Indio, California: Shaking things up to start the week. Oddly, on the second anniversary of the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan, SoCal had a 5.2 earthquake and I witnessed a miniature tsunami in the canal in front of our motorhome.
Dave was out on a 30-mile bike ride (he did not feel the quake) and I was just about to head out the door for my run when it seemed as if a NFL linebacker had jumped on the entry step of our RV... along with several of his teammates. I mean, the bus took a definite sudden pitch to the passenger side. I immediately went towards the door and that is when I noticed the bus swaying and saw the entire lake shrink a foot from the shore in front of our site! Earthquake! Our motorhome rests on a series of airbags, so the shaking is absorbed, and at the same time, accentuated. The shaking seemed to last forever, but it was probably only 10 seconds.
The mid-westerners ran out of their RV's and gathered in the street. The Californians were only vaguely temporarily distracted. After all those years in SE Asia, I am accustom to earthquakes. Still doesn't mean I like them, and the quake today - occurring only 18 miles southwest of Indio - was a doozy.
I have completely lost-track of the number of aftershocks.
The UO Trustee meetings are in the desert this week. The University is kind - since they ask their trustees to fly-in from around the world (at their own expense) for meetings several times a year - they ask everyone to meet in sunny Palm Springs instead of the usual soggy Eugene for the March meeting. Conveniently, Dave is already here!
Tonight we attended a welcome cocktail party for the trustees and their spouses. The party was held on a very sunny terrace at the Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells.
Dave's cohort, Vin Lananna, is in town to discuss the impact on the University hosting the 2014 World Junior Track & Field Championships with the Trustees. Vin spent the afternoon meeting with DT at our little campsite. I am pretty sure this is the first RV park Coach Lananna has ever seen.
It's all down-hill from here, Vin.
LET'S MOVE IN MARCH! I have challenged y'all to get out there, lace up your sneakers and walk or jog (or the exercise of your choice) at least 30 minutes - five or six days a week in March. I'm doing this for charity and my prominent backside.
Training Tip from an Old Fat Slogger: Posture! Stand up straight, look ahead and suck-in that gut. Your feet will follow.
I ran 3 miles inside the resort. I started late and it was already really warm, so a very tough workout for this old granny today. How's the "Let's Move in March" thing going for you? Comment below.
Miles jogged for the day/month: 3/35
Until my next update, I remain, your "shaken, not stirred" correspondent.
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