Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

It’s all over the news, but for those of you who haven’t heard yet, there was a 5.2-5.4 magnitude quake in southern Illinois this morning, and yes, we felt it up here. Given I’ve already fielded one phone call and a couple emails from friends who don’t live in the region, I thought I’d go ahead and post a note saying yes, everything is fine here. I appreciate the notes of concern!

The quake shook our house pretty good, and I wasn’t sure if some heavy vehicles were rolling through (highly unlikely on our street) or if it was indeed a quake. It woke the Wife and I, but the kids all slept through it. I’m sure that’ll be the big topic at school today, though.

Not that I’ll hear any of it; I took a vacation day to hang out with John, who is at that tail end of his vacation. We’ll be hanging out, browsing places full of big, shiny, electronics like Best Buy and Fry’s, and no doubt dropping by to visit New Trends for a cigar. If I’m really lucky, one of them will have the new Canon Digital Rebel XSi in stock.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. James O'Hagan says:

    I grew up in San Francisco. Was at game 3 of the WS when the Loma Prieta quake hit.

    Call me when a real earthquake happens… if your phone still works!


  2. Mike says:

    That’s what I’ve been telling people: “This is Illinois, not California! 5.4 is barely a hiccup.”

    Only reason it’s news is because we live on a flat pancake of land and the tremors travel on forever.

  3. John U says:

    Glad to hear you’re fine. Never thought you weren’t. {grin}

    I think, next time I shop a camera, I’ll be looking for a DSLR with infrared capabilities.

  4. Mike says:

    To my knowledge, there is no such animal as an infrared DSLR. Infrared in digital is usually accomplished through software.

    Apparently you can get a camera converted, but it’s a one-way conversion according to this site.