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did you feel that?

Earthquake. From where I'm sitting, it was perfectly harmless. Disorienting and perhaps nausea-inducing, but the many precarious stacks of objects surrounding me have not fallen over, the windows haven't shattered, and to the best of my knowledge, Southern California is not sinking into the ocean. This one felt like the land had been carefully scooped up and moved somewhere else. Big movement, but not sudden or violent.

I remember one like this which hit about 12 years ago. We were in marching band, practicing for an upcoming parade, and every last person thought this was dehydration kicking in.

And then, of course, I remember a much bigger quake more recently than that. I hope everyone's okay.


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Dec. 22nd, 2003 11:56 am (UTC)
Do you know what it scored on the richter?
Dec. 22nd, 2003 12:13 pm (UTC)
I do not.

But I can probably look that up by now, huh?

Gimme a minute...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 12:14 pm (UTC)
that'd be...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 06:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't feel it in Costco in Los Angeles, but I had people who did call to tell me that they were still alive. Which confirms my suspicions that Costco is indeed a universe unto itself.
Dec. 23rd, 2003 01:07 am (UTC)
Depends on where you were
I was in Ventura, and in was a pretty good ride there. I am home for the holdays from San Luis Obispo, and my first thought was whether or not the house I live in back in SLO was still standing.

I called the house, because two of my friends were still there, and they said it was one hell of a ride. You see, our house is 100 years old (built in 1903). It was built before shear walls were put into homes.

The house rode it out like a champ, being only 35 miles from the epicenter. The house shakes when someone runs up the stairs, and so you can only imagine the whole thing swaying back and forth. Only thing fallen in my room was a bottle of spray and wash.

The two who died in Paso Robles, however weren't so lucky. The clock tower, built in 1896 of brick and mortar collapsed, crushing 10 cars and some businesses. I just found out one of the persons killed was a good friend of my friends mom, and was on the guest list for his upcoming wedding.
Dec. 23rd, 2003 04:07 am (UTC)
A quake like this is devastating - I didn't mean to imply otherwise with my "perfectly harmless" comment. "From where I'm sitting" referred specifically to location, not state of mind. Though, I was exploring that too, to some extent - I remember thinking as I typed that how distorted our local experience is of anything larger than ourselves. It's the parable of the blind men and the elephant all over again.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're okay, and that your house is still standing.
Dec. 23rd, 2003 11:19 am (UTC)
That's alright, I didn't take it that way at all. I just felt compelled to share a different experience.

I'm in SLO as I type this, and I just felt another aftershock. :o

BTW, I don't remember the earthquake during band practice. When was that?
Dec. 27th, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC)
You know, I was sure this happened while you were in the band, preparing for one of those Port Hueneme days, but it could very well have been my freshman year, in preparation for the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Pretty sure you were there, though. I would have been on flute before you got there, and I vaguely remember holding a trombone when this happened.
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