Ok, it's Saturday night. Just about 9PM, to be exact. I'm sitting here minding my own business reading my emails when the fire alarm goes off. Now, I KNOW they aren't testing at this hour. My poor kitties went air born and have disappeared. The alarm rings loudly enough and long enough that the entire 5th Division could arrive. Naturally, there is no fire. I now hear the previously mentioned Manager Man out in the hallway glad handing all the catatonic people. I am NOT opening my door. He might sneak in and turn off my newly found hot water.
Now, what I wanna know is this: why is it that fire alarms have absolutely NO effect on anyone other than to piss them off? Did you ever, in your life, see or even hear of someone getting up and running out of their place because they thought it was a fire? I never have. Not at home and not when I worked downtown. Same thing with the Early Warning sirens. NOBODY pays any attention to them, either. Except that they scare the crap out of our kitties.
A few months ago the one across the valley malfunctioned and that miserable thing wailed at us for almost 15 minutes. But, do you know that not one single person stopped what they were doing to look for falling bombs?
Car alarms. Did you ever hear of anyone saying..."oh, listen! Some poor person is getting their car broken in to"? Never. You hear LOTS of expletives and many wishes that the owner of the car loses various essential body parts but nobody goes to stop the thieves. We are complacent.
One day Fearless Leader is going to send his nukes over and we will all stand around wondering what that bright light is. Jeez. All this because of fire alarms.
I'm going off and read my thriller. :D