Thursday, March 10, 2011

Question Authority. Absolutely.

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

We're expecting up to three inches of rain today. A real deluge, presenting me with a conundrum.

I don't have a 7th period at the end of the day. The cherubs left me to my own devices around 1:25. Big, fat H20 globules bombarded the ancient casement windows of Room 215.

I enjoyed a late lunch of leftover spaghetti with homemade meat sauce. The fire bell rang, slicing through my momentary solitude.

Frankly, I thought it was a drill, or that a kid had pulled the alarm. I had no students in my room. Unconcerned, I continued to eat, making a consicous decision to keep my butt parked at my desk. Listening to the hubbub growing outside, in a downpour, in the student parking lot below my room. That spaghetti was just so darn delectable.

Then, I heard the sirens.

Just like Elvis, I left the building. I walked out a full 15 minutes after the alarm had sounded. Expressions on the faces of the assembled throng, melting in the spring downpour, alternated between bemusement and scorn.

How could I? Well, I reckon I just did. And the sky didn't fall, after all. Turned out to be a fire in a trashcan. These things happen.

If I lived in the islands, things wouldn't be so rigid.


EG Wow said...

I'm glad you weren't truly in danger...but you COULD have been. Kinda embarrassing but I'm sure you'll get over it. :)

Jeanie said...

You rebel you. I think the sirens would have gotten me moving too.

Tara R. said...

You are a rebel and risk taker, no doubt. Superior sunset snap!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I've always wanted to ignore a fire "drill." Glad someone else had the same inclination--and lived to tell about it!


Hey, diddle, diddle,
The clouds on my fiddle
Are making it hard to play!

Hey, diddle, diddle,
I need a new fiddle
With all the clouds whisked away!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Mojave Sky

robertburns25 said...

I love the way you write. It is full of colorful descriptions. As a high school ELA teacher and amateur writer, I appreciate it very much. Thank you for the story. Good stuff!

Sarah said...

Oh boy. Fire can spread super fast. Next time better heed the siren.

Krystal said...

scary! when i hear alarms I always assume that it is a drill, haha. so not good though..

Susie said...

The coast isn't so calm today:-(

Debbie said...

Those darn things come at the worst times, don't they? I'm glad you were OK!

blueviolet said...

I might have done what you did, or perhaps I would have brought it with me. I do know I wouldn't have left it behind!

K-Ped said...

My roommate and I frequently lock the door, shut the blinds and put on headphones whenever the fire alarm goes off in the dorms. And look, we're still alive!

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