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December 22, 2003
Nick o' time

It really looks like I timed my return from California pretty well.

I got off the plane in Raleigh, got to my truck 30 minutes later, flipped on the radio news, and what do you know: Orange Alert. Travel was bad enough without the extra extra hassles. I'm glad I avoided a checkpoint colonoscopy.

And today, the earthquake. I hate earthquakes. I grew up with 'em [the L.A. quake in '71 threw me out of my bed] but familiarity has indeed bred contempt.

I called Mom, about 75 miles from the epicenter -- she had noted the swinging chandeliers and the water slopping out of the swimming pool, but there's no damage there, and everyone at home is A-OK.

Did I mention I hate earthquakes?

Posted by Russ at 05:38 PM, December 22, 2003 in Miscellany

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From where I was, this was one of those nice, rolling quakes.

The Northridge Quake in '94 on the other hand...

Posted by: beaker at December 24, 2003 06:35 PM

Glad you made it back east safely. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Marie

Posted by: Marie at December 24, 2003 07:39 PM


Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe 2004.

Posted by: Jim - Parkway Rest Stop at December 24, 2003 10:47 PM

welcome back.

Posted by: Matt at December 24, 2003 11:10 PM

The Northridge Quake in '94 on the other hand...

Jeez, you had to remind me.... I was in college in Pomona at the time. I remember waking up standing in a doorway, and then my roommates and I flipping on the TV and having to settle for the only station on the air, watching the sweatshirt-clad channel 4 night-shift engineer in the nearly-demolished studio, giving out what news there was until the actual news people made it to the studio.

No fun.

Posted by: Russ at December 24, 2003 11:24 PM

"checkpoint colonoscopy"

LOL, that's a good one :-)

I'm glad you're back all safe & sound. Merry Christmas!

Jennifer Martinez sends

Posted by: Jennifer Martinez at December 25, 2003 12:22 AM