Growing up in the great frozen mass they call Michigan, I’ve had my share of Blizzards, Rainstorms, Ice Storms, Lightening and even my very own Tornado (that wrecked my 1991 Ford Escort – Thank God it’s dead). Then I moved to Virginia to join the good old US Navy! There I’ve experienced minor flooding, hurricanes (the USS Enterprise even drove through one for fun), ungodly heat, freezing cold (in the same month at times) and all sorts of stuff. But never an Earthquake. Hell, even the day I started working at this job, was the very day after Hurricane Isabel hit Virginia in 2003. I had to duck and dodge fallen trees just to get to work!
I’ve always thought that to be a West Coast or overseas thing. Never on the East (or Mid as never remember one in Michigan either). Yet proof is here. Though never having experienced one, I kind of knew what it was based on hearing others talk about how it felt when they experienced one. I was a bit moved and slightly frightened, but apparently not nearly as freaked out as the guy in the office next door who I’ll quote, “THAT WAS A FREAKIN’ EARTHQUAKE!!”. I casually said, “oh” and slipped back inside my office hoping he wouldn’t follow me.
Not sure I’d call this breaking my Earthquake cherry but certainly was a first for me!