10/15/2013 (1873)

No blog yesterday.
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
Earthquake in Cebu. 7.2 on the Richter Scale
At about 8:15 this morning we had a major earthquake. The epicenter was located 36 miles SE of Cebu on the Island of Bohol. Things were rocking and a rolling for nearly a minute. Everything was moving and people were hollering and screaming everywhere. The water was bouncing out of the tops of several pails of water that my brother-in-law had filed with water sitting in front of his house. In the yard next door there were two drinking water dispensers with 5 gallon jugs of water that were leaking water at the base of the neck of the bottles caused from the bottles bouncing up an down on the dispenser. We didn’t have any leakage from the water dispenser inside our house though. I have been in a few earthquakes in my life, but this was by far the worst and longest I have experienced. Surprisingly there was very little damage in our area. There were several vases that fell onto the floor in our upstairs bedrooms that broke and we had a few wall cracks in several of our apartments that we have for Bernadette’s family.  Else where in the area there was some damage. I heard reports that 20 folks were killed. Not sure how true that story is though. We will find out more tomorrow from the local papers. Local English media news coverage is pretty lacking here.
We have had a lot of aftershocks all day. About an hour ago we had a pretty big one. Sitting at my computer there has been a steady flow of tremors vibrating my chair for the past several hours. We never lost power, but we don’t have any running water. We are using bottled drinking water for bathing etc.
PS – As I am sending this out, our running water has been restored.
                 Local mall in Cebu following today’s earthquake
Cebu 1 Cebu 2
Rita, I got your birthday on the right day this time. Hope you are having a good one. Gary
Happy Birthday Rita Parisien Anderson (DHS ’73): New Rockford, ND
Joke of the day
Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 KPH.
Says he to himself: “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”
So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies, two in the front seat and three in the back…wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “you weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly…Twenty-two kilometers an hour!” …the old woman says a bit proudly.

The officer explains that 22 is the highway number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman smiles and thanks the officer for pointing out her error.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask…Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken, and they haven’t made a peep this whole time,” the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute, officer. We just got off Highway 189.”