Book - 2005
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Publisher: Thorndike, Me : Center Point Pub., 2005
Edition: Center Point large print ed
ISBN: 9781585475421
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 27, 2009

I wiped my eyes and kissed her. She seemed surprised—no—astonished. She pulled back and looked at me, and for a second I couldn’t decide whether she was going to slap me or call the vice squad. Instead, she kissed me. It wasn’t the sneaky guerrilla kiss I’d planted on her either, but more of a long-term occupation-army kiss, one that knew it was welcome and would stick around for as long as needed, put up barracks, build roads, and buttress the economy.

Jun 27, 2009

This morning when I got here at a quarter to seven, I ran into Katie Fryer in the beanery. I knew there were women working in the station, but I didn’t expect a giant. She’s six-three or –four, and I hate to think how much she weighs. After she left this morning, I heard a couple of men on our shift making jokes about her breast. My guess is they’ve been making those same jokes the entire eight years she’s been here. — “Listen,” she whispered. “We’ve got fifteen minutes before the night watch opens that door, so I’m going to fill you in. This is a man’s world, but you can fit in if take into account a few basics. The first thing you have to remember is that you’re not a man. I know it sounds moronic, but we’ve had women here who thought the y had to undress in front of men. Thought they had to curse like men. Always keep your dignity. The second thing—they sent you here to fire you.”


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Jun 26, 2009

A story by a firefighter for firefighters. I'm sure the author, Earl Emerson, is a good Lieutenant with the Seattle Fire Department but he's not a very creative, eloquent or inspiring writer. Actually, it get's a whole star, as opposed to half or none, because it has occasional witty and amusing titles for chapters.

Reads like it's by someone who's venting past frustrations from his workplace -- taking all of the anecdotes, tall tale and grievances and builds them into a story where he can be a misunderstood hero.

I wanted to learn about what it's like to be a firefighter and now I know; it's full of all of the gossip, complaining, bickering, pettiness, misogyny, backstabbing, and politics that plague most every other job. So it would seem.


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