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iaorana, Christina...

many, many, many years ago I was very depressed about the state of my world and hatched a plan to run
away to Samoa ( the heartland/sourcepoint of polynesia) like Robert Louis Stevenson. RLS had tb and very
poor health; he traveled the world looking for a good place to live out his days, found Samoa, became
embroiled in the local scene, and got healthier...he wrote some of his best stuff there.

well, it's almost impossible to get to samoa...but I found Tahiti - a dirty little third-world port city on an
island the size of Maui...but Tahiti is close to hundreds of little islands that are pieces of paradise.
No wife or kids to answer to...made nineteen trips to tahiti, on to the cook islands, new zealand and about
two dozen jaunts to Hawaii. I adopted polynesia as my alternate quantum universe, because this old hippie
really likes a place where you can wear flowers in your hair. Due to financial constraints, I haven't gone
home since 1995, but in my heart that's where i live.

for years I used " iaorana " which is the tahitian aloha...in the interest of accessability i figured alohaben
would work better for the internet.
mauruuru,
alohaben

btw...RLS died from a stroke while making cocktails before dinner...for anyone with a chronic disease,
that sounds to me like the right way to go.



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Tim, it would help if I attached the pic.

Okay, that's not working, but basically the Chiefs were out of town for a week, so the Captain's got the Chiefs' cars and were running the show for a week.

Ian



Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. --Benjamin Franklin

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One more try.



Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. --Benjamin Franklin

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hI Ian , Nice to meet ya ! I started in the fire business in 1973 . I have been a volunteer with Lawrence Park Fire Department for all those years . The "As" has had a role in how I responded because there sure have been times when going in, was not a option.
Right now I do a lot of driving the ladder and engine. I am still the Chief of the Erie County Hazardous Material Team. I do suit up for those occassions, its a lot slower moving and I can basically pick the call I get to suit up on , So if its 600 pound drums this old guy stays in command in the bus :)
I have worked a combination of emergency service jobs . I ran a emergency dispatch center for seven years . I now work for Erie County Emergency Management as a specialist in Hazardous Materials, so you could say I am a paid haz mat responder. I still like packing up and playing in fires but I have slowed down and let the kids play the first string. I think the age has as much to do with it as the "AS" . I dont require the "edge " as much as I used to :)
I guess I have held just about every position there is to hold in these departments . I really never cared about what rank I achieved , I just loved the game .
Peace and God Bless , Tim


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WHOA!!
Looking good there, Ian!


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Bump......for the newbies!

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Since Steve asked the question about the Harpfencer Login Name, figured would "bump" this thread out of semi-retirement.

So newbies.... please update the meaning behind the Login Name or just enjoy reading this thread.

Tim

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I chose Oldtimer not because of my age, but because my body has felt old and creaky most of my adult life. J.R.


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I just love the stories behind these names. How wonderful they are.

For me: long ago when I had AOL (I think it was version 2), I had to select a screen name.

Since we live in the country and I can see the milky way any time (and it is magnificent without light pollution), I was going for Stargazer, however, it was taken (in all forms). So, I got to thinking of another way I could express my delight in the stars. I find that when I stare at them I feel like I can run from star to star, so instead of gazing at stars, I run thru them - hence starrnr.

I use that screen name for just about everything that isn't official (like work and my "real" email address). If I had to use my real name (first and last), I would never get any mail due to the vast number of double letters that I have and most people would spell my first or last name incorrectly and it's such a friggin bother!

Ah well, that's my story and well, I'm sticking to it.

Sherree


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