Thursday, August 25, 2011

M. Natural Disaster

Well, it appears that our comfortable little corner on the Eastern sea board is now under attack.  Not from missiles and bombs, but from Mother Nature.  Usually, being in the state of NJ has you safe from most hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, but this year seems to be testing the limits of our buildings abilities to withstand nature.

Yesterday was my first experience with an earthquake and being on the fifth floor of a ten story building made it just that much cooler.  At first, I thought, it can't be, but when the slight shaking turned into the walls flexing around us, I knew something was up.

People went right into panic mode.  Since we were on the fifth floor, we kind of just hung out, but other ran down the halls to the elevators.  That is, until some of the more intelligent people told them not to.  Why would anyone ever get on an elevator in an earthquake, that's just stupid.

After we were all reassured by the news that it had been a quake and it was over, I really got to appreciate the fact that I had been through something that statistically almost never happened on that scale on the east coast.  So, I tucked it under my belt and went back to thinking about what was really important yesterday.

Of course, now there is another natural disaster marching toward us like a trained army.  A hurricane that just passed through Puerto Rico and is on the southern coast is planned to draw the battle line between Cape May and Atlantic City.  Just in case you didn't know, our house is in the Island town next to Cape May.

The wind force is suspected to be somewhere around 100 mph and while our house has been on the Island since 1909, I am scared.  What the hell is going on.  Usually we are given a reprieve from the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  The storm lands there, usually, is broken up, and gives us just a tropical storm.

I am not really sure what the rest of this week will bring, but one thing is for sure, if we were ever going to get inspiration for an End of the World story, this is a good week for it.

I hope that any of you that are reading and may be in the path, will be okay.  Just remember one simple piece of advice.  If you are told to leave, then leave.  It isn't worth staying.  I hope all of you are well and I will leave you with a task.  Please pray for a strong gust of wind from the west to knock this thing out to sea.

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