I had the delightful experience on Wednesday morning to be at home when we had our fire alarms tested in the apartment building I live.
And if any of you have ever experienced this yourself, I'm sure you would agree that it's about as delightful as eating a box of thumbtacks while drinking them down with a glass of hot battery acid.
The property manager gave us a written notice last week that this would be happening and that they were very sorry for any inconvenience it would cause, but that it was necessary to have this done for safety regulations, which I totally understood.
However, they said it would be done in a timely manner to minimize our discomfort.
The testing was supposed to start at 9 AM and would last until 4 PM.
I guess SEVEN hours for testing fire alarms means timely.
Yet, the testing didn't start until 10 AM, and was still going on when I left my apartment at 1:45 PM for work. And let me tell you that I was never so happy to get the hell out of my apartment and go to work.
When the first BLARE of the fire alarms started, I literally JUMPED out of my desk chair. It was so startling that I thought my head was going to hit the ceiling.
I immediately ran to my bathroom and grabbed two cotton pads to stick inside my ears to dull the SHRIEKING.
One thing that drives me crazy is any high-pitched noise - and this went BEYOND high-pitched. It sounded like Minnie Mouse was SCREAMING at the top of her lungs.
I sat at my computer and did everything I could to distract myself from going INSANE.
Finally, I grabbed my camera and decided to film myself so that you could see what I had to go through and witness how well I did during the fire alarm testing.
Well, allow me to tell you that the fire alarms tested very well. However, I failed the test at dealing with an inconvenient experience that was done in a timely manner.
Take a look...
*make sure your volume is turned up to get the full effect
Have a CRAZY weekend everyone!