Euroman's 2016 Journey to the Beach

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Euroman's 2016 Journey to the Beach

Excerpts from the life and times of the legendary Euroman and Grover
You may choose to believe this or not

Euroman and Grove on a whirlwind the last couple of months are off again to save lives protect the innocent and search for true love on the not so sunny shores of Myrtle Beach South Carolina. TM has sent them to help with hurricane relief this time as Safety officer.
Euroman finds this humorous.

Prelog:
Home only a few days they did manage to work a few shifts in Bridgeport and make a much needed Wed. night at hometown. On Wednesday afternoon Euroman was asked if he would like to be part of the command staff for operations starting down south post hurricane Mathew, figuring this would increase his chance to go of course he said yes. On Thursday morning he was informed he would be going to SC as a Safety Officer, this will be strange not working on a team instead just driving from work site to site checking on safety. Euroman also learned from Alboulder Athena was sick apparently from eating a deer carcass. Euroman also committed to looking at potential TM saw project Friday morning at Soapstone Mt. EuroDaughter also invite him up for dinner Friday night. Since there were no definite flights south yet Euroman agreed to all. Later in morning while working on Euro before going to saving lives in BPT he heard dogs fighting and a women screaming around corner from the compound. Euroman went to investigate. New Fireman’s dog got loose as older women who was walking her dog happen to be passing by, in the scuffle, women got tangled in leash and fell her face struck curb. Big open gash on chin. Euroman went into EMT mode, check if she was A&O, called 911 and women’s husband who was working in Bristol. Women was very anxious Euroman took control of her dog and did comforting thing which he is not very good at, PD arrived, then Plymouth ambulance. As door open on ambulance Euroman hears familiar voice saying hello, it is a former female medic from AMR, they did some catching up. Husband shows up before transport and takes dog from Euroman. Euroman departs scene quickly gets ready for evening shift saving lives. He returns around 9:00 to see plumber outside Alboulder’s house fixing clogged sewer line. Euroman visits with Athena who is still not feeling well, Euroman is concerned. Later in evening he learns he will be leaving sometime on Friday for SC. Sammie time.

Friday, October 14, 2016
Up early. Euroman scraps several ideas and will go to meeting at Soapstone than return to Compound to await flight info, disappointed he will not see EuroDaughter. He is back at compound by 10:30 goes for good run, he has been getting noticeable faster since Eurodaughter fix knee problem. At 12:30 hearing nothing from TM he makes an inquiry. At first he thought he was flying into Charleston and driving to beach, then was told he would be flying into Myrtle, then after long delay he is informed he had 5:30 flight to somewhere so he drove to BDL not knowing destination or airline. Finally got message with info, flying to Atlanta, pickup TM tool trailer and drive to Myrtle about 400 miles away. Flying SW again, Euroman had c22 for seating number, he would never get an aisle seat but he thought it was only1.5-hour flight it would be ok, he picked a seat between two airline pilots thinking that would be safe. Halfway through the flight he began to snap he wanted out. Turned into what seemed like a much longer flight. Change planes in Baltimore Euroman now had c19 for 2-hour flight to Atlanta, he knew now that was unacceptable, he paid 30 to upgrade to A8. Euroman received call from TM telling he would meet someone in Atlanta who would give him keys to a truck, get him a room than in morning pickup equipment trailer somewhere else and drive it to the beach. He wonders if this plan will change again before he lands. Euroman gets aisle seat 2nd row, he does not want climb over fat people if plane crashes. Arrive Atlanta Euroman met by someone he knows from several operations who ask him what motel he would like to stay at, Euroman says MO6 what else, he adds he could also be just as happy at a Walmart parking lot. Euroman learns of the massive logistics going on to support 3 different operations. Sammie time..

