On the way home from work a couple days ago, I hear my cellphone start to ring. It's Katie.
Katie: "So when you get home, don't be shocked to see a fire truck in front of our house."
Kevin: "WHAT!?!? Are you okay? Is the house okay?"
Katie: "Oh, I'm fine. Kathy [our next door neighbor] called the fire department because she thought her washing machine caught on fire."
Kevin: "Isn't that usually reserved for gas-operated dryers?"
Katie: "Yeah, but the motor burned out on her when she ran a load during her lunch break and left to go back to work. When she came home, there was smoke everywhere."
Kevin: "Oh. Lovely. So no actual flames, though?"
Kevin: "Guess she'll be getting money back from that company that installed her washer last week, eh?"
Katie: "No. They're still waiting for her new washer, which is on order. They were here installing her new dryer."
Kevin: "Call this the ultimate sign that she really needs a new washer, eh?"
Katie: "No doubt."
Kevin: "So our unit's not on fire."
Katie: "Nope. We're good."
Knowing that our unit was not on fire just made me want to get back that much quicker so I could snap a shot of the fire truck. Being a firefighter junkie like I am (having taken the test in a couple departments, but not quite making it), I wanted some photos. And Geneva fire trucks are cool. The bottom 2/3 of the truck is red, while the top 1/3 is black. They are even cooler when contrasted with the neighboring St. Charles trucks that are that God-awful fluorescent green, which always makes Katie joke, "they're not ripe yet."
However, they were leaving as I was pulling around the bend and with how tight the street can be by us, if I tried to take a picture, I think the resulting accident would've made the squad stay behind longer than they really wanted to.
Random Post Commentary by Beavis & Butt-head
Beavis: "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!"
Butt-head: "Hey Beavis... Kapgar just said his unit's on fire."
Beavis: "No he didn't, you bunghole! He said it's not on fire."
Butt-head: "Oh. Then why are we still reading this crap? He was much cooler when his wang was in flames."
Beavis: "Yeah. Now his unit's cold. Brrr... cold."
Butt-head: "Beware, the cold unit of Kapgar."
Beavis: "Gah!! I don't want to hear any more about this, Butt-head! This sucks more than anything has ever sucked before."
Butt-head: "No kidding. Let's go break something."
Beavis: "Yeah! Heh heh hmm hm. Just... not my unit."
Butt-head: "Dude, I wouldn't touch your unit if you paid me."