Sunday, August 08, 2004

Deal with the devil

Red Adair, a prolific 89-year-old oil well firefighter, died today. Even at age 76 during the first Gulf War, he was working to put out fires in Kuwaiti oil wells caused by retreating Iraqi troops. I relish this line from his obituary:

"I've done made a deal with the devil," Adair said. "He said he's going to give me an air-conditioned place when I go down there, if I go there, so I won't put all the fires out."

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