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|11-02-2012 03:59 AM|
|11-02-2012 03:46 AM|
|JayGee||Gaye - have a great race and a safe trip to NYC! I can't wait to hear all about it.|
|11-01-2012 11:37 PM|
Good luck tjsmama!
JayGee--happy birthday to your little one.
MelW--hope everyone is healthy again.
|11-01-2012 03:28 PM|
sparkle~I saw that! Funny! I'll just settle for looking normal and not my normal totally dorky.
nic~Glad you and yours are ok. I can understand your feelings on the race and it's ok.
jo~Good to hear from you!
So, yes, the race is a go and I am going. I fly out first thing in the morning, and today's flight went as scheduled, so I expect tomorrow's to do so as well. My biggest concern right now is getting from the airport (I fly into Newark) into Manhattan. I was planning on taking the AirTrain, but as of right now, there is no NJ Transit service into Penn Station. I think my backup plan will be the Airport Express bus into Manhattan. I'm hoping it's not too crazy busy tomorrow. The only other option seems to be to take a cab which will be $$$, especially if the reports of 4 hour one way trips from EWR to midtown are true. Eek. I am preparing myself for the prospect of lots of walking, long waits for transportation, and spending much more $$$ than expected since it's probably going to be less subway taking and more cab taking. But, I love NYC and I can't imagine any better way to show my support than by going and pouring my tourist dollars into the economy. The marathon route itself pretty much avoids the damaged areas, so there will probably be few to no modifications to the route. They are going to ship us to Staten Island in buses instead of via ferry, though, because the subways are not running to the South Ferry station. Kind of a bummer, but it is what it is. One of my friend's DH was supposed to run and they were making a big family vacation out of the trip with their DD (none have ever been to NYC), and they decided to cancel their trip, which I totally understand. In their place, I might do the same, but for me, this trip is not really about sightseeing...I've BTDT, for the most part. We will go, see our show, eat out at restaurants, and just see what there is to see (and maybe how we can help while we're there). I'm going for the experience, and an experience it will be, right?
rr~2.5ish shake-out run. It was hard, but then again, I forgot my inhaler and even though this whole training cycle has pretty much been a taper, there's still some taper madness there, I think. I feel better having gotten *something* in. I may try to take some stuff to get a mile or two in on Saturday, but we'll see how much room there is in my suitcase...
|10-31-2012 07:34 PM|
|sparkletruck||Gaye - Some funny thoughts on how to look great in your race http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/fashion/marathon-photos-often-fail-to-capture-the-glory.html?hpw|
|10-31-2012 02:01 PM|
Jooj - good to hear from you on the other side of the world! Glad everyone is relatively healthy, and especially glad that everyone seems so positive about the online schooling.
Nic - prayers for your friends and family affected by the hurricane. Fortunately, my family in NH and RI are all safe and sound and have power again.
NRR - DS turned 11 yesterday, trick or treating today. Busy, busy, busy.
|10-31-2012 01:28 PM|
Jo, I'm glad to hear that all is well and (relatively) healthy on your journey. I was thinking of you yesterday when my daughter was doing a musical theatre workshop awing a teacher who had done a similar workshop with homelearners in Abu Dhabi.
Nic, big hugs. Hoping all of your friends and family stay safe.
sparkle, hooray for being finished!
NRR- My youngest is sick and the oldest over-tired from late rehearsal last night. Both are napping and we're hoping for a better afternoon with pumpkin carving, trick or treating, then a 7th birthday tomorrow. Our next phase of restoration from the flood starts tomorrow, too (new base moulding) so we're doing b-day party this weekend at the hair salon.
|10-31-2012 01:07 AM|
Been thinking of you, Nic, and everyone in the path of Sandy. Stay safe.
Also been keeping Alex and lil Toast in my thoughts.
And real, I am glad you are taking whatever steps you need to move forward through this. I know I would be panicking and it would doubtless snowball into a hot mess really fast. Stay safe. Healing to your community.
sparkle, flower essences made me laugh. SO been there!
I am enjoying a bit of calm this morning, having coffee in the hotel lobby/buvette while I wait for the family to get up. We got a cheap but IMO nice room (clean, hot shower, seat toilet en suite = nice) in a picturesque town in the Anti-Atlas. I had a long shower, made my hair look decent, put my things together in peace. I am covered in flea bites, and I tend to react to them more than other people, but I am double-dosing Zyrtec on the recommendation of dh's cousin, who is a NP or something. It helps the itching but not the inflammation.
