Valerie (valeriejoy) wrote,

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19 years ago yesterday...

I didn't remember this until I read a couple of posts on my F-list. It's been 19 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake.

I was at Southland Mall, at one of the salons. I probably had a 5pm hair appointment because I was in the chair with wet hair when the quake hit. The various hair products crashed to the floor and we all just froze as we rode it out. When the shaking stopped, my hairdresser asked if I still wanted to get my hair cut. I shrugged and said why not. So while the salon folks tried to clean up, I got my hair cut. The radio was on and it took awhile for all of us to realize that it wasn't just a regular earthquake.

I remember leaving the mall and realizing that most of the mall was emptying out. When I got in my car, I turned to the baseball game and listened not to Game 3 of the World Series, but to descriptions of the quake at the Candlestick.

I think our electricity was out for awhile, but eventually came back on during the night. My mother was stuck on BART and didn't get home until dark, I think. I remember sitting in the kitchen, talking on the phone (which I shouldn't have been doing, I know).

And that's really all I remember. I wonder if I wrote it down. I'm sure I did. Somewhere.
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