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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    I'd like an update from Michael to see how he and his crew are getting along since he changed his demeanor.
    Snowball, it's been a whole lot better. We're doing some things now as a crew that previously we hadn't done (regardless of the way I acted)...we'll go out and BBQ or just play a game of poker at the fire house.

    Something else that has changed is how we "maintain our crew". Before, it would be common to send one firefighter to get groceries while the other firefighters stayed outside sitting in the engine. After apologizing to my fellow firefighters a couple months ago, we've started to make sure that we do as much together as possible. We now shop with all members inside the store for more than one reason. It provides us an opportunity for PR and also to just spend time together. The same goes for dinner.

    After being "enlightened" and now looking back on this thread several months later, I scared myself. I can't believe that I use to be 'that guy'.

    Either way, this might have been 'the best mistake I ever made'...as not only I, but my fellow firefighters have gotten along a LOT better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael232 View Post
    Snowball, it's been a whole lot better. We're doing some things now as a crew that previously we hadn't done (regardless of the way I acted)...we'll go out and BBQ or just play a game of poker at the fire house.

    Something else that has changed is how we "maintain our crew". Before, it would be common to send one firefighter to get groceries while the other firefighters stayed outside sitting in the engine. After apologizing to my fellow firefighters a couple months ago, we've started to make sure that we do as much together as possible. We now shop with all members inside the store for more than one reason. It provides us an opportunity for PR and also to just spend time together. The same goes for dinner.

    After being "enlightened" and now looking back on this thread several months later, I scared myself. I can't believe that I use to be 'that guy'.

    Either way, this might have been 'the best mistake I ever made'...as not only I, but my fellow firefighters have gotten along a LOT better.

    Better that than the grenade!!....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael232 View Post
    Snowball, it's been a whole lot better. We're doing some things now as a crew that previously we hadn't done (regardless of the way I acted)...we'll go out and BBQ or just play a game of poker at the fire house.

    Something else that has changed is how we "maintain our crew". Before, it would be common to send one firefighter to get groceries while the other firefighters stayed outside sitting in the engine. After apologizing to my fellow firefighters a couple months ago, we've started to make sure that we do as much together as possible. We now shop with all members inside the store for more than one reason. It provides us an opportunity for PR and also to just spend time together. The same goes for dinner.

    After being "enlightened" and now looking back on this thread several months later, I scared myself. I can't believe that I use to be 'that guy'.

    Either way, this might have been 'the best mistake I ever made'...as not only I, but my fellow firefighters have gotten along a LOT better.
    Nice work. I am glad you worked it out. I am also glad that you came here, took the beating you did and didn't run away ****ed off. Congratulations for taking it like a man and learning from it.

    Good luck with your crew and the rest of your career.
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    This place gets weirder and weirder every day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Nice work. I am glad you worked it out. I am also glad that you came here, took the beating you did and didn't run away ****ed off. Congratulations for taking it like a man and learning from it.

    Good luck with your crew and the rest of your career.
    Thank you, FyredUp.

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    As each new rank brings new responsibilities... remember the lessons learned as you "climb the ladder"... it makes accepting the responsibilities and the acceptance of your personnel's trust a lot easier.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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    Oh really ? OMG! well that's pretty amazing buddy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael232 View Post
    Snowball, it's been a whole lot better. We're doing some things now as a crew that previously we hadn't done (regardless of the way I acted)...we'll go out and BBQ or just play a game of poker at the fire house.

    Something else that has changed is how we "maintain our crew". Before, it would be common to send one firefighter to get groceries while the other firefighters stayed outside sitting in the engine. After apologizing to my fellow firefighters a couple months ago, we've started to make sure that we do as much together as possible. We now shop with all members inside the store for more than one reason. It provides us an opportunity for PR and also to just spend time together. The same goes for dinner.

    After being "enlightened" and now looking back on this thread several months later, I scared myself. I can't believe that I use to be 'that guy'.

    Either way, this might have been 'the best mistake I ever made'...as not only I, but my fellow firefighters have gotten along a LOT better.
    I can't believe I didn't see this before. Have to agree with everyone, nice work. I'm glad you grew from the conversation/merciless **** pounding you took here, and didn't just get angry and storm off like a 3 year old.

    Good work. Keep it up. Not only does your crew probably respect you more, but I'd wager that you respect yourself more now too.

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