Apparently Sharon Stone's sister lives in the area and felt grateful for our efforts. By the way, how would you like to go through life being referred to as Sharon Stone's sister? ( Her name is Kelly). Sure enough, boxes of ice cream bars showed up the next day. While some of us were disappointed that Sharon didn't make an appearance, even more disconcerting than this was that some of the younger firefighters didn't know who she was. "Who's Sharon Stone?" they asked innocently while munching on Dilly bars.
Sometimes, like grizzly bears, celebrities are attracted to fires. Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up at fire camp once and addressed the crowd at morning briefing, mostly about climate change. The public information officers buzzed around like bees. "No pictures of Arnold! No social media! His people need to approve all photos," they insisted, as everyone took pictures and immediately posted them on social media.
|Arnold talks to firefighters. Some people tried to talk to him about working out. Lame.|
Sometimes I don't even recognize them. Many years ago, a middle aged man brushed past me at a small airport on his way to a flight lesson. "That was Harrison Ford," my pilot said. "No WAY," I responded, but turned around to look. Sure enough, it was. However, like my coworker who this year became tongue-tied when Gwen Stefani said hi to him, I couldn't think of anything to say. Then he met Calista, and my opportunity was lost. Darn you, Ally McBeal!
We often save their houses and their communities, and though we don't see them that often, I'm sure they appreciate it. Thanks for the ice cream, Kelly! We'll keep doing what we do, with or without it, but it's nice to know you thought of us.