all shook up

i was on my couch, watching the news about rebels capturing gadhafi’s stronghold when i felt my couch move a bit. i thought “earthquake,” then dismissed that right away. earthquake in new york? pfft! then i looked out the window to see if there was a particularly big truck rumbling down the street. nope. by now, i’ve realized the entire building is swaying. it was, indeed, an earthquake.

remember the big earthquake back when we were freshmen in college? i was napping in my dorm room when i felt the bed start rocking and shaking. i honestly thought i was being attacked by a poltergeist (we’d just heard kalayaan ghost stories so hauntings were quite fresh in my head). then a friend banged on the door and screamed my name, trying to wake me up. when we finally stumbled out onto the hallway, we saw through the windows that telephone poles were bending like they were made of rubber.

we stayed on the first floor of kalayaan that night. all of the dormers. i can’t remember if we hung out that night. we knew each other already, but i don’t think we were good friends yet.

anyway, there was little structural damage in new york. but there was a lot of rattled nerves, as shown by the posts on FB and twitter. californians were apparently laughing at new yorkers’ “over” reaction to the “slight” tremors.

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  1. Betis Boy says:

    ahihi. i had to laugh about the comment about the californians reacting to the new yorkers' overreaction πŸ˜€ so true. πŸ˜€ i guess that's also a sign you haven't been home here for a long time πŸ™‚

    we felt a magnitude 6 earthquake a couple of months ago. woke us up from sleep. i think that was 12 or 1am. last time a quake woke me up was the eve before our friends' p and j's wedding. πŸ˜€

    yah, about that 1990 shaker, it happened in june so we weren't that close yet. but we already shared one good trait — the love for siesta πŸ™‚ i was also asleep when that happened, then the books starting falling from the shelves.

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  2. Guagua Girl says:

    one of my co-workers compared the over-reaction to when the south gets snow, LOL! can't really remember the last time i felt an earthquake. maybe during the aftershocks of pinatubo's eruption?

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  3. Betis Boy says:

    have i told you i slept through the whole pinatubo eruption? seriously πŸ™‚ what else can you do when it's dark and rainy and there's no power?

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  4. Guagua Girl says:

    you pray to god that the world as you know it isn't ending!!!

    at least that's what me and some of my cousins did. my grandmother made us kneel and pray rosary after rosary. then at some point i started looking out the window and checking what was happening against the book of revelations in the bible. i'm not kidding!

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  5. Betis Boy says:

    so how did it check out? πŸ˜› and man, i'm sure your knees hurt like crazy the next morning πŸ™‚

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  6. samseriouslysandtmanagement says:

    it was a 7.1 and we had to condemn a building because the entire top floor caved in.

    so much for your cynicism. stop wasting bandwidth!

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