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Earthquake!!!!

Yes, I'm going to hell for my continued overuse of exclamation points, but once again, it's required. I felt my first earthquake this morning! It was a 3.6 quake and epicenter was about 50 miles south. I'm quite surprised how well we felt it here.

My thoughts went: "Is that a plane coming in really low? What is that? There's no plane sound. Oh... Earthquake!!!" I was chatting with cj2017 at the time so my immediate reaction is actually documented:



cj: it even annoys me when Sarah's at the con and comes straight out with her name and details about John. She wouldn't do that. They made a point of her NOT doing that in Good Wound

me: and yet you have no problem with Sarah not having the brain power to figure out that a hole saw bit makes holes in wooden birdhouses?

cj: no cos that was a daft ep in general, this one was trying to be SIGNIFICANT

me: oh yeah I do hate that scene at the con

me: holy shit

me: I thinkwe ust had a fucking eathquake

cj: SERIOUSLY?!

me: YES

cj: WOAH, you okay?

me: my whole house fucking shook

me: BRB

me: wow

me: that was cool



I then went to check on the man, hoping he'd woken up so I could see if he thought it was a quake too. He was awake and was trying to process what had caused the house to shake. He thought maybe the AC had clicked on and woken him up. When I said I thought it was an earthquake, he hopped out of bed and we checked the USGS website. Within a few minutes they had it listed and the man got to be the first person to report it from our zip code. Then we flipped on the local news and they were talking about it.

Big excitement... our own little quake :)



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fig_aruna
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
I think it's a sign of awesome things (LIKE A CERTAIN DVD MOVIE) to come!
roxybisquaint
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
A sign from the universe! Hee. I hope you're right.
valhallalilly
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Whoa lucky!! <--Exclamation points needed
I always seem to sleep through them around here but am woken up by the Twitter texts hah. weird.
roxybisquaint
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
LOL. I have my phone set to not get messages from twitter or facebook after midnight until like 11am or something. Earthquakes, OTOH don't abid by such parameters.
the_narration
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Your first quake! Congratulations!

Mine was my first year at college here in Seattle. It was rather unintimidating. I was in the dorm and the shaking started. Didn't even move any of my stuff out of position. We all stood in our doorways and had a good laugh at the guy who panicked and ran for the stairs. The final casualty total for the quake was less than for Mardi Gras the night before.
roxybisquaint
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you :)

That must've been a pretty decent quake to have you heading for the doorways. I suppose if we were closer to the center of this one, I might've found a doorway or darted outside. I don't think a 3.6 is enough to cause any damage, though. Maybe it could knock some trinkets off a shelf? lol.
the_narration
Jul. 17th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
It was a bit stronger than a 3.6, as I recall, but still not terribly strong in Seattle. (Down in Olympia near the epicenter there was some damage.) We just all went to the doorways because that was what we'd always been told to do in an earthquake. (Probably pointless, really. Most doorways aren't structurally reinforced anyway.)

The guy who came booking out of his room and hauled ass down the hall to the stairs, on the other hand, is just an idiot. You never run outside during an earthquake. If anything falls off the building or a window blows out, it'll all land right on you.
gothamite66
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Nature's rollercoasters!!!

(see my overuse of exclamations to remain consistent with the mood)

Welcome to the moving and shaking club. Of course, us old-timers would've needed twitter to tell us there was a quake. ;P
roxybisquaint
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
It was totally cool and I welcome more of them... as long as they stay small and fun like that. You guys can keep the big ones out there!

cj2017
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
*sniffles* So proud I could share in your first quake
;-)

Obviously, the gods were displeased with your dissing of Alpine Fields... but either way, I'm glad the earth moved for ya, darlin' *g*

roxybisquaint
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
How much do I love that Sarah Connor is part of the record of my first earthquake experience?

You think if I start talking about Cameron being flung from a great distance through the window the gods will bring me another quake? Cuz I'll gladly do it!

I'm glad the earth moved for ya, darlin' *g*

You give good Sarah ;)


phantomwriter05
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
OMG rox!!

Seriously?

Sarah is human ... I believe that she felt a little more comfortable with the outcasts of society in a form at the con.

I mean out of all the time you went to Con's are you going to remember some woman who commented off handedly on a subject?

while in The Good Wound she was in a more intimate setting where the doctor would most likely be questioned by the police so she would be less incline to talk to the doctor.

Come on fan girl!! ;)

oh yeah ... and there was a earth quake ..." LOL!
roxybisquaint
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, you know what? That thought never actually got finished because of... EARTHQUAKE!!!!!

It was cj2017 who was down on Sarah at the UFO con. I was merely agreeing that I didn't like that scene, but I never got back to the topic to say why. My problem with it wasn't Sarah. All she did was give her name, why she was there and mention that her son doubts her — she didn't give any details about John or even his name, so I was fine with that.

My problem with the scene was the speaker zeroing in on her as if she'd been trying not to be noticed and was the only person who hadn't said anything. It was a forced moment just so Sarah would have a reason to speak up. But when Sarah did speak, I was fine with what she said. So go jump on cj! :P

I will defend my loathing of the Alpine Fields shed scene, though. That exchange between Sarah and Lauren about the hole saw and birdhouses was cringe-worthy.
tackdriver56
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Earthquake! Cool... you were lucky: it was small enough to be harmless, big enough to feel. If I remember correctly, the scale is logarithmic: your 3.6 was less than 1/1000th of the energy of the 7.0 that hit Haiti.

