Bringing the House down!

Normally, "bringing the house down" is a good thing when you're a theater. Not today. At approximately 11:30 this morning, a car drove through the east wall of the Baytown Little Theater building! Here's a cell-phone video of the car being towed out of the building.

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We were in rehearsal for Titanic, and today is Friday the 13th. Guess we were doomed from the start. Fortunately, nobody was in the theater at the time. Jason, the director, was supposed to be there, but he was delayed, fortunately. All I could think about was what would have happened if this had taken place during a performance. The east side of the arena was completely destroyed, and I don't think the west side is much better. If there had been people in those seats, I don't see how they could have survived. As it is, the only person hurt was the driver (I have no idea what her status is).

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I'll tell you what I told Jason...

This is _Titanic_... at which point did you NOT expect a hole to be ripped in the starboard side??????

He promptly reminded me that no one is allowed to be funnier than him. Oops.