Well here it is. My first post, on my first blog. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be finally doing this. For the past few years, I have basically using my Facebook account like a lazy man’s blog. Daily I was posting funny photos or funny stories of things I would come across throughout my everyday life. I’ve only now decided to clean it up and put all my thoughts together here, for you to read. I will also be trying to stay anonymous (unlike Facebook) for as long as I feel comfortable. That being said, I will be referring to myself as DUF (Dad Under Fire).
Who the F— is DUF? Well, I’ll do my best to use this first post to explain who I am and why I think I should be blogging. I’m 32 years old. I have a beautiful wife who I have been with for 14 years (married for 6 of those years). I have an incredibly awesome 3-year-old son, and we are expecting another son in about 5-6 weeks (or sooner!).
For the past 4 years I have been employed by the City as a professional Firefighter with one of North America’s largest departments. I live in the suburbs in a detached home in a fairly new neighbourhood, so new that the land I live on was a farmer’s field 5 years ago.
My situation is unique because I work 24 hour shifts at the fire hall. This means I work 7-8 shifts per month. It may sound like very little, but if you do the math, I work just as many hours (sometimes more) as a regular 9-5er.
24 hours x 8 shifts = 192 hours per month
40 hours x 4 weeks = 160 hours per month
I’m just lucky to do it in such large chunks, that it allows me more time (days) at home with my family.
My wife (Mrs. DUF) works full-time as well, in Breast Cancer Research. Our son goes to daycare 2 days a week to cover the days I’m away, and to give me a rest on days when I’ve had a busy night at work. This works very well for all of us. My son gets tons of quality time with dad and vice versa, and he gets to socialize with other kids for two days a week. Any other days that come up where we need a hand, we have my mother-in-law or grandma-in-law help out in a pinch.
My activities with my son (DUF jr.) include heading to the park/splashpad, going to the mall or grocery shopping, fishing and various community programs. On days where I am exceptionally tired, I’m not afraid to turn on the TV once in a while (Hey! I can’t start this blogging relationship with lies).
Now that I’ve introduced myself and have gotten all the boring stuff out-of-the-way, I hope you’ll stick around for my next post when I can start to get into the “meat and potatoes” of this thing.
Just like the first season of a new TV show, I’m sure this site will go through some growing pains. At least until I find my groove, but stay with me. I promise to be funny, interesting and sometimes controversial. If nothing at all, I will be REAL.
Some days, I may blog about family, some days I may talk about work (You may need a strong stomach for some of those posts, but I’ll always warn you ahead of time). Sometimes I may blog about current events or hot topics. With every post though, I welcome your comments (Critiques AND compliments) as I try to find what people are looking for in a somewhat crowded world of the “Dad blog”. If you do find a post interesting, please share it for others as well.
Thanks for joining me on this first step of Dad Under Fire…