Thursday, January 8, 2009


Oh. My. God... we just had the Mother of all Earthquakes...
At least, it felt like it in the sub floored, rickety building I was in for Baseball Sign ups tonight.
William and Alex were in there with me.
There was a TumbleTots group meeting in the big auditorium, and it was horrible hearing
4 and 5 year olds scream bloody murder... during an earthquake.
Alex was directly under a big Bingo light up board that "shook like a polaroid picture" to quote a song.
I was born and raised here in Beautiful California,
and I will NEVER get used to these stupid things. Ever.
There is no warning... no foreseen weather pattern, no wind sheer, no dopplar device, no nothing to predict these stupid things.
I was calm... more worried for my men, so I didn't want to freak them out.
We calmly walked under a doorway and waited it out.
It was about 15-20 seconds long.
Doesn't sound like much... but for an earthquake... that's all you need.
Of course... Alex, after it's over and we are gathering up the money and applications that we
dropped at the first shake, says...
"Mom, we are studying Plate Tectonics in school, and that felt like an "S" pattern shock."
I looked at him... bewildered at the kid... and agreed... it did.
I took a whole course in college on Plate Tectonics, thinking way back then, that knowing all I could about them and understanding how necessary they are... I would learn to
gulp...for lack of a better term...gulp... like them.
Nope it didn't work.
Oh. just learned from the news it was a 5.0 and the center was 2 miles from us.
Not as big as I thought, but the subfloor may have accounted for the extra shakage.
I'm rambling... I'm still on edge... can you tell?
It is THE most fabulous place to live.
Perfect weather all year round... I know Floridians say they do...
but we don't get all the rain or humidity.
Oh crap... I'm still rambling...
I'm going to watch the news now.


  1. Well you just confirmed what I felt a little while ago. I was sitting at my computer and could have sworn I felt the earth move, but it wasn't real dramatic and no one else felt it.

    I wonder where it was centered? Obviously not close to me. :)

  2. Wow. I was in an earthquake once in Australia, in a was intense...

  3. Oh you poor thing. Tremors are horrible and I know you have them often there. It certainly would have fightened me. 5.0 makes a fair impression doesn't it?

  4. Michelle... centered in San Bernardino... 2 miles from my home.

    Braja...they suck.

    Lilly, yes, I've been in bigger ones... 7.2 Landers and the 6.7 Northridge, plus about 50 others. They beat hurricanes... I was in one of those when I lived in Florida.
    I'm still rambling.

  5. I'm a NY girl and as much I hate my snowstorms, at least I know when they're coming and I can plan! I lived in San Diego for 7 years and felt a few tremors...scary stuff!

    Glad you're okay. :)

  6. I am so glad you guys are safe...i cannot imagine an earthquake, blizzards, tornados, and hurricanes yes, but not an earthquake!!

  7. That's scary! I'm glad everyone is okay!

  8. I just heard about this a few minutes ago! I can't believe you experienced it! So glad everyone is Ok. I live on a fault line, so this has always been one of my fears.

  9. Glad you are all ok.
    (hugs) We had a small one
    here in NJ which was centered right near our apartment at the time. I thought a plane flew into our neighbor thought so too.
    Both of our spouses slept through it and thought we were nuts until we all got home and saw the news that night. It happened at around 2:30 am. I also prefer the weather situations you can see coming, but I'm still jealous of your ability to grow citrus.;-)

  10. I remember the first time there was an earthquake when we moved to SoCal. I was in school. The building shook, I looked around and everyone was gone! I had no idea what was going on, so I just followed their lead.

    Then, we move to Missouri and have one here! They're following me, I tell you!

  11. OH MY! So glad you guys were safe.

  12. Glad you guys are safe, I have a friend that must live within a mile of you because she said it was centered a mile from her. Stay safe and really, who could ever like an earthquake? But we stay here anyways... because Cali is like no other place in the owrld... its awesome!

  13. Don't get many quakes in the mountains where I live but they are scary in a nothing you can do to avoid it kind of way. My Love grew up in So Cal. and is used to them... at least the small ones. The San Andreas ran through his back yard :-0

  14. Oops, forgot to mention that I LOVE your new header. It is too sassy/cute.

  15. First one since we've been back. I thought it was amazingly NON jolting....for an earthquake, that is. Know what I mean?


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