As someone that needs to be constantly in the know, I sign up for email alerts in the city I live in. At 10:30AM this morning I get an email saying the county “is currently experiencing intermittent problems with the 9-1-1 system. If you call 9-1-1 and can’t get through, immediately call 703-741-3035.” At first I don’t think much of it because I’m busy working. Then at 11AM I get another email telling me the same thing. So now I stop to think about it. What if I had an emergency and didn’t sign up for these stupid alerts? I would have no idea. I’m thinking that most people probably don’t get them as a matter of fact. I continue thinking about it for a few minutes then get back to work.
I go to lunch and I come back to two more alerts. Now I’m pissed. What if my house was on fire? What if I fall and can’t get up and don’t have one of those buttons? What if…I don’t know. There are a lot of what-ifs. But this is not cool people. I imagine they may have had something on the news or local television. But if I’m on the ground without a button to push I probably can’t get up to get the remote either.
I was THIS close to picking up the phone to call the police myself. Until I realized that I wouldn’t get anyone. Genius. Then I thought I would call my congress person. And then I realized that I was skipping my age group and skipping straight to old lady with six cats. And I don’t even like cats.
So, here’s what I learned today:
(1) The police department in my city is severely underfunded and I should move
(2) I am a crazy person.