Most of you have heard about the 5.7 earthquake that hit California late this morning. Yes, I’m still here!!! It was my first earthquake and I was completely terrified. I was upgrading software on one of our kiosk at a grocery store. I felt the ground shake a little and I thought, “I wonder if that’s an earthquake.” Well, about 1 minute later the entire store started shaking. I RAN to a girl working in the photo department and hung onto her. I was whining, shaking, and about to cry. Dramatic, I know but I had no idea what to expect. I really thought the store ceiling was going to collapse. I was watching the walls move from left to right and the floor was rippling under my feet. The store employees told me you’re not supposed to move when an earthquake strikes (unless it’s super bad and then you run outside). Oh… so that’s why everyone in the store stood still and I RAN. Only a Texas girl would do that! Even though, I thought I might die for about 20 seconds today, I’m fine. I was shaken up for about 30 minutes after the quake. My knees were shaking and I felt dizzy.
I have bad luck with natural disasters. I was in the First Colony Mall in Sugar Land, TX in 1997 when a tornado ripped through the mall. The news crews interviewed me and ask what I thought was happening and what I saw. I was so upset… I told them I saw “brown wind” and I thought it was an earthquake. Yes, they aired my embarrassing interview on 4 Houston news stations. Lovely! Also, I was in New Orleans the day before hurricane Katrina hit. We had to evacuate, which is never fun. One month later, I had to evacuate Houston for hurricane Rita. It took me 5 hours to drive 55 miles. I just really hope I’m in California when the big one hits. :)
Check at these California Earthquake Potato Chip. I might try to buy some before I leave :)