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Jul. 8th, 2006

although i'm 31 years old, i still die a little on the inside when they interrupt my television program for the test of the Emergency Broadcast System.

especially when they perform the test at weird ass times like 10:23 am.


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Jul. 8th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
That really stinks, aukabob.

Yeah, when there's emergency and a disaster about to take place, I'd rather see my favorite shows and run like heck when their over.

Nothing makes you feel more alive than a little death knocking on your backdoor.

Aug. 27th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
Re: awww
Especially having grown up during the Cold War and such, it still gives me the willies. I actually had one give me emergency instructions for the first time ever, though it was for a Portland suburb on the opposite side of Portland, for severe weather that wouldn't get this far north.
Jul. 8th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
I know they have to test them but the sound is very irritating to me.
Jul. 8th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
it's more of a sheer terror/paranoia than an irritation. i was always borderline obsessed with the possibility of nuclear war as a child growing up in the 80's/90's. every. single. time. i have heard the test done, especially if it's not done during times like noon or three pm or 2:30, i panic a little and thing "omg, this is it, we're all gonna die."
Jul. 8th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
I know!
I was right in the middle of listening to Car Talk when that came on.
Jul. 9th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
we were ALSO listening to Cartalk and were irritated by the test!!!!
Jul. 8th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)

This was a test of the Emergency LJ System. Had this been a real emergency it would have been followed by instructions. This was only a test.

Aug. 27th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Ha ha, what, exactly, would constitute an lj emergency?
Sep. 22nd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Like OMG!!!oneeleven!

She totaly didnt REPLY! So then I checkeker HEr calander!!! and she totaly!! posted OTHER entries and I didnt see them So she was totalyy!! ignoring ,me!! so I totaly unfrended her!!
But, after 30 min she didnt notice so I friended her back! just to make sure she noticed when I unfrended her agan!

and she still didnt noyticE!!!!

Sep. 18th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
OMG, you crack me the hell up! I am so glad that I've removed myself from the lives of all the drama queens like that.

But, oh, those days of yore.
Jul. 8th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
I actually heard it go off FOR REAL. Yea and I was SURE it was nuclear armageddon. In fact, it was only widespread and massive flooding of the San Joaquin Valley sometime back in the 80s.
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: once
Ha ha! I heard it go off for real once, too, a few months ago when a Portland suburb far from here was getting hit HARD with a severe thunderstorm with giant hail and such.

I remember growing up in Longview and us having to have an escape plan so that we could all evacuate should the nearby nuclear power plant blow. As my stepdad said at the time, there was only two bridges leaving out of town AWAY from the power plant, so if it ever went off for real, he would just kiss his ass goodbye.

After hearing him say that, I freaked out a bit every single time they tested the evacuation sirens!
Jul. 8th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Fingernails on chalk, it is!
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Not so much the annoying sound, which it is, but moreso for the "OMG THIS IS IT, WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE" feeling I get EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I hear it.
Jul. 8th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
It's now actually the Emergency Alert System, the former EBS being retired sometime in the 1990s if memory serves correctly.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Either way, it freaks me out. I guess that comes from growing up during the Cold War.
Jul. 8th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
errr. aren't you supposed to be doing HOMEWORK, young lady??

lol. get to it.
Jul. 10th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, I remember watching I think it was the last player of one of the season of Stargate and they were saying something, and BEEEEEEEEP!!!! The thing takes over the TV, it was only a test but our stupid cable system (darn you comcrap!) would set the channels out of order for another 3 seconds so when it got back to the show whatever they were going to reveal was COMPLETELY over :|

When they do it to my cartoons it just makes me jump because I don't expect it.

The only thing worse is the air raid horn test thats done like every third tuesday of the month or something. I'll be at home or working or whatever then all of a sudden I hear the air raid and think "oh holy hell whats going on!" but nope I remember ths just a test and go about my business. Lets hope no disaster or attack happnes on a tuesday because I'll probably ignore it.
Jul. 10th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)

Let's see: Tornados, Terrorist attacks, ICBM's, Hurricanes, and etc.

I liked how in War of the Worlds, the aliens used horns to let their presense be known. Ha ha, sorry to all you trumpet players out there. Trumpets do make beautiful sounds from time to time, it just depends how you use them.
Jul. 10th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
Heehee, I don't know if they used it so that people would know they were there or for communication even thats just hower their vehicles worked.

Either way, bad!
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Same with most air instruments - I have a flute and can only make dying sounds come out of it!
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
The town just north of here where I spent all my teenage years had a horn like that. We were close to a nuclear power plant, and had escape routes drilled into us in the event that the horn went off for real. (The power plant has since been closed.) I remember freaking out every time I heard it, and would race to a clock to see what the time was, because I was convinced that if they did it at odd times, like 642pm, that it would be The One.

The town in Iowa that I lived in until age 8 had a horn that sounded the same - they would sound it every day at noon to signal when people would take their lunches, and if there was ever a tornado warning.
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