10 June 2013

DO NOT PANIC

Something happened over the weekend that sent my fight-or-flight response into overdrive.

I went to see the movie Now You See Me on Friday. The movie had maybe 15 minutes left in it when the strobe lights in the theater aisles began to flash. Within seconds, a prerecorded message came blasting through the loudspeakers that said, "WARNING! An unknown emergency has occurred in the building. PLEASE REMAIN CALM! Locate your nearest exit and evacuate the building as quickly as possible." 

Ummm..... please remain calm? Yeah, no. I jumped out of my seat and was out the nearest door in five seconds flat! In fact, I was already in my car allllll the way on the far side of the parking lot, with my car doors locked, before anyone else even made it outside. In all seriousness, though. I was truly TERRIFIED. I had NEVER felt that kind of adrenaline flowing through my veins; I could have easily ran 10 miles. And, trust me. I'm no runner.


As it turned out, there was no real emergency. Apparently, the "unknown emergency" was burnt popcorn. It set off the smoke detector.


If they had installed a normal sounding fire alarm, I would NOT have been so terrified. But, noooo... this alarm spoke of unknown emergencies and begged us not to panic. The only thing going through my mind was the movie theater shooting in Colorado, which is really just a shame. But hey, at least I know my fight-or-flight response is where it ought to be in the event of a real emergency. We just won't mention that I have no problem knocking over women and children, George Constanza style, in order to preserve my self. 

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  1. I have a fear of this too! It's so not fair that one shooter made so many people scared of a normal weekend pastime.

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  2. That's scary! Anytime those alarms go off in public places all I can think is STAMPEDE!

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