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Month: March 2012

Are you feeding your dreams?

Are you feeding your dreams?

Every now and then we need to take some time to rejuvenate our body and mind.

For us that may mean a fun family day out and occassionaly it also means a chance to keep dreaming big.

Today I came across a sweet selection of rides and I almost (not quite) forgot my love for DG1X but she still has the best tunes and is a fun ride.

It did give me a chance however to dream bigger towards new and fun projects, one of which is to work on DG1X and make the sound system even better (I want to be heard 5 blocks away at least) along with some body work.

I did however come across these two seet rides too:

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And this Challenger was pretty nice:

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Or this classic beauty:

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Oh the choices….
The beach bum in me of course liked this classic:

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Dreams need to be fueled! Have you been inspired and dreamed bigger lately?

Here’s to your success,
Xavier

Take Time To Thank Your Local Firefighters and Rescue Teams

Take Time To Thank Your Local Firefighters and Rescue Teams

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Cruising in the dark through the hazy smoke filled with the smell of smoldering pine and the glowing embers of a controlled burn in the National Forest this morning brought back very vivid memories of my days with BRK KV Coburg and BRK Ebersdorf as well as the Snug Harbor VFD and NW VFD.

It brought back even more memories when I thought about the crews and dedicated people I was honored to serve with…

Please take time to let your local Firefighters and Rescue Teams know how much you appreciate everything they do to keep you and your families safe.

I remember countless training hours, hundreds upon hundreds of hours spent learning how to deal with any number of situations. Specialized training events to explore mass casualty incidents or hazardous material spills, even a train wreck. Weekends spent living in tents in the middle of nowhere practicing and drilling to be prepared if the unthinkable ever happened. I remember hanging on the side of a wall learning all about High-Angle, Vertical Rescue so we could rescue victims from tall buildings or bring them out of deep caves safely.

I remember standing on the front of a brush truck with flames licking at the bottom of my gear, feeling the temperature rise as the flames came closer and climbed higher, as we slowly moved through flames in a wild fire, trying to bring it under control before it spread to nearby residents.

Controlled Forest Burn

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I remember having to try to force enter a burning structure with my partner Sledge as a box of shotgun shells started exploding all around us. Breaking through a wall, just so we could feed a line in to cool the room and begin to control the flames.

I remember standing in the middle of a burning barn with hay-bales, wood and everything else inside in full blaze with Lt. Hilly Munson by my side as I entered my very first burning structure wearing my breathing apparatus.

I remember spending countless hours at the Fire Extension School of Texas A&M learning how to deal with Propane Fires, Search & Rescue, crawling through burning buildings looking for victims, all just so we could be ready at a moment’s notice to roll and help where and how we could.

We Ran In When Others Ran Out!!!

I will never, ever forget what it felt like to rescue some of the people I met and encountered. The countless Motor Vehicle Accidents, including one where the victim had a metal pole sticking through his stomach and then seeing him a few months later and getting a moment to talk and the incredible feeling to know I was able to help.

I can’t tell you exactly why we did what we did, except that I personally felt and powerful draw to help others in need. Everyone has their own reasons and motivations but for me it started as early as my teenage years with the Youth Red Cross in Ebersdorf where we learned basic first aid so we could help someone that couldn’t help themselves.

Your local Firefighters and Rescue Teams are always ready at the drop of a dime to come to your aid and local volunteers do all this at their own peril. I can’t remember how many times I knew as I raced to a scene that my family was praying I would be safe and nothing would happen to me. Not all of us are that lucky and many have paid the ultimate price.

Take Time To Thank Your Local Firefighters and Rescue Teams Today!

Thank you members of the Fellowship – We are and always will be a family!

In memory of those that went before us,
Xavier

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What is an Optimist?

What is an Optimist?

From a Fortune Cookie:

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If you look carefully at the picture, you’ll see how the creator of this fortune cookie is a complete optimist. Even with the misspelling, they are confident that you get and understand the message that is underlying their slight oops  🙂

An Optimist is one who makes the best of it when he gets the worst of it.

So what do you do when you get the worst of it? Do you look ahead to the future and picture it brightly, or have you reached that point where everything is starting to look more and more like doom and gloom?

My father always called me a realistic optimist, since I don’t necessarily wear the classic rose-colored glasses that make everything look all pretty and picture perfect in life. Rather I tend to look at things from a slightly more realistic point of view, where I expect a certain outcome to a situation, but am trying to keep a positive view of that outcome.

Granted, I don’t do that always, in every situation, at times I do wish to believe the things that can be seen through utopian glasses where reality, but that’s something I still work on.

What do you do when you are faced with tough challenges in life? Are you an Optimist or something different?
Add your comments and thoughts below.

Here’s to your success,
Xavier

P.s. If you feel like you could benefit from a little positivity in your life, then head to this page and check out the cool music video, enjoy 🙂