Erol Yalaz and I are in the Pittsburgh area working at a customer site for a couple of days. We were spending the night at a Hampton Inn in Steubenville, Ohio… and behold, a piercing fire alarm wakes everyone in the hotel at 3:00am! I caught a picture of one of the four fire trucks rolling up to the front lobby (see photo below).
One way to wake the dead (and the patrons in a hotel) is by having a shrieking fire alarm in every room. The piercing sound of the alarm makes you want to vacate your room faster than a black man accidentally attending a KKK rally.
Well, being the engineer that I am, I had suspicions that the cold weather was playing havoc on the fire sensors; and why in the hell would I want to run out in sub-zero, snowy weather at 3:00am in my boxer shorts? Besides, I am only on the second floor, and I have my “roving agent” (Erol) in the lobby accessible via cell phone… thus, I used chewing gum and my room key to cover the sound coming from my room alarm (see photo below).
To top things off, Erol and I have a 7:00am meeting with our customer’s Union President… this should be an exciting day ;-|