February 11, 2012

Just found out CNN is reporting that Whitney Houston has passed away. That’s a bitter shame. This is how I will always remember one of the all time greatest voices in American music. The details haven’t been released yet but at just 48 years old Whitney had many more years of life ahead of her. God speed Miss Whitney. May you find peace.



October 19, 2011

Forgive the lack of posting lately folks. I’ve been under the weather lately and had to take a couple of days off from work. Apparently I re-aggravated an old shoulder problem and have been dealing with some pretty intense shoulder / neck spasms for about a week now. Thing is I actually worked feeling like this last week and as usual that probably allowed things to get worse. WAY worse. The long and the short of it is an (upper) trapezius strain. That’s the muscle that runs across your upper back, and up the sides of your neck. Pulling this muscle is a real bit*h because you are literally in pain with every movement. When I move the wrong way I instantly feel like I’m being hit with a sword through the neck. The spasms lock me up and you just have to wait until it subsides. Sleeping has been spotty as I can’t get comfortable. Even sitting at the computer has been difficult. Ugh.

We took the boys camping this weekend and I didn’t think I was feeling too badly. But over the weekend things just got worse for me and by sunday I was miserable. Last night was the worst. I managed to get to my chiropractor yesterday (thank God) and again today and between the acupuncture and laser he uses managed to get some relief. The first day he couldn’t crack my neck because the muscles were so locked up. Today he did and I could feel the difference instantly. I’ll be back in first thing tomorrow for another round of treatment. It helps immensely.

The kids now think it’s funny to play “Hey dad look over here”… twisted brats!

My big worry is going back to work too soon. That I can control. What I can’t control is the effect wearing my SCBA (air tank) has. The straps sit directly on the trapezius muscles and I constantly worry about another flare up. I’ll just have to take it easy and let my body heal. Nothing I hate more than being sidelined. Don’t get me wrong, I love the couch, but I love it on my terms. Back soon. C/A


August 27, 2011

Ok so here’s the deal on this hurricane: It looks pretty bad. I’m still going to the gun show tomorrow, but there are no large bodies of water nearby so I should be ok.  But in any event I worked through Himicane Floyd (male storm) and it wasn’t pretty. It turned out to be one of the longest shifts of my career. The department was utterly unprepared for the problems we encountered that day and truth be told we aren’t much better prepared years later.

But my real issue is with the retards who refuse to evacuate when told to do so. I hope they all get washed away. Look I don’t know if this storm is going to be as bad as the clueless media says it will be. All they do is hype a story like this for ratings sake. Journalists after all go to school for journalism, to learn how to do what bloggers figured out on their own. They usually have little expertise in any field they may actually be reporting on. So they embellish, hype and over dramatize. But what I do know is that pictures don’t lie. This is a BIG storm and it’s angry my friends. It’s half on land and half over the ocean. That could spell real trouble for the coast. Those who refuse to evacuate are ignorant and selfish. They are putting the lives of first responders and others in grave danger unnecessarily. 

They will be the first people calling 911 when it gets too much for them and their home is flooding up to the roof like Katrina. And some poor firefighter or Coast Guardsman will have to risk their lives because of their stupidity. Thankfully some jurisdictions refuse to answer 911 calls until the storm has passed. That’s good. If you refuse to take responsibility for your personal safety then we shouldn’t risk other people’s lives for the sake of your arrogance.

It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature. You bet.

To all my East Coast homies- batten down the hatches and get to somewhere safe.


July 23, 2011

Lets just legalize the "safe" drugs...

Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her apartment in London Saturday, the UK Press Association reported. She was 27. The “Rehab” singer had a history of battling drugs and alcohol and recently left a British rehabilitation program that a representative said was intended to prepare her for scheduled European concerts. But she cut short the European concert tour in Belgrade, Serbia, last month after she staggered around the stage and stumbled through several songs.

SHOCKA! Who knew she would last this long? I am not a fan of her music but I know many people are. It still intrigues me that so many people are willing to condone someones drug abuse, especially what I call “terminal” drug use just because they have some talent. I know a lot of rock stars have been and still are drug users. I don’t condone that. It’s wrong and sets a terrible example for impressionable youths. Yet when someone is clearly so far gone like Winehouse obviously was it makes you wonder how those around her can look the other way. I see so many junkies in my work every day that I guess I can’t make any sense out of it.

Lately there has been talk from many liberal quarters about legalizing “soft” drugs like Marijuana to raise tax revenue. I think that’s pretty disgusting. Drug abuse destroys many lives. All you have to do is go with me on a call for a drunk driving accident and you will see the tragedy first hand. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t done their homework.


July 4, 2011

Worse than talking with "Peggy".

As many of you may have noticed First In has been suffering lately. There are a couple of reasons for that. Number one is that there aren’t enough hours in the day anymore to do everything on my list. Someone needs to get a law passed extending the average day by at least ten hours. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have a shot at a regular existence then, but I’m not counting on it.

