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Apr 11, 2019 05:22:11


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Victoria Maung

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I need to be more graceful when admitting I'm wrong. 

So anyways, I confessed to my roommate that every time the alarm goes off, I put in a combination of ear plugs and active noise-canceling headphones and wait it out in my bedroom. And I've only started doing this because the fire alarm goes off frequently, seemingly even at the scent of burnt toast, and it would often take at least 20 minutes to resolve while we'd have to wait in freezing temperatures. 

I thought to myself that it'd be easy to escape. I live on a 3rd floor apartment building, one of those buildings like a motel inn where every room is open to the outdoors, if that makes sense. Or in other words, it's a building with outdoor entrances into each room. There must be at most 12 units in my specific building, so there isn't many people. Because of that and the fact that I imagine I'd be able to exit easily, I started taking the risk of staying in.

"But if it is a real fire, a fireman would be risking her or his life to save you."

A part of me wants to act on the incredibly slim chance of this happening, but my roommate was right. It's kind of selfish of me to take the risk, however small, if this scenario does occur. It was an awkward moment of me admitting that I shouldn't have been staying in. I wish I could better admit my poor judgment without making my roommate feel bad for calling me out. 

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    @vickenstein In college for two years I lived on campus in a sixteen-floor building, and I was on the 10th floor. The first couple times someone pulled the fire alarm I played along. It was always in the middle of the night. We all had to walk down and go outside in the cold and wait for the all clear, then walk back up and attempt to get back to sleep. I finally made the same choice you did and just waited it out because it was always a false alarm. I never considered the option that if it were a legitimate fire, there would be lives at risk to save me. I guess I figured I would know if it were legit and survival instinct would kick in with enough time to avoid peril. If confronted by someone about this choice, I would thank that person for his or her concern and still own my decision even all these years later. But then again I'm rather ornery.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 11, 2019 08:41:56
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      @brandonwilson Haha, I feel you. The same thing happened in undergrad for me too, but probably less frequently. I still do desperately want to stay in, and I'm sure lots of people do, but at least while I live with roommates to hold me accountable, I'll exit with them (wouldn't be able to live with the guilt of THEM risking their lives to save me, lol).

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Apr 11, 2019 18:16:41
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    @vickenstein Well, I wish you wouldn't have fire alarms going off so often and disturbing your sleep ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Apr 11, 2019 14:13:18
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      @gabrielgreco I know, right? I appreciate the sentiment, but I guess that's one of the downsides of living in a dorm D:

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Apr 11, 2019 18:13:39
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