It’s probably not news to you that last Tuesday, almost the whole of the east coast of the US felt a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that originated in a small town called Mineral, Virginia. While earthquakes are apparently not as uncommon on this side of the US as one might think, it was due to the shallow depth of the quake and the hard rock much of the east coast sits on that many of us lost our minds when our houses started to rock & roll. My mind quickly raced between paranormal activity, neighbor’s washer thumping, (whole house wouldn’t shake like that… would it?) gas explosion… in fact, earthquake came pretty far down my list but as I ran outside and dialed 911 (All circuits are busy) then again, (“We don’t know what it is yet.”) I quickly posted a Facebook status of “Was that an earthquake?!?” and then started to really worry when I saw friends in the middle of the state and up in NY reporting the same Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On.
It is also probably not news that just this weekend, a ginormous hurricane named Irene was threatening to lay havoc upon our same recently shaken & not stirred northeastern coast. Long story short, we were able to keep up with the water that entered our basement by using our Shop Vac and lugging buckets of water up the steps and out to the yard. It could have been much worse. We were lucky. Some of my friends, not so much.
My point to all this is that if there were ever a time you may have been feeling writer’s block, or were afraid to make a mark in that shiny new journal, now is the time to get over it and take a few moments to write down where you were and what you experienced during these two fairly monumental events. (Irene may not have been as monumental as predicted, but the precautions put into place surely were – Atlantic City closing the casinos, NYC closing down the subway system…)
One more thing for my journal – I did run out late Saturday to fill up my gas tank and grab some food, but I did NOT, I repeat, did not buy the typical (snow) storm rations of eggs, milk & bread. (I bought WaWa hoagies instead.) After taking an informal poll on Facebook this morning, I was quite shocked that most people did not eat French Toast today as I would have expected – just one more nugget for my journal.
And where were you during these events?