Friday, September 05, 2003

::sings:: I feel the earth move under my feet...

Yes, folks, I do live in California. In fact, I was minding my own business at 6:39 PM, sitting calmly in a chair in front of the computer (and considering adding a blog entry) when the chair decided to rock suddenly (but mildly, and very briefly) back and forth. Of course, having read the useful pamphlet we get on Earthquake Safety, I knew to crawl under the bed. (Of course, the quake ended before I got off the chair.) I hid for about thirty seconds, but nothing was moving and it was pretty boring down there, so I crawled out again.

This was not a major event. The objects on my desk didn't even slide. A few chess pieces in my friend Aurelio's room migrated slightly along the chessboard, but six wine glasses sitting on his bookshelf are still lined up and intact. Nevertheless, I still feel odd sitting down, as if something else might move when I'm not expecting it to...

I like how the US Geological Survey lists Quality as "Excellent". It was an excellent earthquake, dude.

(I think they're talking about the reliability of the scientists' knowledge of the earthquake location, but really...!)

By the way, earthquakes turn out to be quite frequent, at the level of today's jolt. According to this recent list, they happen all over the world, sometimes a dozen a day. In fact, only on August 26, there was a quake of about 3.8 on the Richter scale in ...drumroll, please... New Jersey. In other words, sending me to the West Coast is not that bad of an idea.

This post has been edited to include new thoughts and snide comments.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Happy Labor Day

How was everyone's holiday weekend? Niki may not have had the good fortune to be in a country celebrating Labor Day (A holiday of very little importance to those of use who labored through it), but she must have some late summer holiday which allows people a last gasp of summer before decending into the school year. It was really not much of a gasp here in Michigan, where it rained almost the entire day through and continues this very moment, drilling a small leak into the kennel room. It was not a hot steamy rain either, like we have had this summer, with lightening and thunder, but a cold autumn rain that made me dread the coming months. I was shivering in my t-shirt and stayed in the entire day, reading and wasting time while mom cooked up ketchup and various canned sauces with the tons of tomatoes we've rescued from the chill. We even had a bit of corn that survived the raccoons, which was very young and tender.

Nothing much else to report, other than an interesting poster that arrived with the NYTimes featuring a rather haggard looking Russell Crowe manning a beautiful ship. Apparently we shall all have a costume drama of oceanic proportions to look forward to this November. Hooray.

Sunday, August 31, 2003

For just $15 more, you could buy a bra...

I can't get the link to work correctly, so after going to this website you'll have to click on "Pretty Tees All in a Row" to see the picture. Please, could someone explain to me why anyone would spend $278 for a t-shirt and then wear it without underwear, thereby demonstrating every unnecessary detail of nipple?