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Fire Fighter!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My daughter is currently dating a young man that works for the United States Forest Service on a Hotshot fire fighting crew. His name is David Silva and he is a very special young man.

My daughter is of course a big "fan" of fire fighters now.....

but she seems to be a lot cleaner and more energetic than David is in this picture...
Currently, David got called to this fire in Arizona. It is in rugged country, which he is used to because he also is a hunting guide in Reserve, New Mexico.

Lots of smoke and we are really drying up down in this part of the world.
Here is some pictures of Reserve:

Forest fires are hard and dangerous to fight. The fires do help the forest repair and regrow. For most of us, the smoke can be an inconvenience but some parts of fires....smoke in the skies make for some beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Have a good week fellow Spark People!

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LINDAKAY228 6/21/2010 9:09AM

    Your daughter is beautiful.

David is a very courageous guy to go out and fight the fires. All of them are. Wher would be we be without them? It's scary to think that we could have a major fire close to us which could do the type of damage that was done in Los Alamos and Show Low AZ and other places. So thankful for the firefighters of all types, whether in the towns or out in the wild areas.

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SAMODER 6/21/2010 1:22AM

    Thank David for taking on such a dangerous job to keep others safe.


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SOCKITTOME 6/20/2010 10:00PM

    David definitely has a hard, dangerous job, and I hope he stays safe out there! As hot and dry as it already is, it might be a very active fire season this summer.

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Another Sprint Tri.....

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yesterday I registered for another sprint tri. It is called the Steelhead and it is at Ft. Huachuca in Arizona on the 10 of July. I think it will be a nice tune up for Dam It Man that I am doing on the 24 of July.
Since I have started Sparks I have notice several changes. The first is relatively unamazing for most......
but for me it is a first!
My attitude has changed a lot also. When I was younger and very competitive, I always had to win. Now.................well it is not the biggest concern, but finishing is.

A year ago I would not even consider new types of exercise like bellydancing, etc. Now I am willing to try new things..........

Last but not least, I have all kinds of new friends here at Spark People that I communicate with.

Yup, life is a bowl of ice cream and I am the whipped cream on top of the world! I could say I was the "cherry" but that might offend

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CZARINA_TV 6/21/2010 5:04PM

    I'm cheering at a bout on July 10th! I'll be cheering you on too...

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SOCKITTOME 6/20/2010 10:03PM

    You go, girl!!! I won't be ready to "tri" for another year, so I'll follow your adventures to help keep my motivation up. Training for a tri is wonderful exercise and I'm loving it! Well, after I recover. LOL!!

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RUSTBUCKET1 6/19/2010 11:17PM

    Love the blog pix. And congrats on signing up for another tri! I've done a total of ONE Sprint tri as a relay (ok only the bike and run). It is so, much, fun. How long have you been participating? Plus they get you in such good shape. Keep tri-ing? and blogging! Have a great weekend!-RB1

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YW84FRIDAY 6/19/2010 10:25PM

  Good for you! You almost have me convinced that this might be a long term goal for me. Almost...not quite. LOL!


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TRIXEL 6/19/2010 4:21PM

    Go You! :)

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LINDAKAY228 6/19/2010 4:05PM

    I like the cat's comment about sometimes the cat, sometimes the tail, but there's a dog on I like more that says some days you're the dog and some days you're the hydrant LOL!

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SAMODER 6/19/2010 4:00PM

    I love the attitude of finishing and not worrying about winning. I too want to just improve on what I AM doing... and not worry about what anyone else is doing.

I too have found many emoticons, and you are one of htem. It has been wonderful.


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    How would being the cherry offend someone?? LOL!
I love all these races your doing. I dont know for sure what kind I want to do or even if there are any down here but I want to eventually do one!!
Keep up the Great Work!!

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/19/2010 3:51PM

    This is my third year "racing" for the first two years I so wanted to place in my age group. Not going to happen! So this year I decided to race in the Athena class. Two 2nd place finishes just this year. Also instead of trying to go all out on other running events I run for the fun of it. I've been doing a lot of pacing with a friend of mine and then in the end she says go for it! So I get my little sprint at the end and I help her along the way. I'm having so much fun!!! It has made everything enjoyable, even swimming!

