“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun. “
— Thomas Edison
When I speak, everyone jumps. At least today they did.
We ran an office evacuation drill, but since the building managers wouldn’t sound the fire alarm, we had to improvise. I was asked to give the announcement over the PA system. Since the system does not work very well, I had to to be loud. Very loud.
“This is a drill!! We are evacuating the building immediately …”
After finishing the rest of the announcement, I looked up. There were about 50 engineers scrambling for the exit. Dawning my yellow hat and orange vest, I joined my fellow emergency responders and swept the building and shooing people outside. The rest of the drill was routine. We learned a few things and will be better prepared next time.
Had this been a real emergency, the fire alarms would have done the announcing for me. But at least for this one time, I had the pleasure of being the alarm.
The point? None really. It was just an enjoyable volunteer job.
Volunteering is fun. Alarmingly so.
Volunteered to be a fire alarm. I may add that to my resume.