1. a position or situation from which there is no escape; deadlock.
2. a road or way that has no outlet; cul-de-sac.
Synonyms - stalemate, standstill, standoff, dead end.
Look, I try to stay as far away from politics as possible. I quite possibly LIVE in rose-colored glasses, and I like to focus my reporting on the very best people have to offer. But after spending so much time with IRC Fire Rescue in 2013, and making lasting friendships, I wanted to come to the much-anticipated County Commission-Firefighters Impasse Hearing last week.
The highlight was seeing the many friends I made while doing the Fire Rescue book! I am grateful I decided back in 2013 to act on my desire to ride with them, learn about them, photograph them, and put it all into a book. I slipped in at exactly the right time to do a book, and I had the blessing of all parties. It was like a time of CAMELOT there, with Toby Turner in his last year, and many others who have since retired. Had I waited a year, I would not have been able to do the project! Hard to believe this time last year I was sitting at the Firefighters Fair selling the books. Since I funded the project out of my own pocket, I only had a small amount of books printed, and happily most sold and I was also able to give some to the community, schools, and the Little Free Library. I pretty much broke even, but the treasure I gained from the experience is limitless and priceless!
That time in my life for me was also certainly a CAMELOT time I will never forget. What remains is a nagging feeling that I rushed through it - I didn't realize how precious and fleeting it proved to be. I was scared and breaking out of my box and trying something MAJORLY NEW. I used to feel so nervous when it was time to report to Station 1 (I stayed where some of the mold is) and the freak-out feeling I had every single time I parked my car and walked through the garage and was alone with the fire engines and ambulance ... And as as soon as I walked in the fire house I was welcomed. Hindsight I really also needed that feeling of extended family and safety and goodness. I thank god for the opportunity. I am grateful.
Here is a slideshow of 61 photos:
From November 2013 to January 2014, I had the rare chance to become 'part of the crew' as a photographer and journalist with IRC Fire Rescue over the course of four months, and I put a book together about it called MY ADVENTURE WITH INDIAN RIVER FIRE RESCUE.