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A little bit of shakin' goin' on

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Today at 1:24pm the blinds started swinging erratically. The window beam seemed to warp. Was this vertigo? Did someone slip us a mickey? "Hey," we called out into the cubliclesphere, "is anyone feeling an earthquake?" A yes and a no responded, then the email came from CalTech: 4.7 near Mettler, CA. Mettler is 23 miles south of Bakersfield (was Buck Owen's backyard buckling?) and 19 miles northwest of Gorman, where elks may have been perturbed in their reserve. Things quickly settled back to normal here, but really, aren't we all thinking about natural disasters these days? Did you feel the rocking and wonder if it was The Big One?