But the best part is, we survived. No major illness (dh and ds have colds). No major meltdowns. I kept my cool and was matter of fact about the fleas, and when the bites were covering my upper neck near my ears, people started to click their tongues and dh moved us down to stay at his brother's house with my SIL and their kids. There, ds and dd caught up on sleep and ds pretty much recovered from his cold. No diarrhea. No puking. One mild fever. We've successfully stuck to bottled water (after a $60 investment in 2 more Kleen Kanteens) and hot tea, and since it's been Eid al Adha, all anyone eats is meat, so no salads to worry about. (Ask me later about constipation.)
So, we have so far seen the tannery in Fez, the Roman ruins of Oualili, the springs of Sidi Harazem, an awesome fossil site up the mountains from dh's village, abandoned mines and the old mining ghost town, hot springs on the road, and the plan for today is to see the gorges of Dades, maybe the film studio and an old Ksar in Ouarzazate (UNESCO World Heritage site), and then make our way to Agadir to hit the beach (weather pending). From there to Essaouira to see Portuguese ruins, then on to Marrakech to see snake charmers and fortune tellers (I am totally getting my palm read or something).
It really struck me how fortunate we are--to have the opportunity, this experience, and at the same time first-world wealth and ease. We've made it rain all over the family while we're here, but hopefully it will help them pull up their own socks and do something. And I am so glad my kids get to see this side of the divide.
Also really had a super time with my FIL this time. We finally really got to connect, I think. My MIL is her own story, but it felt good to hang out with the old man and just be. He clearly loves our family.
The other thing I have really found cool is how open and nonjudgmental people here are about our school choice this year. We explain the kids are studying online, and everyone just gets it. The assumption is that the kids have the discipline, and I have the skills, to succeed. Felt good to be validated like that.
RR: Has been a lot of walking around a hilly town, some mountain trekking, but mostly a lot of sitting. Hoping for some good exercise most of the next few days, because on 4 Nov, it's back to the 90s for temps. Yikes. Not ready.
Love you, Dingoes! Time to pack it up and on to the next thing.
|10-30-2012 03:36 PM|
DONE 4 arguments/topics, 35 pages, 11 days. Now, to start the paper for the other class
|10-30-2012 03:23 PM|
I honestly cannot imagine how they'll get ready for the marathon. The subways are still underwater as is much of lower Manhattan (and Staten Island). The Verrazano bridge is closed. There are cars all over the place, having floated away during the floods. Half of the city is without power.
If they get it together, I'll be impressed. And I definitely know how important it is for the city, how much money it brings in to the economy, how important it is to runners who've trained, etc. But I also have friends still in harm's way especially in the outer boroughs and I can't imagine how awful it would be if they fix everything for the marathon and divert resources there while leaving others without because they couldn't get to everyone.
Sorry, I'm raw about this. I've spent the day trying to contact some friends in my old neighborhoods without success and the pictures I"m seeing are terrifying.
|10-30-2012 12:52 PM|
Gaye - arent you supposed to be on a plane soon to NYC!! Yikes. There's a story in the NYT about how the race organizers are making sure everything is ready for the race. How surreal
Geo - I know! It's one thing if I was rested and could have used the extra hours to work; sigh. Enjoy the wild weather
RR: i made it! Instead of going first thing after dropping the kids, I came home and ate and drank a lot of water, which lo-and-behold, made me feel much better. So I went to my doctor's appt. and then made it to the gym by 11 for 1 1/2 hours of weights. Now I must jump in the shower and go get the kids. Also I managed to write this morning during breakfast, so now I am that much closer to done
|10-30-2012 07:30 AM|
I always watch them pour the coffee when I order decaf. I catch them giving me caffeinated coffee maybe 1 out of 10 times. Generally the person claims an "ooops" but it almost always happens when they're out of decaf, and they didn't want to wait on a new one. About once a month, I very clearly get the caffeine I didn't want even when watching. The consequences are dire.
My RP's crazy job just had her canceling runs for the rest of this week. I need to start learning to run alone again.
