So, about 11 A.M. Thursday morning one of the 220 volt power lines feeding the SAO office where I work shorts out and catches fire. Loud crackling noises and the power going out was pretty exciting so we all go out to watch the line burn while we wait for the fire department. The fire truck got to us in about five minutes and the events that followed went something like this:
The truck arrives driven by one fireman, possibly a volunteer. He pulls up next to the burning power pole but never gets out of the truck. One of the SAO officers (probably a volunteer fireman himself) climbs up on the back of the truck, grabs the portable fire extinguisher and sprays the small, localized fire until it goes out. This is followed by an animated discussion between the official fireman (truck driver?) and the SAO officer ending with the truck backing up and pulling in closer to the pole – to inspect the line perhaps? Uhhh, no. He moved so the SAO officer could more easily pluck some mangoes from a nearby tree. Once the hubbub was over and enough mangoes for the office were harvested we all went to lunch. It’s what Thais do, they eat.