One of my favorite Master Firefighters, who I have known as long as I’ve known My Captain, is Kevin.
Kevin is one of those throwbacks to Sheriff Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. He is slow to anger, swift to do good works, and just a plain, old fashioned, true blue, Good Guy.
But he has one small characteristic that opens him up for mischief at the fire house:
This is not necessarily a good thing when you are surrounded by fun-loving firemen.
Now meet Brent.
Brent is not old-fashioned, and enjoys contemporary pranking. Brent, and his buddy, Logan, have spent the past several weeks making Kevin’s life a little more, er, difficult.
Now Kev has his quirks, as everyone does, and his main quirk is that he is just a tad OCD about his coffee. He has to have his coffee cup nearby no matter what. In fact, he made a special coffee cup holder for when he is driving the engine.
He’s serious about his coffee, and even more so about his particular coffee mug, and makes no effort to hide it.
Which is unfortunate, because Brent and Logan jumped on that faster than Sir Monty to catnip.
One day, Kevin came to line up very pleased with himself because he’d bought several new coffee mugs, custom made, on Amazon. He made the mistake of mentioning it. You can believe that the moment line up was over, Brent and Logan were plotting. They went onto Amazon and ordered the same mug…with the sole purpose of messing with poor Kev.
They had it made just like Kevin’s and even put a dent in it to match it exactly.
And then, when Kev wasn’t paying attention, they would switch his mug out with theirs, after doing things to the coffee like:
…. pouring Worchestershire sauce in it, or
…..adding salt to it, or
…..making it cold…
and then they’d wait for him to take a big swig.
Sometimes they’d swap his mug for theirs right under his nose, and they were so smooth he never even noticed.
Then they also took the evil counterfeit mug around the county and took pictures of it on toilets, in physically compromising situations, and other awkward things. They did this for a good long while, enjoying Kevin’s reactions!
Eventually, they took it out back and beat the crap out of it….all for the sole purpose of wearing Kevin out.
And Kev? How did he handle this? He’s their senior by far, and never did anything to provoke this kind of thing. Did he get mad? Did he make them do extra work, seeing as he is their Master Firefighter (kind of like being a Sergeant Major in the army)?
Nope. He’s as good-natured as he is true blue, our Kev.
After the joke was played out, he could admit that it was funny as heck! Not at all right, but it’s pretty ding-dang funny!
They have a saying at the firehouse. ‘If they aren’t picking on you, they don’t like you.’
They love Kevin to death!
But I wonder….do they think Kev doesn’t have a few tricks up his sleeve as well? This ain’t his first rodeo.
Stay tuned…I’m sure we’ve not heard the last of this story!