Grizzly Weinstein (sea_gaagii) wrote,
Grizzly Weinstein
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Fire

Yesterday after work I took a ride over to the Crossroads Mall to hit the book stores (I didn't buy anything). I decided to sit and watch some people play chess on the "big board". One guy was quite impressive and made some very cool sacrifices. I realized it is a great mental exercise, not just because chess is a good mental exercise, but because the people playing don't always make the move you picked. You first try to figure out, why he didn't make your move (and sometimes there is no good reason, but sometimes you realize you missed something) and then you have to figure out why he made the move he did (sometimes there is no good reason). It is almost like playing a mental game of chess with two people.

After a bit of frustration when I clearly had the better move than was played (go ego) I decided to head home. When I walked out the door of the mall, I noticed a large cloud of black smoke rising up from the distance. Then I heard the sirens. It was about 7:30. I thought perhaps someone had torched Planned Parenthood which was in that direction. I walked over to see what was going on. It was an apartment complex across 156th from Planned Parenthood. It is the one next to the Ivar's.

I have never seen a fire like that. The flames were rolling out of the apartment like balls lava rolling down a hill (which I have never seen either). It was so hot, there was nothing that wasn't burning. The firemen did a great job putting it out after they had rescued everyone from the neighboring apartments. Although there was damage and people were displaced from their homes no one was hurt. Waiting to get people out of the neighboring apartments is a good idea; the force water coming out of the hoses could have easily killed someone.

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