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September 14, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

On fire about wet pants

Two vintage Campbell Soup kids. Boy in distress. (USPD. artist life,

With all this rain? Of course they’ll believe it’s because the swing was wet.(USPD/

No one likes wet pants.

Not hikers.

Not kids riding home from the beach.

Not firefighters.

Relief for the first two is at the end of the road, but firefighters are not so lucky.

Can you imagine tugging on all that protective fire fighting gear,  sweating in extreme heat while fighting flames, then peeling it all off knowing if a call comes in, it’ll mean struggling to tug the whole soaking mess back on again – or sharing gear with another firefighter?

(We won’t even scratch the thought of rashes that appear from wearing wet gear.)

Drying uniforms inside and out can take up to 36 hours of hanging around the station in front of giant shop fans.

Or having some financial angel purchase expensive, commercial dryer alternatives.

But one local firefighter had suffered enough sog.

With a little tinkering and plastic pipe, he created a homemade gear dryer that’s a real hot item.

One that’s about to blow out other fire stations, too.

Wonder if there’s a smaller model for wet weather dog towels

Pipe dream

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

“Woodlands firefighter saved department thousands of dollars” (article)


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  1. shoreacres / Sep 14 2018 6:30 am

    Now, if someone could just devise one to dry out the world.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2018 6:44 am

      You caught my drift. Not a dry eye here.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2018 7:05 am

      OMG. The neighbor’s cat is taking up residence on the porch bench. Molly is huffy and puffing at the window not knowing what to do
      Noooooo vacancy!

      Liked by 4 people

      • Kate Crimmins / Sep 14 2018 10:05 am

        Perhaps Molly should talk to RC about pest removal.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2018 10:30 am

          Luckily the kitty Mom came home and she scampered off. It’s not like the cat doesn’t have a cat door or a warm snug bed, it’s she gets lonely …
          We’d been keeping RC ignorant of the situation, but she’s caught on…mumbling something about “all that bulk and bluff and the darn dog can’t get a petite kitty to get off the porch…” No doubt some sort of strategy session will be called shortly…we’re worried about if it was bitter winter cold with sleet….

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  2. easyweimaraner / Sep 14 2018 6:47 am

    nice idea ;O))) its the same with all uniforms, as soon as they are wet you have quasi to carry the weight of another human with you…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2018 7:09 am

      It’s pretty ingenious.
      Molly wants the DIY dog wash place to loan the firemen those tornado strength wall mounted dog dryers….she’s willing to give up her bath for them….We’re not quite convinced.
      Thanks for hanging up a comment on this line

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  3. Jay / Sep 14 2018 7:25 am

    Runners don’t like wet pants, either.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2018 7:46 am

      Ugh! Nothing like summer heat, high humidity, and exercise.
      (We shall not mention what some marathoners have told me about no time for “visiting facilities” during races….)
      Hope you are snug, dry, and comfortable! Take care up there.
      Thanks for floating down here to chat

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Xena and Lucy / Sep 14 2018 8:01 am

    Looks like a million dollar idea. I bet those in Florence’s path would love to have one for their whole house.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2018 8:30 am

      Might see a little modification of that idea by someone creative dealing with damp.
      So much rain here, even the posts are waterlogged…sog on the brain.
      Thanks for dog paddling over with a comment

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Kate Crimmins / Sep 14 2018 10:07 am

    Can I schedule it for my area? Drizzle all week. Just enough water to encourage mushroom under your armpits. Yep, this was the original swamp ass summer.

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2018 10:36 am

      There’s a line forming…
      We’ve had 4-6 inches since midnight. Downpours with thunder which are the outer band of the tropical whatever about to go in south close to Brownsville. Galveston’s roads are flooded with some impassable. Our city is sending the fire pump trucks to pump out subdivision lakes/retention ponds because those homeowners are panicking watching their lovely scenic “lake” spill over.
      You’re right. What a summer. Let’s hope the rain wanders off before winter.
      Thanks for the splashy comment


  6. Anne Mehrling / Sep 14 2018 1:33 pm

    Most inventive!!


  7. ShimonZ / Sep 15 2018 10:43 pm

    It is rare nowadays that we’re able to improve our well being by our own work as our environment becomes more and more mechanized and built on synthetic materials. It’s good to see that we haven’t given up thinking for ourselves. As for the weather, reminders now and then that the world around us isn’t all home made…


  8. RKLikesReeses / Sep 20 2018 3:32 pm

    That is SO COOL!!!!!!!!


  9. LordBeariOfBow / Sep 21 2018 10:10 pm

    When you think about it; it’s not something that ordinary civilians think or even give a tinkers cuss about; fire fighters and what they must put up with in those outfits that they must wear. No way the average bloke can do what they do, they are a breed apart. I’ve got a lot of time for them and the ambulance drivers/paramedics.


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