As a Southerner, born and raised, and a DC resident, I NEVER expected in a million years to experience an earthquake on this side of the country. A hurricane, a snow storm, possibly a tornado, but NEVER was an earthquake on my radar. So imagine my surprise when my building started to shake yesterday. I was home, minding my own business, baking some chops, and then my house started to move…and wouldn’t stop. The shakes were accompanied by a noise that got louder and louder. The only casualty was a beautiful black elephant a former co-worker gave me as a gift. 😦 I loved that daggone elephant, I just hope I can replace it. It didn’t dawn on me that what I experienced was an earthquake until I got online and checked Twitter. (I know, social media.) Thankfully, there were not any human lives lost or injured. I was very happy that I was not on a bridge. I would have been scared out of my mind.
So, I went to my PT job last night and was asked to sit in the Security office for a spell. “Why?” you may ask; well, I’ll tell you. There was a young lady who was in custody for shoplifting, and they needed a woman in the office until a parent came to pick her up. As I was trying to appear that I wasn’t paying attention, my heart broke seeing this young girl, in her school uniform, sitting on a bench with handcuffs on her. It took everything in me to not react when I first walked in and saw what I saw. I do have to commend the head of security as he talked to her and tried to tell her the error of her ways. It seemed as if she was a good kid who got caught up. Unfortunately, kids stealing (or trying to steal) for my job is nothing new, but I was happy that I was able to witness him imparting some wisdom on this young girl. I just hope she gets it.
Yesterday was filled with too many emotions. After a good night’s rest, I feel much better. And the highlight of my day yesterday? I got called for an interview, which will be this afternoon! So say a prayer and wish me luck! Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
- 5.9 Earthquake hits DC area, watch it take place on Twitter (americablog.com)