Thursday, May 18, 2006

Squirrel Narrowly Escapes the Conflagration

Okay, maybe not a fire. Just a fire drill in the library.

Fire drills happen about once a year here, and they've started this smart thing where they tell us beforehand when it is going to happen so that we can practice. 'But that's cheating!', you might say. I thought so too, until I started to think about it like how we practice CPR in the event of an emergency.

They tell us there's a fire drill coming and we all study our action plan for disaster. Every time we do it we get better at it, and every time we do it we poke holes in the plan and then figure out better ways to do it. It's working for me.

And today it went pretty well. I didn't have to fight with any Internet patrons who might refuse to leave their terminal. It was all right. Especially on a very sunny Spring day where we have to stand outside for 10 minutes while they do their final checking.


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