|Film poster for Earthquake (film) - Copyright 1974, Universal Pictures (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
This past Friday night my wife and I were sitting peacefully in our living room watching a movie when suddenly we were jolted out of our cinematic fantasy world by a 5.1 earthquake with an epicenter of about ten miles from where we live. I didn't immediately realize what was happening, but my wife, who is like a human earthquake sensor, scrambled out of her place on the couch and I was soon behind her.
Where we were going I don't know, except to be away from the cabinets that could potentially fall on us. As we stood in the middle of the floor, the ground rumbling beneath us, I heard a shattering of glass from the kitchen and the thump of something upstairs falling to the floor. Fortunately the house remained intact and soon all was calm. I put the movie on pause in order to assess the damage and see what they were saying on TV.
The broken glass was in a cheap picture frame that fell off the wall. Upstairs a few knickknacks were knocked over and a small box had fallen to the floor. Otherwise all was well. We were safe and the city was not a disaster area. There was of course the possibility that what we had felt was merely the precursor to something larger still to come.
With a bit of jittered nerves we resumed watching the movie since it was only twenty minutes from the end. It was a pretty lousy movie anyway. The Wolf of Wall Street was up for a few Oscars so we had decided to order it from Netflix. My wife and I both like Leo Dicaprio and as always I felt he did a superb acting job in this film, but the character he played and the movie in general was morally bankrupt with no redeeming values whatsoever. With Hollywood turning out garbage such as this film maybe an earthquake is what this town needs as a wake up call.
As we returned to the news reports after the film was over, there was all of this mention of being prepared for "the big one"--having a emergency plan in place and supplies in readiness. I've been hearing this since I moved to the Los Angeles area and have yet to make any preparations. They can't predict when any "big one" is going to come if ever. And when it happens it will come as a big surprise. For some people no amount of advance preparation will make any difference whatsoever.
Sometimes people will talk about earthquake weather. Just like I've heard people talk about tornado weather back east. There are many differences of opinion about what the weather is like before some major disaster. The term I've most often heard cited is "the calm before the storm". Perhaps there is a calm period before a storm, but mostly I think it's a matter of illusion. One minute you're peacefully eating breakfast at the kitchen table and then without warning an airliner crashes in your neighborhood and all the houses are immediately destroyed or on fire.
Dramatic I know, but nothing like hyperbole to make a point. Then again I think I might be missing the real point I want to make and that is today is the last day before the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2014 begins. Some of you might be ready and blissfully enjoying a calm before the storm. Good for you.
I suspect there are many like me whose blogworld is already shaking as we frantically try to get ready for the month to come. Are you trying to write posts in these final hours? Are you trying to square things away in your life so you'll have more free time for blogging in April? Yeah, that's me. No earthquake supplies, no storm cellar--just waiting for the big one to come and hoping I'm not sitting on the epicenter.
But that is such as it is. Today I ramble. Tomorrow I begin the greatest blog event of them all.
In my first A to Z post I will be incorporating another Battle of the Bands. This may be unfamiliar to some of you. You'll just have to come back to find out what it's all about. Those who know about the Battle of the Bands will know what's coming. Let me dazzle you all with my deft handling of the two blogging events smoothly melded together into one coherently themed post. Well, it may not be earth-shaking, but it's not going to be The Wolf of Wall Street either.
Have you ever been jolted out of a peaceful circumstance to be thrown into turmoil? If you saw The Wolf of Wall Street what did you think of it? Are you all ready for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge?