Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What to do during an earthquake

Here is how the interplanetary family spent the approximately 30 seconds of yesterday's 5.4 magnitude quake:

Me: watching the TVs on the newsroom walls shake; thinking whether getting under the desk was stupid or not; watching editors scurry around and clamping my hand over my mouth to stop from shouting, "STOP THE PRESSES!" Oh, and PLURKING (of course).

Wonderhubby: Working closer to the epicenter than me, therefore getting more of a jolt. Calmly answered the phone 30 minutes later when our cell carrier finally came back to life.

Drummer Man: At work; called his mother immediately (good boy!) on a land line to see if we were all ok.

Drama King: Immediately instant-messaged his mother: "Did you feel that?" Answer: uh, duh!!

Z-man: Exact situation unknown. Was presumed buried under the mass of crap that has collected on his bedroom floor since he returned from college two months ago. Resurfaced later in the day at the home of a friend, much to everyone's surprise.

J-bear: Cowering. She has a deathly fear of earthquakes, which was among the reasons she moved out of her mother's house (bad earthquake there) and into ours ... on the 10th anniversary of the Northridge quake.

The Roo-girl: In summer school. Didn't even realize it was an earthquake until after, even though they made them evacuate the classroom and go outside for about 10 minutes. She thought it was her hyperactive teacher jumping around. *snort*

Oh, and I was the good daughter. I called my parents to make sure they were OK. They didn't answer the phone because ...

My dad: Was slamming and reslamming the front door because it wouldn't close -- thereby missing the whole shebang.

My mom: Was pole dancing with her buddies.

Give a whole new meaning to the question "Did the earth move?"

28 comments:

Marylin said...

Eek! I've never been in an earthquake... we don't really tend to get them in Scotland - I'd probably be in a right panic if there was one!

Sunshine said...

Glad everyone is OK.

I've always suspected that Californians-at least those who are USED to quakes would be rather non-plussed by the whole ordeal, unless it was a really big one.

You've kind of confirmed that.

My hubby is from CA, and when posed the question: earthquake, tornado, fire or hurricane? He easily picked the quake...

The Laundress said...

No your mom was not pole dancing.

Yes she was...

Holy crap.

Glad you are all okay.

Melissa said...

I heart your parents. I want to be like that when I'm older.

Pole dancing. That rocks. :)

nikki said...

Glad everyone was okay! We don't get earthquakes in MI very often.

I can't believe your mother pole dances.

LSM said...

I just had to laugh about your parents! Glad everyone is okay.

Janet said...

ROFLMAO! You always crack me up.

When I lived in Japan (where earthquakes are even more common than in CA), my parents came to visit. One day, Dad was sitting on the couch when an earthquake hit. He didn't know it was an earthquake and thought I had a vibrating couch ROFLMAO!

Burgh Baby said...

That.is.awesome. I'm still waiting for that video of the pole dancing, btw.

Oh, and for what its worth? When cheerleaders don't realize there is an earthquake? Yeah, um, I'll leave it alone. :-)

Catwoman said...

BWAHAHA! I think your parents have the best strategy for dealing with an earthquake!

Jenni said...

Just another California day, huh? Glad you were okay. No what song I'm going to be singing all day now? I feel the earth move under my feet...

Aoj and The Lurchers said...

I've not experienced an earthquake either, but I love your mother's distraction!!

Kaytabug said...

When are you going to pole dance?
Glad everyone is A OK!

Rachael said...

Isn't it funny how they teach you things, but then once an earthquake actually happens everyone just sort of stands around wondering what to do?

Glad you're all ok!

Junebug said...

So you can "plurk" at work. That rhymes. I haven't tried yet. I will look into it soon.

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ChrisB said...

I did read correctly....your mother pole dancing it's definitely not what one would imagine anyone doing during an earthquake but good for her!

LceeL said...

So glad you guys are okay. You have earthquakes - we have tornadoes - the South has heat and Hurricanes. Canada, anyone?

Huckdoll said...

Canada? Well, Vancouver...we have rain. Nine months out of the year. I'd take a little shake shake or hurricane for a few more months of sun, to be honest. I think.

Glad you guys were all good!

Your roll call made for an awesome post :)

robinellablog said...

Thanks for the update. I was um er on the twalette when one happened.

Burfica said...

we all need a little earth shaking in our lives at some time or other right???

Sandy C. said...

You are TERRIBLE! :-P

So glad everyone is alright. I'm terrified of quakes. I've done quakes, hurricanes, tornado's and wicked snow. I must admit that quakes and severe hurricanes tie for 1st place in suckage.

LaskiGal said...

I would have FREAKED out. I know they say it is different when you are in the middle of it, but I'm still pretty sure I would have freaked out.

You mom and dad . . . classic. Your mom is probably wondering why she didn't start pole dancing earlier . . .

Karen said...

Pole dancing? I think I need to introduce my mother to your mother....

Keith said...

Planet of Janet, I am wondering how everyone feels.... I used to think earthquakes were nothing, and then here, in NorCal, we had the World Series stopping Loma Prieta Quake...

I am glad you take time to report in.

Let everyone know that you are alright

Crazed Mom said...

I wish your mom was my mom. Sounds like a hoot! Everyone up here in the NW was talking about it. I was like 5.2 ptooey, that's nuttin. Do I miss living in Cali? Nope. Glad everyone is safe. ;)

Lynette said...

I was out having lunch and for a minute didn't realize it was an earthquake.

Was your mom REALLY pole dancing? If so, that is AWESOME.

I was just mad CNN had coverage on that ridiculous little quake.

HRH said...

Wow, your mom really knows how to ride out a quake.

Janet said...

We've had a couple of tremors, but they were from the blasting at the coal mine. Makes the windows rattle - we're a mile away.
Z-Man made me laugh and laugh. So did your parents. I hope I'm pole dancing when I'm that age.
Glad everyone is OK. Poor J-Bear.

 
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