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Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I'm finally back with a blog. As I previously stated, I am not writing blogs again unless I have something worth writing about. Many of my friends have complained about that but I can't bring myself to bore anyone, including myself, with the drudgery of my every day life. I'm doing the same things that many of you are, brushing my teeth and combing my hair, over and over again. LOL. When I have something worth telling you about, I will. So here goes.........let's start out with a little Elton John because every good movie starts out with a great theme song.

Don't give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night's alright for fighting
Get a little action in........ (Elton John)

Do you ever wonder what other people do on Saturday night? I frequently do. Our Saturdays are usually the same. If the weather permits, we work and play outside until late afternoon. If not, we work inside, get online, or watch T.V., mostly for programs that the target audience group is commercials for Digger the Dematophyte toenail fungus, erectile dysfunction, colon health, leaky bladders, bloating, gas, dandruff, pills, lifetime rate locks, mucous, $18,000 bathtubs, and "I've fallen and can't get up". People like us don't buy premium channels as the gratuitously violent programs, displaying severed bodies with aortas gushing rivers of blood, remind us too much of our youth. Conversely, shows sporting naked male and female actors in sexually explicit positions, confuse us and cause us to ask. "What are they doing?" LOL. Anyway, around 4 P.M. on Saturday we tear ourselves away from this fascinating fun to drive to a small town about 20 miles from here, get gas in one of our vehicles, eat, and do a little shopping. It has become commonplace and boring. Dull as dishwater, a total rut, a deep REM snooze-fest. Yawn.

A few weeks ago hubby and I both had been under the weather as I had caught the flu the previous week and it led to bronchitis and laryngitis. Later I gave my itises to hubby as we always share any plagues we get individually. You know the routine, you give him ringworm, he gives you the crabs. LOL. On that typical Saturday, though, we both still had not beaten the plaque. We figured we would spend our day hacking and sweating like I had done for over a week. We relaxed and we did spent a lot of time outside hacking and sweating as it was a spring-like day.

As usual, on Saturday evening we drove to town, got gas, grabbed a bite to eat but then we nixed the shopping due to our wimpiness. We headed back home in the darkness. We drove past the tiny post office in our nearest "village", about 2.5 miles from home, when I spotted a fire on the left side of the road at the property of a state trooper. He and his family have a beautiful blue Victorian home with white trim. It's one of my favorite homes in the area. It's not uncommon for people out here to have huge bonfires where they burn debris or even have an early spring bonfire party. As we approached the fire though, this one looked different. It was unsettling. It had the unusual appearance of stairs on fire.

I said to my hubby, "What is with that fire over there?"

My hubby has better vision than I do and he slowed down and said, "Someone's shed is on fire and I don't see anyone out there!!!"

We drove closer, stopped on the highway, and got a better look. The building was fully engulfed, a roaring inferno. I said, "Pull in the driveway so we can notify the owners."

We pulled in and noticed that the state trooper's cruiser was there but no other vehicles. The house was dark. The outbuilding was situated close to the house and we knew it could quickly spread to the house if left unattended. Hubby said, "Do you have your cell phone with you?"

I searched my purse but couldn't find it. I said, " I better try to flag down a vehicle and you go see if you can find a hose at the house."

An elderly couple, who lived in the village about 3 miles away, almost immediately came by and stopped. She called 911 as hubby headed to the house. Luckily the house had an outside faucet with a hose. Hubby connected it and started to hose the building down. The elderly people and I shortly joined him. It was dark except for the burning building but we could tell that is was a weird shed of some kind. The blaze had caught the neighbor's yard on fire. After hubby got the fire knocked down he opened the shed door and it had a concrete base and firebox and part of it was stacked full of wood. We wondered if it was someone's homemade outdoor furnace. Hubby got it under control and started pulling out some of the partially burned wood to keep any more wood from igniting. He burned his hand. We both ended up muddy and reeking of smoke but hubby was determined to keep the house, the bunny hatches, plus the baby chicks that were nearby safe. The owners had goats, sheep, chickens, and dogs too and the animals were all upset. A state trooper, who was a friend to the one who lived there, showed up and he tried to contact the owner. It took the fire department about 20 minutes to get there and hubby had the fire down to a smoldering mess by then but it was a total loss. The fire department tore the building down to the ground. We learned that it was a homemade smoke house and the trooper had been smoking deer. We have a smoker but it is made of steel and is not huge like this. The owner arrived and the firefighters teased the trooper that they were charging him with arson. LOL. The firemen told the trooper that my hubby had the fire put out by the time they got there. One of the firefighters shook my hubby's hand and thanked him and said that too many people are on scene taking pictures instead of helping. The state trooper did the same and thanked Benny several times too. We would have done the same for any of our neighbors.

