Where Were You on 8/23/11?

August 23, 2011


We shall never forget….

*takes off hat, holds hat to heart*

Photo taken from MSN news who took it from someone else who took it from someone else...

I was on my bed, typing at my laptop (I write upstairs in my room, it’s quieter).

Suddenly, I feel the bed swaying. Just a little. But it’s constant, so it gets my attention. As if someone is rocking the bed just a little bit. I call my son over, who is engrossed in his iPod game.

“Do you feel that?!” I ask him.


“The shaking– my bed is moving!”

“I don’t feel anything.”

“Sit on the bed.”

He sits. Suddenly the swaying stops, then shudders a tiny bit again.

“There! Feel that?”

“No, Mom, I didn’t feel anything.”

For a fleeting moment, I wondered if it was my muscles. My sciatic nerve does do wacky things (like try to bend my calf and foot backwards into pretzels but I won’t get into that right now)…. was it that?

“Maybe it was a truck, outside, Mom.”

That’s a scary thought. For one, the trucks around here ARE very noisy and the drivers do clatter about in them. But what’s even scarier is the thought that my 1855 house would shudder from it. I remembered the condition of some of the studs when we renovated the downstairs….

“Maybe it was an earthquake.” I speculated. “Or maybe the house joists are swaying.”

He shrugged and went back to his game. I went back to my writing.

I checked the news about an hour later, and LO AND BEHOLD I was right! An earthquake, by golly! I exclaimed to him when I saw the headline!

Facebook was ablaze with chattering. Very heartily we jested, we joked.

“An earthquake wouldn’t have happened if Hillary was president!” (yeah, buddy, we’d be fire and brimstone by now)
“In retrospect, I resorted to cannibalism rather fast after the earthquake.”
“If you don’t go back to shopping then the earthquakes have already won.”

One conversation went:

Funny! But deep down we all know that if we were living on the left coast, we’d be toast right about now.

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6 Responses to “Where Were You on 8/23/11?”

  1. lin Says:

    EEEK! So sad. So tragic. So SCARY!!!

    We had an earthquake here a few years ago and it was just like you said–it felt like someone was shaking the bed. I could hear the shade hitting the headboard and the metal on the furnace rattling, otherwise I was gonna blame the cat for her taking a MAJOR bath on the bed causing it to shake like that.

    When it was over, I said to Joe out loud “I think we just had an earthquake” and from the other room, I heard Em say “I think we did too!”. Everyone was wide awake and freaked out. They are weird, aren’t they?

    Glad you are safe and your house is still standing!

  2. blueyes Says:

    You know we felt that quake all the way down here. The 9th floor of the hospital was rattling pretty good according to some of the nurses and then they all freaked out. I mean really :/ The place is NOT going to come down. In the house I grew up in my sister and I had bedrooms on the second floor, even a strong wind would make it sway. Get a grip peoples.

  3. Rebecca Says:

    Lin, when you said you were gonna blame the cat for taking a major bath– I laughed out loud! LOL!! Livvy shakes the bed when she bathes, too. It’s just too funny.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Blueyes– The reach of the earthquake was very notable– people from As far as Toronto to Georgia felt it? Just remarkable.

    Before I saw my home’s infrastructure, I wasn’t worried. But when I saw how dry and shrunken some of the framing is after 150+ years, I admit, I was concerned for a moment.

  5. Hilary - Feeling Beachie Says:

    I am in NY. I took the day off from work, as my mom flew in from FL. I was shopping with her & didn’t feel anything. The only way I knew was my team texted and emailed me that they were evacuated for a little while due to the quake. Today, they all looked at me like I was crazy that I didn’t feel anything…

  6. Karen and Gerard Says:

    I didn’t feel a thing. I was coming back from lunch and people were talking about it.