The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


A 6.0 earthquake hit at 3:20 am this morning, centered 20 miles east of us in Napa.  Having been through a couple of these in my life my first words were "This is bad" thinking it may be centered in San Francisco.  Instead it was north of San Francisco Bay.

Pictures on the walls are askew with one leaping to the floor.  A few cabinet doors opened and some books on shelves decided to lie down.  Sinbad was in bed with me and he bolted - to where, I don't know.  The shaking stop after what I suspect about 5 seconds (time moves real slow during an earthquake, believe me) and he soon returned for some consolation.

An early report with pictures of damage in downtown historical district of Napa can be seen here.

So, on with my day.  I am off to go watch the Santa Rosa Marathon runners this morning.  Just another day in California.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, I'll still take our earthquakes any day over your tornadoes and hurricanes, no question about it.  I've seen up close the effects of what tornadoes and hurricanes do.  No thanks!


  1. saw that 'breaking news' come across on msn and thought about a few of you i know in cali!

  2. Glad you have a good perspective and all is well with you.

  3. Glad you are okay - I thought of you when I heard the news this morning!

  4. glad your are ok and no worse for wear.

  5. I have been through a few earthquakes myself! Not a nice experience. I hope Sinbad has returned, and all is well.

  6. Believe or not John I have had earthquakes here... nothing too serious but almost shaken out of bed once.

  7. As long you as your safe, that's all that matters.

  8. Good that you are doing well and have not to much damage. The messages that are arriving here shows still a lot of damage on buildings and so. Still it must be a bad experience.

  9. Good to hear you came through without major mishap. It woke up both me and the missus in San Francisco. One picture in a standing frame fell off a bookcase, but that was it. I'd love to know where Sinbad went. :)


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