Okay, well that was fun. I was just settling in to watch Rock Star: Supernova (or as I like to call it, the Brooke Burke Show) when the floor started moving beneath my feet. “I think we’re having an earthquake,” say I to myself. (Thank you, Captain Obvious.)
I rolled along for ten seconds or so and then thought, “Maybe I should find a doorway to stand in, like they taught us in school.” Apparently, according to the latest research, standing in a doorway isn’t all that safe, but I wasn’t about to go outside and stand under a giant oak tree. I walked toward the nearest doorway, which led to my bedroom, and watched as the blinds on my bedroom window swayed lazily (but dramatically) back and forth.
It was over fairly quickly, and while I waited for the first aftershock I took stock. Then I called Mom, who lives on the ninth floor of her building and would have probably felt it more strongly than I did here on the ground. Oh boy was I ever right about that. She shook for at least thirty seconds, according to her estimate.
The local radio stations are useless in situations like this, because they’re all programmed in distant lands like Los Angeles and New York. I checked some of the local news sites and finally found a preliminary guess that we had a 4.4 temblor centered 3 miles west of Glen Ellen, which puts it about 9 miles east of Santa Rosa. Well, that’s significant, but it’s still considered a “light” earthquake and unlikely to cause damage. (Except to a person’s state of mind, of course.)
Tammy phoned about half an hour after the quake to let me know that they were okay, even though their house is closer to the epicenter than mine. She was putting the boys to bed at the time it hit, and she told D.J. to stop shaking the bed. “Mom! It’s not me!” he said. Poor kid. The oldest always gets blamed for everything.
I’m about as frightened of earthquakes as I am of airplane flights. In other words, not much, but I still don’t like them and I’m relieved when they’re over. And while I wouldn’t sign up for one voluntarily, I’ve been through enough to know that we’re probably going to get past them a move on with our lives.