Thursday, April 8, 2010
Yep! It happened again...another Earthquake. I can't really say I'm used to them. You'd think I would be having experienced my first one at the age of 15. I'm not really afraid of them but I do have a healthy respect for good ol' Mother Nature. When you grow up with something that is out of the ordinary or strange and your family and friends talk about it like it's an everyday occurrence, then it becomes part of your being, part of the dichotomy of your life. Us Californians can be woken from a dead sleep or at least I can, and determine by the amount of shake rattle and roll whether to even get out of bed. I've actually laid there once and thought to my self..."Nawh, it's only about a 4. something"...only later to find out I was right. Now, I don't want to make it sound like it's a party, because people here have been hurt, killed and have lost everything during one of these shakers, but most people I come in contact with are very nonchalant about the whole thing. Again, these are native Californians, born and raised. If I was visiting Oklahoma and there was a tornado warning, believe me, I'd be the first one heading to the whatever I'm suppose to be heading to area.
We are picky here or at least that's what some people call it...I like to call it Earthquake Tolerant...we only duck and cover for a 5. or above....maybe. We pick and choose our Earthquakes. In 1987 I lived near the epicenter of a very big one and I just happened to be sitting on the couch brushing my then 9 year olds hair getting her ready for school when it hit. It hit so hard, it threw me off the couch and I couldn't get up due to the magnitude of it, but on the other hand...this last one I was home alone and just stood in the middle of den waiting for it to end, talking out loud to myself..."Come on already, end!" So again I want to reiterate that by no means do I take Earthquakes lightly and I know that people around the world have been devastated by them, but here in Earthquake Country, it's normal and it's become a "let's see and wait" situation. Come on people, do we need a house to fall on us? I'm just sayin'