Monday, August 29, 2011

The Great Hurriquake of 2011

I always like to tell people that the Mid-Atlantic region is probably the safest place in America when it comes to natural disasters. No earthquakes, no mudslides, no tornadoes, no hurricanes, no floods, no wildfires, and no locusts. Nature is laughing at me right now.

If Yannos had not been home, I'm not sure how long it would have taken me to figure out all that shaking and rattling was being caused by an earthquake. Everyone's earthquake story starts off the same. "At first I thought it was a big truck, but then it kept going so I thought it was an airplane crashing." People in the northeast are a little jumpy about crashing airplanes, so earthquake wasn't really at the top of the list. Here's how my retelling first it sounded like someone was running around in the attic and banging on stuff. Which actually isn't as strange as it sounds, because our bathroom is being remodeled and they were just running around in the attic the other day. Nevermind the fact that the guy remodeling the bathroom wasn't even here at the time. Details, details.
It took us over 24 hours to put the house back together. Why so long? Because we didn't even notice most of it. Here's what happened.

This bottle fell on the floor and I do not normally keep my toothbrush in the sink

This Lego car fell off of that shelf 

We're not really sure how none of this stuff fell off

And this mouse usually looks at a friend

But we found the friend here. So far away...(doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore)

Impressed that this reminded me of not one, but TWO songs from the 70's? I'm cool like that.

A few days after the quake, hurricane Irene came to visit us. It was a touch hyped up around here, but still caused some damage. Our driveway is under there somewhere.

Even though we weren't in much danger in this area, since today is the 6th anniversary of Katrina, I just want to go on record that hurricanes are serious business even when the worst case scenario doesn't happen. 

Here are some pictures we took in New Orleans 6 months after Katrina

 This post is a little bipolar. Some silly/serious never hurt anybody I guess.

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