Nic, I'm glad that tree fell away from the house. Our neighbor has a rather sick looking oak that makes me nervous, but thankfully it's almost straight east of us. If it falls, it's the neighbor's house that in danger, though.
We woke up to snow this morning. Thankfully it's already gone. I drove anyways, since the wind is supposed to get to 50 mph by late afternoon.
|10-30-2012 06:05 AM|
Real - I've been thinking of you and the sleep thing. There is no. way. I could do this regularly.
Nic - glad your parents are ok. How scary
RR: scheduled for weights but Im not sure
NRR: went for a decaf. coffe at 3 yesterday and Im pretty sure they gave me caff. This, for someone who doesnt drink coffee, so after waking at 5: 30 I was up until midnight, but not in any shape to string thoughts together, so I watched Damages, waiting for fatigue to carry me away. Up at 6:30. I dont know what is going on. It has to be stress. I have 2 days to finish everything, and yeah, Im out of gas. I dont have anything else to say. But if I could sleep, I probably would... oy. Anyway, one way or another it will be over on Th.
|10-30-2012 04:24 AM|
Good morning, mamas.
WE are ok, by the grace of God. My parents are ok, and a miracle -- a giant, very old tree came down last night but fell *away* from their house. Had it gone toward the house, it, and they, would have been demolished. My brother and SIL and family are ok, but without power. I have not yet heard from the many friends in the NY/NJ area whom I know were flooded and without power.
My children have school today but I don't, as the highways are still closed in Connecticut. I am going to take the opportunity to go to the gym (if it's open) and maybe...you know...go to the supermarket by MYSELF. Good times.
|10-29-2012 09:06 PM|
Quote:That's usually R's plan too. It tends to work.
kerc--it's all about what works for you.
Nic-- more for everyone out there. The pictures are incredible.
Zub-- hoping everyone stays safe and the little one heals quickly.
sparkle--yeah, the 4 hours thing is ugly. Unfortunately, I do it most days a week lately--except last night when I actually went to bed at midnight. Then again, J was also up until midnight, albeit laying on the floor while watching a video and fighting sleep, so between that and AF, it was a lost cause. Coffee in regular doses during the day really helps once you get used to it. Though preferably, you won't need to get used to it.
RR: Despite my concerns, I ran 6 yesterday as part of the "stick to routine" recommended by our county mental health service. (Yes, I went to one of their free crisis center sessions because, among other things, I felt a little bit like a hypocrite for recommending my students do this when they're having trouble focusing or getting work done and not doing it myself.) The sun was out, and that always helps. Honestly, it was a beautiful day for running, if a wee bit on the chilly side from the wind. I took this picture at Standley Lake, while thinking that this area is far too beautiful for what happened. This is part of the area where they were searching for remains a couple of weeks ago. The lake is pretty low due to the drought we've had this summer. When it's full, the water comes right up to that tree.
There was a lot of sadness but not too much panic. People are starting to emerge, though most of the women I saw were with someone else or with large dog. I passed one other solo female runner. That's an improvement over last weekend, when the path was pretty much dominated by men, at least from my window observations and the hour I spent outside in the garden, armed with loosening the soil with a pitchfork.
|10-29-2012 07:29 PM|
So far, ok here. Lost power for a while, it came back on. Things are pretty terrible along the mid-Atlantic coast and in NYC. Lower Manhattan is entirely flooded and Con-Ed shut the power grid down. Long Island's coastline and the barrier regions of LI are under water. Most of NJ's shoreline is under water.
Here we have a lot of wind and debris, not much water at the moment. Big thud outside a while ago -- huge branch down on our deck.
Over 3 million (something like that?) without power at the moment. The school where I teach is shut down tomorrow; the highway to get there in CT is closed.
|10-29-2012 07:24 PM|
I love these Geo moments. Mostly because in my day to day life it's usually me making these kinds of comments to perplexed stares. Just to be clear, we're not talking gluten-free pizza crust, which is my predominant sidebar ad for this thread
Nic and everyone else in the east, stay safe. We're thinking of you, and check in when you can to let us know your okay.
Zub and baby Charlie Wishing you smooth healing and strong hearts.
kerc, I think you have a good plan to move ahead with.
sparkle, hang in there. You're amazing!
