Long story, real short version…   

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Tommy Haynie

Hometown – Fort Myers, Fla

Allen Park Elementary

Ft. Myers Jr High

Rabun Gap Nacoochee School

Fort Myers Senior High 70


1970 – 1978  Truck driver; Scattered thoughts; as my friends went through college – I drove 24/7 delivering fresh produce throughout the mid-west and east coast.

AFD 055 Tom G Haynie

Tom G Haynie – AFD 055

1979 – 2010; A career journey as a firefighter, engineer, and then officer; 31-years among the awesome family within the City of Asheville, NC and its Fire Department.  Traditional structural fire-fighting into the most recent of accredited emergency care providers

  • Metro, Engine 15 B, 1979-1981
  • West, Engine 6 B, 1982
  • West, Engine 3 B, 1983 – 1989
  • Metro, Capt. Ladder 1 A, 1990 – 1993
  • North, Capt. Engine 7 A, 1994 – 1997
  • West, Capt. Rescue 3, Ladder 33 A, 1997 – 2000
  • Central, Capt. Engine 2 C, 2000 – 2001
  • Bat 2,3, Batt Chief B and C shifts, Admin SOG’s;  2001 – 2006
  • South, Capt. Engine 4 B, 2006 – 2007
  • East, Capt. Engine 8 B, 2007 – 2010

Class A CDL – Emergency Medical Technician – Firefighter I,II,III – Hazardous Materials Technician, Operations – Swift Water Rescue II,III – Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Dive Certified – Confined Space/Trench Rescue – Fire/Rescue Insrtructor – Fire Inspector – Fire Officer I, II – Fire Educator –  Associates Degree Fire Service Technology – Fire Management Certification


– it was one fine ride



Retired after 31 years because I could.  Miss my cohorts but happily away from dealing with all those ‘doggone people” (fundamentally, I believe that each person should manage their own ‘vessel’)



Now’s basically about there being “a whole world out there” and finding opportunities to explore the waters along the way (listed to your right).  It doesn’t hurt that ‘paddling’ is cost effective – plus, I find that time spent usually allows a primitive, peaceful, and ‘real-time’ perspective to this awesome landscape about us.

The hardest thing about paddlin; is getting out the door.” tgh

There are several types of paddling along with various reason’s WHY? folks paddle.  If interested, find your reason – and do it your way.  Personally I like distance, in a casual manner during the spring or fall.  Early placid mornings are the best! but there are many meaningful moments on flat to class II waters to absorb…  I’m just using these two little portholes that life has provided while crossing a few of ‘lifes-circles‘ along the way.

The blog is simply a tangible reference and potential foundation for more ‘circles‘ to close; trip-report style; all uncharted waters for me.  The grammar skills represented are basic – but I like fewer rules, kinda like building a ‘hot-rod’  (no rules) it’s just easier.  I’m really proud that folks like you reference it, “thank-you.”

“The water was as level as life is good.”  tgh




Now and then I stop and touch the bottom – ‘default‘ is a small lake among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


” You have but two opportunities to do the things that interest you; 1) right now! or 2) the absolute first moment that the opportunity presents itself! – otherwise, those interests could be lost in your desires forever.” – tgh






tamarackidd – bacshortly@yahoo


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherrie
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 03:25:28

    Love the photo above, where you’re standing by a river, with red rock walls around you, blue kayak behind. Nice shot.



  2. Tom Guinan
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 08:17:20

    I would love to get in contact with you, as I have wanted to travel the miss river all my life and believe I am close to doing so. Would like to know of plans for your pontoon, dimensions of shelter and such. Have read free bird many times and continue to enjoy it. Please write back to tommieboy



  3. Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 13:31:53

    Hey Tom, the questions section ( http://bacshortly.wordpress.com/questions/ ) of the Mississippi trip has a lot of the information – or email me at tomhaynie@yahoo and I’ll do my best with answers. For sure, read Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain before hand, and then do it! especially if it is something that has been on your mind, and do it your way…. awesome adventure



  4. Nancy Holyfield
    Sep 28, 2015 @ 07:16:09

    Wow, I just read your blog about going down the Mississippi river and you have so inspired me. But, you know what, I was raised in Memphis and now live in Arkansas. The river isn’t that far from me. I have wanted to take a trip down it all my life. Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors. Something about loving Mark Twain and also loving the Mississippi River-seems like this is something I will have to do. You have helped me decide that I am going to do just that.



    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Sep 29, 2015 @ 07:28:09

      Thats neat Nancy, by all means – give it a go. The trip is absolutley ‘doable,’ just takes a little humility for the ride of a lifetime. The ‘Questions’ part answers alot – but if you need more, email me….. oh yeah, dont’ let what others say deter you, do it YOUR way! Thanks for your note….



  5. George T. Jenkins
    Oct 06, 2016 @ 14:22:29

    Hi Tom, just read your Fort Myers segment. It took me back and reminded me of the sights, smells and sounds of my childhood. A wonderful read that opened a window into the past.



  6. Richard
    Jun 10, 2017 @ 23:45:22

    Looks like you’re having a great time. Saw your website written on the inside of a bear box at Echo amphitheater in New Mexico. Enjoy!



    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Jun 11, 2017 @ 06:09:30

      Life is Good Richard, must be that you’re enjoying yours also… thanks for the note, I appreciate it.



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