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Saturday, October 15,

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Euroman when to Macdonald’s for hot tea, they guy behind counter looked at him strangely and said no. Euroman was told to meet R4 members at storage area to pick up trailer at 9:00 this is late for him. Little did he know not only did he have to pick up trailer it still needed to be loaded. It’s noon before he begins his 400-mile journey to Myrtle. Drive goes resemble will considering each stop needs to be planned in advance to accommodate trailer, Euroman does not know why anyone would want to tow a camper trailer for a vacation it’s not fun. He arrives beach at 7:00 where he meets 10 other members at Christian ocean retreat. Euroman remembers a couple of face. Dorm style living. Euroman is unable to find a happy place. He might have to move to a truck.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Up at 5:30. Tea, Euroman walks to beach before everyone else gets up. Euroman is safety officer except there is no field teams going out so make him team lead for damage assessment team. His partner is very cute former Navy Seabee, Grover decides to join the team. As they are getting organized Seabee tells Euroman she is not a people person could he handle the homeowner interaction Euroman laughs, there is no one less of a people person than himself. The procedure is go to house that have requested help and see what needs to done. Euroman has not done assessment yet, its simple work although his experience doing the actual work makes much easier and he can give accurate estimates on time to complete. As the day continues Euroman learns much about Seabee, she is from across the ocean, speaks 3 languages, believes in ghosts and aliens, several tours in the Mideast, she really likes Grover. Euroman tells her he knows all about Seabees since he has seen the John Wayne movie The Fighting Seabees. She likes the Euroman, thinks they are a great team. Back at billet they give report of day’s work. They have long conversation while waiting for dinner. During dinner she gives Euroman what he thinks is the look from across the table, he looks twice to make sure. She reminds Euroman of hs Canadian pet. Sad part this was her last day she drove home short time after. Euroman will miss Seabee. Euroman received bad news for Alboulder, Athena need surgery to remove tumors from stomach, Euroman feels bad he is not there. He finished night with walk on beach.

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Monday, October 17, 2016
Up at 5 for morning run on beach by time Euroman got back he was locked out of housing. 7:00 morning meeting Seabee was replaced by 2 others who had just arrived. Another day of assessments. While Euroman understands his value at being able to evaluate worksite and accurately estimate of time involved he still feels like caged animal he wants to get in the game. Good part of day is spent driving around trying to get to certain address that are surrounded on 3 sides by flood waters. Lots of probing backtracking circling. They eventually assess 14 site, create 10 work orders. They ride back to FOB is no better with massive traffic jams, Euroman wonders what this must be like in high tourist season. He had good another good team just not a Seabee. Back FOB he plants idea that perhaps he could be better used as chainsaw lead one of the other ops starting up. A very poor selection for Sammie time, he makes friends with new logs guy to insure a better quality.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Yet another team. This time he has a local new to TM ops. Euroman explains too local that Euroman is not a people person, local say he knows he was warned. Euroman now takes great pride in a properly done assessment. The homeowners they encounter are all very nice appreciative and say if others are in need of help don’t worry about them. The team only takes a 10 min lunch continuing with assessments. Back to FOB by 5:00 where Euroman learns this op will end on the 26th and he might be forwarded on to Fla or Ga, to help down there. Tomorrow he will be lead for a demolition and tarping team, which he received the official training in Dallas, so much for chain sawing and safety guy. Euroman received unexpected text from Seabee. Debrief and tell awesome moment time. Euroman hates awesome moment time, he never has awesome moment. After debrief he quickly changes for run, he has much better run than day before lower once again his time although it is flat ground. He missing dinner instead has banana, apple, piece of cheese, small bag of chips and stinkin Ying-ling. This needs to change. He spends time catching up on CCM emails.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Very restless night yet great day for Euroman. During morning brief Euroman was recognized with special op coin for traveling on moment notice without an idea of where he was going. Once again he had a different team except for Local, this time they would support a chainsaw team and demo a small shed. The chainsaw team had 2 instructors and 3 students. Euroman watch to lead instructor start cutting, he could tell he was lacking confidence very well could be that 10 people were watching him but he was making questionable cuts. Instructor 2 took over; he handles the saw well but plowed into the debris pile eventually ending up cutting while staying on top of debris. Euroman suggested he stop and let swampers remove parts of shed, actually Euroman jumped in a to remove it himself. Cutting resumed with safer footing, Euroman as instructor might not say anything to other instructor but Euroman as safety officer would. As it could near the end Euroman suggests they leave the remaining section to save time since it really wasn’t on the owner’s property, lead instructor wants to cut anyway says it will only take 20 mins Euroman knows this is not so, lead continues cutting, Euroman sees he is standing on top of fallen chain link fence cutting last 15 ft. section, he strikes the fence twice with the saw, Euroman finally calls a stop as safety officer. They eventually manhandle piece to safe area and finish cut. Saw team leaves Euroman’s team starts in on demo-ing shed. This shed is better constructed than most houses plus its filled with tools and other items. Safety officer stepped on 2 nails, he needs steal shanks in his mucks. It takes some doing but they finally bring it down it takes just as much effort to rip it apart to haul to road. They finish up by 2:00. Take 10 min break than finish 3 other easy rake up jobs. Returning to base by 4:30. Euroman gets official notice he will be dispatched to Ga. Op on 26th. Euroman has also made friends with new logs guy who was on his team 2 days ago this was tactical maneuver. Logs guy comes through and has found Good friend Sammie, Euroman is so happy. To the Chief and Denise.

