Friends and neighbors have been dropping by to check on Toby's recovery. Gisele, a friend from our gym, came over and gave Toby a big get well kiss. He likes her so much that he didn't wash the lipstick off of his forehead for days.Neighbors tap on the door to give him a little pat on the head and a cookie.
The people at our gym are so nice. One of the men, who's son-in-law is a fireman, invited us to the firehouse that is located near our port for a VIP tour. An American, who is the local basketball coach and a regular at our gym, came along with his family.
His son tried on some of the gear, and loved seeing all of the fire equipment close up.
It was interesting to see a European firehouse. In Roanne, there is one large complex that houses all of the areas equipment. They respond not only to emergencies in Roanne, but to calls from 21 surrounding villages. There are 37 specialized pieces of apparatus: pumping engines, ladder trucks, a heavy resc
ue unit, ambulances, haz mat, boats, water tenders, foam equipment and trailers with miscellaneous appliances. The department's brand new four wheel drive pumping engine was on the apron awaiting a call.
A large field behind the firehouse is an additional training area. Training is continuous and extensive. They were doing some haz mat training the other morning when we were there, and every Saturday morning a fire boat passes our barge on a training run.
At lunch the other day, the idea of a weekly Happy Hour at Le Santa Monica was born.We decided on Wednesday evenings from 6-7, and about 30 people from the port showed up for the first night. There were one or two regular customers who must have been wondering what had happened to their quiet little bar, because suddenly at 6pm the bar was full of conversations in Dutch and English, with just a smattering of French.
Martine's dog, Chopinette, was beside herself. She usually acts as the doorbell, running to the door and barking whenever anyone arrives. She got a workout last night, and she must have been exhausted this morning.