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"Starts with 'A'? Ends with 'Pocalypse'?"

We had a little 2.9 earthquake on Friday night, epicentered--get this--15 kilometers below the intersection of West Burnside and NW 31st. I mean, specific, or what? And urban. And, you know, right on that massive faultline that creates Portland's West Hills and that is tentatively scheduled for The Big One in my lifetime.

On top of that, we continue to have massive amounts of rain. Build-your-ark-and-start-collecting-animals quantities of rain.

And last night there was a windstorm--including still more rain--that knocked over trees whose roots were sitting kind of loosely in the saturated soil. There were minor earthslides in those same West Hills, and power lines down, and the long and short of it is that here in The World's Tallest Basement, we're on emergency power while PGE fixes things.

So I've got a computer, and a phone, and a desk lamp, but the overhead lights and the heat are off.

And it rains, and rains, and rains, and it just feels like the end of the world.

Strangely enough, I'm in a great mood. Why is that?

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executrix
Jan. 30th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
I think it's "not having to worry" because it's HAPPENED already.

Good luck getting stuff back, though.
emeraldsedai
Jan. 30th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
You mean the apocalypse came and went I didn't even notice?

Wow. I have been wrapped up in my own problems!
executrix
Jan. 30th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Shoe-Droppage
All I mean is that if, say, last year someone had predicted that this was going to happen, you would probably have thought it was really, really scary. And by now...no big!
emeraldsedai
Jan. 30th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Shoe-Droppage
That other shoe? It has something like "8.5" written on it and it definitely hasn't dropped yet--but I know what you mean.

And can I just say that "Executrix has started making animated icons" is a phrase to strike both fear and delight into my heart?
executrix
Jan. 30th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Shoe-Droppage
Alas, I do not have the capacity--I whined about it to lunabee34, who enlisted the masterly song--er, icon--stylings of jjjean65.
roxymissrose
Jan. 30th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm...I was supposed to come out that way this summer, now I'm not so sure....
emeraldsedai
Jan. 30th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, take a chance, hon!

The bigger risk is that it won't freakin' stop raining by then. But I wouldn't worry about an earthquake.
emeraldsedai
Jan. 30th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
And it went without saying (right?) that if you do come out this way, I would love to meet you and thereby become the envy of all of LJ!
roxymissrose
Jan. 31st, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'd love to try and meet up! *packs a bazillion bags and bath salts*
emeraldsedai
Jan. 31st, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Those bath bombs are nice...
joeyfalconetti
Jan. 31st, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Wow....I have been dying to move to Portland for years and years (planning on finally doing it within the next 1.5 years), but now I'm scared!
emeraldsedai
Jan. 31st, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
*waves at stranger*

Way I see it, every place has its dangers. At least there isn't an annual earthquake season.

Seriously, it's the RAIN that's the problem. That shit is scary.
wedjateye
Jan. 31st, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
As long as it isn't raining frogs and your garden wasn't stripped bare by locusts... Or is that on the schedule for next weekend?

I felt an earthquake once - just a smallish blip on the Richter scale. I was lying on my bed, almost asleep, when I felt my cat jump up (huge cat), giving the whole bed a jolt. After a few seconds, I thought 'hang on, I don't have a cat any more...'. I aimed for nonchalance and wondered out into the lounge room where my Dad said 'did you just feel that tremor?'. I was so relieved.

I hope you get some sunshine soon. (And in the meantime, rain is great inspiration for coding, I hear.)
emeraldsedai
Jan. 31st, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
Funny. Cats feature in a lot of earthquake stories (few as humorous as yours!). I was sitting in an armchair, talking on the phone, when our little quakelet hit on Friday evening, and I thought for a split second that Monsoon was clawing on the chair--an action that makes quite a deep bass noise.

But no. Monsoon was freaking out in the other room. He knew it was coming--acted odd and agitated the whole day.
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emeraldsedai
Jan. 31st, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Catharsis. Yeah. That might be it!

*stares at Simon's neck*



jebbypal
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
firefly fandom nom
Hello,

I'm not sure if you are aware of this but a few of us are doing a Firefly fanfiction and fanvid awards called the The Blue Sun Fandom Awards, aka The Strawberries, and I wanted to let you know that the following have been nominated:
-Arrayed Like One of these
http://community.livejournal.com/afterserenity/1167.html#cutid1
missing scene movie

**this link is a protected entry. I need you to unflock it or send me an unflocked link.

Let us know if you would mind letting your story participate and if you agree with these category assignments or would prefer to have your stories in a different category. Also, stories are eligible to compete only in two different categories and you as an author can only have five stories compete in any single category (but this applies to all categories so you could have 30 plus if that was how many were nommed). A full list of the guidelines can be found on the website.

If you have a link to an archived version that you would prefer to have used for judging, please pass it along to us. Otherwise we will go with the version that was nominated. Additionally, if you would like to change the draft or anything, you can give us a new story link or change this one until February 10.

We would also be interested in archiving the story if it is selected as a winner. If you do not want to be archived on our site then we would like to present a link to the archived version of your choice.

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail bsastrawberries@yahoo.com. You can also visit our message board at http://www.livejournal.com/community/bsastrawberries/ or our website, http://mysite.verizon.net/vzenvl6n/bsastrawberries/index.html.



emeraldsedai
Feb. 3rd, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: firefly fandom nom
Wow, cool! Thank you.

The open version of it is, presently, right here: http://firefly.populli.org/archive/9/arrayedlike.shtml

I think the "missing scene" category makes sense. Archiving would be fine. Thank you for letting me know!
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