michael is visiting & we were in the city during the earthquake. the earth began to rumble, the stroller lounged forward, michael & i both had our legs thrown out from under us... okay not really. you want to hear a secret? it's kind of embarrassing. as we walked nearby the washington monument that some news sources will tell you was significantly damaged in the quake... um... neither of us felt anything.
downtown was serious pandemonium as nearly every office building, museum, & memorial was evacuated onto the mall lawn. everything closed down, you couldn't get a phone call out, parks services patrol men were roping off whole blocks, yelling, & chasing after mis-stepped elderly pedestrians on horseback.
our metro ride home usually takes under a half hour. michael, the double stroller, & i were twice sardined into a train car for 2 hours and 40 minutes. blek. they had to go less than 15 mph to perform safety checks at every station & platform so we snailed along the tracks. & i fit into spot i most surely should not have fit in. it was ten times worse than any other harried, bustled city experience i have ever had. but the throngs of people we were stuck on top of were for the most part extremely friendly & played with the girls & whined & cracked jokes with us.
for some reference it looked exactly like this crowded train in pakistan. just exactly.
all things considering michael & i laughed hard all day. it was definitely memorable. & kind of a blast.
on saturday we are literally driving to meet the eye of hurricane irene & my parents a couple hours down the coast. haha probably. wish us luck.