Sunday, July 6, 2008

F-f-f-fire!

Oh, the joys of country living. The remoteness, the open fields covered in dry grass...

Around lunchtime today our neighbor across the road had a nice roaring fire in his empty field. We were under order to standby for a possible mandatory evacuation. Luckily, the fire was contained to just a few hundred square yards by the voluntary fire department and extinguished within a couple of hours. The winds were in our favor anyways (okay, a touch of "sucks to be you" syndrome), blowing from the south and not from the west towards us.

Natural gas rigs, hillbilly neighbors, lack of adequate law enforcement, fuel prices, and grass fires fail to make a strong case for rural living.

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