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Yet another busy weekend

posted Feb 22, 2010, 9:45 AM by Ly Vuong   [ updated Feb 22, 2010, 10:07 AM ]
It took us about twenty minute drive to the Fire Station Open House in Great Falls. Again, Thuỵ was with me to make the photo assignment less boring and possible. He provides the companion, the voice activated light stand, the children tracker, and also my spelling checker. You see, the task is not only taking the pictures, but also to take down the subject's names, ranking, ages, number of years live in the area, and ... whatever the subject said to you. For me, I am a very slow note taker, and worse  with names; so Thuỵ is the one to fill my shortcomings, and make them all right.

We arrived about 11:30pm and the station was already full of people. Outside, kids were having fun put out the prop fire, with the help of a real firefighter, of course. Inside, people and children were surrounding the Chief, who was leading a group of volunteers demonstrating the techniques of helping another volunteer, playing as an injured person. Then came the activity in the smoked room, a prop fire engine along with real rescuing vehicles; children were having a blast; and so were we.

Within an hour, we shot around 40 pictures, and believe that we had enough for the Sun Gazette. Before leaving the place, we each had a hot dog, compliment from the Great Falls Fire Department, and picked up freebies: a refrigerator magnet and an oven mitten. Wonderful time & trip.

The Sun Gazette of Great Falls uses the picture as the cover page of the newspaper that week. Hooray!