My Neighbor's House Burnt Down

Guitarius

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My sister come running into my room a few minutes ago yelling and screaming that the neighbor's house just burnt down. It amazes me that something like that can happen, and I didn't even know it. Everyone is standind around gawking at it.

It's pretty crazy, but I gotta admit. I don't really care. I've been instructed to stay up and "gaurd the house" But the **** am I going to do if something happens?

Why can't they ever wake up my brother to do this ****? This is retarted.
 

wordmunger

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Sep 3, 2003
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I hope you're being sarcastic. This reminds me of a great Oingo Boingo song.

Oingo Boingo - Nothing Bad Ever Happens Lyrics
Nothing bad ever happens to me
Nothing bad ever happens to me
Why should I care?

A man broke into my neighborhood
He threatened the family with a loaded gun
He tied them all up and beat 'em real good
He took everything and he got away clean
And I can't believe that anyone would
Wanna do such a terrible thing
But why should I care?

Did ya hear about Fred, he's unemployed
They threw him away like a useless toy
He went down the drain after 20 long years
No warning, no pension and nobody's tears
And I can't believe that anyone would
Wanna do such a terrible thing
But why should I care?
Why should I care?

Every time I look around this place
I see them scream but I hear no sound
And the terrible things happen down the road
To someone else that I don't even know

CHORUS
Nothing bad ever happens to me
Nothing bad ever happens to me
Nothing bad ever happens to me
Nothing bad ever happens to me
Why should I care?

Have you heard about the Joneses, my, my, my
It happened so quick and no one knows why
Their teenage son, he seemed O.K.
But his suicide ruined everyone's day
And I can't believe that anyone would
Wanna do such a terrible thing
But why should I care?

CHORUS

(Nothing bad ever happens to me)
Nothing bad ever happens to me
 

Guitarius

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It's not that I don't want to care, I just don't. I didn't know them, hell, I didn't even know their names. Yeah, it sucks that it happened, but it's a fire, what are you going to do?

My biggest thing is that my stepdad took off and told me to gaurd to the house? What the **** am I going to do? I think the police with guns standing around outside have a better chance gaurding anything. And if another fire starts, well, there's trucks for at least a mile, all the way up and down the street.

I just want to go back to bed.
 

gekko513

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I would guess you're there to call emergency if something happens. (A friend and I were once set to guard the area of a small recent forest/grass fire. After an hour or so, when nothing happen, we left. Two hours later it caught fire again and our parents had to arrange another fire fighting operation.)
 

wordmunger

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Yeah, just go back to bed. What the worst that could happen -- your house burns down too? No big deal. Your parents have insurance, right? Sleep is more important.
 

Guitarius

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wordmunger said:
Yeah, just go back to bed. What the worst that could happen -- your house burns down too? No big deal. Sleep is more important.
If it does, what am I gonna do about it?
 

Guitarius

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I detect some sarcasm...Is it something I said?

Besides. I think I have to leave in a little while.
 

wordmunger

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Well, your neighbors' house burnt down and we're supposed to have sympathy for you because you had to get up early?

It's fine for you not to care about your neighbors. Just don't expect much sympathy when something bad happens to you.
 

Guitarius

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I'm not asking you to have sympathy for me. Just saying I don't understand my stepfather's logic.

And as far as expecting sympathy from others...well...I dunno...Sympathy just kinda seems useless to me.
 

wordmunger

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Reread Gekko513's post. That's what your stepfather is thinking about. A spark from your neighbor's house could have landed on your roof and then sat there smoldering for hours. If you catch it soon enough, then it's no problem, but if it goes ignored, you could lose your house too.
 

gwuMACaddict

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Guitarius said:
It's pretty crazy, but I gotta admit. I don't really care. I've been instructed to stay up and "gaurd the house" But the **** am I going to do if something happens?

Why can't they ever wake up my brother to do this ****? This is retarted.
WOW

nice guy, aren't you? :rolleyes:
 

Guitarius

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Okay. I get that...but it happened a couple of hours ago, around 6 or so local time. By the time I went outside, they were about to start packing up. I would imagine that if something like that would have happened, it would have happened by now, or then.
 

gwuMACaddict

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Guitarius said:
No. Not really.
that's a trerrible thing to admit to, in my opinion :(

i hope that your neighbors are ok and that the rest of your neighborhood shows some compassion and offers to help them through this...
 

rdowns

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Jul 11, 2003
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You don't get it. Your apathy is what people here don't like. That and your posting a thread about it. Apparently, you don't get enough attention at home.
 

Guitarius

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It seems like everything I say lately, I put my foot in my mouth.

Look...I'm not as heartless as I seem. As if saying it really means anything.

And they'll be hardpressed to find compassion in this neighborhood. It seems like most people didn't like them. Just what it seems like to me from talking to a couple people this morning.
 

Lacero

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Perfect opportunity to play 'The Roof is On Fire' by the Bloodhound Gang over a ghetto blaster. Insensitive... I guess so.

But I've been in a similar circumstance when a neighbor down the block committed suicide by leaving a propane tank open, filling the house with gas and then setting fire, blowing up the house. Ah, memories.
 

Abstract

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Guitarius said:
And they'll be hardpressed to find compassion in this neighborhood. It seems like most people didn't like them. Just what it seems like to me from talking to a couple people this morning.
But you didn't know that until this morning after the fire.

Face it, you're heartless, and you started this thread for pretty much no reason other than to get attention.

It would be great if you came in here and told us that something terrible just happened, and I was here to tell you that I have no sympathy. After all, I can't do anything to help you anyway, and I don't know you.
 

killuminati

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No offense, but I'm happy your not my neighbor.

Who cares that you didn't know them. Wouldn't you want them to do the same for you if you had some type of accident/emergency.
 

iJon

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I'm going to have to cosign with the rest of the posters. As for someone who had their house burn down earlier this year, I probably have a good understanding what your neighbors are going through. It was also my neighbors who gave us a sense of comfort as our house turned to black rubble on the ground. So do everyone a favor and go back to sleep, your benefiting no one.

jon
 

Lacero

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People, stop getting on his case. I can understand his attitude. He's right that there's nothing that he can personally do, except maybe travel back in time and stop the fire from burning down his neighbor's house.

If anything, Guitars' going through a phase in his life called melancholy. It's pretty eff'n normal. Cut him some slack.