By popular demand, well, one person demanded so here ’tis.
About a month ago we had an earthquake just outside Melbourne, 19th June 2012 about 8:53 in the evening. It was 16 km south west of Moe. 5.4 on the Richter scale it was felt all over Victoria, some places had minor damage.
Everyone had their own response to it. I was in the middle of a Twitter chat, #ausallergy, and we never really got back to it. I sit in an office the size of a bedroom, we have multiple desks and bookshelves and as I deal with books and magazines I had piles of them surrounding me as well as several boxes, we also have far too many phone book holders piled up with things in them.
I heard some slithering and briefly looked around to see what was about to fall, it’s an occupational hazard and we try to minimize the possibility but some books are going to fall on us at some point. Nothing looked more unstable than normal so I went back to Twitter. The sound got louder and I wondered about the possums on the roof, then louder still and I wondered about the burglar on the roof, finally the penny dropped seconds later just before the first tweet hit Twitter #earthquake.
What does a normal person do when faced with an earthquake? When they’re surrounded by things which might possibly fall and damage them? I’m sure they move out of the room and probably out of the house but I did nothing like that, I staying in front of the computer, in front of Twitter monitoring the #earthquake tweets that occurred like an avalanche for the next half hour or so.
I can see everyone rolling their eyes at me right now, no more than I’ve done several times. Don’t ask, I don’t know why I stayed. Nothing fell on me and a month later I think a couple of cracks have enlarged a little but that’s all. I think I have a large dent in the part of my ego that calls for decisive action when it’s called for.