This is my apartment building. While I was out today exploring my new home state (btw - Orchard Lake and the surrounding area is beautiful) I got a call from my apartment office manager letting me know that my building was on fire and requesting that I return home right away. I turned the car around a mere hour from the destination I had in mind and headed back to Ann Arbor. When I got there I was greeted by the Red Cross, some very good looking firefighters and this lovely sight. I waited around for two hours so that I could be escorted into my apartment to collect valuables, gather a change of clothes and take an initial look at the damage. For those of you who know me and my possessions ... the couch is safe. There is quite a bit of water damage and they mentioned that they would probably have to make a hole in my ceiling to drain out the rest of the water. I'm guessing that there will be new carpet and paint and some patching that goes on in the next few weeks. Luckily there didn't seem to be much smoke damage which I think would be harder to remedy than the water. Tonight finds me in the ever welcoming apartment of some of my friends in Ann Arbor, grateful that I and the majority of my possessions are fine and that I have a few more days without classes to take care of whatever comes next.