Incredible Weather

By | August 30, 2011


Earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes, oh my! What a wild week we had. The earthquake was a day previous to last week’s class, so the details were fresh in Dolores’ mind (surprisingly the only one who wrote about it!)

Dolores Frank

Earthquake in Philadelphia


During a meeting, the evening the day of the earthquake, I asked my colleagues for their experiences of “the event.”

  • I was sitting at my computer and I swore there was a big semi truck with some issues—then the building swayed for less than a minute. Our office was evacuated!
  • I looked at the (moving) couch, then the window, then I thought I was having a stroke! In an instant, the movement stopped. Whew!
  • I was reaching for the remote and everything started to move. My 3-year-old granddaughter was so amused that she giggled. But not me!
  • As for my reaction—I had just dozed off—sitting on the sofa (presumably) watching “All My Children” when I felt that my arm was tingling. I moved off the sofa, just as I realized that it was moving. Art that I had propped up against the wall fell. In all of the confusion, I thought it was the end of time. Then a neighbor called to ask, “What just happened?”

A personal note: By the end of August 2011, there will not be any atheists on the east coast of America.

I really appreciated Dolores’ story because no one else wrote about it, but she still included others’ accounts of the quake.

Stay tuned for the next blog post, I am sure it will include some tales of hurricane Irene!

P.S. This Wednesday marks the final installment of our class, so both new members and existing members are welcome to join our potluck wrap party!

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