alpaca princess (renniekins) wrote,
alpaca princess

Fire Test

My office building had a scheduled fire alarm test this morning. Not a fire drill, just a test of the alarm equipment -- so we did not need to leave the building. They had handed out fliers to each office notifying us prior to the event, plus they posted signs in all the doorways, so that it would not worry anyone when the alarms went off.

As it happened, I was running a bit late this morning because I had stopped to see my favorite barista on the way to work. I entered the building just as the alarm-test began.

I climbed the stairs to my fourth floor office like I always do. As I walked up those stairs, with the alarms wailing and the strobe lights flashing, wearing my heavy coat and carrying a bag over my shoulder, I felt vaguely like a firefighter. Bravely climbing up the stairwell, burdened down by heavy equipment, noise and chaos all around, heading into the middle of danger while everyone else fled from it....

Except that, well, I don't think a real firefighter would have been carrying a Starbucks cup in her hand.
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