Jan 13, 2009

Shovelhead Ed

Ed,
We MUST meet! I will make it happen and I will buy the beers. People like you are hard to come by these days. Mostly busy in the far corners of the world, unfortunately. No matter what happens there always seems to be someone like you who will go to hell and back to come get me. God I love this country!
Frank


From a comment on Lab Firefighting Ability Questioned.

Shovelhead Ed sez:
I am a fireman. I am a Los Alamos fireman. With this in mind, let us begin this literary soirée. First off, I consider “anonymous” writings to be an exercise in the lack of a quality known as “Pride in Ownership.” Whatever your reasons are for this, suffice it to say they are but yours…. And yours alone. This allows you pious mouthpieces within this hallowed blog hallway, to fire away clandestinely at everyone else without fear of retaliation or retribution. The veil of anonymity perhaps does hold a protective, sheltering quality for the timid of mind and heart. If what you write here ARE genuine truthful statements, why the anonymity? Be proud of your writing, of your opinion. Writing is an art form…. A gift. If you’re proud of it .. put your name on it. I will be now, and in the future; addressing some of these bloggers who have chosen to feebly attempt the degradation of my career and brotherhood with various examples of what one would only refer to a phonetic dungstorm. So…. Anonymous authors… you will be given a number. “Anonymous 1 thru ??? whatever. You will know who you are… who I’m referring to. Remember that number… It’s yours. You own it. How does it feel to be a number instead of a name? So, without further adieu, let us begin? O.K.???? Oh and let’s try not to get our feelers hurt …o.k? freedom of speech and all you know!!!!

Anonymous #1 ( a collection…..inexperienced prima donnas)
This inexperienced prima donna fireman you’re addressing here is a 19 vet. 17.8 years of that serving your shit spewing shell. Feel the need to bag on our trucks…… ok---- fine . Wanna trim some fat? Hey great… I’m all over it man… nobody’s bigger. Perhaps YOU should assist our administrative officers with the ordering of these apparatuses. Know anything about vehicle specs for a quad, a quint, an aerial?? Site and dept. specific for Los Alamos??? I’m sure they’d appreciate your vast knowledge and insight. You ARE the fire apparatus guru, to be sure!!! Yeahhhhh, guilty as charged goin’ to Smith’s. We’re kinda funny that way. Food procurement and daily meals has throughout the years been a mainstay and a constant for us. We’re strange people….. we like to and further more, have a need to eat. Starvation status quo for you? Or what?? We’ll never find you at Smith’s will we? Oh and by the way… thanks for compliment… I haven’t been called a young buck in decades. Feels good… as for response times…. We’ve been through this with you people before so I’ll tell you again. Maybe this time it’ll sink in. If we had a 4-5 minute response time on the scooter wreck it was from the SECOND IN ENGINE AND MEDIC (relocation companies) COMING FROM LOS ALAMOS. Not the first in response companies coming out of White Rock. Times are recorded. Perhaps before you inundate us all with diarrhea of the keyboard, you should know certain facts. One last thing……….. you have little use for us?? Best news I’ve heard today. Let’s keep it that way. You remember one thing…. When you have a need, or a use for us…… you’re having a bad day bubba. It is my sincerest wish that you and yours never need us. Thanks for your time. Have great days.

Anonymous #2 (Two points…… heroes of the Cerro Grande)
Hey 2 points. First off I’m a volunteer in one of those departments who showed up here to serve. I have extensive service with these brothers as well. We ARE extremely practiced. We fight a shitload of fire. You will understand one thing…… there may not be a lot of structure fires here in L.A. , but I’ll tell you, with my extensive training and experience, these brothers and sisters of mine here in L.A. are ready to and HAVE answered the call, and are damn good hands. Let’s talk about Cerro Grande. I am a Cerro Grande vet. Are you? Your job was to run out of town. Ours was to stay and fight. We did. The experienced right along with the inexperienced. All that stayed….. all that fought were the heroes. Where were you? Stand down… you don’t have a dog in this fight. Find something else to nitpick on. You a military vet? I’m seriously doubting that. If you were… you’d understand and have respect for those who do stand in the face of adversity. The experienced were the heroes huh??? Guess what genius. After that fire… everybody had experience. Good day. Hope the new year treats you well.

