The Witless Clunkery of a Third-Rate Mind

Monday, October 17, 2005


I was in the video store on Sunday afternoon, when suddenly I felt a bit of a tremor. The first thing one does in this situation is to freeze, and look around to see if anyone else is feeling it too. Everyone else was doing the same thing, so I knew an earthquake was coming. It got stronger and within a few seconds, the building was shaking. Suddenly, it peaked and videos started tumbling off the shelves; a woman screamed; the windows rattled; a display fell over, scattering videos across the floor. I could see dust falling from the ceiling and the lights swinging. I suddenly became very conscious of the fact that (a) there was a roof over me and (b) I was on the second floor of the building. A woman ran out of the building with her baby in her arms and suddenly I was wondering if I should be running out, too; everyone else was just standing there trying to look cool and for a moment I thought, "Wouldn't it be ironic if we all died in this building just because we were all too cool to get the hell out?" At that moment, the entire second floor gave two "heaves" which were accompanied by enormous booms each time. Then it was over.

That was definitely the scariest quake I've ever experienced, even though it only lasted 10 seconds. It wasn't even very intense but the noise and the scene of the falling videos everywhere added to the impression. I found out later that it had its epicentre around here but it affected trains all around the Tokyo area. It was only a magnitude 5.1 or something, but I think the fact that we were at the epicentre made it very different than other quakes I've felt.


At 9:58 AM, Blogger Zambo said...


As you know, I'm not a big believer in God, fate, and all that other hocus-pocus stuff that some people will try to ooze about, if you let them...But I see what you've experienced as a geological sign to get out of there...and fast. It's only a matter of time before the earth swallows up Japan and parts of western North America...

If we've learned anything from Billy Ocean, it's "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"... (Also, "Get Out of my Dreams. Get into my Car"...but that's another story).

Anyway, good luck out there. It was nice knowing you.

Your Pal,



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