"Where were you 10 years ago today ?"
I've been hearing this question non-stop on the local news since this morning. Where was I 10 years ago, around 11:00 a.m. ? I was sitting through a booooooooring staff meeting in a conference room at the UW, on a skybridge about 3 stories up. I wasn't the only one thinking "what do we have to do to get this god-awful thing to end ?' - believe me. Suddenly, the light fixtures above us started to rain down on our tables and the room began to sway. Then all those things we learned during the umpteen practice disaster drills we'd been subjected to went out the proverbial window and all hell broke loose. Some people ran, some got under tables (hey - we did learn one thing), some yelled, some froze in silence. All kidding aside, it was pretty surreal.
Dan was in the bathtub at home when the quake struck. With shampoo still in his hair and a towel around him, he scooped up the cat and ran outside. That must have been a sight.
10 years later, the city is still recovering. Some positive developments since the 2001 quake include:
(Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
(Tom Reese/The Seattle Times)