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    Thumbs up Vancouver Island Ff ***'n Evolutions

    Well recovery is well underway for Pfire, FF26 (AKA The Rum King), Malahat15 (non-FH.com registered FF) and myself after participation in the 2002 VIFFA Evolutions - "I AM CANADIAN" annual firefighter gathering. This also included a visit on Friday from the Molson Girls from Molson Canadian Breweries - incidently they almost caused me a MVA enroute. They chose to perch themselves atop their jeep, on the side of the road at an intersection a few miles away and wave at everyone driving by. 26, 15 and I almost became intimately acquainted with a concrete "no-post" as a result of my sudden lack of attention to the road.

    Due to various family commitments, we were not able to bring a full team in to particpate in the "official" events of the weekend, we did however put a large dent in the local rum and beer surplus. Well actually when we started for home on Sunday, there were no rum or beer surpluses... not sure how that happened.... And in the process 26 was dubbed the "Rum King", a title that he carried with great honour and pride the entire weekend.

    Pfire was a late arrival - her flight didn't arrive until mid afternoon on Saturday, but she put in a good fight with her Gibson's.

    The festivities of Saturday were dampened slightly, (but only slightly and very temporarily) interrupted by a bush fire about 6 miles away from the campground. It required the crews and apparatus from the two hosting depts plus a third dept and a fourth on standby. I am happy to say that the three depts were able to overcome the fire and returned to continue the party about 2hrs later - safe and sound, if not a little woodsy smelling, but with big smiles. They even rolled two "demo" trucks.

    During the absence of the main MC, an enterprising member from another dept stepped up and continued things by reoganizing judges for the Campsite Decorating Contest (I don't think that a truck load of empty beer and rum bottles quite made the grade on that one.) and got the skits on the go as well. Langford did an awesome rendition of the "Q"'s Radio Station, 100.3fm "LANFORD MAN" song adapted from "I was Born a Rambling Man".

    Overall the weekend was a rounding success and fun was had by all and as always we are already looking forward to next year's event.
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    Just a little sample of some of the conversations going on at Evolutions, 2002:

    EAST SOOKE!
    MALAHAT!

    Yeah, you boys from east sooke want a coke and rum?
    Coke and rum?
    You have never had a Malahat Coke and Rum?
    No, what is it?
    One shot of coke, top the rest of the glass up with rum.
    Your kidding?
    Nope, here

    Damn you guys on the Malahat know how to have a party.
    Of course we do, we are from the Malahat, what would you expect?
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    Hey guys glad you're back, and still able to offer a full report.

    PFire and I did attempt to start a discussion on the evolutions prior to her getting on her plane. However that was short lived.

    It still sucks that I couldn't be there with you to play too

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    As I posted earlier, we did have a visit from the Molson Girls... however, we also did have a large showing of the Women of the Tundra as would be expected; the event was hosted in Canada of course. Pfire was Spokeswoman for the group, and as Head of Department did an awesome job, inspite of her late arrival. (All goods things come in time right?)

    And we know that Temp, while not physically present, (that bad 4 letter word called "WORK" - starts with "W", ends with "K" and has "OR" I can find my rum bottle and continue to remain blitzed all weekend in the middle) was with us in spirit. Somehow I have this feeling that she had something to do with some of the goings on... but that is of course unconfirmed.

    By some accounts, the Women of the Tundra were out in full force on Friday night, ensuring that cookies were delivered to appropriate camps and that coke and rum glasses were filled to the necessary levels. Thanks to the Girls from the "Not Crofton Fire Dept" for ensuring that 26 was well fed on chocolate/coconut cookies. If it weren't for them, I am thinking perhaps 26 may not have eaten at all this past weekend.
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    Sounds like my kind of evolutions.
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    Unhappy

    Still sad I could not witness the WOMEN OF THE TUNDRA and the others fire evolutions. Sounds like a worth while event, both training and well... training. Pass the uh... Molson?

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    Mmmmm, those where some of the best cookies I ever had. The girls with the "Not Croften Fire Department" really know how to cook... in more ways then one...

    At one point someone asked me if I had a drinking problem? I said "the only problem I have with drinking, is when I am not drinking"...

    I think my good buddy wayne from Duncan sums it up the best.
    "you guys are a drinking department with a fire problem!"

    You know what the best part is? and 27 can confirm this... I must have drank my body weight plus a fire truck in Bacardi (hence the title, RUM KING), and yet, for some strange freakish reason... no hanghover!

    The world's top scientoligests have come up with two conclusions.

    1. I have a stange motabolizm that allows me to drink copious amounts of Rum
    or
    2. I drank so much that I am still drunk, and will be until some time this weekend when it comes out of my system...

