Friday, February 29, 2008

Blame Tiff

Yes... Kath's off the hook this time, but this was too good to pass up, so I'm shamelessly stealing it from Tiff. Enjoy!


Thursday, February 21, 2008


Yup... details to follow, erm... sometime today.


Ok... the details of my harrowing experience.

Be mindful, that I'm not technically a earthquake virgin. When the big one hit Challis back in the early 80's I was around and it popped my cherry. Unfortunately, I was on the school bus and didn't feel a damn thing. Didn't even know that there'd been an earthquake until I got to school and everyone was talking about it. So my first time, well... it was nothing special.

Now we come to today. It was early in the morn... about quarter after 7... and I was lying in my bed contemplating the greatest question in the universe. "Do I really have to get up today?" to which the answer was, obviously "YES!!!" because just about then my house started shimmering like it does when there is a strong wind gust, but something was a bit different. Then, my bed, which I was lying in, started beating itself against the wall and I was able to deduce that it probably wasn't a windstorm.

Bam, bam, Bam, BAm, BAM!

And then... it was over. Wham bam thank you ma'am. It didn't even stick around to cuddle. I was so hurt... do you think it'll call?

It was over so quickly that it took a few seconds to actually realize that it was an earthquake. Of course my mind doesn't immediately jump to "earthquake" on the scale of experiences to rely on, so I cut it a little slack.

Turns out... it was a fairly decent quake. It was a 6.3 and was centered just east of Wells Nevada. We heard through the grapevine that at Donna's Ranch (the local brothel) there in Wells, the beds were a shakin' something fierce this morning. Did a fair amount of damage too. I can't find any real stories yet, but here's the map.

The aftershocks are still happening I guess. That map shows one happening just a few minutes ago in Utah. The California folk are probably laughing their asses off right now at all of us, much like we do with them when they stop to take pictures of "wildlife", but it's pretty rare for this part of the world.

So... there you go. Do you see now why I let the suspense build this morning? I had to because the real thing wasn't all that and a bag of chips around here...

Here's some TV news stories, if anyone's still interested.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

And the Winner Is...

Not me. In case you were wondering...

But the good news is that I don't have the worst experiences in travel. So that should make me feel better.

Congrats to the winners of the TravelHell contest. Damn shame I didn't win first place though... I had a feeling that it was going to be a T-Shirt from Sunny made with Swarovski crystals (which it was), and I knew just exactly what it was going to say, and who I was going to send it to.

Damn shame...