But this article isn't about that.
The other day I saved him from being stranded at work for an eternity by giving his dead car-battery a jump. At first glance, this seems like a relatively easy task. Pull the cars side by side, hook the batteries together with the cables, crank the engine, and boom - you have power.
But not so fast.
The simple but non-negotiable rule of jumping a car is the red cable connects to the positive side of the battery, clearly marked by a red covering. Then the black cable connects to the negative side of the battery, clearly marked by the black covering. Having entrusted the cables to my German friend, I looked away and failed to notice that in Germany there are basic education gaps such as color coordinated instructions, paint-by-number, the proper use of belts to hold up pants, etc.
When I looked back at my car-battery, a miniature fire had sprouted on top of it. Between myself and the German there was a moment of pause and reflection as we watched the fire flicker to life.
I paused in pure shock.
I think he paused out of curiosity to see what would happen if he let the fire continue.
My other co-worker, Ryan saved the day and patted out the flames. No harm, no foul.
Clearly, I will need to keep my head on a swivel while working with this man, belt-less heathen that he is.