Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Crossing The Line

I’m a writer, and most writers share one common trait. We are in one way or the other willing to take a chance, risk failure, and cross a few lines. Now, I admit, I’m a bit of a line crosser—both in my writing and in my life. It’s just how I’m wired.

My faulty wiring has occasionally landed me in some strange situations. Some good strange, where I got lucky…not that kind of lucky! And some not so good strange like the time I ended up being chased down Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley (a suburb of Los Angeles) by a half-naked drunk man. (But I’ll save that story for another blog.)

Anyway, for this blog, I wanted to tell you about a crossing-the-line/good-day/got-lucky experience. Not that kind of lucky! Well, not exactly that kind of lucky. It did involve some smoldering hot men—yowzy—and there were clothes being removed, but before you jump to any conclusions, remember I’m a southern, very married lady, so let me explain.

My hubby, (see hubby was with me) and I had gone to Galveston, Texas for a seafood dinner. When we arrived at the restaurant, we noticed they were filming Good Morning Houston across the street. That was interesting, but what caught my eye, was the fire truck filled with some very hot men. (And I don’t mean there was a fire around either.) They were almost too yummy to be your average fight-a-fire-Joe. And I just so happened to have my camera with me. So, I thought…hey, I could snap a few shots. Of course, you understand, I was doing it for you, not for myself.

Anyway, I . . . well, I crossed the line. I mean both figuratively and literally. You see they had sort of taped off this section to keep the average public out. But since when did I consider myself average? So I did it. I crossed the line. And then standing on that side of the line, I put my camera up to my eye and snapped a few shots.
Oddly, the strangest thing happened. One of the firemen spotted me. He pointed me out to the other men, and then . . . this is when things got weird . . . all the guys started taking off their clothes.

Hard to believe, isn’t it? I know, I couldn’t believe it either. I looked around to see if anyone else had noticed this bizarre occurrence, but no one seemed to think it was strange. So I did what any decent, married, southern lady would have done. I put the camera back to my eye and kept taking pictures. (For you guys…of course.)

My husband, standing on the other side the line started yelling. In all fairness, I didn’t blame him. If the shoe was on the other foot, and he’d been taking pictures of women removing their clothes, I’d have yelled, too. But amazingly, my hubby, being the hubby he is, wasn’t yelling at me to stop, he was yelling to make sure I had enough film. Of course, he knew I was doing it for my blog readers. Gotta love that man.

Anyway, I was snapping shots of firemen undressing and a gentleman came up and interrupted me and wanted to peek at my press pass. You see, the firemen, were part of the 2008 Galveston Firemen Calendar, and they had been expecting a photographer to come out to snap some “sexy” shots. And seeing that I looked professional, and knew my way around a camera, they thought the show was on.

Let me tell you, it was a nice show. And since I was doing all of it for you guys anyway, and considering all the proceeds of the calendar would go to support a children’s fund, well, I thought I’d share.

For more information about the calendar you can check out: http://www.galvestonfiredept.org/

So, there’s one of my cross the line stories. Have you ever crossed a line? Come on, I tell you guys my stuff! And don’t forget, by posting, you will get your name entered in our contest. Did I mention that on December 15th, I’ll be giving away the prize? You will win a Sexy, Suspenseful and Seriously Funny night-shirt, an autographed copy of my book, some humorous note cards, graced with my own Christie Craig pet photography, and a Divorced, Desperate and Delicious mug filled with chocolate. So get busy posting!

For another chance to win a DD&D T-shirt, go to www.dorchesterpub.com and check out the contest there. And if you still haven’t gotten a copy of Divorced, Desperate and Delicious check out www.LoriWilde.com . Read the interview she did of yours truly and enter your name for a chance to win a free book.

Crime Scene Christie


Jana DeLeon said...

Hey, who says you're not a professional - those pics are hot, hot, hot! Thanks so much for sharing. That's definitely one example where I wouldn't have just crossed the line - I'd have dove over. :)

Anonymous said...

All I can say is that gods were smiling on you that day!

Alexis Morgan

Christie Craig said...


Thanks so much for posting. I didn't dive over the line, but I'll admit I was moving rather quickly!!


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Christie Craig said...


Thanks for posting girl. Yup, that was a good day!!
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Anonymous said...

Hey, Christie,

Okay, why don't the firemen around here look like those guys? Texas, here I come! LOL.


Shelli Stevens said...

I'm sorry, what? Wait, what was the question? I'm all flustered over the fireman. In fact, I need to go back and look again. Love the post. Gahd look at those torsos.

Gemma Halliday said...

How on earth are you so lucky, Christie? I never encounter truck fulls of half naked firemen. *pout*.
You did check to see if any were single for me, right?


Minna said...

