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All shook up!

In The Daily Drool on March 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

We got a little jolt to the emergency preparedness systems last night with a 4.4 shaker!  Strangely enough I woke up just before it happened.  Lying in bed wondering why I kept having bad dreams and why I couldn’t sleep, when I felt myself move out of accord with intent, and then the blinds rattled, and my sleep-fogged brain jumped to attention.

It was over almost as soon as I realized what was happening, but it sure got the adrenaline pumping… the adrenaline and the anxiety.  “Please, God, let me get out of here before any more earthquakes come a rumbling!”

I eventually fell back asleep to be tortured with dreams of some big “Upgrade” apartment in a high-rise where NO ONE who worked there was of any help at all.  I had copious conversations with Apartment staff about finding the elevators, or the stairs, or about turning in a lost flashlight I had found, only to find that not a single person in uniform had any interest in helping me.  I was full of vitriol for the lazy bastards, and kept wondering if it was too late to move back to the little beat up apartment I had recently vacated.

I seriously hope I don’t move back home only to find that no one there knows where the elevators are.

And while I’m the topic of being unsettled, let’s discuss the Spring Forward hangover that is currently haunting my inner clock- Wake up at 9:30 and look at clock with a grumble, if it’s time for me to get up, why do I still feel so damn tired?  Oh, I know, because it’s really (according to my body clock) 8:30.  Working at photos and emails and scripts till 2:00 in the a.m. with a disgusted “I was going to go to bed early tonight!” only to realize it’s only 1 a.m. for me…. then allowing myself to stay up a wee bit later because it’s “only” 1, really.

I’m telling you, weird and rough Tuesday.  Weird, and, rough!

Thank goodness LOST is on tonight and I have that happy little treat to look forward to.

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Whoa, Mother Nature, you move me!

In The Daily Drool on March 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

The Chilean city of Concepción was moved 10 FEET to the West by last week’s earthquake!  TEN WHOLE FEET.  I don’t know about you, but I find that amazing.  (You can read the details here)

Think about all those times in class you listened to some teacher talk about Pangea, and the grand unity of it all… wasn’t it bizaarre and totally inconcevieable?  Like, “Sure, if that’s what you say Mr. Science!  Whatever.”  Because imagining a continent slinking and shaking it’s way to the other side of the planet was unbelievable… the stuff of science fiction or history books… and a glimpse into the future…because Concepción just moved 10 feet to the west in an instant…. How strange and cozy!

What does a 10 foot shift do to the weather, time, the space-time continuum?  It’s all just too much fodder for the imagination, really.  Out of this terrible tragedy is born a new address, and the re-realization that the earth is always moving/changing beneath and around us.

Eeek!

We could be neighbors again…