Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Today I learned how to use SCBA, or Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. It was really cool!!! I was hesitant at first, thinking I'd feel claustrophobic or something, but really it was awesome!! The tank was pretty heavy, and we had to wear full tyvek suits with it, so that made handling the equipment a little more difficult. I had to wear the smallest size they had available, XL! I'll take some pictures on Friday when we suit up again, so you can see how ridiculous I look. :) Thank god I don't have to wear a chemical suit for my yob!

The class has 8 students. There are three guys who speak english as a second language, and they are seriously the nicest people ever! (not that people who speak english as a second language are typically mean, but whatever). There's another guy who won't shut up about being in the army. He is pretty cuckoo! I think he has been forced into the gas chamber one too many times. Today, he told me that he can no longer have children due to a shrapnel hit "down there". He also explained some of his parenting techniques (I'm afraid for his daughters!) where he inspects their bedrooms for proper cleanliness using a white glove! He is loud and obnoxious, and quite clearly insane. There is also a sniffly dazed girl about my age who just needs a little caffeine and maybe she could be normal. Anyway, it is a very unique group, which is part of what makes the class so interesting. It's also an ego boost because they all look to me for the correct answers, and call me "The Chemist" hahaha I'm not even a chemist. Boy, do I have them fooled.

So I have two more days here. My hotel room is nice and cozy, and I've been enjoying the city life. Helya came to visit last night for dinner, and tomorrow I'm going out to a fancy hotel restuarant with a friend from high school. I miss SLO and I miss my magnet!!!!

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