Now, when I wish for more excitement on Saturday night, I will be specific as to what I want. We are not looking to star in a Bruce Willis/Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger/Vin Deisel/Jason Statham/Mel Gibson movie. We don't want to battle wildfires, tempt sharks, dangle from helicopters, ride in Hindenburgs/Titanics, dodge bullets, leap tall buildings in a single bound, stop runaway buses full of school children, fight aliens. For excitement, I would be on for going TO a movie, or going to a nice restaurant, or going to a musical event. From now on, I'm not going to be jealous of any of you on Saturday night, regardless of whether you are out in the trenches fighting fires or are just sitting at home fighting crabs.
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    WOW, I'm only now seeing this, a year-ish later... sounds like That particular Saturday was Alright for (Fire) Fighting!!

    Back in the 70's, my dad was one of the local volunteer firefighters in the little town we lived in (population 582 or thereabouts.)... and this was in the day of party line telephones (we were out in the boondocks, so the big cities like Wichita were already pretty much switched to the private lines - and we did get private lines a few years later, towards the end of the 70's.)...so when the town siren went off, we listened for the telephone to ring a different ring pattern (no "tones" or "songs" - this was the old Ma Bell heavy duty wall phone bell which I couldn't actually hear, but I could feel/hear the vibration on the wall behind it...)... if it went off, we weren't to touch it unless Dad was home and was able to go to the fire. Some days we had other issues, like getting ready to go to the big city, so he might not go on a fire run if it looked like there was enough of a crew already gathered around to go...but on like grassfires or such, very often there would be a second call for more volunteers...

    So anyway, seeing as we lived in a Victorian style house back then, I guess your blog brought back memories!! Would have been devastating to lose such a gorgeous home. The deer and the homemade smoker... eh... sad to lose but there's always more deer to hunt and smoke (we have friends who do that - I'll have to ask them if they use a wooden shed or if they have a metal smoker like my mom has!)...
    1060 days ago
    Hi my friend, what a ride! You know me, I'm thinking, Whoa, NO! Their immune system needs rest, not adrenaline! lol. This was written in Spring, now we're coming upon Fall. I've been remiss, but let's not dawdle on that. I love that you BLOGGED, what a treat for the masses. You and Benny auditioning for a role in Backdraft II? WOW! So glad the animals weren't harmed, and you happened by. Lucky them, lucky duckies, chickies etc.

    I hope you've since recovered from the gomboo - yeesh, so sorry for those yuck times. Your boring is exciting. How do you DO that?

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    1301 days ago
    Oh my goodness! Well, he lost his deer too! Oh geez that is too sad but I am so very glad that you and hubby were driving by and that he was able to put the fire out. Can you imagine what would have happened if it were really windy??? I am just glad that everyone including the animals were safe. And I can understand that was a lot of excitement but not the kind you really want. And as for me, I don't like watching gory movies either. I have an acquaintance here at home who watches "The Walking Dead" and then she complains about not being able to sleep! Duh!!!! I have told her several times but I don't know. She says she's into Goth and she's like 48. LOL! Have a great week! Stay safe!
    1301 days ago
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  • G.I.JANE
    I have a feeling that life in general is adventurous for you. I love the way you describe things. You, my friend, and your hubby are heroes :)
    1366 days ago
    I am sorry your Saturday evening was a tad overstimulating but you are a brilliant writer and it was a really enjoyable read .Would be alright if we pray for just vaguely exciting Saturday nights for you?
    1366 days ago
    Wow. You certainly got some excitement. Glad that no one was hurt and that the house didn't catch fire. Very exciting night, indeed. emoticon
    1370 days ago
  • no profile photo BOOKREADER8
    You are both very brave, good citizens. I am not sure I would have been brave enough to tackle a fire.
    1379 days ago
    I want to be your neighbor! So glad you saved that man's animals and house, and that your hubby wasn't seriously hurt. Hope this Saturday night is less dramatic but still interesting! :)
    1379 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Your blogs ALWAYS make me smile. Please
    keep posting. LOVE IT!
    1386 days ago
    ok, you had a ton of excitement and I loved reading about it! I always do no matter what you have to say! It keeps us in touch but...I am still in awe ; did I read right that hubby goes shopping with you! well, dang I am losing out on all the fun stuff I guess! No wonder I talk to myself!

    You light up my life!

    1393 days ago
    Wow! You are very brave and such good people. I am so glad you saved the animals and no one was seriously hurt. Hope your hubby is feeling better. I would love you as my neighbor! 💕
    1397 days ago
    Excellent blog! emoticon

    Your Benny is a hero in my book! God bless him! I sure hope that the burns on his hands were not severe & that they healed in record time.

