December 24th, 2003


More new things

For several years, I've been hearing about deep fried turkeys. However, I've yet to get to try one. Tonight, a former employee stopped by the station with a fried turkey for the on-duty crew. Wow. They'd added a whole host of flavorings and such... but the remarkable thing was how juicy it was. Although I eat it at the holidays, I've never been a big fan of turkey simply because most of them end up being dry. Tonight's bird ooozed with moisture. I wasn't the only fan. With a half-dozen people in the station, there's little more than turkey bones left in the pan.

As a firefighter, however, I must say that the practice of deep frying turkeys can be dangerous. Seriously. It's so dangerous that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) refuses to certify any turkey fryer. If you're frying this year, be sure to read this.

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Veddy interesting...

I was looking at some 9-11 sites online when I found several written by obvious conspiracy theorists. It seems there are a few folks out there who think the government and President Bush were in on the attacks. That's not really that suprising, I guess. There are always people out there who think the government is behind everything. What was suprising is that George W. gave these folks all of the ammunition they need.

At a town hall meeting two years ago, it seems that the president told the audience that he had seen the first plane hit the World Trade Center on TV. Since no one knew this was going to happen... And, thus, no one would have been out filming the WTC waiting for a plane to hit it... I'm guessing that it would have been impossible for anyone to watch the first plane hit on TV.

The MP3 audio of his comment is here. CNN has a transcript of his entire speech that day here.

George Bush: "And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, 'There's one terrible pilot.' And I said, 'It must have been a horrible accident.' But I was whisked off there -- I didn't have much time to think about it, and I was sitting in the classroom, and Andy Card, my chief who was sitting over here walked in and said, 'A second plane has hit the tower. America's under attack.'"

Because I don't believe that the government is out to get me, I'm guessing that this is nothing more than over embellishment on the part of the president. However, it's sort of disappointing that the president would get his facts screwed up on what has to be the biggest story of our lives.

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Deadline Pressure updated!
"It was just another night in the fields... and then, out of the blue, angels showed up with word that nothing would ever be the same again. I wonder how I would have reacted if it had been me in the fields that night."

Entry: [ 30 November 2003 ]


Not quite the same, but...

For the last two years, my church has lacked a minister. My mother was on a worship committee and somewhere along the way I volunteered to help out. In both 2001 and 2002, I led our Christmas Eve service and got to play the part of Linus. We had members of the church read different parts of scripture. Finding folks willig to read in public is sometime a difficult task. There always seemed to be a shortage and so I always volunteered to read Luke 2:8-19... That's the piece of the Christmas story that begins with the shepherds abiding in the fields.

This year, we have a minister. He's doing things his way... and ol' Fletch has been retired from active duty. I'll admit my voice sounds a little odd at times -- even to fellow Southerners. And although I scored a "B" in my radio & television announcing class in college, I probably have very little voice-over work in my future. Yet, I enjoyed reading the scripture. So much so, that this Christmas Eve won't pass without Fletch telling a part of the Christmas story.

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Merry Christmas

I got off work at 7 a.m. I was supposed to finish some last-minute shopping by 10 or so and head home to Smallville. Well, it's 11:41 and I'm sitting at my computer in Franklin -- shopping missions still not underway. I do have a new Deadline Pressure entry written, so I'm not considering the morning a total loss.

There seems to be so much to do and so little time to do it in. I have to pick up a few items. I have to drive home. I have to assemble a gift for my mom. I'm supposed to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol with Jessie. I still have 50 lights out at my mom's house that should be fixed but probably won't be. My family and Jessie with do some gift exchanging. There will be dinner and church. I'll go out to Jessie's house and do some gift exchanging. I'm sure there will be a drive to see Christmas lights. And the sad thing is that this list doesn't include the tasks I've already deemed impossible to complete.

It's easy to get overwhelmed. But when I do, I think of the one of the most magical Christmas moments I've ever had... and one of the journal entries I'm most proud of...

[ Deadline Pressure | 24 December 2001 ]

Okay, so off I go. I hope that each of you has a very Merry Christmas.


Phone Post: A report from the trenches

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“Holiday hoopla has obviously taken its toll on the citizens of Franklin. A search of several shopping centers and a few of the city's more prominent streets yielded many folks out doing holiday shopping with frowns and scowls on their faces. Many of the major traffic arteries are filled beyond capacity, testing the patience of those out of the office for the day but still having to fight rush hour. Certainly, these folks know that by waiting until the last day, the crowds and cars would be thick. Here's hoping that folks add patience to the list of such holiday virtues as peace, hope & love. Reporting live from the front lines of Franklin's Christmas Eve frenzy, this is Thomas Fletcher.”

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