NRR- We got the set list for the fiddle concert, and the youth section includes 4 songs that my daughter has heard/played in fiddle jam but doesn't really know. I taught one this morning and her teacher crammed three new songs into today's lesson. There is a LOT of practicing if she's going to play them all (plus the other 6 or 7) by Saturday night. She may have to sit out one of the youth sets and learn two new songs to complete the other ones. Her current plan, however, is to practice like a maniac and have occasional meltdowns. The good news is that it's a compass week at school for student conferences and evaluating learning plans; the bad news is it's a compass week and I have to deal with her all week long ;)
RR- I ran today- a wonderful 3.5 miles on the trail. My cough is still lingering but it feels good to run. I'm contemplating a trail half next May, which gives me a goal to work toward and lots of training/lead time. I have two possible strategies: consider doing two back-to-back half training plans (or the same one twice, but hopefully harder/faster the second time), or run a 10k training plan until March, then start a half training plan. I'm leaning toward doing two half training plans because I really want more commitment to running through the winter. There is a local road half in March (the one I injured my hip in two years ago), and the possibility of doing it again injury-free is on the radar. I'm still nervous about longer distances on the road. Thoughts?
|10-29-2012 01:00 PM|
|10-29-2012 12:47 PM|
Thinking of your Nic. It's nasty even here, nearly 300 miles from the center of it all. I hope it stays mild in ME for Zub and Charlie as well. Her last update was that the heart checked out OK, but they're planning a week in the hospital.
It's cold. If power goes out, so does the heat. I worry about people setting unsafe fires or using unventilated heat sources.
|10-29-2012 12:37 PM|
This storm is bad, mamas. It is very bad. Entire towns under water. Where I used to live on Long Island...under water.
Right now we are ok, and have power. Please keep sending up prayers and good thoughts for those of us in Sandy's path...
|10-29-2012 12:32 PM|
I think that's why the hills were easier for me than RP. I ride my bike 7 miles daily, and I always try to ride as hard as I can for the half mile from under the freeway to the crest of the "hill" between the two rivers. I think it's a total of 40' elevation change, but it is effort for those of us stuck in flatland.
I'm hanging out at the library now that my sitter is at home. I checked out a prealgebra textbook for DD. The content for her class isn't available online until they've done it in class, but the homework is posted a week at a time. This weekend DD needed a bit of vocab reminder so she could work ahead, and she had no place to look it up. Seriously. No index/glossary in the online "text".
|10-29-2012 10:28 AM|
Geo - I was struck this morning noticing that the bike part of my cardio was hard; my muscles are tired from weights and it was hard work to push the pedals on the higher levels of the intervals. Then I got on the TM for my run, and I was almost laughing it was so fun - not hard work, and I was running hard. I couldnt feel the sore muscles I had just been laboring with on the bike. I dont think running makes one strong Good luck with the kids
Real - did you run? I can imagine how stressful that would feel, but also that a little bit at a time will get you back to normalcy a little bit at a time?
Plady - its fun to hear how excited you get about your little macbeth
RR: bike intervals 1 hour + run/walk intervals 25 minutes
NRR: I'm pushing myself and I can feel it. Yesterday, after 4 hours sleep Friday night, and better, but raggedy, sleep Saturday, and hard work-outs Fri/Sat, I felt hung-over. Literally; ill. I told Dh and he said, straight faced "I dont know what you're talking about" (b/c obviously he does, as a night shifter w/ 3 kids). Anyway, I plowed through the day, getting school work done, helping dd1 finish a month-long project, cooking for yet another pot-luck (last night), cleaning the whole house.
I made a *plan* to go to the gym this a.m. such that I would be at DD1's school by 8:45 for her presentation. This, of course, included getting EVERYTHING ready for dh; lunches prepped, school materials readied, clothes, etc etc - y'all know the drill. I set my alarm for 6, but woke at 2:30 feeling really tired and sore from previous weights, so turned off the alarm and figured if I woke on my own with enough time I'd do it, otherwise my body needs the rest. Well, I wok at 5:30, got everything prepped for an hour, got to the gym by 6:30, exercised till 8, showered fast, and made it to her school by 8:35.
Now home doing the final push for the midterm. I have one more part of a paper to write - it's personal/connect Aristotle to your life/work part, so Im pretty much done. Have started reading articles for the paper due in the other class Th. Friday I get on a plane for a climbing comp. in Tuscon I hope I dont totally forget about Halloween, b/c I keep forgetting I can feel that my body is overwrought - Im hoping that a big fat massage after all this work will undo some of the damage
|10-29-2012 10:04 AM|
Seems well reasoned, kerc.
