My friend Chip Taylor owns a fire truck (he’s single ladies!).
Actually owning a fire truck may be part of the reason he’s single, he also owns a cool collection of radios. He lives in a beautiful part of Vermont, where the views are long and the men are strong.
I’ve never seen Chip’s fire truck so when I went up to give a talk in the area recently, I stopped by. Chip had his pride and joy out of it’s garage waiting when I drove up.
The firetruck looked dated to me. I almost laughed at the vintage touches such as wooden ladders (imagine how heavy to lift) and a “life net”, such as I’ve only seen in the cartoons. I thought “If this showed up when I called in a fire, I would just laugh.”
It seemed a dinosaur, a historic piece, something worth preserving but of no use anymore. Chip mentioned it needed to be kept covered, the brakes needed work again, it was a lot of upkeep.
Then Chip mentioned the firetruck was from 1960.
That’s the year I was born.
I was as old as this firetruck that seemed almost a joke in it’s simplicity.
I’m beginning to need a lot of upkeep. I’d rather be kept covered at night, I’m over my camping in the woods years. I’m very dated in that I don’t have an iphone and get flustered sometimes with my computer, begging younger friends to “show me how to do this, I just can’t figure it out.”
I am, dare I say it, almost vintage. Still worth keeping around and showing off every now and again.
- Hunky Firefighters! (quick – lemme burn down the house!) (twinsaneasylum.com)
- Firetrucks damaged in early morning fire in Newport (whptv.com)
- Event: Walgreen’s “Be The Match” Firetruck Pull Saturday May 18 (tampa.cbslocal.com)