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Thursday, October 20,

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Normal restless night. New team again, still has local plus married couple and new female sawyer who just took class earlier in week. Chainsaw work day. First house has large tree down in driveway. The team functions well married couple are excellent workers; new sawyer is safe but slow. They finish house before noon and move on to second. Temperature is climbing into mid 80’s. Euroman thought he was hogging the saw but wanted to make sure the projects were completed on time, what he realized is new sawyer was tiring even with limited saw time. Euroman told to rest in shade he would finishing the cutting. Euroman is also tired but can’t show weakness his people need him. Back to FOB and saw cleaning by 4:30. Logs guy continues to supply Euroman with his good friend Sammie

Friday, October 21, 2016
Normal restless night. Tarp project to start. The house needed a new roof not tarp like putting a band aid on femoral artery bleed. Plus, given 6 mil plastic sheeting to use instead of tarp, the plastic would rip if you simply kneeled on it. Euroman was not happy after 5 hours on the roof in hot sun. They final moved on to small saw project around 3. This takes longer than expected, return to FOB late. Teammate Local almost immediately brings Euroman a Sammie, Euroman is happy.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Slightly better night. Food once again an issue, they don’t understand no flesh of animals. Euroman supplements with Sammie. He has a crew of 3 today with new who was a roofer, Euroman is thinking this is incredible. Their first job is another tarp-ing.
Euroman rings bell and knocks on door at 9:00 am. No answer, walks around house than calls owner on cell, owner answers, says they are all sleeping, eventually open door. Owners says roof is leaking in several areas, Euroman asks if he can come in a look, owner hesitates, says no his family is all sleeping, Euroman thinks this odd and something else is going on. Once on the roof it’s obvious it’s been leaking for a very long time not just from storm. His team is only able to tarp a one section; they need a new roof. The owner will they tarp more, Euroman says that is it, you need a new roof. Owner wants more. Tarps can’t fix a rotten roof. On return to FOB Euroman learns a TM who he knew for several operations was a 22, that was hard to believe. Many plans are starting to evolve. Euroman was to go GA on 26th till 31st, then possible to NC. GA was shortened to the 29th, they may send him now direct to NC on 25th. Euroman thought he might be home for weekend that seems unlikely now. Brother Rick is supposed to be in VA on another op but comms is down no SA since Wednesday.

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Sunday, October 23,

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Euroman kept his word. Horrible night stinkin sorers they need to be removed from the species. Euroman has team of 3, Local, Doc and himself. Small fast team. They finish one saw job in the morning. Euroman wanted to return to the 90 y.o, vet who still had a tree hung against another in his driveway. He had closed out that work order the other day but kept in his mind to squeeze it when he had time, he wanted to keep his word that he would return. It was time. He was not really sure how he was getting the tree down since the other team took their tow rope which he planned to use to pull the struck tree down. He and doc were working on clearing and trimming upper branches when local came walking across a field with 30 ft. of cable, he would not say where it came from. They hooked it up to the base of tree and pulled with truck tree broke free and fell easily.
Euroman’s awesome moment for the day. They did one more work order in afternoon.
Euroman has standard 2 Sammie night to compensate for lack of food. He is still unsure where he is going come Wed. Ga., NC or compound. Number of people have left only 8 remain Euroman is able to secure a private room away for snore people.

Monday, October 24, 2016
Quite night in new room. Last work day. Saw work. Clear trees from Vet’s driveway and cut monster 100 y.o. oak that fell in someone’s yard. Grover made twitter and photos with homeowners. Euroman was given Sammies and pizza for dinner, great day, Still unsure what directions he is heading on Wed.. Watching The Searchers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Packing up. Euroman’s direction will be back to CCM compound the method is still bing debated. Drive rental truck vs fly. Euroman wants to drive, he could be home by earlier morning. Much back and forth on what might cost more eventually for what every reason they decided to use the costlier flying options, $400+ against $250 to drive. Grover was interview by public information officer, another first for him, closed session Euroman was not sure what he said. Euroman went for final run than swim in ocean which turned out to be much warmer than he expected. Had final Sammie and watched end of Searchers. Mission to Myrtle was complete leave on morning flight back to his people hoping to make pizza and Sammie’s at Hometown.