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Fortunate To Still Be Alive - AS IT HAPPENS

Sun, Dec. 9th, 2007

09:56 am - Fortunate To Still Be Alive

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Something has happened here that put my life back into perspective. As if I needed anything else to worry about. Remember that incident with the microwave and the charred cheese burger? Well, I've got that, times ten.

I'm sleeping and in the midst of some peaceful dream. Because of the nature of what was to happen next, I am not now able to remember what that dream was about.

Something snaps me to full attention. It's only 4:40 AM, and I'm tottering around my room when, what's that? A smoke detectorr? No way. But then, I do smell something.

Curious, I open my door an inch, and a wave of heat passes directly over my head and into the room. I turn around, and it's as if I can feel the heat suspended in midair with my hands, even though nothing is burning.

Realizing what is happening out in the living room and kitchen, I am rooted to the spot in sheer terror. The guy who has been staying with my cousin and me, we'll call him G, finally comes barreling back to snatch me out of the room in nothing but some shorts, a long sleve shirt and my barefeet, and we go onto the porch.

Sitting around in a miserable little circle, G tells us that he was preparing to cook some bacon and grits. He'd just put a pot onto the stove and turned it on low, when whoosh! Everything went up in flames. Since we were lacking a fire extinguisher, he had to use something called Grease Lightning, which I guess is a cooking spray of sorts. I'm not sure about that. Anyway, he did manage to put out the fire, but pretty much everything on that side of the kitchen was destroyed.

The air was thick with smoke earlier, but we allowed it to air out for about two hours, with fans blowing and doors open. Then, as a further safety precaution, we slept on the couch cushions on the living room floor. The landlord has already surveyed the damage, and he's going to call the electrition and the fire department so they can come over and check it all out.

I don't know what this will mean for us. Will we have to move out? Find a new place right away? Sometimes, I really do wonder why my life keeps throwing these curve balls at me just when things seem finally to be going right. I'm sure it will be a stressful situation, and I ask that you keep us in your thoughts as we sort through this. I'm lucky to still be here and able to worry about these things though, if a couple things had gone different, it could have been over for us all.

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From:pawpower4me
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
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hugs
I am glad you are OK and you are in my thoughts.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. It was a very scary situation.
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From:shannon_elaine
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that everyone is okay!
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. We were all pretty shook up. Never been through anything like that before.
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From:awallens
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh my god! John, hugs and more hugs and more hugs! And prayers and thoughts and all that stuff! You ahve my number if you need to talk, OK?
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. That is very much appreciated.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, definitely not one I want to relive, that's for sure. Thanks.
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From:imafarmgirl
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and prayers. That is so scarey especially when you can't see or hear where the fire is. I hope everything will be okay. Please please keep us posted as to what happens next.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I will definitely do that. I'm pretty nervous about a lot of things at the moment.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think we'll find out in the next hours. I feel like the full weight of what happened is only now descending on me.
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From:shazza59
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Thank God you are okay and that the guy was able to put the fire out. How scary.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, and it was worse to discover, at that critical time, that we were lacking a fire extinguisher. He had to think quickly.
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From:browneyedgirl65
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'm glad you're alright. Scary that a stove could go up like that -- I assume an electric and not gas stove, right? Wow -- stay safe and keep us posted.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it was electric. He says some oil must have leaked into the burner or something, the pot apparently had a hole in it.
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From:n_decisive
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Definitely sending you good vibes and strong thoughts for a positive outcome.

Glad you're okay!
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. That is much appreciated. I've never been so scared.
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From:sophiahagia
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
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Wow. So glad everyone's okay! How scary.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
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It definitely was. Thank you.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks much. I'm still kind of shaky now, don't know how long it will take to get over that.
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From:lynda
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Scary! I'm glad you're all okay!

We had a scare like that one night when we were woken by our smoke detector and somehow our electric stove had been turned on when there were pizza boxes sitting on it. Luckily nothing was damaged and we just needed to air out the apartment, but without a smoke detector, we could have been dead!

Y'all really need to get a fire extinguisher. It's the law in most rented establishments, so I'm curious why you don't have one.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes we do. They've never really followed the law around here, I think we're in an out of the way neighborhood where the city don't really care what happens to us.

We gotta get that smoke detector fixed, too.
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From:marjory
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Ye Gods! I'm glad that you are all basically okay and that the landlord is decent enough to let the damage be sorted out.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, we're hoping so anyway. No telling what this guy will do, we might well have to move back with our parents or something.
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Thanks much.
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From:jennelle137
Date:December 9th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you all got out of that safely. Good thing someone was awake! I'm sure everything will work out okay!
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From:johnmill79
Date:December 9th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, slowly but surely. I just spent an hour in the fresh air and incredible warmth. I feel like I've been waiting for that other shoe to drop for some time. This seems to be that other shoe.

Thanks
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