Shakin’ All Over

Last Updated on: 25th February 2017, 03:02 pm

So I’m sitting here looking for food fights and dick jokes to post when suddenly…

Shake shake shake.

“What the hell? Why am I trembling? Do I have the shakes,” I think to myself. “No, don’t be stupid.

Wobble wobble wobble.

“Well then if I don’t have the shakes, what the fuck is wrong with this chair? It looks fine.”


“Man, that’s one big train or something out there…but why can’t I hear it?


“Ok, what the huh? What is this, an earthquake?”

Nothing. Normalcy returns.

“Strange. Wonder what that was about. Probably my imagination playing tricks on me. But was it an earthquake? No freakin way, you live in Ontario, for Christ’s sake. We don’t get earthquakes here, at least not big ones.”

Then my email goes off. I look and the first thing I see is a CBC news alert. “Tremors Reported In Ontario” it says, or at least I think that’s what it said. It was something like that, but I was too shocked to remember exactly.

I check my CBC RSS feeds, but there’s nothing there, at least not about that. There was however a big story onBP’s latest bit of incompetence.

I try to give Carin a call. she’s out on a walk with Trixie and has been gone a while, should probably check on her anyway. No answer.

I check the feeds again and there it is.Quake rocks Ontario, Quebec.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has hit Ontario, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tremors were reportedly felt as far away as Montreal, Boston and Cleveland.

The first tremor hit at 1:40 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Buildings in Toronto and Ottawa were evacuated in the minutes following the tremors.

We live in Guelph, about an hour and a half or so from Toronto, which might explain why what I felt was quite a bit smaller and nobody was shitting their pants.

Just as I’m starting this post, Carin comes home. she tells me she had some adventures, and I ask if any of them involved feeling an earthquake.

“No…no earthquake,” she says. “Wait, we had an earthquake?”

“Yeah we did, and I felt it!”

I’m thinking now that I probably felt it more because I was up higher, on the 6th floor of an apartment building. I don’t know a lot about earthquakes and how they’re felt, but that makes sense to me.

so yeah…my very first earthquake! We’ve had them here before, but this is the first time I’ve ever felt one. It was, for lack of a better word, odd. I’m not sure where it was centred, but it couldn’t have been here since I would have thought a 5.5 would raise a lot more hell than this.

Did any of you feel this thing? If so, where are you and what was the experience like? I’d love to know.

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