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What A Day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

I managed to get up this morning and go teach water aerobics. I struggled through my workout, returned home and just had to take a nap!
After my nap I have just felt "drugged" all day. I did ride across town and run an errand. It was incredibly hot. I have sat on the couch and drank about a gallon of ice water.
I am ready to go to bed...but it is too far from the air conditioner. I think I'll just take another nap on the couch so I won't go to bed tired!
Have a Great and active weekend. Happy father's day!

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SOCKITTOME 6/19/2010 2:43PM

    Yep, those pictures captured my day! LOL!!!! Hope you stay's hot in these parts lately (the western U.S.).

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LINDAKAY228 6/19/2010 9:29AM

    The heat's been affecting me too. Course I'm not out in the sun all day lifeguarding like you are. Even though the heat is dry and not humid it does seem to have an effect. Hope you got rested up last night and have a better day today.

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SAMODER 6/19/2010 12:05AM

    I loved the comment "I'll just take a nap, so I don;t go to bed tired." I've been known to tell my husband to get up and go to bed, when he has been dozing on the couch. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? The heat can take so much out of you.

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NAPITOVSFAME 6/18/2010 10:24PM

    You need to have more days like this and I might be able to catch you in fitness minutes. You are a machine.

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HOPERISING 6/18/2010 10:12PM

    I know heat, if its also humid, just sucks all the energy right out of me. I hope you feel better and more energetic tomorrow!

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Hurley New

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hurley is a quaint little town that was founded because of the mine. It was home to corporate offices, warehouses, a smelter and other mine buildings. The Chino Club was like a rec center and had a meeting place, a three lane bowling alley and a swimming pool. The following are pictures of my drive to work every morning and some of the homes and mine buildings located in Hurley.
The mountains on the way to Hurley are rugged but sparse.

The bright green along the road is mesquite trees...bushes so far.
The Penjamo is a sign of the times. It was once a very happening night club!

Hurley consists of about 24 streets and the houses are humble and in a lot of cases, run down shacks.

The American Legion is up and running even if it is rather rough looking.
The following are pictures of the mine buildings still being used.

Hurley has two churches and this one is the Community Church.

It also has an elementary school with older students being bussed to Bayard, New Mexico which is about 6 miles away.

The ball field is well taken care of.
The Chino Club has seen much better days.

The older people are nice in this small community. They are working hard with their youth, but there is a definite gang problem. We at the pool hope to keep the kids active and away from gang least during the summer.
Hope you all had a great Thursday.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/18/2010 7:25PM

    Great Post. I really enjoy reading and seeing your blogs.

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MALONE545 6/18/2010 10:47AM

    Thanks for sharing... where are the other people/cars driving to work with you? I live in New York... no matter what time of day or night I leave, the roads are never that empty.


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LINDAKAY228 6/18/2010 9:04AM

    I took pictures of the smoke stacks for the mine before they were torn down to keep as part of my own historic pictures of the area. Used to watch for the smoke stacks when coming back from out of town to know I was getting close to home. Even though I knew it by other signs, the smoke stacks were something comforting to see after a long trip.

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COCOABUTTASAKI 6/17/2010 11:48PM

    Looks like a nice place to live!
I love the pictures!

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TRIXEL 6/17/2010 11:29PM

    That sounds like a good plan. I walked back through our community park today, and there were so many kids doing active stuff and having fun. It really helps.

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SAMODER 6/17/2010 11:19PM

    Sounds like you have a mission. I have always believed that keeping kids busy, helps keep them out of trouble. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing.

