Monday, 17 May 2010

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May 15, 1980
"Hey, son, would you mind going to the thermostat and turning it down a bit?," asked Dad. With a grumble and the footfall of a growing teen still awkward with his gait, my brother tromped down the hall like a mutant buffalo. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM.

I was sitting in front of the tv, just about ready to watch whatever was "Must See" back then. Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Night Court were my absolute favorites. Suddenly, through the floor, a vibration occurred. Then a ripple. Finally a low throttle rumble as the house shook upon its moorings and my first thought was a sisterly eyeroll of, "What did my brother do now? All he had to do was turn the dial."

That evening was my very first earthquake.

I was 10 years old. )