I experienced something that sent my fight-or-flight response into overdrive this weekend.
Ashley and I went to see the movie Now You See Me on Friday. The movie was nearly over when strobe lights began flashing in the theater aisles. Seconds later, a recording came over the loudspeaker that repeated, "ALERT! An unexpected emergency has occurred in the building. PLEASE REMAIN CALM, locate the nearest exit, and evacuate the building as quickly as possible."
I jumped up out of my seat, and I was out the nearest door in five seconds flat! I was already locked inside my car before Ashley made it out the building. In all seriousness, I was TERRIFIED. I've never felt the kind of adrenaline I experienced in those few moments before now. I could have easily ran 10 miles. And, I'm no runner.
As it turned out, it was not an emergency. Ashley walked over to the box office to get a ticket voucher and asked the employees what happened. Apparently, the alarm was the result of a teenager pulling the fire alarm.
I would NOT have been terrified if the alarm had sounded like an actual FIRE alarm. This alarm only stated there was "an unexpected emergency" and asked us to remain calm. The only thing I could picture in my mind was that lunatic shooter in Colorado, which is such a shame. At least I know my fight-or-flight response is where it should be if a real emergency should ever occur. We just won't talk about the fact that it involves knocking over women and children, George Constanza style, in order to preserve my self.