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August 28th, 2006


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11:30 pm
Holy shit that was scary.

Came home at 11ish from an evening of playing Magic: The Gathering (yes, the card game) with some fellow old-school dorks, got dropped off at the apartment, walked up the steps and opened the door. Thereup, I was greeted by the overwhelming stench of natural gas.*
Freaked out, I ran into the bedroom and started shaking my dear prosicated, who didn't respond for a good 5 seconds. As you can imagine I was duly freaking at this point, but true to my form I wasn't shouting but just quietly... well... freaked out.

Finally she did wake up, and said "oh god, it does smell like gas in here..."
Like I needed the vindication. I almost had a headache already from the strength of it.

As it turns out, one of the burners wasn't all the way turned off, and had been slowly leaking for a number of hours into the apartment.
The cats are both fine, prosicated is also fine (and already back asleep), but damn that was a scary moment. I won't be sleeping for at least another hour, by then hopefully my heart will have stopped pounding.


*Yes, I know natural gas is odorless, but they cut it with methane for just such occurances. So you can smell leaks.
mood: freaked out

(42 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:pisceandreamer
Date:August 29th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
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Damn, that is very scary. Glad you're both OK.
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From:bluewillowtree
Date:August 29th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
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Eek, that is very scary! I'm so glad you guys are all right!
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From:komos
Date:August 29th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
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Damn, man. The both of you stay safe.
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From:cobaltnine
Date:August 29th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
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And now I go and check my damn burners. Thank you for reminding me that I'm afraid of my stove.

I grew up with electric, this invisible explosive thing freaks me the fuck out, especially given the churrosplosion of yesterday.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:August 29th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
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I grew up with electric too, but I totally prefer gas for cooking.
And I'm super-sensitive to the smell of gas as a result, which is good because I can always tell if there's gas leaking anywhere. ^_^
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From:foleyartist1
Date:August 29th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
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I am so glad both of you are okay!!!!
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From:rainbow_spork
Date:August 29th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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Um... that would sure explain the sleepiness of both of us, and yet why i wasn't sleepy once i got home. Yikes! I feel bad that I left her there! I swear it wasn't for very long!

Wow. Very, very, very glad you came home when you did. And feeling remarkably stupid (a more than a little freaked) for not noticing. sorry?
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From:inahandbasket
Date:August 29th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
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Not surprised you didn't notice, it must've been a hell of a slow leak, and your nose simply got aclimated to it. No need to feel bad!
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From:sun_set_bravely
Date:August 29th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
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Holy shit! That's terrifying. I'm so glad that everyone's okay. Snuggle that woman extra close tonight!
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From:inahandbasket
Date:August 29th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
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Oh I did. ^_^
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From:prosicated
Date:August 29th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)

Sorry!!! I didn't mean to be a stupidhead!

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(but just to get nowhere near even? Gas doesn't leek, it leaks.)

I had a rip-roaring headache by the time you woke me up, too. So glad I didn't sicken the cats or anything with my stupid. Back to being terrified of the 60 year old stove for me, then.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:August 29th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Sorry!!! I didn't mean to be a stupidhead!

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Grrr...
Hold me accountable for sleepy homophone errors, will you?
Fine, I see how it is.
*plots grammatical revenge*
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From:wanderyng1
Date:August 29th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! OK if you didn't really want to meet me, I'm sure there were better ways out of this than suffocating yourself and Meg.

Also (because I'm a science geek) it's actually ehtyl mercaptan that provides the nasty smell that natural gas has. Pure methane is odorless...they add ethyl mercaptan to that as well.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:August 29th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
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fascinating, good to know!
I'd always heard that it was methane they added. hunh!
*research*
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_gas

NG is apparently mostly methane, so it's certainly not a trace additive.
learn something new every day...


(and it wasn't my fault! she and rainbowspork cooked while I was out!)
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From:locriansax
Date:August 29th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
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do you have a carbon monoxide alarm?
I'm just wondering if that would have set it off.
(if you don't, your landlord is requried by new Mass law to install one)
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From:inahandbasket
Date:August 29th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Yup, and it didn't go off.
No carbon monoxide in natural gas. ;-)
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From:paperpath
Date:August 29th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Nothing so scary as an unresponsive sweetie.. (shudder)

I'm glad that you're both okay though. Please buy one of those gsa detecting alarms. They're similar, I believe, to smoke detectors and can likely be purchased at a decent hardware store. (Or maybe through the gas company?)

Yep, really glad you two are okay.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:August 29th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
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We have a Carbon Monoxide detector, but that don't do crap for Natural Gas. I don't know that there is a Nat Gas detector, but I'll definitely look into it. ^_^
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From:wisdom_seeker
Date:August 29th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh, wow, definitely scary! Don't they sell gas detectors, like smoke detectors but for natural gas, for just such situations (i.e., when you're sleeping like Meg was)? Maybe a good idea to get one. Come to think of it, we could probably use one, too...
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From:greyhoundliz
Date:August 29th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*

scary! i'm so glad you're both ok!

*more hugs*
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From:oceanic
Date:August 29th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
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[breathes in, breathes out]
whew. Yeah. That's... bad. I can't even imagine finding that scenario, and you know my imagination.

Thank god for things being okay, and I hug the daylights out of both of you. :)
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