So, one moment I'm sound asleep in my bed in Tuscaloosa, and the next...
...I'm standing in the parking area under our building looking at these cop cars. 2:16 AM. Yep.
There is nothing like the sound of a fire alarm. It is loud, piercing, and very annoying. Much more so than even my very annoying cell phone alarm clock. That's what you want of course, because you want to wake up. When there's a fire.
But there was no fire last night. Instead, one of my building neighbors was involved in a domestic dispute. As we stood under the building, she explained to the police that she didn't have a phone and so she pulled the fire alarm to get the police to come.
It worked. And I learned something: the police cannot turn off the fire alarm. We had to wait for the fire department to arrive, and they had to inspect the building before we could go back inside.
So I was back asleep by 3 AM. Was that a dream?
Nah...just another night at the edge of a college campus. Never a dull moment.