Wha-a-a-a-a-a-at Was That?
There I sat last night, watching something or other on my iPad in the living room. The Good Man was there too, doing something similar.
It was a nice quiet Sunday in the house of The Good Man and we were calm and enjoying the company of both electronic devices and each other (not in that order).
Suddenly I had this feeling like someone quite strong had bumped very hard into the back of my comfy chair, shoving it over about an inch or so.
Odd, though, because the chair backs up to a wall in our apartment so no one could have rammed it from the back.
Then I heard the large picture window behind me creaking a little and the front door rattling in its frame.
This led me to a big panicky feeling of, “oh my gosh, someone is breaking in!”
My now large eyes went to The Good Man, panic all over my face, mouth agape.
There he sat calmly, cool as a longtime Californian cucumber.
Every one of my nerve endings was on jangle. None of his nerves even put up their head to see what was going on.
Then I realized what was going on. “Was that an earthquake?” I asked frantically.
“Yup,” he said casually. “It was a good roller. I wonder how big it was? Oh, the USGS site is down because of the government shutdown. Let me see…”
I replied, “You look at your sites, I’ll look at mine.”
While he looked for scientific data, I took to Twitter and Facebook.
This is what Californians do when there has been an earthquake. Everyone goes online or turns on the news to see how big it was, then everyone talks about it. Where they were, how it felt, etc.
When all was said and done it turned out to be a 3.0 (just a lil’ ol’ teacup rattler, really) and it was centered somewhere nearby so we felt it a little more strongly than others.
The Good Man went casually back to his book. I sat in my chair and shook like a Chihuahua for a while, then went back to my Netflix show.
No matter how long I live here, I will never get used to the earth suddenly moving under me. It is simply creepy.
Longtime superstitious Bay Area residents will talk about how October is earthquake season. That’s when the big 1989 quake happened and everyone seems to believe the conditions are right this time of year.
Me, I know better. The ground shakers can happen anywhere, anytime.
There is also a faction of people who say “The little quakes are good! They release pressure keeping us from a big one.”
I would really like to believe that’s true. It’s not, but I want to believe.
Meanwhile, Sunday brought just another shakah in this crazy mixed up California life.
I say, good madam, t’was but a shaker. More gin?
Photo Copyright 2013, Karen Fayeth, taken with an iPhone5 and the Hipstamatic app.