December 26th, 2008

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Rumble, Rumble

We just felt a tiny earthquake here. It undoubtedly felt less tiny to people a few dozen miles east, but there probably won't be any damage even there. Here it was more like a brief foot massage, accompanied by a deep rumbling suggesting an immense cat's purr, some rattling of various glass accoutrement's, and a bit of alarmed barking by a couple of neighborhood dogs. Had I not still been awake, I'd probably have slept through it.

We don't get earthquakes very often up here, though there are faults capable of producing some big ones. I just hope this one wasn't a fore-shock to something much bigger. It's no time of year to have something else that would knock the power out. It's enough that we have to put up with storms doing it. Plus I want my chiropractic head-yanking to take place on re-schedule next Tuesday. Anything that interfered with that would leave me majorly pissed.

24 hours is the conventional period cited by seismologists during which a larger earthquake than one that turned out to be a fore-shock remains very likely. In other words, if it doesn't happen by four o'clock Saturday morning, it probably won't happen at all. OK, nobody stamp your feet until Saturday morning! Thank you.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Various Forms of Damp

The gray cat decided to spray my back door. I know his dinner has often been late recently, and the white-faced cat has been hanging around again, but this is uncalled for. Obnoxious kitty.

The chances of something wet falling out of the sky here over the next three days have gone back up. As long as it's wet and not frozen, I won't complain. Well, I'll complain about the part that drips through leaky roof. The leaks have gotten worse. I had to empty at least two gallons from the buckets during the recent storm, and maybe three. If I could afford it, I'd just have the whole roof ripped off that addition and have a properly pitched roof installed— maybe with an open ceiling and a bay with doors at the back. This house probably wouldn't be worth upgrading, though, even if I could afford it.

Haven't felt any of the aftershocks from the early morning earthquake. They've all been too small and distant. That's something else I won't complain about.

Running late again. Oh, December.