One of the many summer events here in Szczecin along the river included an international firefighter competition . There were several Polish teams , teams from towns in Germany , a team from Slovenia , from Lithuania , and who-knows -where else .
They all went through a series of tasks , racing against another team . The Americans beat German teams while I was there . The event lasted two days . I don’t know which teams won overall .
It was a hot day . Very hot . I told the Texans that at least they came from a hot climate . These other teams were not used to these hot ( 90-95 F. ) conditions .
I asked Gonzales if this was fun for him . He shook his head slowly back and forth . ” I should have trained , ” he said after his bit in the competition . He’s over 40 and was competing against guys in their twenties .
I told him I’d look forward to him competing next year . I don’t talk to many Americans in Szczecin and it was nice to meet these fellow countrymen ( and woman ). The event happens here every year , sponsored by the Szczecin Fire Department . He said he’s like to come back .
” See you ! ,” I said . Same place same time . You never know . You never know .