June's stupid life · Los Angeles

I feel the earth move under my feet

That earthquake in LA today made me so homesick I could have spit up. I am sorry, but earthquakes are fun. …You know, unless you're in a really bad one, which I never was.

I emailed everyone I could think of, all at once, to get the guff. It was fun, because everyone wrote back and I got to hear what all my friends were doing today at 11:42 a.m. Pacific time.

One person watched their coworker get hit in the head with his Batman poster (but he kept talking on his business call, which you have to admit is impressive). Another friend ran a breakneck pace down the stairs at work, in her heels. And my stepsister? Just kept eating her potato salad.

My stepsister weighs about 14 pounds and eats like a linebacker. She has the metabolism of a hummingbird. Yes, I do want to kick her skinny ass.

In other crushing news, I went to the store this weekend and bought 8 million dollars worth of vegetarian food, and when I made my mac and cheese today at work? Turns out I accidentally bought BACON FLAVORED mac and cheese. Who even ever HEARD of bacon mac and cheese? A woman at work told me I must subconsciously want meat, but she is the same poor soul who broke her arm at step aerobics last week, so what is HER subconscious telling her?

Oh, and by the way? She got to pick her cast color, and she picked what she called Duke blue. And finally, after living here for a year, I have noticed that University of North Carolina and Duke? Their colors? Both blue. Now, people are trying to tell me that there is a distinct difference in these blues, and to that I say, blush and bashful.

Also too? I ordered a yoga DVD, which when it arrives I am gonna encourage Marvin to do with me, because (a) his back hurts a lot and (12) it will just be fun to watch.

It seems like I had other pressing news but it is time for dog park. Dog park? See Cooper!?!

She will probably even know that I WROTE that and any minute now will be bouncing around here like a super ball. What is IN super balls to make them like that? Probably the same thing that's in me, keeping me from staying on a topic.

Okay, bye.

16 thoughts on “I feel the earth move under my feet

  1. I remember that earthquake. I remember because it happened when my sister, who lives in Pasadena, was 2 months pregnant, so I’m pretty sure my entire family called her to make sure she and the baby were ok.

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  2. I forgot to mention in my email what I was doing when the earth moved – I was laying in bed thinking about getting up. yeah it was 11 something, but I went to bed at 4am for crying out loud!

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  3. We felt the damn thing all the way down in North San Diego County. It was a pretty good shaking, too, considering we’re like 70-80 miles away from Chino Hills.
    I’m not sure I like the earthquakes thing. This one had me a little unnerved since it shook for a while. Every time we get one, even the smaller ones, I have the irrational fear that I’ll go home and find an enormous crack in my foundation. It’s like hypochondria for my house.

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  4. Oh, my HEAVENS! What on earth is this talk about *liking* an earthquake? The whole idea of the ground shaking and heaving and rolling and opening up to swallow you has me wondering about you people! You don’t even have any warning!! NONE! I would be found muttering to myself and walking in circles while wetting myself for three years afterward! At least we can see that hurricanes are coming and *decide* if we want to ignore the news or not. We get to decide, people! We have time to get right with God before a hurricane. You don’t have a choice in an earthquake! How many sins can you confess to in 20 seconds or so while looking for safety or running from tumbling buildings? Please, someone, explain this to me!
    Smiles,
    Nancy

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  5. I too think earthquakes are fun! Well, little ones like the one we had yesterday. 🙂 Big enough to allow you to stop working for a while and gabble excitedly in the break room, but not big enough to do anything really bad. I did particularly enjoy the aerial coverage of a Rite-Aid in Chino Hills for 45 minutes, and all the people that called into the radio stations to talk about how their pictures fell over.
    As for the bacon-flavored mac and cheese, that sounds…hmmm. Although I do occasionally hanker for mac and cheese with cut up hot dogs – a holdover from my childhood – I am pretty sure I would draw the line at hot dog flavoring.

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  6. Dang .. I heard so much talk about the “Big One” being overdue for so CAL and got excited every time someone talked about it .. so .. now here I am back in Australia and they go and have a good shaker and I miss out on all of the fun.

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  7. I am glad that CA survived the earthquake. Do you believe that it will really all fall into the ocean one day? I hope that it waits until I get to see it first. I have never been west of New Mexico. Poor me. Blush and Bashful made me pee my pants. I adore Steel Magnolias. I want to play Weezer in a stage production some day. That is the greatest role ever.

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  8. Bacon-flavored, no. Bacon, yes.
    I’m in L.A. All my life, except for 3 years in some hellish location better left unmentioned. 5.4 isn’t much to get excited about, but that did not stop the news dogs from yapping about it all day. It was one of those where it hits, you go “oh, we’re having an earthquake,” and then it keeps shaking just long enough to make you start worrying. Then it stops.
    And at 11:42, I was in the bathroom. Not amused.

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  9. I almost laughed aloud when I saw “blush and bashful.” That’s exactly what I was thinking when you mentioned how people are about the two hues of blue. Lucky for us, Oklahoma’s state schools have distinctly different color schemes. 🙂

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  10. We had an earthquake right here in the midwest in April and it registered 5.4 on that scale thing they use. You should have seen the news reports on that quake! HIlarious. One woman said “Lordy lordy, I thought we was gettin hit by a sunami”. I am not even kidding you. Umm, hello? We live by Lake Michigan, not the ocean!
    Seriously though, I am glad to hear your friends and skinny sister are fine.
    How do you think Tallulah would handle an earthquake? And why do you suppose they call them earthquakes anyway? Like we’d know if there were a marsquake? Or a plutoquake.

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  11. I bet an earthquake is fun!I tend to get especially excited when a tornado is coming.We had one cousin who would just about get sick from the excitement of a storm.

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  12. Bacon-flavored mac/cheese sounds like an abomination. Gross. I wonder if Duke blue is in the same color family as LSU purple. Do people paint their houses Duke blue? You haven’t seen Louisiana until you’ve seen an LSU purple and gold house. It just ain’t right, but it’s a sight to see.

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