A week ago today…

…I had to take the short trip to the doctor’s office for my monthly blood test.  When one must take blood thinning medication (Coumadin), a test needs to be done every month or so, to ensure that the clotting level is consistent, and that the dosage is proper.  The doctor’s office is in a building call ‘The Breakers’ about two and a half miles down the road, so it’s really not any kind of inconvenience…I just catch the bus at the corner and twenty or so minutes later, I’m there!

‘The Breakers’ still had their outdoor Christmas decorations up–one large wreath and some bows in two planters.  I liked the wreath…it takes an awful lot to wire this many ornaments so closely together on a metal frame!

Pretty, isn't it...but a real pain to construct!

Pretty, isn’t it…but a real pain to construct!

 

A closer look.  I love these soft metallic tones...they have such an elegance...

A closer look. I love these soft metallic tones…they have such an elegance…

 

...until I took this close-up--OOPS! Dings and broken balls, and tiny balls stuffed into larger balls!

…until I took this close-up–OOPS! Dings and broken balls, and tiny balls stuffed into larger balls!

Seems to me (and I know this well from working in the Display business!) that the workers who do the installs and take-downs really don’t care that much about the labor and creativity that went into the final product!

Guess they’ve never paid any mind to the old adage, “You break it, you bought it!”

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Someone obviously took the advice…

…from the previous post, and decided to “Sleep late tomorrow.”–while smoking in bed!!!

THIS is the result…an hour of my life. and the lives of residents of 101 other apartments, which we’ll never get back…all because some jerk thought they were being “COOL”!

Not just TWO Chicago Fire Department trucks...

Not just TWO Chicago Fire Department trucks…

..but a THIRD and a FOURTH...

..but a THIRD and a FOURTH

AND a FIFTH came...

AND a FIFTH responded…

...in addition to the Battalion Chief, an ambulance beyond his vehicle...

…in addition to the Battalion Chief; also, an ambulance was at the ready, up the street just beyond his vehicle…

and several Chicago Police Department squads...traffic was rerouted for a block in each direction!

…and several Chicago Police Department squads…traffic was rerouted for a block in each direction!

CFD even raised  their ladder up the front of the building...something I've never seen in my almost six years of living here!

CFD even extended their ladder up the front of the building…something I’ve never seen in my almost six years of living here!

If I sound a bit angry, it’s because of the stupidity of fools like this negligent tenant, who endangered not only their own life, but the lives of several hundred others!

I truly feel they should be evicted after such a stupid transgression…we’ll see.

Needless to say, the CFD responded within minutes, as did the CPD!  These men and women serve us unceasingly…and, here in Chicago, many treat them as “dirt”until it’s a fire or shooting and they become affected directly!

Wherever you live, if you have an experience similar to this, or worse, take the time to “THANK” these first responders…your LIFE may depend upon their quick actions!

It is nice to note, though, that one of the CPD trucks was decorated for the holidays…demonstrating that firefighters are ALSO human beings!

29DEC2012-Fire 7