Yesterday a friend sent me what is becoming my new favorite blog, Raising Ladders, which is the story of Alex, a probie firefighter/paramedic with Engine Company 15/Rescue Squad 3 in the District of Columbia. The writing is phenomenal, and you get to see a whole other side of our city from the vantage point of a young firefighter working in the city he loves. Be ready, though, I’ve lost a couple hours to the site in the last couple days, and you very may well get sucked in, as well. I dare you not to gawk for at least 15 minutes at his photography, though. Dare you. Oh, and if you don’t read the story about talking with the crackhead? You’re missing out.