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Bottom of the Hour Top of The News .. time for a little NYC and DC pun …

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  1. Kaylee Frye Kaylee Frye August 24, 2011

    I feel a little bad for laughing at this, but I did anyway.

  2. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk August 24, 2011

    so true.

    i’d hate to be flying thru dc or la guardia today.

  3. Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox August 24, 2011

    Cute, but in actuality it was more significant than that especially for people close to the epicenter.

    The Washington Monument is closed due to damage.  The National Cathedral has damage.  DC is a good 2 1/2 hours from the epicenter.  My brother’s house had enough damage that he and his wife are temporarily staying with my son and daughter-in-law, and we’re an hour and a half from the epicenter.  Local shelters are getting calls from people who live in trailer parks who have had to vacate.  You might snicker about people who live in trailers, but you wouldn’t laugh if it was your home that fell down.  While most of my RL friends immediately logged into Facebook to report that they were 1) okay, 2) what they experienced – I haven’t heard a peep out of friends in Powhatan County (about 15 minutes from the epicenter) and I can’t seem to reach them by phone either.  I tried to call my old job to see if I could find out what was going on that way, but nobody is picking up.  I’ve been trying to call another social worker in Charlottesville all morning, and nobody is picking up at his office.  I’m wondering if there’s still phone disruption down there, or if they were unable to open today due to damage.

    • Stargirl Macbain Stargirl Macbain August 24, 2011

      Zaida, I’m leaving this. But you need to log off and calm down. Kay? We are making jokes because, ultimately, the damage was NOT BAD. Buildings didn’t collapse full of people, if anyone died it still hasn’t hit either the news papers or the tv shows, bridges aren’t down, major infrastructure isn’t damaged. 

      Yeah, some homes received structural damage and, bummer, I bet home owners insurance won’t cover it in the least (common issue here in California where we pay for earthquake insurance and it STILL dosn’t cover the damage, but oh well). 

      I understand you’re upset and that you feel a touch traumatized. That’s no need to go blasting people who weren’t terribly affected for teasing the hysterical masses around them who, in the long run, weren’t all that baddly affect either. 

      ~Your friendly neighborhood moderator. 

      • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk August 24, 2011

        I’d like to call a foul on USA Today for fear-mongering by associating the earthquake with the 911 anniversary on this morning’s front page headline.

        • Stargirl Macbain Stargirl Macbain August 24, 2011

          Jeeze, did they really? That’s disgusting. Angry letter to the editor time. 

  4. Verlia Bilavio Verlia Bilavio August 24, 2011

    This picture accurately displays the level of damage in DC. Nerves, however, took longer to repair.

    btw, Zaida, no need to blow this out of proportion. I’ve heard from at least one person close to the epicenter (about 10 miles). Maybe they’re all busy being on hold with their insurance.

  5. Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox August 24, 2011

    Someone emailed that pic to my boss.  She said, “I”m going to think that’s really funny next week…”  THAT made me laugh.  I think the whole fam-damily is going to congregate at my brother’s house on Saturday to fix the damage, drink beer, and eat pizza.

  6. Akidami Swift Akidami Swift August 24, 2011

    I think I actually facepalmed myself into a headache.

  7. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse August 26, 2011

    We had a 4.4 here last month. I thought it was just a particularly heavy truck going past.

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