EDIT: Right before I left work today, Chauncey got there and I overheard him telling Rich that his unit is being mobilized. I’m gonna cry.
So Matt was in preferred today, I didn’t think I was going to get to see him. I was sad. I asked Jorge if we could take our lunch together and he said no. Apparently all of our supervisors think we’re together. To prove to Jorge that he doesn’t know what’ going on with who, I told him about me and Jim. Apparently we WOULDN’T have gotten in trouble had we actually dated. Good to know. Not that it’s relevant. Anyway, I went to lunch and turned around at one point and guess who was behind me. I win. Erik was the one in charge of sending Matt to lunch. It was really good timing though haha.
After rehearsal tonight, Kate, Shellie, and I went to Olandos. I wrote like 6 weeks back about a waiter there, Ryan, who flirted with me. Well yeah, he was there tonight and Shellie and Kate gave him my number while I was in the bathroom. Very funny, guys. You suck. I hate you. Find your own rides to and from rehearsal from now on .
K so apparently the earthquake was bigger than I thought (Btw, look at what I have listed for my song that is playing haha). I’m’a share Erica’s story and then I’ll post the article from dailyherald.com. Erica said she came home drunk last night just after 1:00am and she layed in her bed and it started rocking back and forth and she thought it was in her head. She was so excited when she heard us saying there was an earthquake haha. Okay here is the article…
Updated: 4.5 quake rattles Midwest
Associated Press (updated 1:30 p.m.)
Posted Monday, June 28, 2004
Associated PressA brief earthquake struck the Midwest early today, rattling windows and awakening sleeping residents from Wisconsin south to Missouri and from southwestern Michigan west to Iowa.
No injuries were reported from the quake, which occurred about 1:11 a.m. CDT.
The quake was felt by residents throughout the north and northwest suburbs.
Brian Lassige, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado, said the quake was magnitude 4.5, and its epicenter was about eight miles northwest of Ottawa in northern Illinois, close to the small village of Troy Grove. The rural area is about 70 miles west of Chicago.
Did you feel the quake? Tell us! Early responses below
Lassige said earthquakes in that area are rare, but have occurred before. He said quakes have been recorded there in 1881, 1912 and 1972.
The geological survey said the three-second quake occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles in a structure associated with the Sandwich Fault Zone. It was not connected with the New Madrid Fault further south, which has been responsible for the Midwest’s most serious earthquakes.
Initial reports indicated no major damage from the temblor, although police agencies and radio stations within the quake area were inundated with telephone calls.
“It was mayhem around here for a while,” said Pattie Burke, a dispatcher for the Ottawa Police. “We had more than 200 calls from residents in a short period of time, all of them wanting to know what had happened. A lot of them seemed to think a truck had crashed into their house.
“Here in the station, it felt like an aircraft was about to crash right here.”
The quake was felt at three nuclear power plants in Illinois: Quad Cities, LaSalle and Dresden.
Craig Nesbit, a spokesman for the Exelon Corp., which owns the three generating stations, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared an “unusual alert” for all of them, although there appeared to be no damage.
“All of them were operating 100 percent, and no problems were reported, but we did a check of all safety systems,” Nesbit said.
Nesbit said the three stations supply electrical power for several million Illinois residents.
Reports of the shaking came from at least as far east as Valparaiso, Ind., and as far west as the Quad Cities, and from Wisconsin in the north to the St. Louis area in the south.
Gary Spaulding of Marseilles, Ill., said he was relaxing in his mobile home when the quake struck.
“It was like somebody shot off dynamite,” said Spaulding, who added that his cat leaped out of his lap and would still not come near him two hours later.
“I thought maybe a tree hit my trailer,” Spaulding said. “I’ve got a dead tree in my yard.”
Jeff Biesemeier of Freeport, Ill., said his whole house “was just vibrating.”
Joe Knapp of Delafield, Wis., just west of Milwaukee, said he was asleep and awoke when the bed began shaking.
“Everything was just rolling back and forth,” Knapp said.
Here are some early responses to our Daily Herald online earthquake survey. A complete story with more loacal reaction will be in Tuesday’s Daily Herald.
“You might not believe it,” begins Lisa, of Arlington Heights but an hour before I went to sleep . . . I happend to be finshing up a speech I had to write for oral communication on the San Francisco earthquake of 1989, which is really surprising because I went to sleep thinking it over and before I knew it my dog started to bark at the foot of my bed and the house began to shake, rattling the doors. Pretty cool, right?”
A Batavia resident told us: “I thought someone had slammed a door in my house, but the shaking kept going and it was a little too much to be a door slam. Then I thought Fermi Lab was up to something fishy! Then the handles on my dresser drawers started rattling and it slowly started to come to me that it was probably an earthquake.”
“I woke up because the glass cabinets in my bedroom were making noise,” wrote an Aurora resident. “Then I felt the bed move…”
Alex, of Bartlett, said: “It felt like a freight train passed over my house and the house was shaking. It happened twice for about four seconds each time. My brother and I were scared and looked outside but there was nothing so then we went back to sleep.”
“I was watching a movie at around 1:10am when I felt the entire house shake,” wrote a Naperville resident. “It sounded as if giants were running over the top of my house, shaking it.”
Kathleen Brej, of Long Grove, offered: “It woke me up and the house shook for about 20 seconds…The patio doors were rattling a bit. It was very scarey. The vibrations were felt while I lie in bed… It was the first time that I experienced an earthquake. I thank God we are getting a reminder that he loves us.”
“My bed shook along with items in my closet,” wrote a Palatine resident. “I didn’t know what was happening and since I live very close to railroad tracks, I thought it was a heavy freight going by.”
“I woke up and my bed was shaking and then I put my hand on the wall, and it felt like the house was shaking,” wrote a Hanover Park girl. “I woke up my parents and they told me it must of been a bad dream. Yeah, right!”
At 1:10 a.m I was laying on my couch and it shook.” said Julie Schmidt of Libertyville. “It wasn’t very strong, but enough to notice. It happened twice, each incident lasting only a couple of seconds and both just a couple of seconds apart.”
Brian Fleck, of Maregno, told us: “I was sitting there watching TV and all the sudden my door starting shaking and I was ready to start believing in ghosts right there.”
“My window was rattling and the bed was shaking and rattling,” wrote Marijo Hunt of Schaumburg. “I thought I was crazy or that my room was possesed. I’m so relieved to hear it was real!”
“Our house began to shake as though a big freight train was passing nearby, except without the noise” wrote Rick Hess, Bartlett.
A Des Plaines resident told us: “I was asleep and awakened by the trembles. The house was shaking similar to someone standing in front of a bed and shaking it. Having been in the Seattle 7.0 earthquake three years ago, the memory came back instantly and I jumped out of bed. I didn’t think it was local, I just thought to myself: ‘This has got to be some huge earthquake somewhere else for the tremors to get this far.'”
Liz Cook of Carpentersville wrote: “I woke up to it at exactly 1:11 a.m. My cat scratched at the my door and wanted to lay next to me. You definately could feel the shakes.”
“It was surprising,” wrote Cuillerlmo Coix of St. Charles, “since at exactly the time it hit I was praying and I asked the Lord to give me a sign that he was hearing my prayer, then the whole house started to shake. At first I did not do anything, but after the shaking got a little stronger and lasted more than 15 seconds, I said, OK Lord, you are listening.”
“I felt my bed move and my cat jumped off the bed,” wrote a Carol Stream woman. “Then I heard my shower doors clanking together for what felt like a few seconds. I thought it was a large truck driving by or a plane over the roof of my house.”