Just after one o’clock this afternoon, the office started shaking. At first I thought the people upstairs were moving heavy furniture—and doing it alarmingly fast. Then people from the other side of the office came over to see if we felt it, too.
It was an earthquake. We were feeling the tremors of a quake all the way up in Virginia. I imagine it was even more exciting for people closer to the epicenter.
A new girl just started work yesterday. Shortly after the quake, the office admin was joking about the earthquake, the impending hurricane, and 2012 just around the corner—and the new girl and I started a chorus of “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”. I think she and I are going to get along well.