Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Incredibly Stupid Things I Did as a Youth
(first in an ongoing series)

Burning a car- This was meant to be the opening scene of a gritty, post-apocalyptic camcorder movie; the idea was that we'd douse this old, abandoned car with gas and diesel fuel and ignite it with a flaming arrow (this was all done on a friend's farm, on a day when his parents had inexplicably driven to Lincoln and left us in control of the place for hours). The arrow didn't work, so we just poured a trail of gas away from the car and lit that. We were good problem-solvers.

The resulting fireball ignited several trees and caused a black mushroom cloud that was visible for miles. Being the best runner of the three of us present, I was sent to run back to the farmhouse to get rakes and shovels to put out the fire. During the entire run back, I expected to find a couple of charred corpses. Actually, the fire had almost burned itself out by the time I got back; I wasn't that great a runner.

Somehow, we managed to blame the arson on some shifty kids that lived a few farms over.

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