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Yesterday, the fire alarm at the hotel I'm staying at went off for no apparent reason. Not only that, but it took way too long for me to get out of the room and I didn't have the common sense to head for the stairs instead of the elevator. Had there really been a fire, I probably would've died even if the fire were all the way on the other side of the hotel (knowing me, I'd inevitably somehow end up there or accidentally do something that somehow makes it come to my side of the building). :(

Amazingly, the fire alarm managed to out-scary every single scary dream I've had, even the "somethinged to hell" one...

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thunderbottled
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
Gah, that is frightening! I would probably be the first to die in a fire, too. My survival instinct is next to none, and sense of direction is even worse. Like you, I'd run towards it.

I'll pray for us. Actually, I won't, because I'm not religious, but whatever.
matt1993
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I'll pray for us. Actually, I won't, because I'm not religious, but whatever.

Thanks for the fact that you'd pray for me if you were religious, then :)

I have a good sense of direction, but not a good survival instinct...

Edited at 2011-03-07 03:15 am (UTC)
thunderbottled
Mar. 7th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
I don't think I can read a map. I am directionally inept, if there is such a thing.
pathvain_aelien
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
I always head for the elevator, first, too. Strange. I think it's a habit that a lot of people have.
matt1993
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I guess.
rovanda
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Trying to get out while an alarm is going off and I take wrong turn after wrong turn sounds exactly like some of my dreams... I sympathize - it sucks even more when you're awake.
matt1993
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Exactly. It doesn't help that fire alarms sound so scary to begin with, either.

Why can't the alarm be an Enya-like voice saying, "Hey, there's a fire! You oughta get out!" or something like that so that at least it's slightly less scary? :P
awehla
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Awww I'm sorry you were so scared. Someone should have been there to help you.

But yes - the stairs are always first choice when you hear a fire alarm.

Lisa
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matt1993
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Mom was there, but she was nearly as panicked as I was. She does have much more survival instinct than me, though - otherwise, I would have actually made it to the elevator.
awehla
Mar. 7th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Most times I've experienced fire alarms there's never been a fire so I would probably be a bit too nonchalant about it if there actually was one.

Lisa
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matt1993
Mar. 9th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Since you said most times, does that mean there was actually a fire at least once? If so, how did you handle it?

I've never actually had a fire either. There was one time in fourth grade that I thought there was a real fire because the fire alarm went off without anyone telling me (at the time, I used to have to have someone tell me in advance that there would be a fire drill so I wouldn't have a meltdown when it happened), so I was all panicked and everything, but then after what seemed like forever, it turned out that the heat from the pizzas (we were going to have a pizza party) set off the fire alarm. LOL
awehla
Mar. 10th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry that was misleading - the fires were very small like waste paper bin fires at school for example so nowhere near where I was and had no effect on me personally.

Lisa
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matt1993
Mar. 11th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. Thanks for clarifying!

How did the wastepaper bins catch fire, though?
awehla
Mar. 12th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
One time a kid did it on purpose with a cigarette lighter or when people hadn't put their cigarettes out properly.
matt1993
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Why didn't I notice this comment until just now?

Anyways...

One time a kid did it on purpose with a cigarette lighter

Sheesh.
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matt1993
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Well, I'm home now, but Mom & I were staying in a hotel as part of our recent college visit.
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matt1993
Mar. 9th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
how many colleges have you applied to?

I have no idea - I've lost count. But at least 11.

do you have any majors in mind?

Definitely mathematics and/or computer science :)
matt1993
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
Comment below originally by thunderbottled, whose comments somehow get deleted in this journal for no apparent reason. (I promise you, I am not deleting them; why would I delete a comment just to put it back?)

Hey, what the hell. I was pretty sure I replied here, but I don't see my comment anymore. Hmph. Unless it IS here, and it's somehow invisible to me. That'd be a mindfuck (pardon the French).

Anyway...

I wanted to say that I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. I have exactly zero survival instinct, and an even more inadequate sense of direction. Like you, I'd most likely run TOWARDS the fire.

I pray for both of us.

Okay, actually I won't because I'm not religious (hope that doesn't offend you), but...eh.
matt1993
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
(hope that doesn't offend you)

No worries, it doesn't :)
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