Smoking Can Make You Miss an Earthquake

Blog Post created by freeneasy on Mar 28, 2017


                Remember the earthquake that shook the east coast in August 2011?  I don't and it's because I was smoking when it happened. 

        It was a nice sunny summer day not too hot or humid just right. I was at work. I worked in a large office with about 100 other people. It was about 1:50 in the afternoon and I was at my workstation- a small cubicle with a desk, phone, and computer. Smoking was not permitted anywhere inside the building.I decided to sneak out for a quick smoke. I always tried to be very discreet when I did that because we were only supposed to leave the building during our break- which I should have taken around 3 to 330.I quickly hustled out into the parking lot in the back and took cover by my vehicle. I got my nicotine fix and reentered the building taking probably only 6 or 7 minutes, As I was making my way back to my workstation, there appeared to be a big commotion. Everyone seemed really excited but in  a weird bewildered, scary sort of way. When I got back to my desk, my supervisor walked up to me and asked if I felt that. Well, I didn't feel anything standing in the parking lot but apparently, the building swayed like crazy when the quake occurred because it's built up upon beams because it was located in an area prone to flooding. He figured out why " Aw C" mon, it hasn't even been an hour since lunch and you're outside smoking!"

        So that's my memory of the big earthquake. I got caught smoking and missed out on all the fun.