Thursday, April 8, 2021

Good Morning

Buttercup has absolutely nothing to do with today's post, but as today's post really doesn't have an image, she'll just chill in the backseat while I go on about something completely different.

Monday morning, 4:30 AM. I awoke to use the bathroom. 

Before falling back asleep, I picked up my phone. I've been playing Words With Friends 2 since about July, and recently a mini-game has been added. It's a head-to-head competition where I'm given 45 seconds to come up with a word. Me and my competitor get five turns, and highest score wins. 

These mini-games aren't "free", however. To earn a "ticket" to play, two hours must elapse. So, after having been asleep for several hours, I had a couple "tickets" to play. So, I did.

None of this would normally make the blog, except something happened...

I was on turn two when I felt a large jolt. It felt as if a car had crashed into the wall behind my bed. And my heart raced as I had a moment of panic.

I blame it on the hour and being pretty groggy. 

In the next moment, my rational brain took over. "Oh, calm down. That was just an earthquake. You've been through earthquakes before." 

At which point, I realized my clock was counting down, and I needed to play a word, quick. 

I finished the game. I couldn't tell you if I won or lost. Then I pulled up the app on my phone to see a bit more about that earthquake. 

It was a 4.1 (it said 4.0 when I checked, but since then it's been upgraded). Epicenter was near Inglewood in a town called Lennox. I know where Inglewood is. It's not terribly far away. 

I'm actually rather grateful to the earthquake, as I was scrambling for a topic for today's post. I needed something that started with a G, but I thought I might have used this title for a similar post before. Turns out I haven't. But, in 2010 there was an earthquake on Easter, and I posted about it on April 4th. I mean, this was technically Monday the 5th, but I thought the coincidence way too funny not to mention.

26 comments:

  1. Sometimes those coincidence happen but are really strange to us when they do happen. I have always wanted to be out there when a earthquake happens, A SMALL ONE. Just so I can feel one. I would prob freak though. When you first said it felt like a car hitting the wall outside you bedroom I thought to myself that was not fair you had an issue with the ceiling in your bedroom too.....

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    1. I thought about the same things. :) That water leak was a trial. Be well!

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    2. It is highly unlikely that a car could crash into my bedroom wall. It would have to plow through several layers of building first.

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  2. And by the way....whose puppy? Adorable.

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  3. Buttercup should be on every post, such a cutie! I can't believe how nonchalant you and my other Cali friends are about earthquakes. I would be terrified!

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  4. Buttercup is a cutie.

    The earthquake was fortuitous.

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    1. It was small and apparently deep, so it wasn't much of anything, really.

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  5. Yes, Buttercup can join all the posts.
    Eerie the earthquakes were almost exactly one year apart.

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  6. Only a Californian can keep playing while the Earth is quaking ;-)
    I am into "Words with Friends" as well, hit me up!

    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-z-2021-all-that-glistens-is-not-gold.html

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  7. Just an earthquake. Clearly the game is more important.

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  8. Yikes........happy to say I've not experienced a quake and pretty sure I wouldn't be so calm. I would not be able to play a game on my potty stop...way to sleepy for that, plus making my way to the bathroom without glasses is a bit of a trick, so would need glasses to play a game.

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    1. My glasses were on. I couldn't play a game without glasses either.

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  9. Oooh Buttercup, you are so cute! So my one earthquake experience while asleep. I woke up (it was a weekend) thinking that my son (who was perhaps 4 at the time) was shaking the bed. I was groggy, but quickly realized my son was in his room, asleep. And when I finally woke up for good, I found out there had been an earthquake. I've been through two others, one in New York and one in Arkansas - both comparatively small. Your experience made me laugh out loud, though - never mind the earthquake, gotta play my word!!

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    1. I wasn't going to forfeit the game! Not for a piddly 4.1.

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  10. I suppose its different for everyone but quakes are interesting. It must provide good opportunity for bank robbers when alarms go off. I'm glad everyones alright.

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  11. Weird...I left a comment here yesterday but it doesn't show. I mentioned how only people in big earthquake zones could be nonchalant. We live in an earthquake zone but, please, nothing like California, Turkey or Japan.

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    1. You get used to it. My entire junior year of high school was filled with aftershocks, so I have so many high school earthquake stories.

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  12. Wow! you could still play the game, when you thought the earth under your feet was shaking? I can guess, you must be in a zone that is prone to such tremors.

    Buttercup looks really cute. By the way, my brother-in-law is getting a puppy next week.

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  13. Lol! I can't believe you could play Words With Friends through an earthquake. That's commitment! Buttercup is darling, by the way.

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    1. I wasn't making a word while the shaking was going on. It was that quick.

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  14. When I was in the US back a million years ago, I was in LA when there was an earthquake which freaked me out (the tv moved across the hotel bench where I was on a really high floor). It was just after there had been horrifically devastating earthquakes in California, so I was nervous!

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