Thursday, September 11, 2008
I’m sitting in the teacher office when my supervisor turns to me and says, “you feel earthquake?” I immediately chuckled as I felt nothing. Within seconds, I wasn’t laughing. My chair began to bobble as the office shook like Godzilla was cradling the school in its arms. It was both a cool sensation and a scary realization. The ‘tremors’ continued and I felt nausea as if I was out at sea on a rocky boat. Dizziness clouded my vision. The teachers laughed when they saw me get up and stand in solemn silence. They are experienced earthquakers, and found humor in my frightened reaction to my first ground-moving experience. I thought that Universal Studio’s Earthquake ride would have properly prepared me for this encounter with unpredictable Mother Nature, but it didn’t. Earthquakes are a common occurrence in Japan, especially in northern Honshu island, where I happen to reside. I guess I must get ready for many sequels. It’s been several minutes, and either my mind is playing tricks on me, or we are still vibrating. I feel sick, but yet cooler having experienced it.