A special shout out and thanks to YOU…… Frank Young…… thanks much for your guidance and tutelage. Much appreciated. Enjoyed the phone conversation. Have great days brother!!!!!!

Anonymous #3 (true story…. Hour-by-hour)
Yeah sure man…. Abandoned by L.A.F.D. as too dangerous. You are to be addressed in the same fashion as your buddy 2 points above you there. Let’s look at your statements logically here….well we’ll ---attempt to anyway….. not much to work with certainly… but we’ll try. The large sections of town that were “written off” that you refer to, were the areas that we were in the god damn middle of (western area) attempting to extinguish fires that were already involving homes. Homes that were “written off” were the structures that had achieved or were about to achieve “full involvement” status, and there were a lot of THEM bubba. Those were let to burn in order to foam down and attempt to save those homes that were salvageable, or otherwise unimpinged by fire yet. And I mean YET. Also don’t give me your bull crap blog about saving homes with garden hoses. The north community burned. Have you seen aerial photos? Place looked like Rolling Thunder over Hanoi. Only thing standing were the chimneys. I’m all about learning from others, and I’m fascinated with learning new techniques to improve my quality of care and service that I provide throughout my beloved career. So I would really appreciate you and the rest of the garden hose fire company to come forth and teach us how to repel firestorms with 5/8 inch garden hoses. That’s cutting edge firefighting technology right there. And if you can pull THAT off….. market it buddy….. you’ll make millions. You’re pathetic. I was in the middle of it…………. You weren’t. And if you were you weren’t much help. Where was your silly ass know-it- all attitude then? Best of luck and times throughout your days!!

Anonymous #4 (cush job)
Hey c’mon man….. Cush jobs. Who has those? You? Me? Frankly, given human nature if there was one on the planet everybody would be clamoring and chomping at the bit to get it. Own a little piece or a bigger piece of the pie right? Everybody wants longer vacations, better vacation spots, nicer cars, bigger homes, mo’ money, the hottest women, the kinder, more sensitive understanding man…. I mean the human’s list goes on and on. We may not have a plethora of structure fires or metro type calls daily, but we still have many tasks and details to attend to. I cordially invite you to stop by Fire Station 1, on A-shift and I’ll give you the grand 25 cent tour. I would be happy to genuinely show you what we do, and why it’s to be done. It’s obvious that you are unaware of how we live by your choice of verbage. “Gotta be” and “must be” are what’s perceived as “ guess” terms. It’s cool. You don’t know…. I’d be happy and proud to enlighten you. Would love it if you’d stop by. Oh… and uhhhh …It’s not boring. Thanks for your time. May you be in heaven an hour before the devil ever knows your dead!!!!

Anonymous #5 (suck it up young man)
Suck it up young man??????? Stick it in your g/d ear!!!! You need to understand something clown. I have credentials out the wazoo too. Your 24 yrs. of schooling and achievements have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on me serving here or anywhere else for that matter. I choose to serve here. Here’s just a small brief breakdown for you. While you’ve been in school and in your ivory tower, I’ve been out here and elsewhere….. serving 2 departments….. 2 cities for almost 18 and 20 years respectively. In that time, I’ve saved 3 lives. 3 people are walking this earth because of me. You got 24………. I got 3. Hmmmmmmm. 24 to 3? I win. You are a sad little soul… and I feel for you. I sincerely hope your psyche changes and you can feel better towards the world. Must be lonely being the only one, or one of very few in it. Good day.

Well that’s it… for now anyway. For those of you who have read these blogs and have supported , cared for, genuinely concerned yourselves on our behalf and well-being, I say unto you all…. Thank you so much from the bottom of mine and this family’s heart. WE appreciate you. It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve you. I look forward to many more years. For those who navigate by means of negativity , cynicism, and misinformation, I really hope you can find a more positive outlet for your frustrations. Try positive living …… you’ll be happier and there won’t be a need to attempt to bring others down. Best of luck in your endeavors.
One last thing…. This fireman does not ask for “hero” status. I don’t even give a damn if you thank me when we see each other on the street or at the lab sites. But the one thing that I will insist on… for me and this family of mine here…. Is basic respect. We have, by God earned it. I will accept nothing less. Thanks to all who have taken time in your lives to spend some time here with me. A peaceful good night to all.
Hunter
Los Alamos F.D. Firehouse 1

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

ha ha most of us firefighters make more than you labby prima donnas, more than 100 grand with OT...so who is smarter

Anonymous said...

