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Friday, November 24, 2006

Big Papa Guest Blog: I Love My Job

Big Papa is filling in again while I finish up the last term paper. The end is in sight my friends!

Being a firefighter is probably the best job in the entire world. I honestly can’t think of something I’d rather be doing. There are things I would like to try for a while, maybe a Millwright, Carpenter, Fighter Pilot, Construction Manager. Firefighting would still be my first choice though.

It’s a good job because you get to help people, usually when they’re having the worst day of their life. On most occasions you are able to help them and they appreciate it. As well, everyone loves you.

Girls smile and wave when you’re going by on a call and you’re trusted by everyone. I have been asked more unrelated questions from how to best renovate a room, diagnose the problem with a car, where to go for dinner etc. People trust you implicitly whether you have the slightest bit of knowledge about a particular subject or not.

As well, I find the job exciting. For me, working a big fire can be thrilling. I like the controlled chaos (and sometimes uncontrolled) of conducting searches, charging hose lines, and raising ladders. For the most part, in Toronto, we run a good fire. We usually can save the house, but if we can’t, we save the block and the houses next to it.

The job is not perfect. It is unionized, so the best guy is not necessarily the guy in charge, we don’t all love each other, it can be boring and the bureaucracy maddening. It can also be gruesome and tragic. However, if you can understand that you did not create the situation, you did your best to put things right and that’s all you can do, then I would recommend it.


Dudes, thanks to you I have made it to the finals of the Canadian Blog Awards in the Family Blog category! Hooray! That rocks. However, the downside is I will have to keep nagging you every day to vote. Voting starts tomorrow until the following Friday. You can vote once per day here! Thanks! You're the best. Oh, and while I'm nagging...Sunshine Scribe is on vacation this week so I will take the liberty of reminding you to vote for her in the Best Blog Post Series category for her wonderful Flashback Fridays.


Check out Crazymumma's new column at Mommy Blogs Toronto.


I am sick AGAIN! I feel like I’m dying. I have been sick more this fall than I have not been sick. WTF?


One last thing before I stop procrastinating….I just had to make my own South Park character. If you are putting off doing some work, I highly recommend you do this.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

BP - You forgot the bonus to being a firefighter! That you get to be in that calendar every year! Which month are you again?

Seriously who doesn't love a firefighter? It is such an honorable line of work!

MM - Love your Dazed and Confused South Park character!

2:36 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

when I found out you were a firfighter i loved your family just a teeny bit more. Sorry you are feeling sick, but believe me if all of us out here could rub your fire fighting shoulders, (unlike metro who is busy with her paper)....then I am sure you would feel a teensy bit better.

10:52 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

oh ma gawd... did I just misspell firefighter as 'firfighter'. Oh ma gawd.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Metro Mama - congrats on reaching the second round of the awards!

BP - thanks for sharing your story. One of my college friends left teaching to become a firefighter several years ago, and he really loves it. Just started driving the trucks this year.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must vote! Congrats on making it to the next round.

Love your SP Character; it really is entertaining to make one, no?

4:27 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

BP - thanks, and may I never have need of your services (knock on wood).

MM - congrats. Love the pink eye. I was going to choose them myself. We've been sick so many times in the past few weeks that I'm shocked there isn't a "Plague" sign on our house.

11:48 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Congrats! And I have to say, I'm a bit relieved HBM dropped out so don't have to split my vote... It's all you, baby!

We've been sick constantly since the end of August too. I've never missed so much work in my life.

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