Thursday, November 6, 2014

Never a dull moment

You know those dream sequences in movies where the dreamer keeps hearing this really annoying beeping noise and then they wake up and it's their alarm clock? That happened to me last night. I was having this epic dream and kept hearing this series of beeps. Finally I woke up but could still hear it, and thought maybe it was an alarm clock somewhere in the house and was about to get up and look for it to turn it off when I heard a commotion at the neighbors' house - people slamming doors and dogs barking, then a man yelling, "fire! Fire!!!" I looked out the window and saw a huge pillar of fire in the sky. It was next to my right side neighbors, just two doors down. I went out to the back yard (it seemed to be focused on the back roof and porch) and watched it with the people who were unfortunate enough to be right next door. They said everyone got out all right, but it was a huge blaze - I mean this place I've been looking at from my back yard for thirteen years was fully engulfed in flames. It's a large old Craftsman fourplex. Just then the firemen got there and went to work. According to news reports they had it out in 45 minutes. I was up until sunup with all the adrenaline and noise (I woke at about 4AM). Today there was a contractor's van out front and a huge pile of debris and charred wood in their yard; then later a U Haul with a few things thrown in it and some people milling around. I feel so bad for them. Along with illness, car accidents and burglaries, a house fire is way up there on my list of things that would seriously fuck everything up right now. I wonder what caused it, if everyone really did make it out, including pets? I may never know. 

In other news, Bumpus went poopy on the potty last night. Oh, and my band has been asked to play NY's Lincoln Center next June. So, count that as my goal for my first ever trip sans children. 


  1. Sounds scary! I'm afraid of a house fire...I am always running in my mind escape routes for E & I so I hopefully wouldn't panic if it really happened.

    So exciting about the NY performance! So cool!

  2. Yikes! I'm glad the fire didn't spread and you didn't have to evacuate, or worse... My fire alarm has gone off 2-3 times since I've moved in, for maybe 5-15 seconds each time, and then stopped. No fire. No idea what that's about, but it scares the shit out of me each time! Glad you guys are all safe.

  3. I had the same experience not long ago, woken by someone else's fire alarm in the neighborhood. It's a surreal experience! I hope everyone involved is okay.