Oh, the things you must do for us...

Christie Craig said...


Come on to Texas.

We'll set a fire together.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...


They are rather flustering, aren't they?

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Christie Craig said...


I'll go write your number on the fire station wall. Then again, one of them might end up being blogged about as your blind date.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...


Yup. It was all for you!

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Stacy S said...

Very nice!! It was great your dh was so nice about it. I'd like to have some firemen like that here..

Christie Craig said...


Thanks for posting. My hubby is real keeper.

And yup, those Texan firemen are special.

Crime Scene Christie

Estella said...

Those were great pics, pro or not.

Christie Craig said...


Thanks for stopping by. I think it would be hard to take a bag picture of such nice looking subjects.


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Tori Lennox said...

being chased down Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley (a suburb of Los Angeles) by a half-naked drunk man. (But I’ll save that story for another blog.)

Hey, it's really not nice to tease us like this! *g*

Terri said...

mmmm...I mean...hmmm....you've definitely got quite an eye with the camera. ;-)

Thanks for the note earlier...lose my email addy?? ;-P

Angie Fox said...

Oh bless you. It's been a crazy day and I really needed a hot, half-naked fireman fix.

Christie Craig said...


Mmm is right.

Congrats on your win!

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...


Hey...what can I say? I'm a tease!

Thanks for posting girl!

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Christie Craig said...


I'm so glad my post helped you relax. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Crime Scene Christie

Jennifer Lewis said...

Wowwwww. If anyone's starting fires in Galveston, it wasn't me. Really. I live in New York. Vacation? Moi?


ms terry in gadsden said...

i just want to say first of all Christie thanks for coming to the Doll Shop for your signing in Gadsden.
Then i want to take the time to tell the world that if they ever have a chance to come to one of your book signings they need to make sure they dont miss it.
Hey everyone you will never get this kind of humor for free anywhere else. It's not your average book signing this girl is an Entertainer.

Christie Craig said...


If I lived in Galveston, I might be tempted.

Thanks for posting girl!

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...


And I can tell anyone who lives in the Gadsden area that you are the one to ask to hold a signing. Wow! I had one interview and two newspapers stop by to get photos. I felt famous! Thank you so much!

We laughed, signed books, talked about old times, and sold dolls. Nothing is better than that!

Thanks girlfriend.

Christie Craig

catslady said...

Oh I'm really laughing out loud! Good thing it wasn't back in the day when cameras had film - they may have confiscated it and that would have been sad (for us that is). The best I can come up with is when I was taking some pics in a casino in Atlantic City of a replica of David. I got threatened by some security goons that they would take my camera if I did it again - who knew you weren't allowed to take pictures in a casino!!

Christie Craig said...


Thanks for posting.

I've been in Lake Charles and they prohibited cameras, too.

Hmm....what are they afraid of?

Thanks for posting girl.


Jenyfer Matthews said...

OMG, Christie - what a lucky lucky girl you are!! And I have to say that the fact that they were expecting a photographer to show up certainly does explain some things - like why there were so many hot men in one place and why they started to strip for you!!! They wouldn't have been fooled by my little camera :)

You know, I can't think of any situations in my own life to compare but you have definitely inspired me for the next time I see a firetruck...

Christie Craig said...


Thanks for posting.

I was stunned when the clothes started coming off. I seriously didn't know they were calander guys.

Crime Scene Christie

Kimberly Frost said...


After reading it yesterday, I was just sure that Divorced, Desperate, and Delicious was the epitome of CC fabulous entertainment, but shirtless fireman pics are a very close rival. You're my go-to girl for fun this week!


Now if you could just fit a few of them into a Xmas stockings and give them out at the holiday parties you attend. ;)


Christie Craig said...


Thanks for posting girl. I'm so glad you enjoyed DD&D! And I'm thrilled you enjoyed the firemen, too!

Hmm...I think Chase is at least as hot as those firemen!

Crime Scene Christie

MsHellion said...

You should definitely photograph all your own cover art from now on! I think these guys will be willing to help! Wonderful pics! Way to seize the moment!

Virginia said...

Hey Christie, I loved the pic. I would have love to have been in your shoes, I not sure I would have got any pics after they started taking their close off. I think my tongue would have been hanging out.

Christie Craig said...


Hmm... I think you are right. They would make great cover art!!

Thanks for posting.
Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...


You just roll the tongue up, close your mouth and start snapping photos. :-)

Thanks for stopping by.

Crime Scene Christie

Kathy Bacus said...

You shore 'nuff know how to warm a gal up, Crime Scene Christie! Heating pad? Long underwear? I don't need no stinkin' longjohns. I've got these pics to keep me warm...

Thanks for sharing your hot firefighter photos!

~Bullet Hole~