End of Semester and fire alarms

The fall semester is rapidly coming to a close. Speaking Exams are this week and the second exam of the semester is next week.

Oakton started out with a bang today as I set up in the balcony area over the cafeteria only to have to pack up and head out with a major blast from the past, a fire drill.

This fire drill was unlike anything I am used to and I have had fire drills on the Des Plaines campus before. First of all, there is a total feeling of ‘Really?’ as I sauntered out. I felt careless as I packed up my Technology to go outside and as if I was doing something wrong. Nonetheless, this feeling was not coming from those I departed with; they were pretty much unfazed by the happening. ‘Blasé’ seemed to be their modus operandi. Once outside, everyone clung to the walls of the building, something I remember from high school drills as being unacceptable. We were always forced to move far away, a better thought if there really were a fire, and frankly, you are supposed to act as it there is one.

Luckily, especially given the chill of the day, I had my winter wear on, something that did not always happen when I taught high school and since I was probably in the classroom, I did not have access to my coat.

The fire truck did arrive, and we were outside for a good ten minutes, or so it seemed and it makes me wonder if this were for some electronic malfunction as opposed to practice. I had heard that there was going to be a drill but I thought it was set for a day when I would not be there.

It is funny how something as mundane as a fire alarm drill would cause the mind to think of the past and how it happened. No longer am I a ‘warden’ and responsible for moving and shaking people into being safer.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.

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