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CZARINA_TV 6/17/2010 10:33PM

    Thanks for sharing! I should do this same post for my walk to gymnastics...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I was told today that I really needed a sense of humor, a comment that I did not mind amusing! The person told me that I would be happier if I learned to laugh and they didn't like it much when I told them I had to see or hear something funny before I would laugh. I preceded to explain that I have a dry sense of humor. The explanation was an airplane joke...went right over their head.
I find this picture amusing...not because I am angry.
I am not an angry person, but I am reserved because I wear my heart on my sleeve and I don't want people to know when they hurt me. Sometimes I may seem a little gruff; usually when I care very deeply.

People have different personalities and that adds variety which is the spice of life! I encourage you to take a little more time to get to know some one that you really feel you don't care for. I know first impressions are lasting...but usually you don't get to know someone very well in ten minutes. Try communicating with some one for thirty minutes and please don't dislike someone just because they have a different personality or sense of humor than yours.

Think outside the box! You will be lots happier.
Have a great Wednesday evening.

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YW84FRIDAY 6/17/2010 11:29AM

  WHAT? Have they MET YOU yet? I haven't even met you in person and I LOVE your sense of humor! The thing my sister and I encounter a lot is that people just don't get our twisted sense of humor. I figure it's their loss...

People can be so rude too! In college I had one woman, whom I didn't know--never met--look at me and say, "I don't like you." HUH?? It's been 30 years and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I don't care, but it was just so out of line that it still amazes me.

I tell my kids that if you don't like someone, just stay away from them, but you don't have a right to embarrass them or put them down. You also don't have the right to make them feel unwelcome in a group situation. If it's that much of a problem, then you be the one to leave.

Some people!!


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NUTRIGIRL08 6/17/2010 10:04AM

    Love it Pat! Of course I would have probably went and told them to stick it! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 6/17/2010 9:22AM

    That is so true! I have been truly amazed many times when I get to know someone and find the person behind the first impression.

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BEYOURBEST1 6/17/2010 5:56AM

    Great blog. That person has a lot of Chutzpah.
I love the babushka kitty, and borscht too!

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TRIXEL 6/17/2010 3:03AM

    Hear, hear!

p.s. I love babushka kitty! My mom's Ukrainian. She makes fantastic borscht!

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SAMODER 6/17/2010 12:34AM

    Not all of us feel like laughing all the time, even if we're normally that way.

My best friend is shy and reserved, if I hadn't taken the time to get to know her, I would have missed out on so much. We have been good friends for over 22 years.

My grandma didn't understand my husband's sarcastic humor and thought he was being mean to me. I've been married to him for over 30 years.

I would question someone's sense of humor who made that type of comment to someone else....

Take care. I know the past few days have been difficult for you.

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SLY_REDUX 6/16/2010 11:33PM

    Well, isn't it generous of that person to tell you what you're lacking. Who knows how your life might have turned out if they hadn't stepped in with their helpful comments.

God, can you get any more patronizing? I'd be inclined to respond that I have a great sense of humor, they're just not funny. It'll be a cold day in hell before I defend myself to a boor.

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PAMAPPLE 6/16/2010 11:22PM

    You came back with a straight forward answer and probably caught the person off guard. I'm glad you stood your ground and let the person know what you think. emoticon

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 6/16/2010 10:32PM

    Wow! someone went out of their way to say that to you? That sounds to me like an emotional drain on your day! Who needs those sort of people...I mean really? I am amazed at what people find it is okay to say and do.

Keep spreading that spark and being the person with the dry sense of humor wearing her heart on her sleeve! Don't let the "haters" get you down :)

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FISHINGLADY66 6/16/2010 10:32PM

    Hey Pat, I really liked this blog. I can so identify with what you are saying. I love the pictures too. You are right, about wearing your heart on your sleeve. That describes me too.
Sorry I'm slow in responding, but I am about a week behind on my posting. I hope your enjoying your self.

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DEVORA4 6/16/2010 10:32PM

  Hi Pat, Her's hoping all is well with you. The "person" who told you that was stupid and I ask you to consider the source. Your blog was, as usual, quite good and right on target. I have become very "thick skinned" and could NOT be annoyed or hurt by such a rude comment. {he or she doesn't have the power to hurt me}Love ya, debby

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