Bitter Fire Drill!

When you went to college there, until 20 years later.

This weekend we were visiting my niece because she just had a baby. She went to the same college I went to 20 years ago, and I haven’t been back since 1995, the year I left. Everyone kept telling me how much it had changed, and I’ve always wanted to go back. Just like most everyone, college was my first taste of real freedom, and I made sure to make every bad decision before I finished.

When you find out that middle school to high school is 7 years.

My daughter asked me if college was better than high school. My wife and I both laughed so hard. I don’t know about most of you, but high school was a joke for me. I remember only a few things from it, and most of it was how bitter I was about so many things. It’s no accident that I loved Shawshank Redemption so much. And not because I was in jail. Actually, in high school, I was Andy Dufresne from Shawshank Redemption when he was in jail. Jailed for 4 years for a crime I didn’t commit.  College on the other hand, was when I finally escaped, washed all the poop off and looked up at the sky while the rain pored down on me. I basically was William Wallace right before he died, where he screamed, “Freeeeedddoooooooommmm!”, except I wasn’t getting my head chopped off, I was in college.

Going to college for the first time.

Anyway, my daughter asked me to rank schools from elementary to college. I started with the bottom. The absolute worst was junior high/middle school (so bad that no one could make up their mind what to call it), then high school, then elementary school and college 80 times better than the rest combined.

Also college.

One of the things people like about elementary school was the fire drills. Nothing better than a random drill that wakes you up from a boring math lesson that gets you out of school for a little bit. Then someone had to count you all, and you would do your best to mess up the count so it would take longer.

You know what fire drill sucks though? One in your own house. At 2:30 am. Last night at 2:30 am, just after I had fallen asleep, our fire alarm went off. In our new home of 3 months. Imagine the dread. My kids are upstairs and we haven’t even talked about what they would do if they were in a real one. Aggghhh, they are way high up and they would be trapped without a ladder. And our brand new home. We just barely got set up here. There are a few things that it would have solved though. New computer, new laptop. New phone (it would have tragically been trapped in the charger), and that 50 inch TV we had what have magically transformed into an 80 inch TV, and the Xbox S would have moved a few letters down the alphabet to and Xbox X.

Fortunately, it was just a drill. Unfortunately, we are stuck with our old electronics.

So, any fire scares for anyone out there?


Bitter Fire Drill at 2 am Ben


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