Monday, August 29th, 2011

Good Night Irene… Now grab your journals!

Stephanie

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?

 

 


14 thoughts on “Good Night Irene… Now grab your journals!

  1. WaWa is the name of a local convience store, and hoagies are sandwiches made on long rolls. In other parts of the US they are known as grinders, submarine sandwiches (subs) or hero sandwiches. The ones I bought were turkey, pepperoni, American cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion. Yummy!

  2. WaWa is the name of a local convience store, and hoagies are sandwiches made on long rolls. In other parts of the US they are known as grinders, submarine sandwiches (subs) or hero sandwiches. The ones I bought were turkey, pepperoni, American cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion. Yummy!

  3. I was at work when my desk started shimmying and the african violet began to hula. Woohoo, earthquake!! I happen to love quakes and hadn’t felt one since I left HI. There was a brief aftershock a couple of minutes after the quake too, just a tremble of the desk.
    I was on the porch swing listening to limbs crack off in the woods and wondering if the twisting trees were going to fall on the house. I decided not to walk up to the mailbox and the next day found a 15 foot limb that was big as a tree lying on the drive. I wish we’d gotten some of the rain, but just twisty wind here. My heart goes out to all those who lost homes and loved ones to Irene. Oddly I didn’t journal about either.

  4. I was at work when my desk started shimmying and the african violet began to hula. Woohoo, earthquake!! I happen to love quakes and hadn’t felt one since I left HI. There was a brief aftershock a couple of minutes after the quake too, just a tremble of the desk.
    I was on the porch swing listening to limbs crack off in the woods and wondering if the twisting trees were going to fall on the house. I decided not to walk up to the mailbox and the next day found a 15 foot limb that was big as a tree lying on the drive. I wish we’d gotten some of the rain, but just twisty wind here. My heart goes out to all those who lost homes and loved ones to Irene. Oddly I didn’t journal about either.

  5. This just to say–writing your way through remembering is great suggestion…alas, I just moved from NYC a month ago–BUT, I was in Chile when an 8.3 hit in Feb. of 2010. I wrote a blow by blow of the whole thing and it was both good for me and informative for others who asked me what it was like. And now, when the grace of nature takes over and helps me forget some of the fear, I don’t forget the details–because they’re in my Rhodia from that time period.

  6. This just to say–writing your way through remembering is great suggestion…alas, I just moved from NYC a month ago–BUT, I was in Chile when an 8.3 hit in Feb. of 2010. I wrote a blow by blow of the whole thing and it was both good for me and informative for others who asked me what it was like. And now, when the grace of nature takes over and helps me forget some of the fear, I don’t forget the details–because they’re in my Rhodia from that time period.

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