I'm sitting here at my computer desk grading papers when I feel a rumble. It just keeps rumbling, slowly building intensity. Then people started freaking out. It was indeed an earthquake that struck only minutes ago in the Washington DC area.
I was a little worried there for a few minutes when my co-workers ran for the halls and away from the windows. I have a huge wall of windows to one side of my desk. Figured I should follow. Then the writer kicked in. I took a few steps, then reconsidered.
I turned around, grabbed my Blackberry, which was charging, and my netbook. Thoughts that came to mind. I can update my Twitter status: EARTHQUAKE!! And, my novel draft is in my netbook. If the building goes down, I can't lose that.
I left the papers I was grading where they were. Funny how your brain works in a crisis.