I had a really weird moment of rediscovery today when a conversation Oh Mars and I were having jarred something loose in my brain: the awesomeness that was the television program Rescue 911. Beginning in the fall of 1989 the show ran for seven seasons, but since 2005 the program has been completely out of syndication.
I have just begun combing the youtube archives to see what is available, but I remember this clip, from an episode in the third season, as clear as day. I was only 9 or 10 when I would have seen this, but even then I remember thinking this kid, who is 12, was a complete jackass. Oh, and believe me, my gang of neighborhood hooligans and I were up to very similar shenanigans.
In fact, it was around this very time that I realized how much of a fucking pyromaniac I was. For fun my neighbor and I would fill up the backs of Tonka dump trucks with gasoline and light them on fire. This went terribly wrong on only one occasion when the gas can caught fire, tipped over and briefly ignited the sand in the sandbox that served as ground zero of our experiments. Luckily, we were pretty quick witted and were able to grab buckets to pool water and douse the blaze. That, and no parents were home to catch a glipse of our potential forest fire.
Anyway, this clip is just one of many to come. Let me know if you remember the show or a specific episode or segment and we can relive the magic of Rescue 911 all over again.