October 18: Fire Extinguisher

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Posted by 366 White Elephants at 11:18 PM
Given to Rusty from Matt.

A couple of years ago, Matt was driving from the middle of Michigan to Cleveland and got stuck in a car backup around Ann Arbor.  He and his Air Force colleagues saw smoke coming from the other side of the highway.  They got out of their car, ran to the other side of the street and found that a car was on fire.  Matt was yelling to see if anyone was in the car; passersby said no one was in there.  The trio wasn't thrilled about getting too close to the burning car, but one of the bunch went over to see if anyone was in the car.  No one was. 

They still had a situation of the burning car on their hands.  Matt's friend ran to a semi and asked the driver for his fire extinguisher.  The driver told him some b.s. remark that he didn't have one.  A few minutes after the request, the police pulled up to the scene of the accident and put the fire out.

Since that time, Matt has made sure that he has a fire extinguisher in his car in case a situation like that would ever present itself again.  He asked that the recipient of the gift keep it in their car.  When I told Rusty of this request, she said she would.

-Profession: Gym Check-in

-Favorite pamphlet color: Purple

-Does checking people in void the ability to check people out?:  Yes...most of the time.

-If you stepped on a rusty nail, who'd be the first person you'd call?:  My brother.

-Rusty the Diesel is a character on Thomas the Tank Engine.  What do you think the hardest part of being a train is?:  Pulling the whole bunch of cars.  I'm sure it gets taxing.  And if the train's really long, you could see your end.  You could lose a part of your train and not even know it.