I assure you that anyone 25 feet up on a ladder during an earthquake in California would almost certainly be scared as well! It's only when we're firmly on the ground that Californians are blase about it. (Welcome to the board, btw.)
Originally Posted by Flying Deuces
In fact, one of the most famous earthquake experiences of my childhood, at least in the area, was the Whittier earthquake when I was in fifth grade. It coincidentally hit during the five minute local news break during Today on NBC. The newscaster and the weatherman exchanged looks, then dove under the desk, and if you've ever been in a TV studio, you'll understand why--those lights are heavy.
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"