Thursday, March 31, 2005

Mateship

I often get people asking me if I miss being a firefighter, it's a difficult question to answer in some ways. I don't miss the work- hard, hot, cold, dirty, sad, often dangerous work, who would miss it? I have made a few good friends over the years, but I still see them, so those relationships still exist. What I do miss is the camaraderie. Working with someone else in an uncomfortable situation, sometimes for several days causes strong bonds to develop between people who otherwise would be no more than aquaintances.

There are men who I dislike on a personal level, however I feel a bond of kinship with them that can't be recreated in a 'normal' working life. When I have worked with people that I would be mates with under normal circumstances, that bond is so much stronger. I guess I will never again be in a position to be with people under similiar circumstances, and I think it's that thought that makes me miss the times I did. But you can't go back so I will see what the future brings.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Three Score and Ten

The bible gives the length of a mans life as 3 score and 10, well so I am led to believe, as I haven't read the book in any detail I will assume it's true. Well I recently turned 49, I have about 21 years left with a bit of luck. From where I am it doesn't seem much time. When I was 16 I thought 21 was so far in the future I couldn't imagine it. Now 21 years seems so short.

Sixteen was a strange time, I had just finished 5 years schooling at an all male school, I was obsessed with girls but had never even spoken to one much less kissed one. I could not even imagine one day having sex. I did eventually kiss a girl when I was 18 it wasn't much of a kiss and neither her or me were particularly attractive.........so I guess it was ok, I really can't remember it very well. Life has gone on since then, there has been 2 weddings, one divorce and 6 kids. There have been more women in between than I care to think about, all that I fretted over at 16 has been more than achieved. There is still some unfinished business with one special person, but there may not be enough time.

21 years to go with luck.

I am still amazed where life has taken me, but there are still so many things to do and places to see and people to meet, ideas to think, weddings, parties, skiing, fishing, relaxing, talking, life. 21 years.......................................

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Busy busy busy

Back again I try to do this every day or so but something always comes up. For the past 6 months I have been working for a wholesale food manufacturer, we make slices, and cakes including profiteroles for the supermarket trade. For the past 2 1/2 weeks we have been installing a donut machine, it has come from America and Italy it is a complex piece of equipment and will not be finished for another week, until then I will be working long days and probably wont blog again until easter.

Melbourne weather is glorious in autumn the days are warm and clear and the nights are soft and beautiful. When this rotten machine is up and running I am going fishing for a few days in the upper Kiewa Valley. Until then.