90 minutes ago, a dead tree toppled over and took down the phone and power lines, which started a grass fire burning in my front yard, (more accurately described as a pasture.) I ran out there with a small container of flour, and tried to put it out, only to watch it spread faster. Using my cell, I contacted 911 and within 5 minutes the fire dept responded, and put out the fire. about 4 minutes later, the electric company was here with two bucket trucks, and within an hour had re-strung wire and restored our power. I went out and spliced the phone line back together, since the phone company can’t seem to get here until Friday. Their wire is on the ground.
I felt pretty stupid standing there, my little container of flour in my hand when those guys showed up. They were courteous enough not to laugh. The mayor even dropped by to see to it that the fire was out. All in all, I can’t complain.