Glad to hear you are OK, b13 -
I'd like to share a related story about something really dumb that a friend did -
He lived in a development; one fall after he and his son raked leaves, they decided to burn them instead of hauling them to the nearby woods or have them picked up.
Well, they were a little damp (as leaves usually are) so a plan was formulated to expedite (speed up) the burning process. My buddy sent his son to the tool shed to get the lawn mower gas. I think you know where this is headed...
He poured some gas (he didn't really know how much - it just "felt like enough) on the HUGE pile of leaves (he said there were more neighbors' leaves than his), and made a gas "fuse" along the ground about 50 feet long.
He dropped a match onto the fuse, and said it looked like one of those Bugs Bunny cartoons when a gun powder trail is lit - the flame followed the trail to the HUGE pile of leaves (did I mention it was a HUGE freakin' pile of leaves?), and momentarily "paused" until the SHTF!
Almost everyone has seen a picture, a film, a newscast, a documentary - SOMETHING that visually depicts a nuclear explosion. That's what happened when the flame hit the pool of gas that soaked down to the base of the (used-to-be) HUGE pile of leaves. A BOOM filled the development with sound on an otherwise quiet Saturday, and a 50-foot high mushroom cloud of charred, burning leaves exploded into the clear blue sky, and then began falling gently to the ground from where they had just been raked. He said they were scattered more after that then when he first raked!
This was an event that was humorous after-the-fact, and it was lucky that no one was hurt (except my friend's reputation).
Thanks for the space to tell the story -
It is not the function of our government to keep the
citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the
citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
Justice Robert H. Jackson, the chief prosecutor of
the surviving Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, Germany.