Earthquake, 7.0 on the scale, was eating brunch with a friend while it happened. I stood up and said, stand up, this is weird, even for an earthquake in Japan. So my friend Jody stood up and looked at me like I would then reveal the next step in our plan. Then everyone in the place sort of looked at each other. I said, Whoa, and two Japanese girls giggled. Then they said Sugoi! and we giggled. And the a while later the earthquake subsided and we walked out and everything went back to normal...but it was really really weird. I've been here a year, and I've experienced a lot of earthquakes (three or four while my mom was here actually) but this was the longest and strongest one yet, I think. But I'm okay. Some of you have emailed to ask if I'm alive/okay/cool/etc. I am. And thanks for asking. It was a bit weird, enough to make me stand up and care about the earthquake, which I'd become accustomed to and had stopped thinking much of, sort of like a California native. But all is well. And I'll catch up with email soon. Thanks for caring about me.