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Earthquake in San Jose

Captain's Log, Supplemental

Some of you might have heard about the 5.2 earthquake in San Jose last night. Just to let you know, we’re okay.

The house started shaking, and after 17 years in California, I know by now to run for a doorway. The shaking was over in a few seconds. No big deal. Not even a broken plate or glass. A couple CDs fell off my shelf, nothing else.

Even before the shaking completely stopped, I’m standing in the doorway to my office like a good Californian, and I see Captain Caffeine walk into the foyer!

“What are you doing? You’re supposed to be under a desk!”

“Uh ... I was keeping the cabinets from falling.” (Translation: he was holding the cabinets closed so the glasses wouldn’t rain on the kitchen floor, which in hindsight was thoughtful of him, but I’d rather have glass over the floor instead of a ceiling tile falling on his head!)

My friend Dineen lives closer to the epicenter, so I called to see how she was. Everything was fine at her house.

“In fact,” she said, “Shasta knew the earthquake was coming before it hit.” (Shasta is Dineen’s dog)

“What? Really?”

“Yeah, she ran under the table.”

By now, I am glaring at my own sorry excuse for a mutt, Snickers, who had not done ANYTHING before the earthquake hit. Weren’t all dogs supposed to be sensitive to this kind of thing? Hadn’t the animals gone berserk before Mount St. Helen and the big quake in ’89?

What had MY dog done? Nothing before the quake, but she ran barking into the front foyer as soon as the house started shaking, because obviously some giant was trying to get into the front door and steal her food or something like that.

Greeeeat protector, huh?

Anyway, we’re fine. The house is fine. And the dog is sleeping like she did something strenuous yesterday.

Comments

  1. Hey....I was just trying to protect your favorite wine glasses from breaking....

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  2. Maybe Snickers was the smarter of the two. She was the one that knew there was nothing to worry about and while it was going on she may have been trying to tell the other dogs in the neighborhood that they could come out from under the tables.

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  3. Glad you're all okay, Camy. Aww, poor Snickers.

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  4. LOL Too funny! Maybe it's cuz Shasta is too young to know better. Snickers has been around the block a few times and knew there wasn't anything to worry about. Probably would've just sighed at Shasta had they been together. LOLOL

    Seriously--glad y'all are okay!

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  5. Good to know you're fine. California has been really overwhelmed lately...first with wildfires, and now this.

    And maybe Snickers had a word from God that this wasn't the big one, so keep your owners calm by not reacting:-)

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  6. I'm so glad that you are ok.

    Your Snickers sounds like Vader. He's supposed to be here to protect me, but he hides behind me if anything scary is going on.

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  7. Glad you guys are okay.

    Maybe it wasn't actually an earthquake, and an invisible giant really was coming to steal Snicker's food. Just because they SAY it was an earthquake... you can't believe everything you hear. :-)

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  8. Why don't you just let Dineen text you when Shasta gives 'the word.' Then you and Snickers can hit the doorway while dh protects the glassware. :)

    Glad you're all safe. Don't think I could handle such as that. Here in Louisiana we get more warning about hurricanes and tornados.

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  9. Glad to hear you're okay, Camy. I hadn't heard about your earthquake. Years ago I experienced a quake so mild I wouldn't have felt it if I hadn't been on my hands and knees scrubbing a floor. Now I use a mop. ;-)

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  10. I didn't know about it, but I'm so glad to know all is well. Gotta love Captain Caffeine. Sounds like what That Man would do. :)

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