Friday, April 18, 2008


I interrupt the rant post below this to report that at 5:35 am, I felt my bed vibrate. Since there is no slot for quarters on our bed, I suspected something was wrong.

I got up and asked my husband who was in the kitchen if he felt it, and he said yes. We both thought it might be thunder, but the news quickly reported an earthquake in southern Illinois with effects reaching across us into Ohio.


This is Tornado Alley, not Earthquake Hollywood!

At least you can run and hide from tornadoes. Quakes have no warning (usually), leave nowhere to run.

People are calling in TV and radio stations giving their stories about what they were doing when they noticed the tremor. I don't get the point of this. For example:

"I just came in from 2nd shift, sat down to eat cold meatloaf and saw my chandelier shake."


Why can't they just save their stories for their blogs like I did??

Jorge had the nerve to once again cast aspersions on our little dog, Zoe, by saying she was too dumb to know what was going on and thus warn us. (People were telling TV stations that their cockatiels were verbally warning them and setting off flares to save the neighbrhood, etc.)

I told him she was in the bedroom with me, dialing the police like any sane pet would do, not running around barking "The sky is falling!"

Anyway, which natural disaster do you dread most?





And now, please continue to the rant below, because I spent a lot of time writing it, and I just pre-empted myself. Dang.


Teri said...

Oh my goodness...that kind of rocks. I mean, how often does a mid-westerner get to feel an earthquake?
I don't think the effects were felt up in MI, although there is a slot on our bed for quarters sooooo...I kid, I kid.

By the way, loved the rant below. Seriously, I GET it. (Wow, I must be Obama...)

Also, you might have noticed, if you look at your site meter, that I stopped by quite a few times yesterday...I am not stalking you, I just HAD to get my Ken Leeee fix, and pretty much had to show everybody who walked in my house yesterday too! HILARIOUS.

Susanne said...

We felt an earthquake once too, in lil old Southern Alberta, believe it or not. And at 5 in the morning too! It was back in the day when we had a waterbed, so that was a weird sensation. It was the most bizarre thing because you're mind doesn't comprehend a quake.

Zoe is one smart doggy calling the police like that.

samurai said...

I heard about that this morning. I've never experienced an earthquake that "rocked my world", although I did spend a few summer with my father in San Francisco.

I think I fear floods the most...

Barbara H. said...

You forgot flooding and hurricanes. :) I dread them all, though earthquakes aren't too common here.

marina said...

I know what you mean we are in Hurricane country however we just had an earthquak here yes in south Texas !! Jesus said there would be rumors of earthquak's and it has come to pass,marina

cajunquilter said...

Since I live about 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, I dread hurricane season every year.

Smart dog you have there lol.

Cyndy said...

Well of course Zoe would be doing what was sensible!

I live in earthquake country and I will take an earthquake over a wind that could pick me up and over the rainbow any day.

...and I ditto Marina...Jesus said we'd experience these yippee! He's comin' for us soon! ;)

Debbie said...

I felt the quake but, since Gracie (the 100+ lb. Rottweiler)has taken to sleeping with me currently, I just thought she was scratching her ear!!

Did you feel the after shock a few minutes ago? My computer screen looked like someone sat it on a back massager.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I love all kinds of wild weather. (It's a sickness.)
So I don't really dread any of those natural disasters. But I would say wildfires are the things that have touched me the most. Our home (that we had just sold, so we weren't in it) burned down five years ago in a California wildfire, and since I worked in media there, I saw firsthand what it meant to be at the mercy of the flames. It's a helpless feeling.

SJ said...

Wow! We dont usually have earthquakes around here but we did a couple years ago. My first one. (It wasnt near here, but we felt it)

I grew up in tornado country, I've never really experienced a big earthquake, have been through one flood when I was little, and I guess with hurricanes you get some I'd say I dread fires most.

MoodyBlue said...

When I was in my teens my Mom & I (God rest her soul) were in Anaheim CA and we were awoken by one of the CA Quakes and the one of the frames in our hotel fell of the wall. I never experienced anything like that before.

I would dread a fire the most.

Darlene R. said...

I totally slept right through it! Our dog didn't make a peep.

Nobody in this house felt it, but others did in our town.

A flood would SCARE me to death!

Tammy said...

