Hi to Earthquake Prone Dwellers and others,
This week Angelenos were awaken to a jolt on St. Patrick’s Day, hence the name Shamrock Shake (and not the delicious drink from McDonald’s). Earthquakes are a completely new experience to this boy who grew up in Michigan and spent almost ten years in Chicago.
Just another beautiful day in California no matter what season it is.
I love living on the west coast because the weather here is incredible. It’s hard for me to believe it is still cold in much of this country, however, the downfall to having beautiful weather all the time is that the state is on a fault line which could move at any point.
When this quake hit, it was in the morning while most affiliates were airing their newscasts. You may have even seen how some of the anchors reacted. If you didn’t “Click Here” to see what happened at KTLA. Even though it is funny to watch the anchor man rush under the desk, you are suppose to react and cover yourself in some way.
This is what is posted in ABC offices in California. Drop! Cover! Hold On!
It is common knowledge from living in California that you need to be prepared for “The Big One” because it will happen some day. I’ve been here for several years and I am terrified of “The Big One” hitting. Partially because I just don’t know what that feeling is like when an earthquake happens. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Didn’t Joe just experience the earthquake on Monday?” I was here but I wasn’t present for it because I slept right through it. I woke up to text messages from friends and family asking how I was doing. I had no clue until I turned on the news and saw that there was an earthquake.
I will admit I’m very happy I slept through it. My friends who felt it said it was jolting and scary because many of us don’t exactly know what do when an earthquake hits – we just didn’t grow up with them.
As a child, it was taught to go in a doorway but that’s not the optimal choice anymore. Now you’re suppose to form a triangle around you so the debris won’t hit your body.
Another precaution to consider when preparing for an earthquake is to not have anything over the head of your bed. That way if an earthquake hits at night you won’t have things falling on your head. For the most part I have adhered to that precaution until recently. I moved my bed but I haven’t moved the TV yet. It’s been one of those To Do items that I’ve said, “I’ll get to it.” Take a look a the feature picture above again. Yes, that television could hit my head if the earthquake was strong enough to knock it over. For the first few weeks after rearranging my furniture, I would take the television down every night but that got tiring and I became lax. I would think, “I’ll be fine – an earthquake won’t hit tonight.” Sure enough, it did and I’m lucky that it wasn’t strong enough to knock the television over but it was a wake up call.
In the next couple days, I’m going to put together an earthquake preparedness kit and move the TV so it won’t fall on my head. If you have any tips or suggestions of what I need to have or what I should do to be prepared, please let me know in the comments below. Honestly, I don’t want to live my life like a doomsday prepper but I should have some water standing by just in case I’m around for “The Big One.”
Hope you’re week has been great! Later on during St. Patrick’s day, I ended up meeting with my friend Natoli. We had a good time in DTLA. I’m also preparing for some new upcoming gigs and I’m going to be ready for the next earthquake, which hopefully I won’t be around for it.
My friend Natoli and I in DTLA just goofing around.
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