Posts tagged “earthquakes”

Are You OK?

Mom Just Called To Make Sure You're Not Under That Dangling Crane #Sandy — The Onion (@TheOnion) October 30, 2012 Leave it to The Onion. I’m sure everyone can relate to this in some way, but my mom was particularly neurotic about this sort of thing. (She died just a few weeks ago, in

Rock and Roll

5.4! What’s crazy is that I was on an elevator when it hit. The elevator in my building is constantly closed for repairs and people are getting stuck on it all the time, so I just assumed that it was the damn thing broken again. Then I stepped out of the elevator onto my floor

Whoa. I felt that one. A nice 4.5 right under my buddy’s house. At first I thought that one of the cats knocked over a lamp or something. Scary. I can never remember what I’m supposed to do. Hide under a table? Stand in a doorframe? Jump in the bathtub? Stop, drop, and roll?

Simon Winchester

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since I read Krakatoa — The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester. Because I loved that book so much, at some point around Christmas I bought A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of

There’s a neat story on about the 101st anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake. This year only one man who was there at the time made it to the festivities, 104-yr old Herbert Hamrol. As far as I’m concerned, the most fascinating thing about the article is not that this man is over a century old. It’s not even that the old guy got out of bed at 2:30 in the morning to make it to the ceremony. It’s that it notes Hamrol took the day off work to attend. What the hell?! Retire, dude!


So what’s shakin’ in your neck of the woods? Apparently the San Andreas decided to wait exactly one year to welcome me to California.


I was never really nervous about hurricanes when I lived in Florida.

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