I had no idea you could ever get an earthquake in tornado alley!
We've get our share of little tremors like that here on the fault line (Oregon) and then there was the big "Spring break quake" in the 90's before I was married that did some damage. But the worst for me personally was on our second morning in Hawaii 18 months ago. I literally made my husband take to us "run for the hills" in case of a tsunami...then the power was off for most of the day and I couldn't get a cup of coffee...(I know, poor me.)

But ever since I was a kid, I've had tornado dreams...I'm always just escaping them, but they're scary!

Ann said...

I'm originally from Iowa and grew up two blocks away from the tornado siren. That would be my biggest fear. But apparently here, they "don't get tornadoes." Except for that F3 they got in 2004 that did a whole lotta damage.
It was nuts, because we moved here in Jan. and the tornado siren would go off at numerous times in the day or night. I finally called a neighbor and he explained that it was just the fire department. It's volunteer based, so anytime someone calls in and needs assistance, that siren (which sounds just like the tornado sirens back home) go off. We're starting to get used to it. The sirens don't wake me up at night anymore at least.

I would have loved to felt the earthquake tremor! I wouldn't want the devastation, but it's so cool to think that the plates in the earth's crust just shifted a bit causing that tremor. I wonder if Iowa felt it, since it came from Illinois.

I'd also love to see a tornado in real life, as long as it was off in the distance in a big field or something.

Carol said...

My hubby was in the airport in Cinncinnati, OH very early this morning and he felt it shake the airport.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

"I felt the quake but, since Gracie (the 100+ lb. Rottweiler)has taken to sleeping with me currently, I just thought she was scratching her ear!!"

Now that's the funniest thing I have heard in a while!

I guess it would be fire. We don't get many tornadoes and hurricanes are really too far away to harm us. Flooding is bad here but we purposely bought a home in a never flooded neighborhood. And at least with a flood you have some warning. We don't get flash floods often like they do in Central Tx where it will wash you off the road.

I was in a earthquake once while on a mission trip in Peru, in a total shanty town on the side of a mountain. If it were a big one, we would have all been dead. What I learned is, by the time you figure out that you are supposed to go stand in a door or something, the earthquake is over. Seasoned earthquakers grab all the good doorways & tables immediately anyway. Selfish!

It is very discombobulating to have the earth shake under you, that is for sure.

Mocha with Linda said...

C'mon, your blog rocks my world on a daily basis!

I'd have to say a tornado would be at the top of my list because of the lack of warning, just because I've never experienced an earthquake. But feeling solid ground shake would be pretty unsettling. (Pun intended!)

Actually, there was a quake down around San Antonio a week or two ago. Weird.

Joy said...

I am in Missouri...I felt something and told my dh and he said it was the wind
I fear tornadoes the most I guess.

Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) said...

I was living in Los Angeles during the Northridge earthquake. Scared the stuffing out of me. I started eating pop tarts like mad. I figured if I were to be buried in rubble, there would be more of me to find.

I'll take a hurricane any day over an earthquake.

annie's eyes said...

I am so glad you are okay, and who would have thought? Things are just weird! How did Zoe do through this? My dog had a panic attack last night and had to get in bed with us, but about chewed her paw off. Just serious storms in Texas. And gorgeous today!

Brenda said...

I've experienced a couple earthquakes (of course, I was in CA), so I'd have to say I dread fires most. If I was anywhere near where hurricanes might strike, I would probably worry about those too.

pete said...

Hey Linda. I'm going with earthquake. They don't show up on doppler radar!

Love the blog. It looks great. I'm subscribing so I look forward to reading more soon!

Jodie said...

We live in the land of the hurricane. So I suppose that would be first on my list, but 2nd would be fires. We don't have that sort of natural disaster, what with all the water and all, but I still fear the fire. I think it must be one of the worst ways to die.
That might've sounded morbid. I don't know. My dad was a funeral director/mortician when I was growing up. Which should ensure my ability to spell mortician/mortitian, but it doesn't.
It should. But it shorn't.

Queen B said...

Um. Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Glad all are ok!!

Michelle said...

Linda Darling, I live in Hurricane Country!

YOU guess what I hate the most ...Tee Hee.

Melanie said...

I heard about this on the radio this afternoon, and I was like,"Oh, that is like soooo this morning's blog!"

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

My Linda...

Did you notice I tagged you?