Great reply.

I think anonymous 1-5 are all the same creep. What the guys motive is I do not know.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! I didn't realize that fire fighters could also go "postal". I thought that type of behavior was the exclusive domain of those who suffer the stress of working for the post office.

Anonymous said...

A garden hose can be used to put out spot fires that threaten to spread to a home. They call also be used to wet down a roof to help lower the risk of a home catching fire. This stuff happens all the time.

I agree that once a building fully ignites, then a garden hose is of very little use. It's the pre-ignition phase in which a garden hose can be extremely useful.

That fact that you, Hunter, are apparently unwilling to even admit this possibility tells me much about you.

Anonymous said...

Everything about this guy is thick except his skin.

Anonymous said...

Dear Firefighter,

Please don't waste your energy on these egotistical, pathetic and sarcastic LANS scientists. They have always thought they are above everyone and if you’re a minority it’s even worse. What you do for this community and our country is appreciated! Sadly, we can’t say that about these guys because their disgusting!

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha to all of you. Shovelhead Ed is a kid from the valley with a valley education. Bet you didn't know that and couldn't discern it from his writing (something you think only LA elite can do) wrong. Way to go Ed you are a wonderful example of what the valley can and does turn out. Glad to have known you from there.

Anonymous said...

Can we please move on, this is getting silly, don't you think...

Anonymous said...

This inexperienced prima donna fireman you’re addressing here is a 19 vet. 17.8 years of that serving your shit spewing shell.

Not much of a kid anymore....and the valley does "turn out" alot of things good and bad.

Anonymous said...

Dear Firefighter:

A perfect example is the selection of the Laboratory's newest Fellows namely Kurt Sickfus. He's a racist, arrogant SOB. He should be investigated for fraud, waste and abuse. Just a simple example: Official travel to Africia and went on a safari trip instead of attending the conference. It appears there are no ethical standards required of this selection. Or maybe, that is the standard!

Thank you Firefighter, for love of community and love of country!

Anonymous said...

"Thank you Firefighter, for love of community and love of country!

1/13/09 7:06 PM"

Dear fraud, sign your name please. Let me guess you no longer work at the lab? You got fired right? Yes I think that is about right. Now you spit your lies, bs, and fraud on any forum you can. What you have said is a lie and you know it. However if you are confident than you will sign your name. You will not because you cannot and all of us know why and I do mean all of us know why.

You know we got your point already.
You hate LANL, you hate people with education, you hate the LAFD, you hate New Mexico. Ya we got it! You are sick and disgusting person. We got that as well.

Frank, I think most of these "I hate the LAFD" are all from the same idiot who has an agenda againts LANL.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping my comment would elicit a number. Darn, now not only do I not have a name, I don't even have a number.

Frank Young said...

1/13/09 8:40 PM,
I don't have any way to tell who sends comments, and I don't have any list of rules on what I will allow. I just try to allow as much as possible. A little profanity is ok, no threats (unless you are threatening me), no classified, ect.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who is worse on this blog, Eric or our new friend, Shovelhead Ed.

At least Eric knows how to spell, write and form an occasional cohesive and meaningful argument.

Anonymous said...

"Thank you Firefighter, for love of community and love of country!

Where do you get that people hate the LAFD Department by making this statement? I believe they meant it when they said thank you to the firemen of this community. I don't hear anyone saying thank you to LANS scientists.

This reminds me of the "Class War" between Wall Street and Main Street.

Anonymous said...

With all do respect, I have worked with Kurt Sickfus. “Bigot” is the only word to describe this individual and I use it shamefully. He demoralizes student interns and colleagues to a level I had never experienced before. LANS has chosen the wrong person to represent their own. Unless, they too are part of the bigot club!

Anonymous said...

