Thursday, September 23, 2021

A Covid distraction day

It seems our earthquake became world wide news. It was around 9.15am here and I was loading the dishwasher. R who was sitting in a lounge chair said something and I couldn't hear him above what I thought was a very loud truck or helichopper. Impolitely I said "what?", and he asked in a panicked voice, what's happening? 

Our sherry decanter is Waterford crystal, bought in the early 80s duty free in Christchurch, New Zealand. The glass port decanter cost much less and doesn't seem to have flat base. The port decanter rattled away on top of the glass topped drinks trolley and then I realised it was an earthquake. R thought he was having a heart attack, and others did too. Sister said it made her feel quite sick.

Official earthquake advice tells us to get under a table or desk. There wasn't really time. It was seconds of quaking not minutes. And with a glass desk and dining table, we need to think of alternatives to those, lest we be sliced in half by broken glass.

Meanwhile it was a shocking day in Melbourne with a few construction workers protesting, along with far right folk, neo nazis, anti vaxxers and anti lockdowners. It was nasty. Rubber bullets were fired. Ex Sis in Law called to tell us to stay inside as the protestors were close to us just five minutes walk away. I had taken my afternoon walk and stopped not within sight of the protest site of  The Shrine for coffee and I wasn't far away at all and I could hear the hovering tv news chopper. 

About 10 o'clock Sister called to find out if we felt the earth move. She had just called Mother to check on her and Mother just thought it was a loud vehicle passing by. We joked that the quake was in sync with Mother's shaking and that is why she didn't notice. 

A Victorian period building not too far away suffered falling brickwork but otherwise damage was very minor. I checked an app to see if trams were disrupted in Chapel Street and they were. The street is closed. I then checked Twitter to see what Yarra Trams had posted and I came across a Tweet I found amusing, cleverly connecting the riotous protest and the quake. It is slightly rephrased by me.

Protesters at 9am: Today we're gonna shake up this city.

Mother Earth at 9.15: Hold my beer.

37 comments:

  1. Love the tweet, and am glad that you are unaffected by the quake.

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    1. EC, I wish I was clever enough to invent a tweet like that.

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  2. LOL at the tweet. Those protests sound worrisome. Glad that you, R, and the Waterford all made it through.

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    1. Good tweet, isn't it Debby. Sadly the dishwasher has taken its toll on the Waterford.

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    2. YOU PUT YOUR WATERFORD IN THE DISHWASHER??????!!!!

      *Stops to imagine...*

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  3. It was certainly an interesting few seconds. Husband was out with the dogs and didn't hear or feel a thing. I was in the bathroom and the shower screen was wobbling all over and I thought the colourbond roof was going to lift off. Someone referred to it as the Dan Andreas Fault! Loving all the tweets and memes. The protesters are being made to look rather foolish when nursing and teaching unions conduct themselves with such dignity and compassion.

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    1. Caro, Dan Andreas Fault is clever. Yeah, generally most follow and understand the rules and the importance of being vaccinated. Construction workers seem a bit strange. My Mother once told she won't be able to visit the hairdresser without being double vaccinated has now decided to get the jabs.

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  4. I admit to giggle several times while reading this. Thank you. It's been one of those days. We heard all the news which also included a video of the Falcon leaving her nest for a bit. Glad that not glass was broken and you and R are okay!

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    1. Thanks Maribeth. Yes, I saw on the news the falcon flying away in alarm. I am not sure if it was the male or female.

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  5. Is Earthquake common there? I know New Zealand has them. My one son and his wife was heading to New Zealand and a earth quake hit. Plans was change instead.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. No Dora, not at all, but we do occasionally have them. New Zealand is on a fault line and has quakes often. That would have been the 2011 New Zealand earthquake. It was a shocker.

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  6. It’s strange being up here and disconnected from all the happenings back home.
    A few years back (2016 I think) there was a ‘quake up here during the winter - I was sitting on the beach and felt the sand ‘moving about’. A very strange feeling. Good to hear you both are recovered and can have a little laugh over it.

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    1. Cathy, it seems funny to me how people were alarmed. I just thought, ok, an earth tremor and continued to laod the dishwasher. When you are older, you do need some black humour at times.

