Thursday, June 24, 2010

Godzilla, earthquakes, firemen, and not very well thought out plans....

I have a theory about all of these tiny earthquakes happening in the Great Lakes area. I think it's Godzilla waking up. I just hope I have enough popcorn when he stops hitting the snooze alarm.


-uncredited google image-

My chair shook around a bit yesterday during the tremor, and I waited a few minutes to see if there was going to be any kind of announcement... [and this may surprise some of you] ....especially reluctant to hear one along the lines of.... Attention earthlings we now have control of your planet... but all remained quiet, so I went back to work.

That moment or so spent waiting for any kind of "official" announcement reminded me of something that happened to me in my twenties. One Saturday I was in my teeny tiny house on the way west side of Cleveland on a scorching hot day. Everybody on my block was indoors with the A/C on high and the windows shut tight just waiting for the blazing hot sun to give it a rest so we could come out at nightfall and scurry like rats out to run our errands and not melt.

Suddenly the city wide warning siren went off, followed by sirens close by in the street and a male voice repeatedly making an announcement. So, of course, we all wandered out to see what was up. It turned out to be a fire engine with firemen in full HAZMAT gear going up and down the street announcing:

"Stay in your homes with your windows shut, a transformer has blown nearby and the air is filled with dangerous levels of pcb"......

10 comments:

Laura Eno said...

Hee hee! Like the nurse who wakes you out of a sound sleep to give you a sleeping pill...

I think you were only reluctant to hear the announcement of world domination by aliens speech because you hadn't put the sparklies on your tentacles yet...who wants to get caught out looking drab?

Karen from Mentor said...

Not me. That's why I rolled around yesterday in a big puddle of Elmers glue and added copious quantities of sequins. When I'm working at my desk bathed in the slanting rays of the morning sun the patterns on the ceiling are a nice effect.

*oooh... shiny*

Alan W. Davidson said...

What, no tentacles? (Just kidding!)

What would have made the HAZMAT guys really cool is if they were shouting instructions in Japanese (out of time with the movement of their lips, of course) and the ground was shaking with the approach of a large...

Karen from Mentor said...

That would have been cool. And I TRIED, I REALLY TRIED, to get through a post and a comment thread this week without mentioning tentacles just for you....laughing...

*sigh*

We work with what we know.

I was in a drama class one time and a couple of my friends were directed to do an impromptu skit using the idea of updating Romeo and Juliet into a modern day B movie...they did it as you described, and man did we fall about the place.

Helen Ginger said...

That was a great punchline. Totally made me laugh.

Straight From Hel

Tony said...

OMG - isn't that just a classic move by those trying to help?

You didn't really feel a tremor, did you? I can never figure out when you are joking. And, you used to live in Cleveland? Where are you originally from? Or is that untrue too?

Anne Tyler Lord said...

Okay, bad google again - I AM not Tony, never been Tony, but I do live with one.

Karen from Mentor said...

Hi Anne/Tony...giggle...
I was just about to tell Helen that this was a true story. [except for the godzilla part] So the firemen actually wrote the punchline FOR ME.

To answer your questions:

Yes, I felt the tremor yesterday, and yes the firemen actually did that not too wise thing and drew us all out of the comparative safety of our homes into the contaminated air way back when. [doi]

I live a bit east of Cleveland now, and years ago I lived quite a bit west of Cleveland. I've never lived in downtown Cleveland.
:0)

Cathy Olliffe said...

I felt it, too! We all ran from the building at work. Cars shook in the parking lot. The earth really did move! Maybe this is commonplace in California but not in our neck of the woods. Wot fun, eh? (as long as no one is hurt, that is!)

Karen from Mentor said...

I'm a BIG fan of thunderstorms Cathy and I like the interesting things that Mother Nature has up her sleeve in general. But I could do without earthquakes in Ohio. It just seems wrong somehow. If you live in California, you make the conscious choice [once you're an adult] to live on a land mass that could fall into the ocean at a moment's notice.

But in a nice quiet region like Ohio? Nice fall foliage is about as exotic as Mother Nature should get.

Glad godzilla didn't get you!
:0)