Onomatopoeia, here we come.

I was sitting at my computer post in the CDI when my computer - and all those around it - suddenly went *glub*. For some reason the lights in the CDI had been off all afternoon anyway, so we didn't realize that all of the power had gone out. We all looked at each other, confused and accusatory, then looked out the window and noticed what had happened.

Then the delightful sound started. *MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH*, went the alarm. Luckily it was a bit muffled from inside the CDI, but as we sat at our computers, waiting for them to rallumer, people would open and close the doors, trying to see what was going on in the hallway, creating a sort of MEEeeeeeeeeeeeEEEeeeeeeEEEeeeee effect.

No one rushed outside and I later learned that it was because this alarm was not the normal fire drill bell, but one that the students had never heard before - some kind of burglar alarm thing. We sat in the CDI for a while, but when we saw other students filing outside, we... sat in the CDI for a while more. The general feeling I got from my fellow CDIers was Burning up is fine - at least we'd be warmer than those poor suckers out there.

Finally I left, more because I wanted to see what was going on than anything else. I stood around in the cold a while and gravitated towards a group of teachers who I knew from sight but had never talked to. I was thus very happy when I found English teachers, because I actually knew them to talk to.

People started gravitating back indoors, even though the alarm was still going off. I found another group of teachers and administrators I sort of knew and stood around and listened while they talked. Finally the lights came on and I decided I might as well go back to the CDI.

So here I am. What a great story. The network is back up, but I can't get anywhere on the Internet. La la. This would be a good time to write a grad school essay if one were motivated to do such a thing.

srah - Tuesday, 12 November 2002 - 11:17 AM
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