Our title comes via the poet and lyricist Robert Burns (whom my father either was or was not named after).
Some background. I have another WordPress web site (sportsattitudes) where I remind readers on occasion why I rarely make predictions. Posts there often are a mash-up of life (reality) with sports (far removed from reality) with intriguing results. (I am not above self-promotion…try it…you’ll like it)
For those who are brave enough to venture into the world of planning sports results…or predicting results of anything for that matter…let me offer this true story of events eight miles from my home a few months ago. It should be noted no one was injured during the making of this life lesson of how the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
More background. Two years ago my wife and I were at the dentist for our six-month check-ups and noticed work had begun across the road (roughly 75 yards away) for an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art fire station. We had heard the local fire company had outgrown their existing facility in town and was relocating directly across the road from the strip mall shopping center our dentist was working out of. The station under construction already looked quite impressive. The dentist and her personnel assured us we were far from unique in making jokes about what happens if someone is having a delicate drill procedure done when those sirens start wailing. Trips to the dentist are nervy enough without wondering if your nerves…or the dentist’s…will be compromised by that sudden sound to service. One thing we could all agree on was it was comforting to know if any fire did happen in the immediate area help was so close you could throw a rock at it. The location in fact made it more flexible for the fire company to get to all the territory they normally cover instead of being in the center of town as currently located.
A great plan all the way around. And…you could easily predict our dentist office couldn’t be more safe.
You know where this is going don’t you?
On May 12th our dentist and her personnel stood outside with the other occupants and visitors of ten businesses as they burned. To the ground.
If that mall had an “evacuation area” like large companies do it would have surely been the ultra-modern, state-of-the-art fire station that had been in operation for some time.
There was a fire that erupted across town. The station dutifully responded to the call and raced its resources to that scene. And the ultra-modern, state-of-the-art fire station across the street from the shopping center was temporarily vacant…as a fire broke out within one of the businesses in the center. The structure was older and did not feature a sprinkler system.
I would suggest sending flowers to the business owners…but the fire began in a flower shop.
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Some of the businesses have already found new office space to relocate to. In fact the pizza shop that was forced to relocate found a great location that will allow them to expand their menu and even offer outdoor seating.
Our dentist is currently looking at a more-spacious property than she previously worked within also.
However…it IS a little farther from the fire station.