Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Today was a training day for me and all of my staff. We went to the session with our minds open but necessarily willing to learn a lot. It was a way good session and we learned a bunch out of it. We even worked on a real life project and did most of what we need to do to finish it. It was good to be there and get through it.

I got several phone calls through it but the one at 11:00 made me really happy. I was selected to go with a fire team again and I got to keep my entire section for the fourth time in a row. That's pretty good---it means that we have been together a minimum of 12 years. A few of them have been with me for eighteen years---yeah that is a record---and yeah that makes us pretty close to each other.

The second call I got was later in the afternoon. I quietly answered it---hello please hold on a minute. I walked out of the training and said hello. The guy said you must be the dad. I said what dad? He said the dad of whoever owns this cell phone, I found it and opened it up and this number said dad's cell phone so I figure you must be the dad. I looked at the caller ID and said yes I am the dad.

He asked me what I wanted him to do with the phone. I asked him where he was and he told me. I asked him if he knew the place my daughter worked. He said he was right across the road from there. I asked him if he would take it over there and ask for her by name and give the phone back to her.

He walked over and gave it to the clerk and told the clerk to give it to my daughter. She got her phone back just like that---amazing that the guy would call like that but then I guess I have done that a time or two also but usually I call that phones number and see what the answering machine says first---that usually helps but not always---then I look for ICE---in case of emergency and if that is there I call it----most of the time those two things will get you to the owner---I am sure glad I have caller ID.

AND I'M ESPECIALLY GLAD I DIDN'T ANSWER THE CALL HELLO DOLL HOW ARE YOU---like I usually do when her name shows up in my caller ID.


Delirious said...

Wow, that is wonderful that he was so honest. I kind of would have liked to seen his reaction if you called him Doll though. :)

Lightning Strikes said...

LOL I would have LAUGHED had you answered Hello Doll!! :P

Native Minnow said...

I wish you would've answered it that way!

Amber said...

I did that once, found a lost cell phone in the lobby - and there was a "mom" in the directory - called the mom and told her we had the kid's cell phone and got it back to them. Cell phones are expensive, I'm glad there are people that are willing to do this small service :)

Lindsay-Weaver said...

I'm glad he didn't call my "ICE" number, because now my husband doesn't have to know I ever lost it. lol :) I wish you would've answered, "Hi, Doll." It would've been hilarious.

Epitome of Sweetness said...

Weird. When I call, all I get is, "Let me get your mother."
Just kidding.

Dee Ice Hole said...

Epitome of Sweetness---let me get your mother comes from many times answering your call and having you say is Mom home? I fully understand that y'all had a bet on who could talk to me the longest on the phone. My grandson won---by design---I talked exactly 13 minutes to everyone that called me as soon as I realizeed who I was talking to except for him and I talked 13 minutes and 15 seconds to him.

Sorry I can't talk as well as your Mom but after 10 minutes I really don't have much more that can be said. I can't remember as much as she can.

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