To My Shame, I Forgot This Anniversary

But for the victims, there is no forgetting, no “moving on”.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    Thank you, Mark, for remembering. My family suffered through crooked pictures on the walls, and some of my late mother’s Hummels moved as much as three and a half inches in their tchotchke cabinet. I’m happy to say that now, two years later, we’re finally finding some healing.

  • A.P. Hill

    Not to be the old fuddy-duddy in the room, but despite this graphic, the earthquake actually did do a great deal of damage to non-lawn chair structures (to the tune of $15 million in damage to the Washington Monument, $20 million to the National “Cathedral”, etc.). I know us wusses over here on the East Coast don’t know what *real* earthquakes are like, but cut us some slack here.

  • John Barnes

    The people who did this will hear from all of us soon.

  • Joe

    The image of the tipped over lawn chair still makes tears well up in my eyes.

  • contrarian

    Yes yes, you left coasters roll your eyes. But I gotta say. Here in NYC, I was *freaking out* when my desk started to gently shake for about five seconds.

    Ok, now that I’m reading that….you can keep rolling your eyes.

  • Stu

    I was in a meeting on the fifth deck of the NATO HQ in Norfolk. At that height, you could feel the entire building sway. After it passed, the meeting resumed. At which point I said, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but we just had the entire building shake from side-to-side. I’m leaving.” Everyone followed me out. Still makes me chuckle.

    • Gary Keith Chesterton

      I was at DARPA headquarters in Arlington. As we evacuated, I overheard “Someone must have sat on the control panel of that secret earthquake machine we have in the basement.”

      • Stu

        [cipher]I always thought they kept that under the hot dog stand at the very center of the Pentagon, one floor above the alien bodies. [/cipher]

  • Tom

    My grandfather, the 90 year-old man next door, and I were the only ones not to feel it.

    • enness

      Don’t worry, I was genuinely shocked when a man came out of the building I was sitting in front of and asked if I felt the earthquake (they had some stuff fall off shelves inside).