I was sitting here a couple of hours ago, working on a review for Macworld. All of a sudden, I felt the building begin to shake with an earthquake. What amused me was my instant reaction: I didn’t jump up and get in a doorway. Nor did I head for the exit. No, I immediately pressed Command-S to save my document in Word. Now, that’s a true writer’s reflex.
It wasn’t that big of a quake, and when I chatted up Dori in her office, she hadn’t even felt it. I said, “It felt like about a 4.” Not bad; it turned out to be a magnitude 4.4. Just call me the Human Seismograph.
Oh, and I made my deadline for the review.
Special Earthquake Tip Update: Via our old friend Jim Rea:
KCET recently had a show about earthquake preparedness. It turns out
that doors and exits are the wrong places to go anyway. Best bet —
under a strong table where you’ll be protected from falling objects.
Doors are bad because they are weak spots in the building structure.
Now, I know. Thanks, Jim!