Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Et Tu Maryland? Snow, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Wordful Wednesday.


I'll always consider myself a New York City girl.  It's where I grew up and have most of my childhood memories.  So when it came time to go away for college, I had a strict proximity criteria - must be able to drive to and from school within 4 to 6 hours. 

Of course Maryland, was surely a safe choice, and for the most part it has worked out.  I certainly had no intentions of braving any extreme cold weather, or risk drifting away to sea if Cali got hit with "the big one."

But, um, something has definitely changed. 

Now, I've always joked about Maryland's disdain for Spring. 

Yeah, that's right.

Not sure when, but Maryland arbitrarily decided that 85 degree weather starts in May, that's all.

There's about a week of 68 to 75 degree weather between April 27th and May 6th, after that, it's all 80s.  I accepted that though, cause that's who you are.

Winter was also not really a big to do around here.  Most times we were surprised when we got any snow at all.

Then this happened …




I mean really, you would think it was Colorado, or Minnesota.  The worst part was, this mess made me have to reschedule my baby shower because I just couldn’t get to it.  Real low, Maryland.

Now what?  A hurricane?  Seriously? 

What's next, an earthquake?

Oh Crap! Was that an earthquake?

Yes.  Yes that was an earthquake.  Just a few minutes after getting back from the playground with J.



After my initial shock wore off and after picking up the broken picture frame which fell from the top of my bookshelf, I took the most reliable information resource I knew.   

Twitter.

Twitter confirmed a 5.9 magnitude earthquake originated 87 miles outside of Washington, DC (which is 30 minutes from my home).  Honestly, it was my first one, and unlike most firsts, I'm good.  I don't need to experience that again.  Ever.  For real. 

I was pretty sure the only thing I had to worry about on the East Coast was the occasional nor'easter, and I think the last one was in 2006?, so I thought we had time.  Totally not expecting my completely made out of brick condo building to shake like it was made of papier mache.

Where were you during the earthquake?

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