January 2007

Ed Brown uses the ‘I’ word.




I saw this last weekend and found it interesting. It outlines the basis for the tax-revolt movement.


MemeGanked from and …

Gotta have four…

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Dishwasher
2. Espresso machine repairman
3. Computer programmer
4. Firefighter/EMT

Four movies I have watched over and over:
1. The Wizard of Oz
2. Brazil
3. A New Hope
4. Patton

Four places I have lived:
1. New York, New York
2. Philadelphia
3. San Francisco
4. Towanda, PA

Four TV shows I ‘love’ to watch :
1. Space: 1999
2. Emergency!
3. Fox News Channel
4. Um…

Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Scwenksville, PA
2. Tazlina glacier, AK
3. Bodie, CA
4. Palmyra, NY

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chicken Cheese Steak
2. Ethnic
3. Harpoon IPA
4. Potato salad

Where I would rather be right now?
1. Dealing with someone else’s catastrophe
2. Hiking with ax and crampon
3. Drinking in the tropics
4. Working on something productive

I will not be attending the Philadelphia Folk Festival this year.

I’ve had a busy few days.

I worked at my paid department over the weekend. It wasn’t a particularly busy weekend. Not too much of note happened.

My SAR team leader called me about an hour after I got home Sunday night to ask me to attend a search in Franconia Notch ( has posted details here). I was up early to head up there, arriving at 8:00.

I had expected to be working above treeline but as it worked out I did not. I worked with a team going up a drainage to meet another team coming down. My search team bushwhacked up the drainage for three miles until we received word that the person had been located, at which point we turned around and walked out.


It was pretty tiring. I had to go to a rescue squad meeting last night but went to bed earlyish.

This morning I participated in a major fire in a condominium unit at a local ski area. I’m pretty exhausted and am off to bed; a lot of people I worked with today asked me to post my photos so I have… I’ll do a narrative sometime later but here are some photos.


The back of the condo after things had been going for a while. The stream over my head is from a ladder on the road behind me.


The roof is laddered to cut a trench.


The only injury; a cat bite to the hand. This is Lieutenant Mittenclips from my paid department. I was asked by the deputy chief to join their interior crew as soon as he saw me; I arrived and worked with with my volunteer department, though.




Lt. Mittenclips insisted on taking my picture.

Here’s a link to a slideshow of all of the pictures. There’s a lot.


I’m off to bed.

My dentist and her husband.


The tinfoil hat set think that this will not turn out well. I tend to agree; they can’t let this guy stay in his house indefinitely or other people will refuse to pay taxes. The armed supporters add a bit of tension, too. And, of course, we know from the past that the U.S Marshals are a bit heavy-handed (just ask Vicki Weaver).

: Our BestBuy laptop has developed a sound-card problem. Conveniently, the extended warranty is good for another two months. The machine has already been there at least three times for warranty service; how did you convince them to give you a new unit?

Bowman Sundae
Originally uploaded by bxiie.

One of the twins adds a pile of whipped cream and a cherry to his brother.

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