Tuesday, August 16, 2005


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.



Blogger chance said...

aw you do deserve prezzies. well you should know to email me right away to know that you are fine.

mr barzak

8:28 PM  
Blogger chance said...

the mr barzak at the end was me giving you a look.

in case you did not know.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you are ok, I guess they saved the big one until after I left the country. The smaller quakes were enough to scare me. Take care and be safe. Love you, Mom

9:30 PM  
Blogger David Moles said...

Shows what a sick puppy I am that my reaction was: "7.0! Wicked!"

But glad to hear you're okay. Just, next time, remember the safety drills, okay?

4:48 PM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

Safety drills? Safety drills? What safety drills? I'm a Midwesterner. We don't have safety drills for earthquakes. Just tornadoes.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, just stop doing that thing that you do that causes the earthquakes, OK?


11:14 AM  
Blogger David Moles said...

They don't have earthquake drills at your school?

12:16 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

First reaction: Dude! You're supposed to run for a door frame when an earthquake hits. Then you run and check the baby (if you are living with one) and the gas connections.

Second reaction: Cool! Did it go up and down first and then side to side? I only felt that once but it was a big one and even freaked out my native co-workers.

1:56 AM  

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