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Things that actually happen on the Pacific Rim
SSar's Beast
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08:55 - get into office, put cup of coffee down, start computer, open up jEdit, Excel, Word, batchgeo, email, also #yulechat

09:00 - fire alarm gives off a single beep. No more. They do that all the time in testing. Poke head out door: all well.

09:06 - large earthquake, brief moment of thinking 'Is that construction? NO IT ISN'T' - library basement is apparently below main shielding?

(Earthquake was close, shallow, 5.7.)

09:08ish - fire alarm goes off for real, naturally, because there is now an acetylene gas cylinder fire in the library.

12:42 - back in the library working on the large project due TODAY. Argh!

(Good things: Haven't seen any reports of injury. Epicenter was in the Strait. It wasn't Christchurch. [Lately whenever I feel an earthquake, I worry that the epicenter is far away and the force there is correspondingly greater.])

(Other good things: They were actually able to tell us at 10:30 that we were unlikely to get back in until at least noon, so I walked down to the city and over to S/S/Z/F's flat. Everyone was home, somewhat to my surprise.

It was an interesting sensation, wandering around without wallet, keys, phone - without anything except a normal set of clothes, my office swipe pass, and a coffee cup. It made me miss the calling-card set-up I had when I first came to the city. That card was merely a set of numbers, the dialling of which allowed me to make calls from pay phones that were charged to my home account. I memorised the number, of course, and it made me feel weirdly powerful to walk out of the house with nothing and still have the ability to place a call with my own funds, by walking up to a machine and making it do things based on information I alone carried.

I abandoned that system when I got a cellphone. I still have my credit card number memorised, though.)


ETA: Finished Giant Project, emailed it to boss, and left office at 01:50.
Those last few hours of just Getting Stuff Done were great. That feeling has been absent in my usual jobs, and it felt so good just to see the goal and smoothly work through the steps towards it. As to the quality of the project, who can say, but I'm happy. What a long day.

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We got a baby one yesterday and I always wonder the same thing (whether it's a horribly huge one super far away like 3/11/11). Glad things are okay!

Thanks! And I'm glad yours also wasn't a horribly huge one far away, this time.

PS, did you see http://fic-corner.livejournal.com? I don't know if it's super your thing or how busy you'll be for that period, but one Gordon Korman novel is already nominated...


fire alarm gives off a single beep. No more. They do that all the time in testing. Poke head out door: all well.
I totally have the same reaction. The fire alarm goes off occasionally (I suspect burnt toast or a super steamy shower) but it always makes me jump. And it's happened enough that I'll actually think it's the fire alarm starting when I hear the sound of dishes clattering against something metal, which sounds really similar. Same procedure--stick head out door in vain hopes I'll see what's going on :p

That's a lot of excitement packed in like ten minutes! I'm glad the earthquake was not too bad.

Heh! Yeah, it's always worth checking.

In my case, the fire alarm usually gives off a single beep because someone from building management has wandered casually into the main room of the Press and is fiddling with it. I wish they wouldn't, but they think of the the Press as a random thoroughfare filled with cool machines, and I think of it as my/my boss's dungeon, and there is some incongruence in these views.

Thanks.

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