As most of my friends know, I'm a pretty jumpy person. And, of course, most of those same friends like to exploit that fact for their own amusement from time to time (thanks to Jeff for almost running me over the other day). The fact that I lose 5 years of my life every time one of my friends wants a cheap laugh probably speaks more to my choice of friends than anything else, but I digress.

Today the fire alarm went off in our building. Now I lived through many fire alarms back in the Visual Studio building , but it was never this bad.

OH MY GAWD ARE THOSE THINGS LOUD!!!

I was walking down the hallway when the alarms went off. Additionally, because some people are hearing impaired (if not before the drill, then perhaps after it) there are bright flashing lights to provide a visual cue that something is wrong.

Unfortunately, I happened to be standing directly underneath one of the speakers and right next to one of the flashing lights when the alarm went off. Of course, I did what any rational human being would do when unexpectedly assaulted with blindingly bright lights flashing in their eyes and deafeningly loud sirens blasting in their ears.

I yelled "Ahhhh !@%&" at the top of my voice.

In hindsight, that probably wasn't the most dignified thing to have done. But at least it provided some amusement for my fellow corridor-dwellers...

To make this mildly work-related, here are two thoughts:

1) If you have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) or emergency response plan (ERP) in place then it's a good thing to test it once in a while. Better to inconvenience a few people at a time when you can afford it than to realise your plan is busted when you can't afford it.

2) If you don't have a DRP or ERP in place, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?