Plady, I forget just how chewed up the crust it out there. EQ energy just doesn't go far when it's like that.
I'm home with a house full of kids -- no school for teacher grading day. DD's math teacher is not endearing herself to us. Moving deadlines, changing grades, scheduling tests on Nov 1. Who does that? So we caught wind last spring that the new math curriculum for the middle school was going to be online -- autograding of homework and tests, no textbook, etc. We spun DD's misery with the online extra math practice program (ALEKS) and all the torture of the whole thing with errors copying from the textbook as grounds to put an accommodation into her IEP that she works from paper with a pencil, and is not required to do anything on a computer screen for a grade. The teacher is then printing all the homework assignments for DD and is actually grading her work (the computer is just marking "right" or "wrong" for all the other students -- no other feedback), and then last week the teacher had everyone -- except DD -- take the test online. The teacher had everyone else retake the test with pencil and paper. DD got 100%. The class average without her was 63%! So glad we're not putting DD through all this garbage the rest of these kids are now suffering.
RR ~ RP and I need to get into better shape. We did an 8 mile loop with major hills. It's a route that can only be done at the butt-crack of dawn, when there's little enough traffic we can get across the highway to the river, then run through the $$ neighborhood above the ravine. Our butts were kicked. The 40F and 20 mph winds didn't help.
|10-29-2012 08:22 AM|
Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. After careful consideration, research, consultation with our medical "team" -- we've decided to do (almost) nothing. Yes, there is lots of ancedotal evidence of people who have found success in food elimination.
All food talk aside, my gut feeling, my mama instinct if you will, suggests that it isn't a food as a chief culprit.
The naturopath prior to recommending food sensitivity testing suggested that she might have one or some combination of things going on. She might have a food sensitivity, she might have a heavy metal toxicity issue, or she might have an overgrowth of h pylori (the bacteria that is associated with ulcers). We decided to move forward with the food sensitivity testing, although had I done all the research I did this weekend prior to ordering the test, I would not have done so.
We've seen the rash come and go over the years, with no change in diet. In the last month we've seen the rash go from red and angry to looking like you're average chapped lips to all but gone this morning. In the last month we didn't change diet. We did re-add the fish oil + multivitamin + zinc and some probiotics.
Looking objectively at the three options naturopath suggested, I think the most possible one is the h pylori. It's communicable and frankly in the month in which Erin had the awful rash I too had the symptoms (taken from webmd, but also as told to me by the naturopath)
When H. pylori does cause symptoms, they are usually either symptoms of gastritis or peptic ulcer disease. The most common symptom of peptic ulcer disease is gnawing or burning abdominal pain, usually in the area just beneath the ribs. This pain typically gets worse when your stomach is empty and improves when you eat food, drink milk, or take an antacid.
Other symptoms may include:
I didn't have the last two. So -- the md and the naturopath both recommended probiotics to help and we'll go from there.
Again, thanks for sharing your stories and ideas. I do so appreciate them. I sure hope you can get past that I'm ignoring these results and returning to my mama-life.
Thinking about the hurricane's path and how many folks I know are in it. Also keeping Charlie in my thoughts.
|10-28-2012 07:54 PM|
For little Charlie! That's so scary, I hope they have good support nearby and the hospital is ready for the hurricane.
More coming towards all the east coast Dingos, it sounds like you're all in for a wild ride!
Re: Earthquake. No shaking felt here, It was waaay north and Vancouver Island is humongous. But I thought I felt a little tremor two nights ago when I was awake stewing over the many projects I forget to do in the daytime.
Quote: Like many things it requires a paradigm shift in the way you think about what you and your family can/should/will eat. Once that shift is made, and the first weeks endured, it does get easier.
So true. For so many things.
Real - I would be reluctant to get back out to the old routes in your situation. I'd be telling myself that statistically it's all fine but emotionally it wouldn't be for a while yet.