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  7. I've only experienced one once, and I thought that it must have been something akin to a Centurion Tank rolling past the house.

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    1. That's a good description Cro.

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  8. I'm told the earthquake was also felt in Adelaide, but no one I know felt anything. I also made a joke about all the protesters making the earth shake. I'm glad you and R weren't affected.
    I saw your sister on Hard Quiz last night, she chose an odd subject as her speciality I thought. Petula Clark? I was really surprised when the quiet one was the eventual winner, but glad too, because that science teacher was a bit of a know-it-all. I did a lot of laughing while watching, who knew a quiz show could be so funny?

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    1. River, the Indian born bloke was good fun too. Sister didn't know much about Petula Clark either. She spent a several hours cramming with Bone Doctor and a straight female friend. Bit of a left field subject, but it worked. She did know the answer to Lucy Ball question but the pressure got to her.

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  9. I agree with sparklingmerlots comment above.Seeing the footage of the protestors crawling over the Shrine of Remembrance was reminiscent of the events of January 6th at the Capitol building.

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    1. Cheryl, that is a good connection. I had to laught at our radio news today, which so seriously said, Protesters at The Shrine were seen drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. Drinking beer is not a good look but really, smoking cigarettes!

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  10. Oh my goodness that is frightening Andrew. The earthquake, the protests, I hope you are ok.

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  11. Amused at the last section of your post :)
    So very lucky you all were with that earthquake, could have been fatal.
    Never felt it here but apparently along the coast it was felt in a few areas.
    It certainly isn't good when the earth moves under our feet as it once did in Queenstown many moons ago, sent us all outside in our PJ'S.

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    1. The tweet was good Margaret. Are you amused by us being sliced in half by broken glass tables?

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  12. I'm a little behind on the worldwide news, so this is the first I heard of your quake. Glad you survived. Funny tweet.

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    1. Kirk, I so wish I was clever enough to write a pithy tweet like that.

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  13. Sadly it was a shocking day in Melbourne with a few construction workers protesting, along with heaps of far right folk, neo Nazis, anti vaxxers and anti lockdowners. It was VERY nasty, with young cops bashed over the head and poked in the eyes :( And journalists being beaten up.

    The Shrine is the LAST place in Australia right wingers should be spreading Covid. It was a place built to honour those who gave their best in the national interest.

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    1. Hels, I haven't heard those details about the 'riot'. Horrible people. As soccer people would say, it was an own goal for their cause. Everyone hates them now.

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  14. Well, I'm glad to hear it wasn't too disruptive for you. The news made it sound like a major quake! I had visions of your building tumbling down. (Not really.)

    I read that some of the protesting construction workers said they thought the government engineered the earthquake to distract from their protest! LOL

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    1. Steve, some changed the name of our State Premier from Dan Andrews to Dan Andreas. I think you'll get that.

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  15. Glad to hear you are safe and well. Love the tweets

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    1. Thanks TP. We have to laugh or otherwise cry.

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  16. So glad you are OK and R too. Nasty shock. I had trouble posting on your blog yesterday, I hope today this will go thru.

    Tweet was v funny!

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, blame the earthquake for blog comment difficulties.

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  17. I love the tweet! Glad you and R and everyone else are okay. I've never experienced an earthquake and I'm pretty sure I never want to. The protests there appear to be gaining in force. Such a shame. Many more will be infected by the proximity of protesters. When we had our first lockdown here in March 2020, construction was stopped completely for several months until our numbers were almost non-existent. I am so glad our provincial government has preferred to act on the cautious side of restrictions. I hope things settle down in your city soon.

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    1. Jenny, construction here only suffered reduced on site worker numbers. There is already a protester in hospital with Covid. While we've controlled Covid well in the past, this variant is much harder to stem.

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  18. I haven't heard of an earthquake in Australia we are to busy with the Volcano spitting lava in las Palma island in Spain, thousands of people had to be evacuated ! There are so many natural catastrophes everywhere you hardly can't follow. Besides rain and flooding we didn'have other things yet !

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    1. Gattina, yes we've been hearing about the volcano. Not good.

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