I'm on the West Coast, not the East Cost, so I don't have any stories about today's quake. Do you?
I do, however, have fond memories of other quakes:
1. I have very dim memories of Kate, our dachshund, being bandaged after the 1971 San Fernando quake as a result of being injured by falling kitchenware.
2. In 1989, during the San Francisco earthquake, I was working as an intern at a network newsroom in D.C. A certain anchor was brought back in to cover things live, despite having been at a party, requiring a large volume of black coffee. The anchor took live calls, including a claim that the Bay Bridge had fallen into the ocean.
3. In '90 or '91, I was on the top floor of the Criminal Courts Building — probably the least earthquake-safe building in Los Angeles — when a 5.something hit. The roll was disconcerting. No more of that, please.
4. The night before my wedding I was staying in our hotel room and my wife was with her bridesmaids at our apartment. A 5.something hit in the middle of the night. The hotel room had plantation shutters, which rattled deafeningly. My first thought was "Oh, man, Katrina's going to freak out."
5. I've done one 5.something in my current office, which is on a high floor of a skyscraper downtown. That was a gentle, but prolonged, sway — much less scary than the 15th floor of the CCB. A paralegal said afterwards that he thought the quake was just me walking by. So I assigned him to an ERISA case.
Your stories, from the past or from today?
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