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  • I got a phone call last night...

    Yesterday we had Fire training, my new boss on the Wildland Fire team is a former Hotshot and is a physical fitness nut so suffice it to say after training I was taking a nap, ok I was passed out and in full recovery mode LOL.

    My cell phone rings and its my Sgt. and we are good friends, he is all coy and asking me if I am ok and how does it feel to be 45 years old and ready to die by fire or training, just giving me the business on the sly if you know what I mean, and then he asks me if I want to go to the Academy, I tell him of course I do he knows that, he says good because you go in September.

    My Department has decided to do its own Academy, just to hard to find reliable employees that stay, problem is putting on your own Academy is tough and takes time to set up as well as get partners to do it with you so nobody knows when it will happen, could be January maybe not. Its been frustrating for me, almost three years and I have not been able to test for Deputy, My LT. went to bat for me to do things the way I want to do it and got it approved, I will work full time and go to a part time Academy that I pay for, they will provide tuition assistance if I would like, but I prefer to pay for it on my own, I get more out of it that way and if things don't work out at my Department neither is out anything, it is an investment in me and I should pay for it, and the Department will put me on as a Deputy after Graduation, one year from now.

    Wanted to say something since you guys are the second people I have told, even my family doesn't know, yet, and that is why Pat was kind enough to change from my screen name from my full name back to my handle.

    Now the bad part, I am putting the boat in storage, can't afford to put gas in it on my current salary and I just took on a large debt with the Academy, sucks but next year will be better by a long shot, I get a huge raise!
    2000 248 BR
    Wet Lipps II
    2006 Dodge 3500 Cummins

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    • #3
      Sounds like a great opportunity..........
      MISS "B" HAVEN

      2007 Mastercraft X2, Indmar 350 MCX, 350 hp V-Drive (SOLD 8/12/16)

      Previous boat (1999-2011) : 1999 202BR Carbed 5.7, 250HP, Alpha 1, 17P Rev 4

      Tugger: 2014 Ram 1500 Crew, EcoDiesel


      • #4
        Congrats about the boat, but you are right in the long run it'll more than pay off.....Good luck at the academy
        Is it summer yet?!?
        Tow Rig = 2011 GMC Yukon Denali XL loaded with the good stuff
        Boat = 2004 202BR loaded with the good stuff (sold July 2015)
        Fun Toy = 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (sold August 2015)

        My Former Boat's Thread


        • #5
          Congrats, kick some ass.
          1995 Powerquest 257 XL Legend
          496 MAG, Bravo III w/ 28's
          Good Enough Too

          Previous: 1997 Crownline 202 BR - Good Enough

          Towwer: 2001 Chevy Suburban, Murdered, 4x4, Loaded


          • #6
            Way to go Mahoney !!! Or is it Tackelberry
            Gary, Tonya, Braden, Baylor and Beck
            2006 260LS 496 B3 (Semi Crazy)
            2014 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi

            2008 Yukon Denali 6.2


            • #7
              Sweet! Congratulations!
              1997 Crownline 210 CCR - fer fun
              13 F150 Ecoboost - fer towin the fun
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              • #8
                Way to go. There's no better person to invest in other than yourself.
                2000 266br 454 MPI / B3
                2008 F250 6.4


                • #9
                  Mahoney or Tackelberry....I'm not sure...I'm not as big as Tackelberry though, and I am a practical joker so I guess its Mahoney!

                  and I am a little pale compared to Tackelberry too....

                  Soda, I agree, I am always asked why I wouldn't prefer to wait until the Department has its own Academy and then it will be no cost to me at all, first I do not want to wait, Second I get paid very little, last, I am paying to improve myself, the Department has payed to train me to do what the Department needed at the time but this is different to me. I don't understand why so many are willing to wait, it drives me nuts, maybe its a generational thing?
                  2000 248 BR
                  Wet Lipps II
                  2006 Dodge 3500 Cummins


                  • #10
                    Outstanding!! Congratulations and it sounds like you are a committed fellow and you chose the right path for you.
                    1999 CL 182 LPX - Solid Onyx - Tweaked 5.0 EFI, 19P Rev 4, Smart Tabs,
                    Drive Shower & Wireless Remote Trim
                    Schlepped by 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel HEMI
                    Daily driver - '92 Corvette Convertible - Blackrose/Lt. Grey - 6 Speed. (sold)
                    My New GSD Project - Winsome's Bearfoot Journey aka "Journey"


                    • #11
                      Is there any gas in the boat now?

                      2012 18SS with a .75 V8
                      (Jarhead Therapy)
                      Home Turf; Fox Chain of Lakes
                      2017 Tundra 4x4
                      Lakemoor Illinois
                      Curator of worthless input


                      • #12
                        Storage fees buy lot of gas😁

                        Congrats on the opportunity. !!

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                        Tell me asshole - What's your fair share of everything I've worked for??? Please join me in starving and beating the govt back to it's honeymoon physique.

                        2000 Formula 260SS 502 Mag B3
                        2003 Suburban 2500 8.1L
                        2011 Honda Civic w/1.8L
                        2017 Honda Civic w/1.5L


                        • #13
                          No storage fees fellas I got a friend with a decent pole barn, boat is still shrinkwrapped and winterized, I think I am going to go sit in it for a bit and have it sealed up again just so I get to visit...

                          Yeah it has gas in it but I think I may just drain it....
                          2000 248 BR
                          Wet Lipps II
                          2006 Dodge 3500 Cummins


                          • #14
                            Congrats! Wish they're were more people like you! It will pay you back sooner than you think.thanks for all you will do for us!
                            03 Cobalt 220 8.1gxi 420 9/20/16
                            03 Cobalt 220 8.1gi 375 3/16 sold 9/16 "Always for Sale"
                            Cobalt 220 5.7gxi 320 10/19/15 sold 2/16
                            2004 Cobalt 200 350 mag. "Kids in Tow" 4/30/15 sold 10/8/15
                            Clifford Sold 3/7/15 1999 Crownline 202
                            350 mag 300 HP MPI Corsa
                            Alpha One 1.47 Drive shower
                            17p Rev 4, 21p Vensura
                            Towed by 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Diamond Edition.


                            • #15
                              Best of luck and I applaud your decision.

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                              Carlsbad, California
                              Current Boat: 2015 Formula 350 CBR
                              Previous Boat: 2009 Crownline 252 EX
                              Vehicle: 2018 Chevy Bolt