Ah, apartment life. This morning, at a tick past 5:30 a.m., we awakened to this:
The dogs were freaked out by the alarm, Lulu in particular who just sat at the top of the stairs, refusing to move until I went up and got her. At one point, a voice came over the P.A. to inform us that they were investigating and stay tuned for another announcement in two minutes. Back to the soul-quaking blare. I took the time to brush my teeth and put on pants. Five minutes later, when the second announcement came, it went like this: “The fire department has been called.” And nothing else. No “Stay put while we investigate further.” or “Guests are urged to make their way down to the lobby.” or “RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!”. I was leaning toward heading back up to bed to wait for the next announcement but noticed that Akemi already had her coat on and was headed out the door with all four dogs. I followed her out into the empty hallway. Had everyone else already made their way down? While Akemi attempted to coax a skittish Bubba and Lulu down the stairs, I scooped up Jelly and Maximus, a pug in each arm, and followed.
Not surprisingly, in the end, it was all for naught. Akemi and I (and the four dogs), along with the other dozen residents who bothered evacuating, cooled our heels for about an hour (And I do mean cooled. It was fucking cold outside!) before we were allowed back upstairs.
One week in the new place and one fire alarm. That’s some average. On the bright side, given that we were up so early, we had the whole day ahead of us. Theoretically. I went back to bed and slept in until 9:30 a.m.
Today, it was back to St. Lawrence Market where we picked up more produce – and partook in another terrific Mustachio’s sandwich, this one the chicken parmsean –
After dropping off our purchases back at the place and taking the dogs for their second walk of the day, we headed out for my location scout to Casa Loma, the possible sight of the big episode 5 climax…
In a perfect bookend to my day, I locked myself out of my apartment tonight. Fortunately, the affable security guard had the master key and was kind enough to open my door for me – while informing me that Stargate: Universe didn’t have enough action and was too complicated for him.