Sunday, August 21, 2011

Shaking Room Memoirs of Earthquake

The Following Los Angeles Earthquake Story Is Based On A True Experience.

Early in the morning, on Thursday, August 9, 2007, at approximately 12:58 AM, there was a 4.5 earthquake in the Los Angeles, California area, where I live. I had just finished answering comments to some of my posts, and shutting down my computer. Suddenly, about ten minutes later, while getting ready for bed, the entire bathroom floor was shaking beneath my feet. I was standing by the sink when it happened, and grabbed onto the edge for support.

That's how badly the room was shaking, folks. I thought for a moment that the toilet (am I allowed to say that word, or is it politically incorrect?) was going to be ripped out of the wall. The glass shower doors were rattling, and a quick thought flashed in my mind that they were going to shatter any minute. The entire room was literally shaking. I could hear a low rumbling sound like thunder. If thunder had a face, the above description is what it would look like. This lasted for at least 10 seconds, maybe longer. In fact, all of the rooms were shaking, and it seemed as though the windows might break at any minute. 

A fleeting thought entered my mind that this was breaking news, and that maybe I should log back into my computer and write a post, but I was too tired. A few minutes later, breaking news was reported on the radio, but it took several more minutes before any of the television stations picked it up, and the only one that I saw reporting it was Fox News. Even then, it was only an automated report. The other stations just continued to play their mediocre television shows with no interruptions. One of the radio announcers stated that a 4.5 earthquake was powerful enough to shatter glass. Luckily, I did not have to deal with that problem. My computer monitor was forced back against the wall in an  upward tilted position. One of my stereo speakers had taken a left turn. 

For those of you who have never experienced an earthquake, this is what I have to say. I can somehow sense God's presence in an earthquake, and it is both terrifying an awesome at the same time. I repeat to you what I have written before: don't waste your time, don't procrastinate, and try to be happy. One never knows when a huge earthquake of one kind or another (remember 9/11?) will wreak havoc everywhere.

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