    If so, I guess it is a good think the chief is hosting is annual BBQ this weekend... may as well pick up where I left off!

    For those that would like to attend next year, chances are Evolutions will be held at around the same time, plus or minus a weekend. If anyone wishes to come out, I think we could swing honorary member status for you....
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    NJFF,
    Had to download your message & hold my laptop up to the rearview mirror in my car. Guess you're the same guy who writes "ecnalubmA" on the hoods of all of my life squads. So nice of you to consider the dyslexic members of our forums.
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    26 / 27, wonder if I can persuade the other half to spend next years holiday over there. I mean the outdoors, the activities, camping....I'm sue she would'nt mind the other activites that take place...hmmmmm.

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    Originally posted by NJFFS_A16:!srethgiferif neidanaC ruo sselb doG

    !kcab meht emoclew eW

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    Originally posted by Steamer
    official IACOJ decoder ring.
    Hmmmmm, mine must have gotten lost in the mail....
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    I can't (wont actually) confirm or deny that any of the activites had anything to do with me. *bats eyes and looks innocent* I am just glad that it was a good time for all.

    PFire

    Where are you girl? Oh thanks for the pleasure balm, worked great on the bug bite that landed me in the trauma room (allergic to bees and apparently a few other little nasties )Great stuff has so many uses, better then anything else for taking away itch and sting

    26

    Did you leave any Rum on the Island?

    Drew

    Now you are starting to see why I was soooo sad about not being able to go play.

    NJ

    Hehe... you know I am starting to get good at reading without my IACOJ decoder ring Think you might have something to do with that...

    Just a side note: The Molson Girls are 100% 'Women of the Tundra', some of the folks here wanted me to ahhh try out for Molson Indy Comp last year. Afraid I had to decline however a friend of mine was elected one of them
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    Originally posted by Temptaker
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    Did you leave any Rum on the Island?
    When you have a 26er for breakfast, a 40 for lunch, and a 60 around dinner time....ummm, no the Rum supply on the island is dangerously short... but Barcardi tells me (got a special phone that goes right to their office, sorta like the bat phone) that they will have enough new stock on the island for this weekend when the chief holds his annual BBQ... Just between these two parties alone, Barcardi is going to have good third quarter sales...
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    Temp... On behalf of Pfire, I would like to extend her "Your Welcome" on the pleasure balm.... too bad it had to be used on a bee sting and not for more uuummmm ... well you know.

    NJ, my friend I have to wonder about you some days. I would have wondered how long it took you to write that out so eloquently and backwards, but then I came across Ohio's post and decided that I agree.. you are the guy who writes "ecnalubmA" and "eriF" on the hoods of the apparatus. I always wondered who did that ya know. (funny thing I always thought that the sounds of sirens and lots of flashy red and white lights worked well to get a car out of the way, I guess some people are a little slower than others and need the "hint" of printed text.)

    One last thing: Superchef... your lack of attendance was noted and sorely missed as well. WE all know that you would have enjoyed the weekends events and likely gave the staff at the Concession a few pointers too... But hey for a bunch of Firefighters and Fire Spouses, they did a pretty good job of it. Not bad for amatures.
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    Two-7, this is off topic, but I just can't resist throwing this in.

    You need to read the thread in the firefighters forum about people who ignore emergency lights. Seems like around here it doesn't matter how much noise you make or lights you have, people just don't want to yield to emergency apparatus. Sometimes you would probably make better time if you turned off everything.
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    Wanna know something CJ? There have been days where I would have to agree with you 100%. Not counting this mornings (0450 16 Aug) rollover MVA where there was no traffic when I entered the highway, the last run I was on I did have that problem. YET AGAIN.

    Four air horns (I love that freight train simulation) and a full compliment of lights and sirens just doesn't seem to make it through the "Highway Tunnel Vision" that some people get. But then that is why we have to be the "Professional Driver" and plan and act accordingly. There have been one or two occasions where hand signals (and I don't mean "Bird Signals" either) spoke greater words than any siren, horn or light did. Some days eye contact with the other driver is a wonderful thing too.
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    Eye contact usually works well, but I've been stopped at an intersection with everything that makes noise and flashes on and I've been staring right at the driver in the other leg of the intersection as he sails through in front of me with a "what are you looking at?" expression on his face. I've learned to anticipate that the other driver will do the worst possible thing.

    We were going through an intesection once with the engine. We started to go around cars on the left to go through. Everyone was stopped and we were moving pretty slowly with lights and sirens, and a cop turned left in front of us. Boy, was she embarrassed when we locked up the wheels and laid on the air horns. Fortunately, I was riding the back seat at the time.....
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