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Hi everyone!  Currently, I sit in a hotel room in Washington, D.C. in the middle of Hurricane Irene.  I have been here on a work trip this week, and on Tuesday was able to experience my first earthquake.  A 5.9!  Can we say natural disasters???

I sit here now hoping not to lose power.  I don’t think Irene has gotten too bad here in DC, at least not yet.  And to be honest, I am not really keeping up with it in the news, either.  Jake and my mom both keep giving me some updates, but the way I see it, I can’t really do anything about it at this point, so I may as well not worry about it.  And just hope not to lose power.  Which I haven’t yet!  I have stocked up on some food and water, though.  Ya know, just in case.

As for the earthquake, it was, in a word, terrifying.  Probably the most scared I’ve ever been.  A close second would be that time that a guy broke into our front window scaring us half to death, only to find out he thought he was at his sister’s home.  WHAT?

Anyway, the earthquake was terrifying.  Of course, being in a building belonging to a government agency in our nation’s capital, in a part of the country rarely experiencing this natural shaking of the earth under our feet, an earthquake was most definitely not the first thing to enter our minds that it could be.

I’d guess the shaking lasted around 30 seconds, though it felt like 5 minutes.  As soon as it was over, someone screamed, “Get out of the building!”  Of course, I didn’t know where to go once I was out of the building, so I found someone I recognized and followed them.  Thank goodness too, because the office’s designated meeting place was obviously blocks away, and I’d have never found the group in all the swarms of people outside.

So, yeah.  Exciting times!  I can’t wait to be home.

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