• An interstate earthquake chat

24 Aug
From the National Hurricane Center.

I‘m among the apparently very few who felt nothing here in Upstate New York during Tuesday’s earthquake. Perhaps that is a result of my famously brilliant balance, or my equally famous unawareness of what goes on around me.

Anyway, I was in the midst of an e-chat with Paul McCann, owner/distiller of Parched Group in Richmond, VA, where he makes the exquisite craft vodka named Cirrus.

It was Paul who alerted me to what was going on. Here’s a bit of the back-and-forth. Obviously, there were time gaps between the messages.

PAUL: Cirrus just launched in GA and will be launching in MD Oct 1.
BILL: That’s good news. Best wishes.
PAUL: We just had an earthquake. No damage.
BILL (obviously oblivious): Seriously?
PAUL: Yep, 6.0.
BILL: Any damage to your facility? (Apparently the shock waves radiated all the way up here, but I never felt it. Living atop a mountain helps, I guess.)
PAUL: No damage here fortunately. This building was constructed in ’46. They don’t build ’em like this anymore. I was a little worried about the old smoke stack that is 200 ft tall but I don’t see any problems. If there are maybe the hurricane will blow it over; hopefully sway from my building…

As noted, the next East Coast worry is the progress of Hurricane Irene, now gathering strength in the Caribbean.

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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Miscellaneous


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