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Journal: You can't post to this page

Journal by fireman sam
Well, it appears that whenever I attempt one of my witty, or insightful comments I recieve the above mentioned error.

It appears that my ISP http://tpg.com.au/ has installed a transparent proxy that is either has a blocked IP address, or allows connections from any host.

This sucks.

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Journal: Interesting weekend

Journal by fireman sam

I've decided to use my journal as an entry point for interesting fire calls I attend. Let this be the first.

Last saturday afternoon just after 4pm, North West Sydney was hit by a decent storm. There was a lot of electrical activity that passed almost directly over my house.

I had just finished covering my cars with tarps and blankets to protect from the hail when the pager was activated. "Structure alight". I put on some of my gear and headed off to the station. Have you ever noticed that people will always drive slowest when you are in a hurry.

I get to the station just as the first truck has just left, grabbed the rest of my gear from the back of the car and jumped on the second truck.

A minute later we were there. Myself and my "buddy" jump out and went straight across to the first truck, "donned" our BA (breathing aparatus) sets and headed in.

The top floor two storey house was well involved. We entered via the front door in an attempt to gain access to the fire. As we entered the roof and air conditioner collapsed onto the floor before us. So we attacked what fire we could see from just in the door.

Shortly aftwards, the second team entered from the rear of the house and they too attacked the fire from the ground floor.

After a few minutes, the fire was less out of control. We made our way up the stairs to the landing. Every room was alight. The two teams began knocking down the fire in the rooms and the roof (what was left of it). We had gotten most of the fire when my warning whistle sounded.This signifies that I have up to 5 minutes of air left (if I was at rest). So my team had to make our way back down to the BACO (Breathing Aparatus Control Operator) get all the BA equipment off replace the cylinder and have a rest. The replacement crew took over and knocked the rest of the fire out.

Once the inital threat was over the salvage began. We moved all the furniture out of the ground floor and into the garage (which was not damaged).

After everything was completed, we returned to the station at 6:30pm (approx).

We had a 15 minute break then both trucks were back on the road to help with the storm damage. This was mainly trees across roads, power lines, driveways, on houses.

Finished and back at station at about 10pm.

All in all, it was a good way to help the community.

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Journal: 8 days 5

Journal by fireman sam

8 days without coke. I feel much better, though I'm still not sleeping well. Oh well.

After about 5 days the pain in my legs and back was almost unbearable. I couldn't keep my legs still for any length of time without aching. The headaches got worse and didn't ease until 2 days ago.

I was a smoker for 16 years (started at high school) and it was far easier to give up cigarettes than it was to give up coke. The withdrawal symptoms for giving up smoking was also far less. So watch out all you coke heads.

My resting heart rate is now down to 65 bpm (from 90) my weight is now 65Kg (from 60Kg).

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Journal: The power of Coke 3

Journal by fireman sam

Well it has been three days since my last drink of Coca-Cola and let me say they have been the worst.

Some history:

I started becomming a heavy user when I began working from home. I would consume up to 10 cans of coke per day and some days not eat. This has been going on for about 2 years. My teeth have softened and I have had 7 teeth pulled and the rest will follow soon.

My health:

Physically I felt good and could walk for hours on end (averaging 6Km/h). But if I was to do anything more strenuous I would tire very quickly. My resting heart rate was around 90 bpm, my body temperature was constantly high (about 1K above normal). Doctors put this down to a high metabolism. My weight is constantly 60Kg. I cannot gain weight.

The last 3 days:

Since my last can I have slept around 40 hours. I cannot walk properly because of pains in my lower back and legs. I have had a constant (dull) headache. To counter some of the symptoms I have been taking 500mg of Paracetamol and LOTS of water (about 5 to 6 Litres).

I anyone knows how long the pains will last could they tell me. Thanks

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