Secondly work has been pretty slow with the exception of the fire we had last Saturday morning (0430). It was a pretty intense job and the fellas made a real nice stop on a fire that could have been a whole lot worse. No one was injured and that’s what is most important.

But the real issue is my internet service was destroyed about three weeks ago and I have been guerrilla posting with help from Wyatt until my service was restored this past weekend. It all started when I called my ISP (Speakeasy) and inquired about upgrading my speed. With the kids using the MAC and the I-Pod and my usage increasing the home network was getting unbearably slow. So I thought I would spring for some additional speed. I have never had a problem with Speakeasy prior to this one phone call. What could possibly go wrong? In a nutshell – EVERYTHING…

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June 20, 2011

This woman is a plastic surgery addict, but all of the sudden we’re to believe she’s not going clean. Sure, Heidi.

Heidi Montag has replaced her penchant for plastic surgery with extreme exercise.

“I’ve been working out from, like, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two months now,” Montag told US Weekly magazine at a pool party in Las Vegas this weekend. “I’ve been working out really hard because I had this pool party and I was like, I have to be in shape. And I was actually a lot overweight. It was the most I’ve ever been because I’ve kind of been in hiding eating pie with my husband and puppies, so I needed to get back in shape.” (LINK)

She eats pie with her puppies? Friggin’ California!


June 18, 2011

But mostly just crazy.

A stressed out and seemingly desperate Brooke Mueller was seen walking around Maui this week engaged in conversations with random people in cars while clutching a wad of cash in her hand, TMZ reports.

Mueller had recently struck a custody agreement with Charlie Sheen, who seemed unhappy with the arrangement after Mueller entered rehab back in April for substance abuse issues.



June 19, 2010

Guess we should have seen this one coming...

Insurance saleswoman Yvonne Mayer, 29, was unable to speak or eat for two days after ripping her windpipe when she blew the three foot horn during a street party in Cape Town. The next day shocked doctors diagnosed her with a ruptured throat and ordered her to rest it completely to allow it to heal. The bizarre injury is the first known vuvuzela-related accident since the World Cup kicked off last week.

Yvonne, from Cape Town, said: ‘I had never blown a vuvuzela before but was given one at work and was going to watch the first South Africa match so thought I’d take it along. I was walking towards the Fan Park in Cape Town and blowing it as hard as I could when suddenly my throat started to hurt. At first I thought I’d gone down with a bug but the next day it was worse. When I went to the doctor he took a look and then laughed. He said I’d ruptured my throat by blowing too hard, and that perhaps I had been doing it all wrong. LINK

Ok, you can’t make this stuff up. Those stupid horns are annoying as hell. It sounds like a swarm of bees while you are trying to watch the game. Besides there’s the obvious hilarity of this article… discuss. Nap time.


June 13, 2010

Hey gang, Wyatt Earp here.  I’ll be co-blogging here for a bit because the Captain is having computer issues.  We had some massive thunderstorms pass through Philly tonight, and during the madness, a bolt struck the transformer between my house and the Captain’s.  The resulting surge knocked out his DSL modem and fried his brand new Mac.  Short version: The mighty Mac is no more.

Suffice to say, the Cap is none too pleased.  He also cannot blog for a few days, so I am pitching in to help.  The Mac is still under warranty, and he going to take it to the ER tomorrow morning.  Hopefully, he’ll be back posting by mid-week.

If you have any pull with the computer gods, say a quick prayer for him. 


June 4, 2010

UPDATE – Well I am back online, for now. My current HP is supposed to be a media ready flamethrower. It’s been more like a burn out since I bought the damn thing. It came with Windows Vista and I knew there were issues with Vista then. Now it seems that everything is coming to a head.

For some reason my IP settings get wiped out every so often. The IP blames Vista for not remembering them. I reset them and sometimes they stay and sometimes not. Currently, my previously working wireless setup is down as a result. I-pod girl is none too happy, either. On top of it the machine has made two trips back to the factory. Once for a motherboard. SOOOOOOOOO at this point I am thinking about my options and none are very appealing:

Option 1 – Get Windows 7 and hope for the best. $120.00 +/-. Yet there is no guarantee that will solve my problems and could make things worse.

Option 2 – Get a new machine for around 5-$600.00.  Windows 7 will be installed already and I should be up and running in no time. This machine goes back to HP as a lemon. (It’s making a new weird sound now.)

Option 3 – Get a Mac. Cost is definitely an issue and I really don’t know crap about them.  Scary proposal there. I don’t really know which model to buy. iMac or Minimac. I don’t know if I am ready for a Mac yet…

So at this point I’ll open this up for discussion. If you have any opinions now’s the time to get them off your chest! For now it’s nap time. Firehouse tonight.