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02:30 pm: I Feel the Earth Move ...
As a Southern California girl, born and bred, I have grown up with earthquakes and the threat of earthquakes on the horizon. So when the earth starts moving, I kind of like to take it in stride.

Well, guess where I was yesterday at 11:42 AM California time when the earth started to move? I was sitting in a dark theater, having just finished five grueling shifts in a row at work, and was taking my very first opportunity to see the new X-Files movie: I Want to Believe. This was the very first show I could have made, having set my alarm to make sure I got up in time and wasn't late for the movie.

So back to the movie. I am sitting back in my chair, feet up on the railing in front of me, smiling and enjoying watching Mulder and Scully on the big screen when I hear the rumble, see the screen start to sway, and feel the rolling of the earth. My very first thought was ... This had better not be big enough to move that projector and cause me to interrupt my movie.

Then I started to count. You see, since I have been through enough of these, I don't even feel an earthquake unless it is at least a 3.0 magnitude. If I am sleeping, I won't feel anything under a 4.0. I think anything under a 4.0 is the equivalent of my kitties jumping on my bed, and I ignore it.

So, I am sitting there in my comfy reclining theater seat, not at all happy about possibly having Mulder and Scully interruptus, when I get to 3.5, then 4.0, then 5.0. When I realize this is going to be one of our bigger ones, I look up. It's always good to get an idea of what is going to start falling down on one's head. But I just saw some smooth plaster ceiling and some recessed lighting. Nothing serious. And when I had realized it was going to be at least a 5.0 earthquake, I started trying to figure out the best cover, which really is nowhere at that point, so though I sat upright in my seat, I did not get up. There was then this large jolt. Now when I felt that, I then kind of lost track of Mulder and Scully. I didn't think anything could distract me after waiting years for this movie, but I guess the possibility of survival can kind of do that to you. You see, after the large jolt, I considered one of two things was about to happen: 1)this was going to get a lot stronger, a lot faster, and very destructive or 2)that was just the signal of the end of that earthquake, and it will start petering out. I got lucky. Seconds later it started to slowly roll down. Took a while for the rolling to stop, but in the meantime I was able to give Mulder and Scully my undivided attention.

Everyone in the theater was quiet, too quiet. I hate quiet when I think a statement should be made. So I announced ... That was at least a 5, but not bigger than a 6. Not too bad. Then turned back again to the movie. One person at that point ran out of the theater, I am assuming someone not indigenous to Southern California. I wanted to tell her that everything was okay, but I didn't think it would be well received. Besides, Mulder and Scully needed me to be there for them.

Approximately 15 minutes later, I felt another earthquake, and this time I think I cursed. I was just thinking ... this better be an aftershock. It was either that or the dreaded pre-quake. I live in fear that one day what I feel is the prelude to something larger. Anyway, I didn't get any farther than 3.5. So that was fine. Mulder did not seem to be phased at all. There was a couple of other smaller 3.0's, but by then I was completely immune to anything that was not X-Files related.

As far as quakes go, this was larger than most, but definitely not the strongest I've experienced. It was a lot of noise and not much else. I got home to find a couple of pictures on the wall that needed to be straightened again. Nothing knocked off or broken. But I did find a bunch of rattled kitties. But then again, they get scared and run when the doorbell rings. You should see how they scatter when the vacuum cleaner is turned on.

It was a good day. I enjoyed my X-Files movie. The earthquake was not "the big one". And nothing at the house was damaged, which is good as this was the first real earthquake since I moved in here. I wasn't sure how solidly it was built. I think this house is built like a bunker.

So it looks like I'm ready for the next one.

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Current Music: I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King
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Date:July 31st, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)

I'm so glad you, the kitties and the house are okay...

...and what a great story! I think I felt the earth move during the movie, too, but I wasn't anywhere near earthquake territory--I just lost it when Skinner took Mulder into his arms.... :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the movie, too. I loved it, and have seen it twice now.

Last but not least, it's just darned good to see you! Hope you are not working too hard, and are enjoying your summer. It doesn't seem like summer here without seeing you! Maybe next year?

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Date:July 31st, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
I was very relieved to hear from you and know you and the house o' nine cats is all right. As I told you earlier...it was like a bounce house here, but I've never seen a cat stand on his claws before. Thank you also for the movie critiques...now I know what to go see.

Cheers. And look, it's only one am, not four. So...ha ha!
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Date:July 31st, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
God, you are incredible, I never read such an earthquake report! Very glad you are ok, same for your house and the precious kitties. Hugs for you, soothing pats for them.
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Date:July 31st, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Susan, thank you for posting and letting us know you're okay. I'm glad your house and kitties are okay too. Thank you too, for the description. I've never been in an earthquake and it was interesting to read.
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Date:October 24th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)

Hey lady!

Whatcha doin' June 20? Feel like attending another animal auction?
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