My first earthquake was a disappointment because I missed it. I was kayaking to work on a river in Vermont, and the quake happened while I was on the water. I didn't feel a thing. I got to work and everybody was all spooled up and chattering about it. I thought they were pulling my leg... until I read the newspaper.

Alpine Fields shed scene:
As a tool person, I didn't see anything unusual about that scene at all. Beyond hammers, pliers, and screwdrivers, most people have NO clue what tools look like for particular tasks. Sarah uses an assault rifle as a hammer, for Gods' (BSG) sake.

Although, we did see her installing a floor stash with power tools. OK, you win.
roxybisquaint
Jul. 17th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh I would be bummed if I were you — being out on the water and missing the quake would be sad. I'm just glad I was awake when it happened because I'm quite sure it would not have woken me up if I'd been in bed. Even if it made me stir, I wouldn't have known why until later when I heard about it.


Alpine Fields shed scene:
As a tool person, I didn't see anything unusual about that scene at all. Beyond hammers, pliers, and screwdrivers, most people have NO clue what tools look like for particular tasks. Sarah uses an assault rifle as a hammer, for Gods' (BSG) sake.


Okay, let's break it down...


SARAH: Do you have any hole saw bits — a metal cylinder with teeth?

LAUREN: Like for making holes for birdhouses?

SARAH: I don't know; I don't make birdhouses.

LAUREN: Me and my dad have made a million.



Sarah specifically asked for a hole saw bit, described what it was and then loaded a drill into her bag. She was obviously planning to drill a hole with a hole saw bit. But for some reason when Lauren mentions birdhouses, Sarah can't imagine that the hole in a birdhouse would be made from a hole saw bit? FAIL.

Meanwhile, Lauren has apparently used a hole saw bit plenty of times while building all these birdhouses with her dad. But she doesn't actually know that it's called a hole saw bit? FAIL.

It was a bad scene.

Although, we did see her installing a floor stash with power tools. OK, you win.

I know :)
tackdriver56
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
And what was Sarah USING the hole saw for? To get access to a wire she could have gotten immediate access to, by removing the light-switch.

I was about to say that writers totally screwed up... and then I remembered the teenaged audience members who would have thought it hilarious to copy the setup, if complete details were shown. Like the necessity of completing the circuit to a metal door mat.

Still, you're right about the dialog exchange. I loved the rest of the ep so much, I let the dialog go right by.
cj2017
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
My problem with the scene was the speaker zeroing in on her as if she'd been trying not to be noticed and was the only person who hadn't said anything. It was a forced moment just so Sarah would have a reason to speak up. But when Sarah did speak, I was fine with what she said. So go jump on cj! :P

Jump on me and I'll kick yer ass ;-)

I have issues with the dialogue in the entire episode because no-one actually speaks like that (the "you're a seeker" scene makes me cringe so badly I can't actually watch it.) It's pretentious, it's forced and, while I understand what they were trying to do with the ep, it doesn't work for me for those reasons. It's another ep - like Samson & D - that just wasn't much cop with the benefit of hindsight (well, up until the last ten minutes which I love unreservedly.) And no, I don't think Sarah would have said what she said in public to perfect strangers. I just don't. Plus, it's not the first time John's ever doubted her either, he pretty much threw out the concept of her being his mother before T2 so that's another thing to call BS on.

You give good Sarah ;)

ROTFL. I try hon, I try.
serrico
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Earthquake! As a rare and random (and non-devastating) occurrence, it's a fun little ride!

...unless the planet's trying to shake us all off. o.O
roxybisquaint
Jul. 17th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
...unless the planet's trying to shake us all off. o.O

Let's just hope the flea dip isn't next.
intrepid01
Jul. 16th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I experienced a tremor, hardly big enough to be called an earthquake, but what I remember about it was it started as a noise that was almost beyond hearing if that makes any sense?
I remember cocking my head trying to figure it out and where is was coming from when the house trembled, my parents never even felt it when I told them I thought it was a quake, it wasn't until a news story the next day we got confirmation.

Anyway, was this the first time you felt the “earth move?” :)
roxybisquaint
Jul. 17th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
My husband asked me today if the earthquake had a rumbly noise and I honestly didn't know. It was kind of weird because thinking back on it, the rumbling was sort of a sound/feeling all-in-one thing. I guess normally you hear a plane go over and feel a vibration as a result. or a boom car goes by and maybe the window rattles. or you hear thunder and you feel the rumble. but with the quake, it was more just a low rumbly shake and I couldn't distinguish sound from movement.

Is that kind of what you meant?
intrepid01
Jul. 17th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Exactly! I couldn't figure out if I was hearing it of feeling it, very strange, mother earth is weird! O_o
jef_martel
Jul. 24th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Earlier this summer we have had i think a 5.0 Earthquake in eastern Canada, in the middle of the day, and i never felt a thing XD I suck so much XD
That must be pretty exiting (well when nothing is destroyed XD)
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