Friday Morning Travel Plans
Are you acquainted with the CBS television show The Amazing Race? Personally, I have never watched it but I have certainly heard about it over the years. It has been on the air since 2001, so it is obviously a very popular show to have that long a run. It airs weekly for about 11 or 12 weeks and most years they have two "seasons" broadcast several months apart, so this next batch that begins next week is dubbed Season 22.
The Wikipedia entry for the show describes it:
The Amazing Race is an American reality game show in which typically eleven teams of two race around the world. The race is split into roughly twelve legs interspersed with physical and mental challenges, and require teams to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and vie for airplane, boat, taxi, and other public transportation options on a limited budget provided by the show. Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of each leg; the first of the last three remaining teams to cross the final leg's finish line win one million dollars (US).
I'm talking about this today because FG reader Ron Y. passed along the information that one of the teams in this upcoming series is a pair of firefighters from Gaffney, South Carolina. Matthew Davis and Daniel Moss work together, presumably at the Gaffney FD, and will be one of the eleven pairs of contestants that will be at the starting line on Sunday night, February 17. You can read the program's online cast bio of Davis and Moss HERE. So if you're looking for some escapism to get you through the final weeks of winter, here's a good diversion.
The guys from Gaffney (CBS)
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Also I have been asked to pass along a reminder that SPAAMFAA, the national antique firetruck club will be holding its Winter Convention beginning next week in Jacksonville, Florida. It gets underway on Wednesday the 13th and there will probably be a couple of well-restored antiques out there for you to look at. SPAAMFAA's website is HERE. Click on the Calendar button for convention details.
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And, one more item that has been sent to us to share comes from Mark D. who was reading up on a 5-alarm fire in Boston the other night. He spotted this interesting photo from the Boston Globe that captures the artisitic placement of the six aerial ladders. He sub-titled it "Five Bells, Six Sticks."
Boston Globe photo
Now let's get our own fire equipment, old and new, ready for the day and get the morning check started while I fire up the Bunn-O-Matic. See you back in the day room.
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