Roller Coaster Weekend
March 12, 2011 § 3 Comments
Since Thursday evening, I’ve had a roller coaster of a weekend. As many of you know – Thursday Japan was hit with a devastating 8.9 level earthquake. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people who were affected by this tragedy.
At around 9 pm Hawaii standard time on Thursday evening Don & I turned on the local news which announced a tsunami watch – which quickly changed to a tsunami warning – for all the Hawaiian islands. Soon after the scary civil defense sirens went off and continued to go off every hour on the hour. Don wasn’t sure if he was going to have to go into work – so I decided to go to the local grocery store and stock up on a emergency kit and water. The grocery store was a mad house, store displays were literally tipped over spilling all over the floor and people were cleaning out the water and canned goods aisles. I managed to get 6 gallons of water and some black beans and got out of there as quickly as possible.
For the rest of the night I layed on the couch – one eye open – waiting to hear updates. The local news predicted a suggested tsunami arrival time of 3:07 a.m.
Needless to say after frantic family phone calls and no sleep there was no real tsunami affect here on Oahu, thank goodness.
After that dramatic night I was exhausted but life went on as normal and we even attended a flight cook-out on the Windward side of the island. Despite the predicted mayhem, the water was absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never seen water so aqua.
After the cookout we came home and crashed – which meant going to bed at 7:30!
Today things got back to normal. I went for a 6 mile run this morning, and the canal near our apt. was full of dead stinky fish! I guess that was the one and only obvious side affect of the tsunami.
Later in the morning Don and I went to the Diamond Head Farmers Market.
We got there at 10:45, not realizing that it shut down at 11 :(.
Next Saturday we’ll have to go a little earlier. But Don did manage to get some yummy margherita pizza made with entirely locally grown ingredients.
And for some reason I just thought this truck was comical – so I took a picture of it.
Now we’re off to enjoy a nice dinner 🙂