Saturday, April 17, 2010

Car on fire! Dial 9-1-1!

I've often talked about my dad's love of cars and his obsession with fixing them. At a recent dinner party with Dad and my husband, I remembered the first time I attempted to call someone, 911 actually. My dad and one of his many auto shop students were in front of our home working on a car. This was a common occurrence at our house.

Oddly, my mom must not have been home at the time. She probably ran out to the local supermarket for a quart of milk or something. I clearly recall kneeling on the couch cushions, chest pressed against the back of the couch, peering out the living room window. My eyes widened as I went into a panic.

My dad and his student or friend were yelling as flames were shooting from the hood of the 1960s vehicle they were repairing. Much like a nightmare, I felt paralyzed at age four or five. I kept yelling, "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!" But nobody was around to hear me. Quickly I ran for the phone. I remembered learning somewhere about the importance of dialing 9-1-1 when there is an emergency and all about STOP, DROP and ROLL.

What I didn't know about was how to properly make a phone call. With the handset positioned on the phone, I dialed that slow-ass '70s rotary phone as fast as my little fingers would let me, 9-1-1. Over and over again. Now if only I had picked up the receiver/earpiece, listened to a dial tone and then dialed those three easy digits. Luckily, Dad and his friend had the flames under control and everything was fine. I probably would have gotten in more trouble with my folks if that call had actually gone through. Ha ha!

You will be happy to know that today I understand the proper steps in making a 911 call. 



21 comments:

Cheeseboy said...

Was it a rotary phone or push button? That is pretty funny.

Ally said...

Cheese, thanks for catching that typo! I fixed it, it was a rotary phone!

Momma Fargo said...

FUNNY! Glad everyone was ok.

Ms. Anthropy said...

Pretty scary for a little kid!

Michelle Pixie said...

That must have been so scary for you! My brother still has an old pay phone that is a rotary dial in his house. This brings back memories. :D

Blast from the Past said...

Way to go. Ally! You may not have actually succeeded in your attempt to help. but you knew what to do, and you did it the best of your ability. Your folks raised you well!

Jerry said...

That's hilarious, thank the lord you learned at a later age and can properly do it now if you ever find yourself in a similar situation. ;)

dina said...

i can't believe you didn't stop, drop and roll! this was a hilarious story, glad nothing else caught fire besides the car. :)

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Hee hee cute story!

Unemployed and Heartbroken said...

That's hysterical. Great story.

Joe Cap said...

Funny, I bet a lot of the younger folks reading this have never used a rotary phone.

Copyboy said...

Damn those rotary phones. If you had push button intercom phone back then I bet you would've saved the day (or gotten into more trouble like you said.) Stop, drop and roll, classic!!!

Brittney said...

LMAO!! how funny!!

bbcd mama said...

Great point about the rotary dial! Now it's so far in the opposite direction! My husband's cell is company provided, and it has a password to it. My phone needs to slide to open. We've talked about how to teach a 4 year old to handle this type of thing because it's not as easy as it was - say - 10 years ago.

cheeky curves said...

At least you lived to tell the tale, and i am sure your father would have been proud that his daughter was so foward thinking at such a young age. Thank you for sharing

Powdered Toast Man said...

it's probably easier now that you don't have to dial a rotary phone.

Katie said...

You know what's sad? My kids have no CLUE as to what a rotary phone is! When they had to have their eyes checked when they were little, that was the only picture they failed on. Made me cringe (or was it the fact that they missed something on that eye TEST?)! Glad everything worked out for the best! ;-)

Jane said...

My daughter asked me what a rotary phone was the other day

Melissa Mashburn said...

I have forgotten how to use a rotary phone. They are kind of scary in their slowness.

Very funny!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

My wife got a call from emergency services the other day. They wanted to know why she was calling and hanging up....

My 4 year old son was playing with the phone.... lol

~ Noelle said...

that phone reminds me of my nana...
and yes, i totally remember stop drop and roll
lol

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