Sunday, October 17, 2010

21 years ago today

There was a earthquake in San Francisco. Normally, this day has come and gone before I realize it.

Today, the similarities and differences struck me. October 17. 1989 was a hot day(SF standards,) it was muggy, and there was a slight smog in the air.
I was a full-time student during the day and worked a night shift from 3pm-12 midnight. The night-shift looked forward to 5:00pm, because the day shift departed and the building got quiet.

Well, this day, at 5:00pm the building began to shake. I duked under one of the old wooden desk. I didn't get up until the building stopped moving.
We went outside to the parking lot across the street. There was a head count to make sure the night shift was accounted for.

We discovered that a brick wall on the 6th street of the building had collapsed. A lot of our cars had been damaged. Some were crushed and resembled metal suitcases. One woman from the day-shift lost her life when the wall collapsed.

***SIDE NOTE***My car was famous! My godmother called the next day and told us to turn on the Sh.ow. There was my car. It has risen in the air and landed on a pile of bricks from wall that collapsed.

Fast forward 2010******

It began raining this morning as I prepared for work. I look forward to 5:00pm today, because the library closes and I get to leave for the day.

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