"This reminds me of the "Class War" between Wall Street and Main Street.

1/14/09 5:50 AM"

There is no class war here. It is simply some bitter ex-LANL person who is stirring up crap by making inflammatory comments againts both the LAFD and LANL, at the same time. You can take a guess who this puke is. There are a couple of canidates but just think disgruntled fomer worker and that should clear it up.

Anonymous said...

A hero is a soldier or marine in Iraq, not someone who sits in a heated/air conditioned room (on overtime) waiting for a garbage can to start on fire.

Let's keep it real

Anonymous said...

Alright then, "lets keep it real"

he⋅ro   /ˈhɪəroʊ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [heer-oh] Show IPA Pronunciation

–noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros. 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.


But a true hero is one who does this with out complaint or want of recognition. That is a true hero.

Anonymous said...

8:13, the disgruntled fired former employee shtick is pretty dumb.

Anonymous said...

I read this blog occasionally and I am an employee of LANS. Some think that if there is a comment that does not agree with them, believe they are disgruntled former employees. Morale is this institution is at it lowest! It has nothing to do with fired and former.....

Anonymous said...

" I read this blog occasionally and I am an employee of LANS. Some think that if there is a comment that does not agree with them, believe they are disgruntled former employees. Morale is this institution is at it lowest! It has nothing to do with fired and former.....

1/14/09 2:32 PM"

It is one thing to have a comment that ones does not agree with, however some of the crap like calling a lab fellow who is a great person a bigot is clearly comming frome a former disgruntled employee with a an agenda. Look it is not too hard to figure who these nut cases are, think about it. Like it or not but a large number of the "I hate scientists" "best and brightest" are all coming from one or two people. It is not the Santa
Fe anti-nuke crowed, they do not "hate scientists" or the "those best and brightist", they hate nukes. No, it is somone who feels they failed as a scientist but blames others for their failure, rather than themselves. So who falls into that category around NM? Think about it and it will become very very clear.....

Anonymous said...

1/14/09 2:32 PM

Kurt Sickfus is what he is.....unfortunately! Poor choice for Laboratory Fellow. They should conduct a background check on ethics in the future.

Anonymous said...

"1/14/09 2:32 PM

Kurt Sickfus is what he is.....unfortunately! Poor choice for Laboratory Fellow. They should conduct a background check on ethics in the future.

1/15/09 7:04 AM"

Again this is bullshit. He is an outstanding choice for lab fellow. Look at his record of accomplishment. I also know him as a great person and an outstanding exmample for the lab.

In any case it is kind of blatantly obvious that are an ex-employee with a ax to grind. It is not that hard to guess who you might be, let us just say "mentally unstable". I feel sorry but what you are saying is crap and you know it, but you are what you are and cannot help it.

Anonymous said...

This particular post is done. But it to bed.

Anonymous said...

Kurt Sickfus posts continue to try and give the impression that he has a base by responsing as a supporter for himself.

Anonymous said...

"he has a base by responsing as a supporter for himself."

Well the people on the Fellows committee must think very highly of him. So it looks like he has a number of supporters.

Let us see your name if you believe so strongly in your bs accusations. I say you are a particular bitter ex-lanl employee who was fired due to inccompetence. We all know you cannot give your name since it will kill every bit of credibillity you have.

Anonymous said...

"1/15/09 1:19 PM"

No reply? Let us see that name!

Anonymous said...

How bold you are Kurt to ask for the blogger's name when you yourself will not give your name! The committee is either part of his club and/or unaware of his lack of morals/ethics. Continue your free ride Kurt on taxpayers dollars.

Anonymous said...

Kurt Sickfus appears to being going postal in trying to find out the individuals name that has challenged him!

Anonymous said...

" 1/17/09 8:56 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kurt Sickfus appears to being going postal in trying to find out the individuals name that has challenged him!

1/17/09 10:13 AM"

Same person.

I am not Kurt, I just hate it when the best and the brightest are slandered.

Back it up with your name.

Anonymous said...

"Best and Brightest" is further from the truth Kurt!

Anonymous said...

Chief "Mac" and his little lap doggies will soon have to explain their actions to more than the county council. Good luck.