My shop is the old gray garage on the left, less than three feet from my neighbor’s new garage which was completely destroyed in about twenty minutes just an hour ago…..fortunately for me, the wind was blowing away from mine.
My daughter was home around 12:30pm, getting ready for work, when she heard a loud boom. She looked out her window and saw huge flames coming from the neighbors garage. She quickly dialed 911 and went outside to check on the neighbors and back her car away, down the driveway. The neighbors had some minor damage to the back of their house, but I really think my daughter’s quick action probably saved their house and possibly mine also. It’s kinda funny now, but my wife and daughter called to find out what my favorite tools were, if they had to save anything. You really know which tools are your favorites, when you are forced to make that decision quickly! (My gouges and knives, woodburner, and current project that I am carving were my choices, in that order!)
I am grateful that my neighbors and their pets were OK. And I will try to remember this, the next time I am tempted to complain about my daughter’s cell phone bill !
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com