I'm talkin' about devil crabs...
And I thank you for bringing me here, for showing me home...

The roof is on fi-yah!

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?"

Katie: "Nope."

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."



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Huh huh huh huh huh huh huh uh uh uh HUH huh huh huh uh uh HUHHHH huh huh huh huh...

Kapgar said "unit" huh huh huh...


Ugh. Nothing like coming home after a hard day to a houseful of mechanical-fire smoke. Phew!


Shut up Beavith. Don't make me kick your ath. huuhh uhh huhh huuhh huu hh uuhhhuu huu.


This is exactly why Joe doesn't let any appliance (dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer) run if we're not home. You just never know ...

Good to hear nothing terrible happened, though.

Tracy Lynn

Dude, when my building caught fire in the Great Fire Of '05, I almost slept right through it. Almost being the operative word, and those five hours sitting in the back of the box truck were memorable, indeed, especially for 2 a.m.


I heart firemen/women (people?) as well. They went back up 6 flights into my apartment the day after it burned to get my laptop, cell phone, and wallet. I sent them cookies, but somehow that still didn't feel like enough.


Chicago's are red/black too. I've always liked that color combo. There's a department in NY (can't recall the name) that paints their rigs blue - real blue, not that powder blue Chapel Hill thing they got going on.

Ours were lemon yellow. A neighboring dept had that bile green scheme going on - we used to call them barfmobiles.


I'm with you, Kevin -- I'm someone who should have a police scanner -- I always want to know what's going on with the firefighters and cops.


Sandra, you remind me of that Dane Cook sketch...."What? Accident!?!?! Where are my shoes? Where are my god ---- shoes?? Ah ---- shoes."


Ah... Beavis and Butthead...


Dave, I am cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole!

SJ, I think Katie was even more freaked out as she had to hear the fire engine sirens come up the street thinking they would pass and then realize that they did not. Yikes.

jackt, shut up Bunghole or I'll kick your ass!

Nicole, we might reassess our tendency to do this as well.

Tracy Lynn, I love how you've named it. Like the Great Chicago Fire. Can't believe you nearly slept through it.

Dustin, and they were all perfectly intact?

Chanakin, red/black is a great combo. They stand out as they should. Not that the other colors don't make them stand out. It's just that red/black is a stand out that you want to remember.

Sandra, I've debated a scanner as well. My friend has a weather report scanner so he knows what cool weather phenomena are occurring at any given time. Those are fun.

Dustin, I really have to check out this Dane Cook guy. Don't know anything by him.

Kilax, is that a fond and disturbing memory you're having?


Ha ha ha ha, that is great, just checking out those great carnival entries, you know ;).


It was a good carnival, wasn't it? Thanks for the comment.

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