I was laying in bed last night, just before going to sleep, and the temperature outside was a balmy -6°F when it hit me. What if we had a fire in the house right now? It’s not an impossibility. The house is over 170 years old. Having gone down to the basement, there are indications of a previous fire in the neighborhood of the living room fireplace, so in the past history of the house, there was some sort of disaster, or at least some timbers were heavily singed. Since we don’t know the history of the house really past the 1870s (that’s as far as the title search went) we’re forced to speculate a little bit about the ‘what if’s’ that occurred back then.
But again, what if there was a fire in the house? Would we get out in time? How many of our possessions would be salvageable? Moreover, would we be able to catch the cat to save his little furry butt as well? Naturally there are pressing issues about scene items, like my flogger collection, and other BDSM toys, how much of them would be destroyed, lost to water damage, smoke and so on. One of our wedding presents was a flogger made by an artisan who’s no longer crafting her wares. Matter of fact, one can’t hardly find a reference to her work anymore on the web, but go back 25-30 years ago, and she was a highly respected and sought after craftsperson. Weird sometimes how that happens. Lost to the whims of history, even in BDSM lore.
I started this post a week ago, but am finishing it up now, fyi. A couple of days ago as I was thinking about the scenario that began this post, I thought about buying a safe for my more valuable and less ably replaceable scene items (along with some other necessities, like insurance papers, birth and marriage certificates, as well as other important documents and valuables). We do have a small safe that my FIL owned, but it’s been in storage for the past 20 years, and it actually weighs about 200 lbs (~91 kgs). Too, I don’t believe we ever ascertained or found the combination, so at present the safe door is open, so we don’t have to pay a locksmith to open the damn thing. Consequently, that wouldn’t do very well anyway. Too small. I went to a safe website, and looked for possible options and hit upon a possible solution, a ‘gun safe’, one that would be used to protect one’s firearms as well as other valuables. The only problem (besides price) would be the one I would probably want weighs in excess of 800 lbs (~363 kgs). The likelihood of something of that nature would be it would end up in the basement, since it would probably crash through the floor of whatever room we wanted to put it in.
So that scenario isn’t a likely solution. Just another in a long line of musings I’ve had over the years. Actually, the other ‘what if’ thought I’ve had is, who’s going to inherit my toy collection after I’m gone? Yeesh. Gotta quit being morbid.