Saturday, December 18, 2010

It was a COLD day in December

I was in Maine again this week.

When I arrived there it was actually warmer than it was in NC. That quickly changed.

There were days when the high was 19. Personally, when it is that cold, I think it is too cold for it to even snow.

So this past week I was in a meeting with my boss and two of my coworkers. The offices in Maine are older (1970's-ish) and haven't been very well maintained. We were in a conference room and had opened the door because it was so warm in there.

I was a little stuffy so when I thought I smelled something I attributed it to that stuffiness. Yet the smell kept getting more intense and I thought it may have been burning rubber.

We sat at the table calmly discussing it, as all reasonable people would do, when the fire alarm went off.

My immediate thought was that it was a drill. Until we saw the smoke in the hallway.

So I did what any Southern woman would do. I ran for my bag. And then pulled on my coat and scarf. Because as I mentioned, the highs were barely close to the 20's.

My rationale was that if the building went up in flames, I still wanted to be able to get home, which would require my license, which was in my purse.

And if it turned out to be a false alarm, I didn't want to be out in the cold without a coat.

I was bundled & then panic hit. I looked at my boss and said, "I have too much on my laptop to lose!"

So we both, bundled & with our bags, ran to the conference room and shoved our laptops into our bags and hightailed it out of the building.

Y'all, it was COLD. So cold that after 20 minutes standing outside my hands hurt and I looked at my boss and told her that we should head to our hotels - no telling how long we could be standing outside.

Which we did, because being as Southern as I am, my constitution is not built for such extremes.

Everyone was safe, the building didn't go up in smoke (fortunately or unfortunately) and we were able to head into the office the next day.

But I wasn't worried about the building, because I had rescued my laptop and would be able to get home since I'd rescued my bag.

BIG happy face.

And now I'm home for the rest of the year and don't have to go anywhere until 2011.

Happy Saturday, y'all!

6 comments:

Cheeseboy said...

First, I HATE that smell. Secondly, 20 is freezing even for us folks that live in cold weather places. Finally, I'd die without my laptop. Well, my kids and wife, but laptop would be a close third.

Funny story.

Lil' Woman said...

I would have went back for my laptop too...there's is too many pictured and need things on here for me to let it burn.

Dee Stephens said...

Holy cow! What happened in the building? It was freaking cold earlier this week here in CLT!

Landlocked Mermaid said...

wowow!! I bet you are so glad to be home.. for a bit to enjoy the holiday. love you honey xoox

Neha said...

That is scary. I have had a similar experience and I could just think of carrying my bag!

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

glad you got your stuff! So, what did the smell and smoke end up being?