Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Different Point of View

While they say opposites attract - or at least Paula Abdul and some animated "singing" cat say it - now and again I am struck what different reactions 710 and I have to certain things.

I would say usually we are on the same page, or at least know what page each of us would be on in certain scenarios.  The other night, not so much. Not that he knew it.

Monday morning, I woke around 3:30 and smelled fire. I also heard fire engines.

Now rescue vehicles coming and going at all hours of the night is not unusual, and I've even learned, for the most part, to successfully ignore them. If I didn't, I'd never sleep, or think.

Oddly enough, I was having an extensive dream that involved fire and that chick from Law & Order SVU. Perhaps, I incorporated fire into my subconscious, or the entire dream, because I smelled smoke. Or maybe like Firestarter, I conjured up flames.

I laid there for an hour or two a few minutes contemplating 'what to do'. The sirens were continual, but not really getting any closer.  Yes, the windows were open, but there was no breeze to speak of - so no real blowing smoke from a nearby fire into the house.

Finally, I lightly whispered to a sleeping 710, "do you smell smoke".  He awoke immediately and said, "yes!".

We were out of bed - both nekkid - looking for....well, I don't know what. He saw nothing, I saw nothing, the sirens had stopped and hadn't gotten close to our house, let alone in our actual 'hood.  Our house wasn't on fire.

He went back to bed and immediately fell asleep.

...and that's where our paths diverge.

I stayed awake. Wide awake.

What if?

Where was Sophie? How would we get her out - and what would we do with her once we did?  What exit would we use? Where were my clothes and glasses?  What do we try to save?  When was the last time I backed up my laptop - and even if I did, where was the external hard drive? Do we need the house reassessed to take into account the renovations - so when we filed an insurance claim we had entire coverage? Where would we stay during reconstruction time?

....yeah.....there  was no going back to sleep for Blobby.

I don't have ideations of how I'll die, but in a fire seems to rank up there in the crappiest fashion, which is most likely the real reason I never went back to Dream SVU land - all those questions just filled in the time.  Yet next to me was the man I'm spending my life with - asleep and unaware.

Song by: Pet Shop Boys


Erik Rubright said...

The Husbear and I are different like that too. I tend to ponder a lot when I should be sleeping, and I think he ponders a lot when he's awake.

Definitely get the house reappraised/reassessed for sure!

I tend to ponder what we would do in a fire or tornado emergency here. And I still don't really have an answer. I should probably lay awake tonight and think about that....

cb said...

You should always have escape plans. And have boxer shorts handy.