It's what I heard on the radio as we were pulling out of the parking lot that has to do with the title. They were going on about how people would be coming to your house to check if you had working smoke detectors on each floor, and how it was just to check, and not to press charges if you didn't or anything. Then they went on to say that if any part of your house caught on fire (to the degree of having to call the fire department / 911, presumably), and it was found afterwards that you either didn't have smoke detectors installed, or they weren't in working order, you could face up to a year in jail, and / or a $50,000 fine.
Isn't it punishment enough to have your house catch on fire in the first place? I agree with the whole idea of going around to check, but to send someone to jail or make them pay that much money reeks of adding insult to the injury. Oh, but maybe it's some sort of thing that, when it's over, they can say "And you don't want this to happen again, so you're going to do what?"
Give everyone notice in advance over the radio, through the paper, or whatever else, and say that if they don't have a working smoke detector installed on each floor of their home by such and such a date, they'll be fined a certain amount of money. You'll still get people grumbling and complaining, but at least that way you'll have done your part before anything bad happens. And if a fire does start, it's a simple matter of saying "We warned you". Not in that concise a manner or anything, but something like that.
And also on the way out there, I got to thinking about a certain thing (see the comments in "New Years Type Entry"), and what I can do in the meantime. Wearing a tail around the house (even if it's only at night) seems to be the best thing to do right now, but I started to worry about what might get said if Dad (or anyone else for that matter) came down while I had one on, and what that could lead to and everything.
Then I remembered something I heard in a movie I watched a little while back. Specifically, Mr. Sherwin Nuland's TED talk here. Even more specifically, the part where he talks about obsessing over every tiny detail. I don't think I could say what he chose, but maybe "Ah, screw it" instead. It makes me happ(y/ier), and it's not negatively affecting anyone else so why do I get so paranoid about it sometimes?
Once I get my footpaws, I'll be wearing them around the house most if not all of the time, but until then, tails are all I have, so I might as well do what's intended to be done with them.
And also, whenever Zaz gets back to me, I plan on asking him what he thinks of getting the furries in this city together and going to see a movie or something. Four (at most) really isn't that many, but it can't hurt to ask.
Anyways though, I discovered all of these games yesterday, so it's back to Knytt Stories for now~