Thursday, December 29, 2005

Things I won't do

Yesterday morning I was supposed to take a test... But when I get to the place the test was to be given I found that it was closed until the 2nd of January. So much for communication between departments in the state.
So I head back to Athens. I'll take the test next week. I'll write about it after I take the test, because the last few times I said something about a job here, I've somehow jinxed it writing about it before hand.
Damn Irish superstition.
Anyway, I get home and settle in for a day of writing. I get a fire call in the morning, but that turned out to be a non-event and we headed back to the station. The things people call 911 for still amaze me.
All of us are standing around drinking coffee and passing around a brochure for a week long Fire/EMS seminar series being held in Pipestem State Park. The department has already rented a cabin, and I was asked if I was going to go. Sure sez I, let me take a look at some of the classes. Some sound interesting and promising...
115 Thursday, Feb 23, 0900 to 1030: "I'm not a good dancer, I'm just drunk!" The acute effects of alcohol
Ok... Is the booze provided or is it BYOB?
104 Thursday, Feb 23, 1330 to 1630: "Ten tasks every firefighter should be able to do in the dark"
Hmmmm... I think I've got that one down pat, but practice makes perfect!
On a serious note, there are some good classes being given, and I'll probably attend several. They're even offering one that I had been wanting to take for several years, "Sign language for the emergency responder" and a few others...
Besides, one of my childhood heroes will be there, Randolph Mantooth, who played Johnny Gage on the old TV show "Emergency!"
I think it'll be well worth attending.
So I get home and putz around the apartment, do a little housekeeping, do some writing... Take a nap...
Around 8 o'clock I decide to walk over to the Deli Mart to get some things I need. In front of the place I meet up with an attractive lady around my age and we strike up a conversation. I had seen her around town on several occasions and by the way our conversation was going she had noticed me also...
We talk for well over an hour before we said our goodbyes, but before leaving she gives me her phone number. Things are definitely starting to look up...
That is until I notice the custom airbrushed plate on the front bumper of her truck... Pink, with little hearts and cupids and shit on it... With her name and a guy's name...
What the fuck...
So I go in, do my shopping and when I'm paying for my groceries I asked the owner of the place if he knows the woman I was talking to outside... Yep, he does... Married, three kids...
I thanked him and headed home. When I passed the garbage can outside the store I tossed the piece of paper she had scribbled her number on into it. I will not mess around with married women. Ever. Why do people still do this? No matter how bad my marriage was, I never screwed around. I may have looked at the menu at other places, but I always took my vows seriously.
Even if I'm dating someone, I date that person only. I've been accused of being a "Serial Monogamist"...
Maybe I'm just old-fashioned.
But there's just some things I won't do.
Copyright 2005 Thomas J Wolfenden

14 comments:

Katie said...

Sorry about that lady being married and all.

I'm with you on not screwing around while married or dating someone. If you are able to cheat on the person, something is wrong and you don't need to be with them.
Your a good man for not keeping her number. There are not very many out there like that now days.

o and have fun at the seminars!
Kt Mae

berly02 said...

Such a good guy.
Hard to find now days.

Courtney said...

I like that: "Serial Monogamist"
Good stuff :)

Kat_womanx2 said...

Don't give up...atleast you're getting noticed!!!! Hurrahhh!!! for ESCAPE...I wanted to take the Pet CPR class a couple yrs ago and start up a local emergency animal transport within our company, you know..contract with the local veternarian clinics...everyone laughed at me...and last year I laughed back when health insurance for your PETS became available...hardy har har....oh well

Sherri said...

I agree with katie. Kudos to you for being decent and upstanding.

Besides, I kind of wonder who else out there she may be cheating with. Yikes!

Golightly said...

Gee-I don't know what is worse: the fact that she is married OR the pink airbrushed license plate---YUCK!!

and do y'all need volunteers for the "Ten tasks every firefighter should be able to do in the dark" seminar??

honkeie2 said...

Damn, so close so close! Yeah dont mess with married anything. Unless you are on of those ppl that like living on the edge. Death is not the worst thing, surviving the beat down of a life time can be though lol.

Ranger Tom said...

Katie: It didn't really surprise me... my luck.

Berly: I keep hearing that but it still doesn't do me any good.

Courtney: I was christened that quite a while ago by my old partner on the PD... When all the other guys on my squad were out chasing skirts... I always stood by who ever I was with.

Kat: You going to ESCAPE? Maybe I'll see you there. I'm not sure what days I'm going, depends on what nights the FD has the cabin for and when I can get off from work. But it does look to be a good time.

Sherri: That too, beside just being wrong.

Golightly: I'll ask to see if they need any volunteers!

Honkeie: It's not the fear of a smackdown. I'm not intimidated by to many people. It's the fact that it's just wrong, and from experience of being the husband who had a spouse cheat on them, I put myself in the husband's place. I know EXACTLY how he'd feel if he knew.

DivineMsN said...

Good for you Tom! When you mess with women like that you wind up with more crap that you want. You're true love is out there just keep looking!

Ranger Tom said...

Kat: Almost forgot, I had health insurance on my horses for quite a while... I'm surprised it's just coming available here because trends like that tend to start in the east and move west.

Ranger Tom said...

MsN: I'm thinking of a James Taylor song right now...

Bev said...

Holy crap! I can't believe this married woman would just give out her number like that. Some people, I tell you.

Lisa said...

Ughhh. Jeers to the married chick. Cheers though to you for having lots of good sense.

Colin said...

Well done mate, you never need to be that desperate!