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DC Earthquake 2011

It seemed like an ordinary day in DC…. tried a new place for lunch :)  

Was consumed with reading software design documents………. when all of a sudden it sounded like some construction on was going on above our office.  My other office mates and I were like… What is that?  Then the floor started shaking.  I thought maybe a truck had hit the building.  Then people started flying by our office to the stairs…………. Then the fire alarm started going off… Panic!!!

Grabbed my purse….. had to go back for my phone :)   Flew down the steps… luckily I was only on the 3rd floor.  Got outside…. started looking around….  Thought maybe the construction crew across the street had maybe hit something….. Then txt messages from friends were rapid fire… “Earthquake!!”.  Then network went dead.

People were all over Metro Center….. Sirens…. traffic started getting crazy.  We were outside for about 40 minutes….

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I walked down to the Metro… to make sure it was running……. Answer.. Yes…. its running…….. Slowly.

Went back to my office……… Fire alarm was still going off…. So I decided I’m out of here!  (Nice to be salaried again… I can leave and still get paid. :P )

Metro Center was packed……. Oh boy here we go I thought.  An Orange train came thru about 6 minutes later, but it was too packed for me to get on………… Blue came thru about 5 minutes later….. made sure I got on, even though it was packed.  Slow going… 15 MPH…. but I switched at Potomac Ave to Orange, got to Cheverly, which was packed because of a track problem that had initiated shuttle service from Stadium Armory (before I came thru). Came  down the escalator to find a The Bus arriving…. Score!! It was packed…. but it got me home.  Total trip…… 90 minutes…. not too bad (usually takes about 40).

The damage………….. beloved Pearl Jam poster … knocked over and glass broken….

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Alex Semin bobblehead decapitated :(   Nicklas Backstrom Bobblehead…. broken stick…..

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I can get the poster reframed, and I think I can glue Sasha’s head back on……….

Madison the cat was freaked out….. proabaly because I kept yelling at her to get back downstairs while I cleaned up the glass.  When I did finally get the glass cleaned up… I picked up Madison and gave her a big hug… then went to put her down, but she was holding on for dear life :)

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