Has anyone been to the heirloom arts theater in danbury? I wanna go tomorrow to see scale the summit & reign of kindo but my friend said I’ll have to park a fair distance from the venue if I’m gonna show up later and it’d be pretty unsafe for me to do that alone.
I’d usually say fuck it in these situations but I have absolutely no sense of the area and carrying mace presents a glaring issue once I get to the venue. I know a girl that was mugged at knifepoint outside the webster, granted I’m sure that neighborhood is far worse. But if parking + the area is somewhat of a concern, I’ll try to drag an uninterested friend along.
On Monday, I woke up to seven voicemails. Three from school, two from friends, one from my grandma and one from my mom. I listened to the first message, horrified as a robotic voice told me to stay inside, behind closed doors and away from all windows.
I commute to my university. I have a three hour break in between my classes on Mondays, a window of time I typically use to go home and nap. I woke up at 1pm, a half hour after this all began.
After hearing the message, I turned on my TV. There was my school. I saw an aerial view of James Hall, one of the residences that a friend of mine lives in. The narrative was that there was a gunman inside. They continued and said he was wearing a mask, body armor, and a katana on his back, along with a gun with multiple clips. He was inside, but hadn’t been found.
My heart fucking stopped - this was all too real, especially after Newtown happened so close to home. Everything poured out. Shaking, sobbing, pacing. I called my friends to make sure they were alright. They were barricaded in a room in the social sciences building with some professors. They weren’t in James. Thank god.
I continued to watch the news as new developments arose. They talked about the suspect, interviewed students, repeated clips of the SWAT team entering the building, and reassured us that no gunshots had yet been fired.
Two hours later, the suspect was taken into custody. A bit later, we learned that no one was injured. The news coverage shifted to the rumor that the man, who was a resident of James, was wearing a Halloween costume.
And that turned out to be true. He was returning home from a Halloween party at UConn. It must have been a banger, because he was there for 3 days straight. He was dressed as Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe. Allegedly the costume wouldn’t fit into his backpack.
I can almost laugh about it now - but for those few hours, everything had changed. I can only imagine the horror those in James felt as they sat in their rooms and waited, completely silent, blinds drawn, beds pushed against the door. As far as they knew, death was on the other side.
It was a crazy experience, one that has further changed my perspective of our safety. I’m so thankful I don’t have to deal with the trauma of having been in James. And thank goodness for the outcome having been the best case scenario.
I’m having an asthma attack
I really want this to be the official flag of the new world government
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I saw Moving Mountains at the space last night and it was really freakin cool. The sound sucked and the turnout wasn’t the greatest but I was up front and had a really great time.
Looking forward to and so I watch you from afar and this town needs guns on the 13th! Then scale the summit and reign of kindo on the 18th in danbury. So appreciative of all the great shows that have been coming through the area lately.
Things I’m good at
- being sad for dumb reasons
- making posts i immediately regret when sad for dumb reasons