Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Baseball fans might remember it as the quake that delayed Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.
Me? Well... I was relaxing on my couch watching the pregame show when it suddenly felt like my family room turned into a wooden roller coaster. It was obviously an earthquake and within seconds I realized that this wasn't your typical earthquake. Plates, vases, and picture frames started falling off shelves and the sounds of breaking glass and wood creaking replaced the voices of Al Michaels and Tim McCarver. I dove under the family room coffee table and when the shaking stopped, the power was out, phones were down, and the house was quiet.
Sure cell phones existed, but none of my family members owned one. I was scheduled to be at work at 6, but was unable to reach my manager to let her know I wasn't coming in. But even worse was not being able to reach my parents.
My dad was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic and came home a couple of hours later than normal. My mom went over to my brother's house and stayed there until traffic died down, which was way later than my dad.
After years of telling my story and listening to others, it's hard to tell if I'm embellishing or romanticizing the story. Fact and fiction have become intertwined. Although most of the people I've talked to remember the quake like it happened yesterday. Personally... I just remember it was scary and baseball was much less of a priority.
Speaking of baseball... the World Series eventually resumed on Friday, October 27th.
My beloved A's won that game as well as Game 4 the following evening to win their fourth World Series title since arriving in Oakland. It's also the last one they've won.
As a 17 year old kid who only had to deal with some broken glass and a lot of cleanup... I usually focus on the baseball aspect of the event, since I was very fortunate that none of my immediate family members or friends were hurt or lost their homes.
However listening to the news today, I was reminded that over 60 people lost their lives and 3,000+ people suffered injuries caused by the earthquake. It really put things into perspective which is why I edited this post, changed my publishing time, and dedicate it to anyone out there who was directly affected by the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!
If you're interested in reading about the Loma Prieta Earthquake from another blogger's point of view, then head over to Rebel Coyote's post from this morning.