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April 26, 2021
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If you’ve read my previous “F I R E” blogs, you probably realized that as a young married man, I was not a handyman!

It’s true. I had the misfortune of a few of my “attempted” repairs to end with F I R E…

Picture a beautiful Saturday morning. Sun was shining, blue sky and a perfect day to mow the grass.

I began as always by “checking” the equipment.

Specifically, the riding mower. Filling up with gas, checking the oil and tire pressure.

Once satisfied, I hopped into the saddle of the mower and was ready to go. Unfortunately, the mower was not! Dead battery.

NO Problem, right?

I will simply pull my truck close to the riding mower and use my jumper cables to “jump” the dead battery on the mower.

Now- everything went smoothly until I started my truck.

As I was turning the key, I noticed that I had spilled gas all over the outside of the riding mower and forgot to put the cap on the gas tank.
Well sir, the jumper cables leading to the mower battery were not exactly connected correctly.

When the electric current hit the battery, it created a small spark that reached all that spilled gas.

What happened next is kind of a blur...

I don’t think I’ve ever moved that fast in my life. 

As I reached the mower, I was able to put that fire out before it blew up in my face... Thank YOU, Lord!

Now, being the ever-concerned Dad, I started looking around to make sure nobody saw what just happened... I mean, to make sure that my children had not been anywhere close by. 😊

Then as I looked towards the house, I saw my wife standing at the kitchen window… shaking her head!

Yep, she saw it all! 

As the years passed, I’ve looked back on that experience many times.  It reinforced and taught me many valuable lessons!

Remember from my previous blogs- The 5 P’s? I added a new one for this occurrence… Now the 6 P’s.

Prior, Proper, Preparation, Prevents, Poor, Performance… and from blowing yourself up!

Until next time…

Stay Safe and Be Well.


Jim Nix and the Horizons Financial Family

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