Happy Why-Are-We-A-Country Day

Thu, Jul 2nd 2009 12:57 pm
Went out last night around 10:30 or so to go light some fireworks after picking up a friend who's in town visiting from Edmonton. Unfortunately, due to certain circumstances, this meant I missed the big fireworks show at Columbia Ice Fields at 10:00. Turns out that wasn't the worst of the night, though.

Picked up some overpriced Roman candles and sparklers before heading out to pick up the Edmonton buddy. Somehow we missed the street we were supposed to be looking out for and ended up on some country highway just south of Kitchener. New Dundee or something really sketch. After being lost for at least a good 30 minutes, finally found friend's house and got him. Then began the search for a place to light off the Roman candles and sparklers. This was about 11:40, mind, and legally we only had 20 minutes to light them off.

Finally after a few minutes of driving, we pulled over on some other sketchy highway and just lit the sparklers and Roman candles. Pretty sure the few cars that passed us thought we were up to no good or something. Or they just didn't care. I would have thought it was pretty shady. While we were there, got a call from a roommate saying that the fire alarm was going off at the apartment, but nobody seemed to be filing outside. Well, that sucks, but apparently the fire department was on the way, so it wouldn't be so bad.

After bumming at a Tim's for an hour or so, went back to the apartment, when we discovered, horrifyingly, that the fire alarms were broken and still going off. At that point it was about 4 hours in. We went inside and it was definitely not a sound we could sleep over. Roommates explained that the fire department had come by already and determined that there was no ffre, but they refused to reset the alarms unless the building management came in person. Tried to call the Emergency After-Hours phone number left on an old memo, but that number just went to some random 24-hour line in Toronto that apparently didn't even manage our building, and had virtually no information whatsoever on what to do. Well, that's just great.

After trying to figure out what to do while taking turns slamming the button to 'snooze' the alarm inside the suite for an hour and a half or so, miraculously, it stopped. This was around 3:00 or 3:15 or so. Just to make sure, went outside to see if the fire department had come back or building management had come. Thankfully it was the building superintendent and he'd turned off the fire alarms. (I'd thought maybe the fire alarms had just been going off for so long that this in turn had further broken them down.)

Had an oddly civil discussion with him (too tired to make a scene), and discovered that the monitoring company in charge of the alarm system in this building had failed to notify the superintendent. He told us that he'd fired them immediately and that a new monitoring company would be starting today. However, he also did mention that Waterloo is the only city in Ontario where the fire departments will not reset the alarms unless the building management arrives in person. Apparently, he also manages buildings in 30 other cities, and for all of them, the fire department will just reset the system once they determine there was no real fire. So we basically had to deal with the fire alarm going off in our building for no good reason for a total of 5 hours.

You got us good, Waterloo. Scoreboard says:

Waterloo: 5363456
Us: 0
Jenn Jul 3rd 2009
It sounds like a major torrential buttfuck of events but i'm sure it wasn't THAT bad. It could have been worse. Much worse. I'm sure you had some fun.

And what's a Roman candle?
limned Jul 3rd 2009
At 3:30 am, it was pretty bad. Good thing my interview wasn't the next day at 9:30 am.

Roman candles are those ones that you hold at one end and light at the other and it shoots off 10-12 rounds.
Mei Jul 4th 2009
Whoever wins, we lose.
limned Jul 4th 2009
Yep, pretty much.
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