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peak:

Three words:
"Jaws of Life."


valley:

I had to cover a very boring meeting for work today.


noise:

Garth Brooks.
CD: Fresh Horses
(The Limited Series)


talked:

My brother. 


thoughts:

Patience.
Dreams.


tuesday, june 20th

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Quote Du Jour:
"And I hear them saying you'll never change things. And no matter what you do it's still the same thing. But it's not the world that I am changing. I do this so this world will know that it will not change me." (Garth Brooks, "The Change")


I'm a Garth fan. Always have been. Probably always will be... if for no other reason than the fact that his songs have such meaning. I like songs with meaning. Sure, silly and pointless songs have their place. But the meaningful stuff will always be the majority of my music collection.

When I picked up the CD "Fresh Horses" for the first time, the song "The Change" struck me as something that could be a sort of anthem for me. I do a lot of stuff that others don't understand. And to an extent, I do some of that stuff... not to change the world (which is an impossible dream)... but to be myself... and to let the world know that it ain't gonna change me.

Of course, Garth used the song in a video about the Oklahoma City bombing. The words haven't lost their meaning to me... but everyone else on the planet associates the song with Oklahoma City... so it's not so much of an anthem for me anymore. (1120)


Okay... enough of that. On to today's high...

I'm in college pursuing a degree in the mass communications field. However, I've always had a not-so-secret interest in fire fighting. Of course, many of my friends and family dismiss it and call me nuts. Others (including my dearest mom) suggest that I combine fire fighting and my communications degree and do some sort of department PR... ugh! I want no part of that at the moment. I like to joke that I will get a degree in mass communications and then become a firefighter... but to be honest, it's no joke. That's a career goal of mine at the moment.

Today, I was spending some quality time with the fire department as I do often. I've spent many hours covering the department in the capacity of a newspaper guy... and now I'm trying to spend even more time with them during training exercises, etc. I love to learn new stuff... and every time I'm with them... I learn something new.

Today's training involved the Jaws of Life -- a set of tools used to extricate folks who are entrapped or pinned in a vehicle after an accident. I had every intention of sitting on the sideline and watching and learning. However, I learned a little more than I thought I would when I was given the chance to use the tools myself. What can I say? It was a very cool. This is really something I want to do one day. If given a choice to play in a radio or TV studio for a class in my mass comm. major.... or a chance to play with the fire department... I honestly don't know which I would choose... but I know that the more I thought about it, the more I would probably pick the latter.

No, I'm not changing my major now or dropping out of school. I am going to try to endure school, get my degree and then I'll look at pursuing something that is becoming less and less of "an interest" and becoming more of a dream every day. (2350)

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