I have a weird habit of striking matches and letting them burn lately. Maybe I like the smell. Maybe I like seeing the flame. Yes, I realize this is weird. But don't turn me in to the crazy catchers; I don't want to be in a straight jacket anytime soon. And I have no plans of catching anything but leaves on fire. Well, not even them anymore, because I may or may not have caused a small fire last night.
While I was burning some matches, there were some dried leaves in the "flower" bed beside me under a bush. I had already held the flame up to one of the bush sticks and nothing happened. So wouldn't you just assume it wouldn't catch fire? Yeah, me too.
Then I decided to hold the flame to the leaves. They would curl up and burn out on their own. So I thought. While they were burning, the flames got higher. And higher. Crap. I thought. I may need to get some water so my flag doesn't catch on fire.
I ran inside, got a bowl (the quickest thing to grab), filled it with water, turned around, and BAM!
"Jesus, it's a far."
I could see smoke rolling up from the ground. Dark gray smoke like something major was on fire. I ran outside, trying not to splash water on the floor, and saw the bush on fire. The same bush that wouldn't catch fire before.
I threw the water on the bush, filled the bowl a few more times, and watered that sucker down. I couldn't have it starting up again and burning my house down!
I made a photo demonstrating what I was experiencing. You're welcome. The only outside picture is from this winter. No worries, those decorations aren't still up. I keep it Klassy up in here.
There's me, sitting on the porch (except I didn't have a hat on, but it looked fun), striking some matches, burning some leaves, and catching a bush on fire. My life may have flashed before my eyes.
And here are a few remnants from my wild and dangerous ways. Don't be disappointed that it's not bigger and worse. I have to admit, even this little fire scared me a bit. I wonder if this is what Moses felt like.
Moral to the story- don't play with fire, kids. It's scary stuff.