Saturday Uncertainty

We have had a very nice week here in Arizona at our Little House in San Tan Valley, Arizona.  We’ve celebrated birthdays, visited with friends, visited an art museum, been out to dinner at a very nice seafood restaurant (a gift from little housemy daughter and her husband) and been to the movies.  And we’ve shampooed the carpets and had a leaky irrigation system repaired.  And now we’re trying to decide whether to pack up and head home today or hang around in hopes of having our grandkids (and their parents) over for a barbeque tonight.  Adding to the uncertainty is that two of the grandkids were not feeling well when we babysat for them last night.  I could probably use a break at home (our Big House in California is indeed home) before getting ready for my appointment with our tax accountant next Saturday.  And we’re naturally wondering if we had any damage from the magnitude 5.3** earthquake that hit nearby Brea, California, yesterday.  What to do?  Saturday Uncertainty.

courtesy nydailynews.com

courtesy nydailynews.com

Looking on the internet, I found pictures of store aisles littered with fallen fallen bottles and packages and … according to the New York Daily News … Broken glass, gas leaks, water main breaks and a rockslide were reported near the epicenter.   However, our California friends on Facebook are reporting nothing but one hard jolt followed by 30 seconds of shaking.  Besides, our son would let us know if there was any damage.  Wouldn’t he?  No response to my text so far, though.  No, he’s not lying unconscious under a fallen beam.  He did text to tell me that our internet connection wasn’t working.  After forty years inseismo California, earthquakes don’t send us scrambling in fear anymore but I’m happy to have missed this one.   Scientists, of course, are saying that this quake … following as it does a 4.4 magnitude shake last week … could be a sign of a larger one to come.   I’ve commented here before on the delight scientists (particularly those involved in inexact sciences like earthquake or climate prediction) take in using any event to get in the news by reminding us of their most dire predictions, the point being that on other days, they say that smaller quakes relieve the tension in the earth’s crust preventing a larger quake.  Sort of like a geological Xanax, don’t you know.

Now, late breaking news, a text from my daughter.  We’d love to come to your house for a barbeque.  We’re staying.  Now, what to make for dinner.  Saturday Uncertainty.

Have a great weekend.

** A little perspective for those from earthquake free zones:  The 1987 5.9 magnitude Whittier Narrows quake killed eight people and caused $360 million in damage.  While the difference between 5.3 qnd 5.9 may not sound like much, the Richter Scale used to measure earthquake magnitude is a logarithmic scale.  A 5.9 quake is four times stronger than a 5.3.

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3 Comments on “Saturday Uncertainty”

  1. B Says:

    We really miss the weather, but don’t miss the earthquakes. Glad you’re in AZ for this one.

  2. cherperz Says:

    I saw the news reports this morning and it does look like the earthquake managed to leave some messes behind. Nearly every region has some sort of threat associated with either natural disasters or man-made disasters (such as areas prone to fire). Hope you didn’t sustain any damage at the CA house. How nice it is that you have a secondary home close to your daughter’s family.

  3. territerri Says:

    Glad you were able to enjoy one more day with your daughter and her family. I know how much you enjoy your time with them.


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