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OK, totally freaked out now.

Cops were out *everywhere* on the way back from lunch. I saw at least one bunch rushing into a house with guns drawn.

Several accidents, including pedestrians, but ambulances were on the serious scenes. I saw one EMT restraining someone to the cart to get them into the ambulance.

I get back to work just in time to get told everyone's been told to go home - except essential personnel, which I am. Lovely. They're saying there's some kind of illness or pandemic in the region and they're not taking any chances, so the less people congregate the better. (Fortunately the campus is mostly empty anyway, so it's not like it's some kind of huge evacuation or anything, it's just sending everyone home like the power had gone out or something.)

My boss is looking into specifically who has to stay and who has to go from our department. Since I answer the phones, I'll likely have to stay to help manage things, at least for a little while.

I'm calling Q to see what he's heard. I'm hearing *nothing* on the news, except for a local AM radio station that is broadcasting the Emergency Broadcast System signal and telling people to stay tuned.

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moonpuppy61
Jun. 13th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Do take care.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
What choice do I have?
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esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
If you hear anything, let me know. I talked to someone else in SD and they hadn't heard anything, but then again things are crazy here right now and I'm not getting anything on the news.
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esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Must have been on meth or something. Still, if something's going on here health-wise, I'm hoping it doesn't spread.
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esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. You might want to keep your own ears open as I've heard of stuff in Boston and in Toronto.
eridun
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
keep your head down and turn that ringer to the lowest that it can go.

good luck.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Turn down my ringer? Why?
harlkyn
Jun. 13th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
So they can't find you if it starts ringing.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
OK, I know it's a pandemic now, so I'm assuming you can only be infected by coming in contact with someone who is. But does it somehow screw you up mentally so that they come after you? WTF?
pinoyboytoy
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
I left my phone at home.
I haven't heard anything. But then again I've been stuck in my office all day and I'm near DC so news of the deep deep south hasn't reached here yet.
I did see lotsa cops this morning on my drive up. But there was an accident, I thought that was what that was for.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
You might want to consider heading home, and soon. Fortunately your campus and mine are both kind of quiet, so we might not even know what's going on in the surrounding areas.
pinoyboytoy
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm working at the hospital tonight. Do you want me to call in sick?
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Well if it *is* a pandemic they will probably want you to come in. Gah! I thought you being in the Navy was bad, now I have to worry about you being a doctor? Damned Hippocratic oath!
sistercoyote
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Keep your head. All will be well with you.

Thinking of you.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Keep an eye out for yourself as well, ok?
sistercoyote
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Always. But things have been very quiet and normal around this educational institute, except for the news two weeks ago that someone had been arrested for making threats toward us. He's in jail, though.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
At this point anything seems possible. Just keep aware.
scubachik
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Put on your aluminum foil hat!!
I'll keep an eye on CNN from So. Cal. If I were you, I'd see about a lovely recorded message telling everyone to please call back on Monday!~

YIKES!!!
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Put on your aluminum foil hat!!
Srsly.
av8rmike
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe someone read the open letter to your honey and now they're afraid everyone will catch teh ghey. ;)

Seriously, this sounds scary. I hope everything comes out OK.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
This would take anti-gay sentiments to an extreme! :D

But yes, it's scary, but I'm hopeful it's just temporary.
minotaurs
Jun. 13th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Send. More. Paramedics.
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
"Who's the president?"

"Uh... Eisenhower?"

"Don't go to the hospital..."
jbriggs
Jun. 13th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
esprix
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. Now hush. :P
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