I thought my dog was having a serious running dream, but no it was another quake.
Having recently moved to the desert in California, we have had two quakes, which were felt, dozens which only registered on a siesmic monitor. This recent one was felt and yet rather mild, it didn’t wake the sleeping dog.
I wasn't bothered enough to get up to check the Cal. Poly earthquake center.
But even if this one wasn’t the “Big One”, it will eventually happen or so it is predicted. Which makes me go to my fantasy of having beach front property. But you live in the desert are you crazy? Well it wasn’t me who came up with the Big One projections. And well not that I want that much destruction to ever happen, but it would be the only way I will be able to get beach front property.
However when I get past my fantasy of Hawaii in the desert, I realize that if this supersize disaster happens, life as we know it on earth would cease to exist. If a land mass as large as California or even a serious chunk, would ever fall into the ocean, the repercussions worldwide would be beyond belief.
So I am grateful for the little shakers, they relieve the pressure on those plates (I won’t get technical, because I can’t) which seem to move whenever they feel necessary. Like my father said when I asked him if we were going to build a bomb shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis ( we lived in Miami.) "If you can say, Hey what was that, you are alright and if not well you won't have anything to worry about." Somehow that was very comforting and still to my childlike mind.
So as we sit here dealing with man made crisis and contemplating how we ever elected George Bush twice or why Dick Cheney is not affected by sunlight. We must remember we truly are not in control of mother nature.
I really don’t want to live in the real life version of "Waterworld”-1995 Kevin Costner, future world after polar icecaps melt.
We humans have a great deal to learn regarding the earth and how we fit the puzzle. So far we don’t seem to respect how nature works. Yet when the earth moves under your feet (not to be confused with Carol Kings hit) we must give mother nature a second thought.
We know all the thing we need to do to be prepared for any disaster and yet we don’t do them. Well disasters do strike and we do live in earthquake country.
Don’t get caught unprepared, but don’t live in fear. Do the basics, have extra water for you and any pets. We can live without food for much longer than water.
And above all just enjoy what we have now, because we only have this moment.
As for me I have my lawn chair and my plastic kiddie pool and a great imagination.
What was that….? Oh yeah that was just the dog. I think.