    As for this gal's favorite way to spend a Saturday evening - that would be home, cuddled up with my treasured MrV, watching any number of old movies, televisions shows, playing cards, or listening to old radio shows. I used to think that Saturday night had to be spent with friends (either at our home, their home, or out doing something); however, that has changed & I like the "new" way of spending our Saturday evenings.

    God bless!

    1398 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    emoticon Thank you and your hubby for SAVING THE LIVES of those animals and the mans HOUSE......

    Did I ever tell you, your my hero??????????????? thats a song :)

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

    1409 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    emoticon You Go girl... you are your hubby... emoticon saving LIVES emoticon ..... yahooo!!!!!

    emoticon emoticon I am soooooooooooooooooo PROUD of you both emoticon emoticon
    1409 days ago
    You made me laugh. You have a cool writing style and a good sense of humor!

    That being said, you and your husband are heroes! You stopped to help out a neighbor and save his animals and property!


    1409 days ago
    Love this post, you're too funny. And, great work by your husband!
    1410 days ago
    Exciting Saturday nights are over rated! Loved your post!
    1411 days ago
    Great story!
    Have you made plans for next Saturday?!
    Picnic? emoticon
    1419 days ago
    Sometimes excitement drops into your life whether you want it or not.
    1419 days ago
    Wow... I came here to wish you a Happy Birthday and what do I find? that your life is WAY more exciting than mine, especially on a Saturday night! But I guess I already knew that...you've read my savoring blogs from quite a few years ago.

    I am glad that you two are okay. I hope Benny's hand is healing. You two always do the right thing and never hesitate to help someone else. You are heroes. Thank you for writing about it. I always enjoy hearing from you.
    1420 days ago
    How did I miss this blog post of your??!!?? (Oh yeah, getting ready for Mom's surgery, etc etc)

    YOU TWO ARE HEROES!!! I've griped in the past about MY hubby's deep abiding involvement w/our local VFD, but it really IS remarkable how we hillbillies out in the sticks watch out for one another... The week before last (too much going on to have a chance to blog about it), the Phone Committee started dialing bcz a neighbor of ours had gone missing after a cardiologist's appt in town Fri afternoon... My hubby was available for Drive By's so to make a long story shorter, they found the poor man dead on his kitchen floor - perhaps he should have been hospitalized? But at least he didn't lie unattended for days on end until somebody smelled decomposition as has happened w/fair regularity in the big city!
    1420 days ago
    Saturday night's alright for fighting - fires? Ha ha. How is his hand?

    Man I hate those commercials.

    When I worked at an independent insurance agency, we were always trying to write new policies on small businesses. A sandwich shop owner came to us. Happy with his business, happy with his customers, but said since he added a mini smoker to his backroom, he was having trouble getting anyone to take him, even tho he'd never had a claim. My boss started calling up all his companies . . . I'd hear him on the phone with ea underwriter, saying yeah, it's a small deli, great security, really like this guy, great location, great fire suppression, blah blah blah . . . but they did add a miniature commercial smoker to the backroom . . . and that would be the end of that. No company wanted it. Your story reminded me of that from decades ago . . . must be something inherent with smokers. Wonder why. Apparently everyone but me knows. Of course a homemade huge one in a shed in the country is an entirely dif scenario, but, it makes me wonder.

    And I bet they won't place one that close to other buildings in the future, LOL.

    They could have easily lost EVERYTHING. Plus add to that, in the boonies 20 mins away from fire response. Yeah I BET he thanked him. Guess you have ticket immunity for awhile, at least with the owner & his friend, LOL.

    I wonder what people have done in the past (to do it safely)? I'm sure he's not the first guy smoking venison (meats, homemade sausages, etc). I guess this is one of those skills, one of many, that we "moderns" have lost. Like canning, fermenting veggies, making cheese, making beer, etc. Looks like if we could perfect crockpot safety, we could perfect smoker safety. How big is your steel one? I don't remember any details of the mini deli smoker from decades ago.

    Well, even if we have lost some knowledge, at least a few of us have retained the skill of how to be a good neighbor. That was well done!

    Your searching for & can't find the phone, reminded me of me, LOL. So sorry to hear you had the Spring Crud, as well. We have to do something about that, getting our immune systems up an running better. That's not normal and we don't want to have that every year for the rest of our lives.

    Well I hope your next blog is not about a fire, LOL. So glad to have read your annual blog.
    1420 days ago
    Wow! A blog post like this is worth waiting almost a year for! You two DO deserve a writeup in the paper. "What Would YOU Do? Local Couple Saves Trooper's Home"
    1420 days ago
    That is a VERY exciting evening indeed! I hope you get your wish for a different kind of exciting in the near future.
    1420 days ago
    OMG So very glad you helped! You are a miracle to most!

    luv ya for it
    1421 days ago
    The owner of the home owes you and your hubby a great deal !! Thanks goodness for people like you....Hope you blog again soon, but maybe of a great movie night LOL
    1421 days ago
    Thank goodness you were both there to help - your husband did a GREAT JOB on the fire - I hope his hand is ok and wasn't burned too badly.

    You both are great people - thank goodness for people like you. emoticon
    1422 days ago
    As usual your blogs as seldom as they are are fun and full of life. You have an amazing way with story telling. You should write story's. You certainly would sell. Thanks for sharing your Saturday with us.
    1422 days ago
    That's a crazy story! Holy mackerel.
    1422 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Now that is REAL EXCITEMENT For a Saturday Night!


    I'm so glad you decided to share with us. I MISS YOUR BLOGS!

    Please write more often than once a year. I love your life and I'm sure
    so many more of us do also. You have a neat life. Interesting to me
    for sure!

    I'm with you on the TV stuff. I get free basic with my rent and only watch
    TV in the evenings sometimes. Only for an hour or so, if that. There just
    isn't anything worthy of my time on there. It's a shame that people pay so much
    to watch nothing. If I had to pay for TV I would not have it. Rabbit ears or internet
    will do.

    You guys were great to take care of your neighbors, as I already knew you were
    the type that would.

    Please feel all better SOON!

    1423 days ago
    Wow! Are you two getting a write up in the local paper? Seriously, not many people would to do this! You are definitely good people!
    Your Saturday nights sound eerily like ours! Since we live in suburbs, it's a shorter, traffic filled trip to one of the local chain restaurants, maybe a stop at Home Depot and then home to scroll endlessly through TV channels to find something that is mildly interesting! Like you, we don't do violence or sex(y) so options are limited. If we're lucky Antiques Roadshow is on!
    1423 days ago
    True country living!
    1423 days ago
    yes wow !!!!!!!! thanks to you 2 for helping !! most would not - too scared ? I agree , that kind of excitement is not for me either .. I am happy sitting at home actually .. :0)....... now you can put fire fighter on your resume
    1425 days ago
    What a great help you both were to that state trooper. Well done. Interesting that most people prefer to take pictures rather than actually help!
    1425 days ago
    I am so glad to hear from you. Wow what excitement. Good that you nixed the shopping. Your neighbor is so fortunate that people like you and Benny would stop and put out that fire. Too bad he burnt his hand, I hope it heals quickly.

    About those commercials, I am sure we watch the same shows. emoticon
    1425 days ago
    Wow what a Saturday night you had. Me ? I was just home on the couch watching baseball :)
    1426 days ago
    emoticon Wow, lucky for the owner that you were there and able to do what needed to be done!
    I'm with you though, I LOVE my boring Saturday nights...sometimes, I think - WAY too much, LOL. I've come to be miserable if I have to be out late and all I can think is "I should be in bed right now."
    Ah, the joys of getting older....notice I didn't say old...
    Thanks for the great read and just don't go out anymore...stay in and stay safe...
    1426 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2016 6:19:23 PM
    I am proud of the two of you Handling an emergency like that. I hope your DH hand is not too painful, I hope it gets better fast.
    It should be in the local paper it should be. (((HUGS)))) Pat in Maine.
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    1426 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2016 5:39:58 PM
    okay, I'm with you. That kind of Saturday excitement is over the top. I pray your dear DH will take you to a movie and dinner Saturday. We will be at a fund raiser of Brain Injury Camp. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1426 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    I'm sure you weren't wishing for that kind of excitement for a Saturday night, but kudos to you and especially Benny for stepping up to the plate and getting that fire under control. Fires scare me as my family home burned when I was in my 20s. I was visiting my family at the time and noticed the fire. Fortunately, we were all safe, but our home was a total loss.

    Thanks for taking time to write this blog! You know I've always enjoyed your writing :)
    1426 days ago
    I absolutely love your writing and your sense of humor! Keep it up.
    1426 days ago
    Wow, you guys are such good human beings. My excitement the other day was a SWAT team nearby with police attack dog. And I'm walking right into it without realizing it. Yikes, it was a scary hour or two.
    1426 days ago
    Well, when you do blog it is certainly worth the read!

    Our Saturdays are very much like yours. aka...b-o-r-I-n-g! We seem to like it like that. Getting DH out of the house after dark is difficult, to say the least.

    Our neighbor has practically clear-cut his lot next door because he just LOVES evening bonfires, even if it's as dry as a tinderbox for lack of rain, windy, whatever! I've spent many a Friday or Saturday evening hoping that his fire stays put and doesn't set our woods and home aflame. Heroes, even for our own defense, we don't want to be.

    However, for you and Benny, job well done and I'd hope for neighbors like you if things ever did get out of control around here! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1426 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2016 3:15:55 PM
    Wow, I'm glad you were able to help!
    1426 days ago
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