Sunday, April 4, 2010

Randy's Shaky Genealogy Day - 4 April 2010

It was a pretty normal genealogy Sunday until the desk and monitor (and everything else) started shaking. Talk about disrupting a train of thought - I spent hours trying to get back on track.

* Read email and blogs before cleaning up and going to church at 9:30 a.m. We were home by 12 noon. Linda got on computer so I watched some of "A Night at the Opera" on PBS.

* Finally online at 1:10 p.m., read everything then wrote Best of the Genea-Blogs - next week! and worked on Happy Easter!!! Wanta Census-whack with me? Started in on Recent Additions to FamilySearch Record Search - March 2010 but then the house started shaking at 3:40 p.m.

* Earthquake of magnitude 7.2 hit in northern Baja California about 110 miles east of Chula Vista. The shaking was pretty steady for about 30 seconds, and lasted longer - I counted 45 seconds off while holding onto the flat-screen monitor. I was afraid that the power would go off so I saved what I was working on during the shake. There was one crash in the other room - we found one of Linda's angels smashed on the floor - it had been on the China hutch sitting on the edge watching over us. I was on Twitter immediately and then Facebook too - and noted the aftershocks I could feel, providing links to USGS data sites, and then summarizing what I heard on the radio. It was widely felt from Malibu to Las Vegas to Phoenix, and probably further. I finally posted the FamilySearch article after the excitement died down.

* We had dinner at 6:45 p.m., and then I worked on my FORUM column and sent it off to the editor. Read everything online again, sent some emails, worked on some ideas, read Shades of the Departed magazine (until it shut down IE) and went in to wash dishes. Watched The Apprentice for a bit too, before writing this post.

Genealogy today was 5.5 hours - 1.0 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blog posts, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 1.0 hour working on census data, and 1.0 hour working on column. I don't count the earthquake stuff!

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