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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earthquake...uh...ok....sort of......

A few years ago, we had a nice little 4.8 late one night that woke everyone up, today's quake reminded me of what I decided then.

You realize you've become a true Californian when:

They're filming something, and you don't care who it is, or what they're doing, you just want them to get the hell out of the way, and stop blocking traffic.

and

when you're in bed asleep, late at night and a quake hits. You wake up,and lay there counting, thinking....dammit, if I get to fifteen mississippi I'm gonna have to get up, and I'm comfortable and sleepy and I don't want to get up! (because we're all told that the BIG one won't be any stronger than the Northridge quake, it'll just last 30 seconds or so) When the shaking stops at 14 Mississippi, you go back to sleep.

Today's quake...+/- 5.4 no big deal. Of course the crazy news media down here has worked themselves into a tizzy!

According to Channel 2, there is a 1 in 20 chance that this is the precursor to "THE BIG ONE!!!" EEEEEKKK! Omigosh, what will we ever do? Oh wait, isn't that like a 5% chance? Doesn't that mean its like a 95% chance THAT IT ISN'T? Sheeeesh...

But rest assured, the crack Channel 2 news team has promised us Southern California residents, that they're on the job, and if we can just get through the next 24 hours without...THE BIG ONE...then our odds drop to 1%. *smacks forehead.....double sheesh....

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Since I've never even been to California, I don't think I'd be going back to sleep.

Ruth said...

From the coverage this got this afternoon, I was expecting to see something similar to the following headline on CNN: "CALIFORNIA FALLS INTO PACIFIC OCEAN."

Seriously, though, I'm glad you're all right. It was scary when the story first broke and no one really knew how bad things were. (Or, in this case, weren't.)

sheistoofondofbooks said...

Yikes! I complain about waking up with a thunderstorm (and my "mississippi" counting only tells me how far away the storm is, not whether or not the house may stay standing!)

Glad all is well in LA!