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Some photos I took at an Albion Fire Department training earlier this summer. As I recall, the temperatures got into the high 80s that day ... that's good weather for spraying water. After all, this is Indiana--it's not like the humidity could go up any more.

The photography part was spur of the moment this time, so these are cell phone photos ... although cell phone cameras are getting a lot better, these days. Considering how much I love taking pictures, I should keep the regular camera closer.

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makd
Aug. 8th, 2018 06:35 pm (UTC)
Albion seems a LOT quieter than California/Colorado right now, fire-fighting wise.

Glad you're okay.
ozma914
Aug. 9th, 2018 01:29 pm (UTC)
Albion's always quieter than out west! Especially in California, where I think it's safe to say nobody has time to do a lot of training right now.
makd
Aug. 10th, 2018 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yes. The Daughter and S-I-L relocated from NoCal to SoCal a month ago...just in time to miss the Carr Fire in Redding and to catch the fires in the LA area. The air is not good for breathing there......on a good day. (sigh.)
ozma914
Aug. 10th, 2018 08:48 pm (UTC)
A geologist once said California isn't designed for humans to be living there, and I don't think he was kidding.
makd
Aug. 18th, 2018 06:59 am (UTC)
The Daughter lived in NoCal for two years, loved the area, but there just aren't a lot of amenities. Now she's in SoCal, and...we'll see. They (she and my s-i-l) about 10 years ago, and hated it. But we'll see what happens now.

Florida and Louisiana are two places where, in light of climate change, living can't be easy.
ozma914
Aug. 19th, 2018 06:20 am (UTC)
It depends on what you mean by amenities, I suppose. I have to drive 45 minutes to get to a community with more than 10,000 people, and personally I love it, and have access to almost anything I need. But being in such a rural environment would drive other people absolutely crazy! From a weather and fire standpoint we do pretty well, but I wouldn't wish our winters on anyone. If I had the money, I'd love to have a winter home somewhere it never snows.
makd
Aug. 20th, 2018 07:45 pm (UTC)
They're used to "Urbanized" amenities: a Target, good diverse ethnic cuisine restaurants (Asian, Latin American, Italian), a yoga studio, a gym/court to play b-ball, a dry cleaners', a hair salon that does nails, massages, day spa, etc.)
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2018 01:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, the stuff we poor bumpkins miss! Actually, you can find all of those things in Fort Wayne, which is 45 minutes from my house, and most of them in Kendallville, which is 15 minutes away ... except in Kendallville there's a lack of ethnic restaurants, which doesn't bother me any. Here in Albion we have a Mexican restaurant, and in Kendallville there's a Chinese place, and that's pretty much as far afield as my interests go, anyway. (As long as there's pizza! And there's lots of pizza.)

However, it's a fair point. Fort Wayne's a pretty big place, and lots of rural areas aren't that close to a bigger city. We've been looking at areas in Southern Indiana, and there are places down there a good two hours from what anyone would describe as a city. And of course, there's point of view: No one from Chicago would describe Fort Wayne as a city at all, while for people here in Albion (population 2,400) Kendallville qualifies (population 10,000). POV is a big deal when it comes to that kind of thing.
makd
Aug. 31st, 2018 01:36 am (UTC)
:-)

I dunno, I think of Ft Wayne as a town, but yes: not a city. Cities are bigger.

Of course, if you move far enough south, you'll be in Indianapolis, no? Next thing you know, you'll cross the bridge into Kentucky and you'll be in Louisville.

Ah, big city life; there's nothing like it.
ozma914
Aug. 31st, 2018 06:01 am (UTC)
Ha, Fort Wayne is definitely a city! A quarter of a million people in one community is a city by any logical or legal definition. Now, the argument could be made when you get down to Kendallville, which is technically a city but only has around 10,000 people, but there's no doubt about Fort Wayne. The view just gets skewed for people in really big cities and really small towns.

But there's a lot of rural area between Indianapolis and Louisville. State and federal forest areas, caves, waterfalls, state parks, farmland. Despite that--and this also plays into the whole POV thing--it's not nearly as empty and wide open as someplace like, say, Montana, or areas of many other western states. If I went driving in those areas I'd probably be shocked at how few little towns I encountered along the way.

In any case, you're more than welcome to your big city life; a team of wild semis couldn't drag me to live in a place the size of Fort Wayne, let alone anything bigger. Besides ... vampires. But that's the great thing about America: You don't like one setting, go find another one.
makd
Aug. 31st, 2018 06:31 am (UTC)
I stand corrected, happily. Somehow, I got confused and thought Ft Wayne and Kendallville were the same size! My bad.

And yes: the country's so big, it's mind-boggling. (That's also why the govt is so big: ya can't govern a country as geographically and highly-populated as ours the same way you can govern a country as small (comparatively) as Norway or Sweden. (With every benefit, comes a cost.)

As for big city life and vampires....Ever watch Grimm? It was my husband's favorite show and he tells me about once/month that he misses it....That was set in Portland, Oregon. :-)
ozma914
Aug. 31st, 2018 09:24 am (UTC)
I never watched Grimm; the last season of Once Upon a Time was set in Seattle, but of course, that show wasn't quite so ... grim. :-) As a small town guy, I often can tell when the creators set their shows or movies in small towns but are from big cities themselves. They have trouble with their sense of proportions, and often can't tell what realistically would or wouldn't be in a community of a certain size. A small city covered by a volunteer fire department with a single antique truck, for instance. We cover a population of about five thousand scattered over 95 square miles,and still have nine fire trucks of various types.

Sunnydale is a perfect example: It's supposed to have a population of what, about 39,000? Maybe things are different in California, but the place seems to have way more businesses and services than the population would support--not to mention a body count that just couldn't be ignored the way it is. But I think Joss meant it as kind of a parody of small towns in horror movies anyway, so maybe that doesn't count.
makd
Sep. 2nd, 2018 11:58 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I grew up in a tiny town outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa. So small.
For us, Scranton was BIG. I also lived in a small town when I was a VISTA in NC. :-)

Movies made after the 50s set in small towns are almost never on point.

And yes: I agree: Joss was parodying small town life. (Spike: Home Sweet Home is Sunnydale.) :-)

ozma914
Sep. 3rd, 2018 09:47 pm (UTC)
Sunnydale was one of those places that started out small and grew with the necessity of plot. Oops--we need a second high school. A college. A military base. A beach. A dock!
makd
Sep. 7th, 2018 03:06 am (UTC)
True, that. Was there an airport, as well? Don't remember.
ozma914
Sep. 9th, 2018 01:43 am (UTC)
I had to look it up! Yes, there was: It's how Kendra ended up in Sunnydale, stowing away on an airplane, and it's shown or mentioned in about a dozen episodes.
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