Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Yesterday around 2 o'clock the ground started to shake a bit while I was at my desk. At first I thought it was my building working on something as our building is getting renovated, but then it really started to shake. I work 2 blocks from the Capital and thought for a split second that we may be under attack, until my coworker from CA yelled: "Earthquake!" My cube walls were really shaking and almost fell in and the building felt like it was swaying back and forth. Our building evacuated and while going down the stairs I had some lady panicking yelling "move it, move it."

I tried calling Jason, but there was no cell service and my texts were not going through either. However, twitter was still working and the twits with earthquake were flooding in. I forgot to bring my house keys and snuck back in our building to get them. Once I came back out the side walks were lined with office workers. It was about 2:30 by this point and I figured we were not getting let back into our building anytime soon and went into the garage to get my bike. I felt bad for a lot of my co-workers because they either van pool, ride the metro, or the marc home and they were all looking at me with envy of my commute home! I must say living in DC rules!!! Some of them did not get home till 8 last night.

My commute was still interesting though. I usually ride past the Capital, but they had all the streets blocked. I tired to go one way or another and everything just seemed to be blocked. There was tons of people lining the sidewalks and I def could not ride my bike, so I was just walking it on the sidewalk. I finally got to Mass Ave by Union Station which was open. There was so much traffic in the roads though that I really didn't want to risk riding in the road and get ran over by a manic, so I continued to walk my bike on sidewalk. People were fleeing the city like we just got attacked by aliens! Eventually I was able to get into a bike lane and ride the rest of my way home. It took my a half hour to get home, which isn't bad all.

Once home, some pictures had fallen downstairs and more pictures / nic nacks had fallen upstairs off our build-ins. There was glass all over the place from frames breaking and my poor kiwi was no were to be found. She usually meets me at the door or comes when I call her name, but I had to search for her. She was hiding under the bed and wouldn't come out. The poor thing was still so scared. So, I scooped her up and loved her!
I still really wanted to do Conte's Hills, but there was no way I was going to brave the traffic on such a crazy day. And riding my bike over there is not an option for me because I'm dead by the time I get there then. I thought and thought about it, but then saw my neighbors having an earthquake party. So instead of riding I pulled out my chair on my porch and joined them in having a beer and chit chatting. It was a great evening with good times and lots of laughs. It was nice to feel like I have a life outside of working out.

At least I did manage to run a 5k (splits were 8:06, 7:57, and 7:50..whoot) on my lunch before all the mayhem happened, so the day was not a total workout failure. I will def. be riding tonight after work.

How was your earthquake day?? Hope everyone was ok.

Happy Wed All!

1 comment:

  1. I was so happy to have a bike too! Remember when the metro trains crashed a few years ago? I had ridden that day and I'm sure saved hours on my commute...everyone should ride their bikes