May 26th, 2009
The reason why there are a whole bunch of NOSMO KING signs around the outside area between South Station and the Fidelity building is because
A. The wood mulch in the planters is made of wood and wood can burn, and
B. This particular concourse is wonderfully designed so that on certain days it becomes one hell of a wind tunnel, and
C. When wood mulch (which is made of wood) burns (and wood can burn) and does so in a wind tunnel, the sparks are automatically and lovingly fanned into quite a nice little smoldering pile.
So by the time I filed out onto the little stone area, the discarded cigarette butt thoughtfully dropped by some civic-minded individual had created a happily smoldering pile of cinders. Just like a real cozy campfire! Let's bring out the marshmellows and sing O, An Austrian Went Yodeling!
Me and this other guy (we were the only two people who apparently even took notice that there was this fire thing going on) spent a moment in conference to decide what to do. We couldn't stomp on it to put it out, because that'd just send the sparks flying in the wind. So which agency should we report this to: South Station, or the Fidelity building? Did we trust the same people who run the Commuter Rail to do something? I opted to head for the Fidelity building and ran into a facilities person heading out to see the little fire. She said someone was coming with an extinguisher and, from the tone of her voice, it sounded like this was a regular occurrence.
Now my clothes smell all smoky. It smells like Dad would when he'd come home after a fire call. Kinda reassuring in a childhood memory sort of way. I don't think anybody else in the office would agree, though.
There was a restaurant in NYC in the late 80s/early 90s called Nosmo King.
Wood smoke v cigarette smoke...I'm all for wood smoke, mesself.
The smoke was a nice wood mulchy smoke, that's for sure. Nothing acrid or blech about it. Would've been nice to put a ring of rocks around the smoldering mulch and had a time, but you know. Can't be late to work and all.
Is the Fidelity building the one between South Station and the post office, the one that used to be the Stone & Webster building?
If this is the area I think it is, it used to be fenced off and closed to the public. Which was annoying, but at least made fires less likely.
Edited at 2009-05-26 02:57 pm (UTC)
The Fidelity building is the one that runs along Summer Street with the big shiny metal columns and all, so I'm guessing that's a yes since there aren't any other
major street-facing buildings on that side before you hit the Fort Point Channel.
The little concourse to the train platforms is/was rather nice, but the wind really gets thrown at you there. May have to do with their walkway overhang or something. On a regular day it's irrationally windy there, and on storm days it's insane.
Edited at 2009-05-26 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hmmm..the Nosmo King certainly explains why the Happy King died of cancer.
(Well, that and a shotgun blast to the face.)
What the CHRIST.
First I get home just in time for my fire alarm to go off.
Then this guy
reports that the building next to his is on fire.
Then this ^ post.
What the burning CHRIST.
is having some fire-related adventures today too.
|Date:||May 26th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)|| |
False alarm in the building.
AS MAYOR OF COOKIE CITY I HEREBY DECLARE TODAY FIRE DAY