We had a earthquake today! 4.4 and I didn't feel a thing. Cliff called me immediately to see if I was ok and I had no idea it had even happened. This is my 2nd quake since moving here and let me tell you I FELT THE FIRST ONE!
I was home alone sitting on the couch with Ned in my lap when we felt the rumble. Usually an animal would know it was coming but it was Ned's first earthquake too so he didn't know what was going on either. So there was a slight rumble in the ground, it felt so odd and all I knew was that it was definitely NOT OK! For something generated in nature it felt as unnatural as they come!
I hop up and Ned does too, we look at each other and just as I say to Ned "what do we do" it really starts to hit! Ned eyes get huge and runs upstairs and under the bed (good call) and I was left standing in the middle of the floor like a basketball player guarding the guy with the ball. I was pivoting here and there trying to recall those early childhood lessons in school. Is it stop, drop and roll? No, that's not it. Is it duck and cover? I donno--- maybe, we don't have earth quakes in Texas! As I try to decide what to do the chandelier is swinging in violent circles as if it is about to come out of the wall and hurl itself at me. The dishes are all clamoring in the cabinets, the sliding glass door is shuddering with wild annoyance as the quake ripples through our condo and then there's me, still in the middle of the floor desperately trying to decide what to do.
It was a matter of seconds that felt like days and then it was over. I screamed and laughed, it was all I could do and I tried to call Cliff. No cell service. Finally my girlfriend Tracy got through. She remembered I'd never felt a quake and called to check on me. I was so relieved to be able to share my story with someone and scream and recount how funny that really was!
Hope the ground is steady under your feet today!