No RR but had a good rehearsal. My little Macbeth is beginning to actually enunciate loudly! Whoo hoo! He started out doing all his lines with this weird accent which was cute but unintelligible, now he's beginning to really come out from behind that, I love it!
|10-28-2012 01:49 PM|
Please say prayers and send up vibes, positive thoughts, strength, etc. for Zub and her new baby boy. He is in hospital being monitored for pneumonia and a possible heart condition.
|10-28-2012 01:48 PM|
Quote:Yeah, when it's a race, I pretty much run fast. The rest of the time I'm not really competitive.
Sending for both our east and west coast people. Nic--hope the power stays on. Plady--hope you weren't affected. MelW--glad everyone's ok there.
Trying to convince myself to go running. Outside. By myself. It was comforting to run with K yesterday. She lives just a few minutes away and we realized we're having the same reactions. Mostly, I'm trying to figure out where to run. I want to do 6, but most of the trails I'd prefer are now associated with the recent event, and the few that aren't are wooded or remote enough that I'm not ready to go there either. I'd think I was a mental case if not for the fact that K's basically in the same boat. Maybe it's the double hit: both a murdered child and an attempted jogger abduction, presumably with the same outcome. It's a little more than I'd like to come to terms with, and the more details that come out, the more it's very, very likely that I've passed this kid at a park or on the trails in the last few months, probably more than once. We moved in the same areas. Knowing that nothing happened should be a comfort (because the odds were and are that nothing will happen) but it's not, not yet.
|10-28-2012 01:01 PM|
Kerc - I dont have time for more response, but I agree with Real and Nic. I think this area is very individual, and that it takes a lot of trial and error and open-minded cynicism to find what is right, and this involves a mix of quantitative and qualitative data. I had the response from dh you mention, and he is an m.d., so was very critical of where I was getting my info. (is it placebo controlled, double blind, how big and how many studies, etc etc etc). Because i do need some "evidence-based" data to properly orient my "intuition" about the right path, I sought out books from the medical library as well as read anecdotal stuff online. I found the combo helpful. Mostly, I think you ("one") find your own way through it, and it can be exhausting. But that part is temporary. You eventually find something that works for your case, and then you're done. For me it took about a year of testing lots of stuff (supplements, diet, meditation, and much more - flower essences anyone? ) As for the gut, and "healing the gut", I think reactions to stuff (food, chemicals, etc.) is the red light on the dashboard. Changing diet, adding supplements puts tape over the light but doesnt necessarily address the underlying issue (unless its beyond the realm of "individual results may vary" as in the case of celiac). Ive mentioned my reasons for thinking so here. In the meantime, the results Ive had shut Dh up entirely. He definitely appreciates that western medicine's expertise is very circumscribed.
|10-28-2012 09:07 AM|
On elephants in the (marital bed)room: we have quite the herd. They have been making quite the noise the last few months but seem to have quieted for the moment. We'll see.
On stress: yeah. Mental acuity definitely takes a dive. For me this is also strongly correlated with the change in seasons (to darker days/longer nights, colder weather).
On hormonal surge/sexual prime: yeah. 43 here...hmmm. Wish dh would you know, get with the program a bit. Sorry. TMI.
Kerc: I mentioned some ideas in a fb message to you. Like real says though, I don't honestly think you will figure out what is going on unless you do the elimination diet for a while. Same as when a nursing mom suspects a food issue/gut issue. I get the skepticism but I know enough people that suffer from these things and it really does throw the whole system out of whack. I think our food supply has been so profoundly corrupted by various chemicals, genetic modifications, and whatnot that a person who would not otherwise be gluten (or anything else) sensitive can have something triggered which sets off a whole chain reaction of issues. As I mentioned, I don't find dairy to be the most challenging 'give-up' although it takes getting used to. Gluten and dairy and eggs are easily substituted in the diet, but the bigger issue is being very vigilant about ingredients. A small amount of something that you don't realize is an 'avoid it' ingredient can throw the whole experiment off. YMMV of course. Like many things it requires a paradigm shift in the way you think about what you and your family can/should/will eat. Once that shift is made, and the first weeks endured, it does get easier.
We are battening down the hatches here. I did sneak in a run this morning, pre-storm. Preparing for the possibility of lengthy power outages. Stay safe everywhere, mamas. I'll be in touch as I can.
|10-28-2012 08:10 AM|
|MelW||Was working a night shift and felt the first shake, but pretty mild locally. On the easy coast of our big island we're protected from tsunamis. I've heard it was pretty scary near the epicenter, but all of the friends up that way are safe.|
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