
Class A CDL – Emergency Medical Technician – Firefighter I,II,III – Hazardous Materials Technician, Operations – Swift Water Rescue II,III – Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Dive Certified – Confined Space/Trench Rescue – Fire/Rescue Insrtructor – Fire Inspector – Fire Officer I, II – Fire Educator – Associates Degree Fire Service Technology – Fire Management Certification
Now’s basically about there being “a whole world out there” and finding opportunities to explore the waters along the way (listed to your right). It doesn’t hurt that ‘paddling’ is cost effective – plus, I find that time spent usually allows a primitive, peaceful, and ‘real-time’ perspective to this awesome landscape about us.
There are several types of paddling along with various reason’s WHY? folks paddle. If interested, find your reason – and do it your way. Personally I like distance, in a casual manner during the spring or fall. Early placid mornings are the best, but there are many meaningful moments on flat to class II waters to be had… While there, I’m just using these two little portholes that life has provided and crossing some of ‘lifes-circles‘ along the way.
The blog is simply a tangible reference and potential foundation for more ‘circles‘ to close; trip-report style; all uncharted waters for me. The grammar skills represented are basic – but I like fewer rules, kinda like building a ‘hot-rod’ (no rules) it’s just easier. I’m really proud that folks like you reference it, “thank-you.”
” You have but two opportunities to do the things that interest you; 1) right now! or 2) the absolute first moment that the opportunity presents itself! – otherwise, those interests could be lost in your desires forever.”