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Friday, October 21, 2011

"Whole Lotta Shakin'"

Yesterday, I was here...

For an afternoon rehearsal of this...
*Xerxes*  by George Freidrich Handel

I was sitting under this..

Suddenly, the building began to SHAKE!!!!  Really shake.....  two huge jarring jolts!

Our Maestro stopped the music....the few of us sitting in the audience, looked at each other, looked around....and Maestro Summers announced that "Yes, we just had an earthquake"!  I looked up at the chandelier....memories of what the 1989 Loma Prieta Quake had done to it.... but nothing was moving....  our *Diva*, Susan Graham, who was in the midst of an aria, had felt nothing!  We all laughed (nervously) and made jokes about how large a quake it had been..(it was "only a 4.2"....but as it was centered just across the Bay in Berkeley - we really felt it)!  Rehearsal did continue....  after all, the "Show Must Go On"! 

Later that night, I was in the gorgeous Castro Theater..watching a movie at the "Berlin and Beyond" Film Festival ....

When.....yes....MORE SHAKING!  

An aftershock!  But, hey, it's San Francisco...and we're *used* to this....
*trust me, one NEVER gets used to it*!

By the time I arrived home, I was tired....but made a cursory search of my place to make sure everything was still standing.... it was....so I was off to bed.  (Perchance to dream -in unshaking peace! )  A-ha-ha!


♥ Robin ♥


  1. Holey mopey, how scary. Sitting under that chandelier was not a good place to be. So happy you and everything is okay.

    Hugs for Sunshine and me.

  2. I have been thru a few not to fun earthquakes when living in SO CAL. One never gets used to them. So glad it wasnt any worse then it was.

  3. I didn't hear about this!! So glad my little sister is okay :)

    I have been so busy the past few days. I think we need to have a chat and catch up!


  4. oh so glad this wasnt worse! scary to have things shake for sure. glad you were safe and able to continue to enjoy the art feast that is San Francisco. hugs, suki

  5. oh my gosh, i heard and thought of you. i am terrified of earthquakes. having lived in california all my life (except for a few years in hawaii, where there are earthquakes and tsunamis) i can defintely say one never gets used to them. your photos show so much beauty robin, i'm glad all is well.

  6. I was so out of it yesterday, I heard no news, but this is NOT what I want to hear!!!
    Glad you're okay, and everything was fine at the theater~~especially sitting under that chandelier.....yikes....
    And no, I don't think I could EVER get used to those shakes.
    Take care FBBBFF!!!


  7. wow..glad those chandeliers stayed in their place. I hadn't heard about this quake but woohoo...glad you are OK.

  8. i was thinking about you dear twin ~ glad to hear you are ok. i would be mighty nervous sitting underneath that chandelier in a quake ~ you mention the 1989 quake - did it fall down then?

    stay safe dear robin!


    p.s. xerxes looks like it's going to be one hot opera! ;-)

  9. Oh, gee, I would have been looking up at that chandelier when the shaking started the first time!

  10. Ahhh how scary! Bet you never get used to this.
    Well next week we will shake up things so no need for an earth quake!
    Returned home from Sweden yesterday and I am tired. It was a good trip in all ways!
    Today I will just relax and sleep.
    See U Soon!!!!!

  11. I bet you don't get used to it. I sure haven't gotten used to tornadoes! Glad your place was unharmed and you were wrapped in music when it happened.

  12. you are USED to it, I would be frightened out of my skull! Glad it wasn't a bad one...eeeeeeek. lotsa hugs to you.