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August 2nd, 2006


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08:55 pm - Shake, Rattle, and Roll
So my cousin is showing me the books she needs for English to see if I have any of them.

And then we feel this light rumbling, and it kind of feels like the shelves above her computer are shaking. It's very subtle, almost like my vision is just going out of focus. She asks what's going on, and I joke that it's an earthquake because ha, California, you silly state. It was a very odd sensation, that rumbling, the kind that makes you a little afraid of what's going to come after. It feels like there must be a gigantic tank of killer robots coming down the street.

Then I go downstairs to eat dinner. My uncle puts on The George Lopez Show, and then, unexpectedly, because, well, that's the way these sorts of things happen, the show is interrupted for Breaking News.

Do you know what the news was, my dear readers?

Of course you do.

THERE WAS A FUCKING EARTHQUAKE.

It was only a 4.4, and the epicenter was over 70 miles away, but my cousin and I were certain we had felt it. No one else in the house had felt anything, but we had been upstairs, which would be a little more unstable, I suppose. It couldn't be a coincidence, obviously. And aha! la_perkins and em_angharad, also down here in Belmont, felt it too!

I just felt my first earthquake.

I guess that was my welcome to California.
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From:hobviously
Date:August 3rd, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
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Ten miles away! I felt this more than I remember feeling Loma Prieta (but I was five, so my memory's a bit fuzzy on that point).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
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Dude, I didn't know Petaluma was in North Bay. I always thought you lived in the East Bay. And it seems to be closer to 20 miles away from Glen Ellen, although since the epicenter was west of Glen Ellen, maybe more like ten or fifteen, yeah. I amended my number, as it's closer to 70.
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From:dcjensen
Date:August 3rd, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
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> THERE WAS A FUCKING EARTHQUAKE.

Woah, I knew there was a lot of sex going on in California, but that's impressive.
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From:quaint_shopgirl
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
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Yep, it's all fun and games until you get out of bed onto your ass at 4:30 in the morning!

Welcome to California :)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
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I'm not looking forward to that!

I'll bet California is going to wait till I move to Oakland and then kill me.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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I'm rather glad it was a small earthquake instead of a gigantic tank of killer robots...although, if there was an influx of killer robots somewhere, I suppose Silicon Valley would be a logical choice...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
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Hee!

Really, what story can't be made better by the addition of killer robots?
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From:schnappycat
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you are safe and ok. Welcome to CA!
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
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Aw. I remember my first earthquake. It was at, like, 3 or 4 am, and we were watching the opening sequence of The Matrix, and I thought, "Damn, these are some good sub-woofers! I can feel the bass! ...Wait."

So now you are a true Californian, I suppose. Congrats!

(Not that it's all at exclusive a club. I mean, if they'll let me in...)
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From:miss_katelynne
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
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The only earthquake I've ever experienced was the Seattle Earthquake of 2001. It was different than what I expected them to feel like. But, then, I was in an "earthquake proof" building, so it was on rollers and it literally felt like we swayed. It made me kind of seasick.
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From:cosmicviolet
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
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Your first earthquake! I guess you're a real Californian now. :) (Well, I live in BC, but we have earthquakes here too.)
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From:miniglik
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
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Dude. Floods, earthquakes, heat waves. What is my flist coming to?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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APOCALYPSE, BABY!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
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The only one I'm sure I have is The Scarlet Letter. I am unsure about The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm, All Quiet on the Western Front, and A Raisin in the Sun.

I know I don't have The Awakening (because it sucks) and Davita's Harp.
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From:missquita
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
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My aunt called to tell us she felt it. A friend closer to the epicenter had stuff fall off his walls. Welcome to California! :)
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From:holly96
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
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I felt it! Barely. Okay, I didn't even know that's what it was until I checked my flist. The couch shook a teeny bit, and I was momentarily confused, but earthquake didn't even occur to me. It's just not my default setting when feeling an ever so slight tremor.

This was actually my second one, but the first one was the same way. I barely felt it, didn't even know it was an earthquake until the next morning. I kind of feel like I should experience one that I'm actually POSITIVE is an earthquake before I can really claim to have felt one with much authority.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
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Damn, you felt it way the hell down there? I was wondering.
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From:upanashad
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
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How do you find out where the epicenter is? How come I felt it so strongly? Who am I?
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From:afrocurl
Date:August 3rd, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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Welcome to California!

You shouldn't worry about any quakes under 5--they are harder to feel.
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From:mutinousmuse
Date:August 3rd, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
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I always sleep straight through them and it makes me so mad! Although I was once wide awake in my hillside dorm and watching Contact when a medium-sizer hit, and we looked out the window to the sight of transformers arcing all over LA, in response to which everyone in the room started screaming something to the effect of "OH MY GOD WE'RE BEING INVADED BY ALIENS FLAIL FLAIL!!!" So that was fun.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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What a fun, sexy time for you all.

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