Ever since Katrina hit I've been thinking about natural disasters. A lot. So much so that I even dream about them. When New Orleans was destroyed, I thought about how I would feel if it had been Nashville. I would have been devastated. Even though I no longer have an official home in Music City, it is my home, my American home, and I have too many loved ones there to not be personally affected if something happened there.
Honestly, when I lived in Nashville, I never worried too much about natural disasters of any kind. Hurricanes would usually only cause us torrential rain, which was usually welcome in the dry, hot summers. Tornadoes I certainly never gave much thought to, I figured where I lived in the city, it was very unlikely. Boy, mother nature proved me wrong in 1998! The thought of an earthquake bothered me a bit, because for the past 20 years they've been saying "the big one" was going to hit the New Madrid Fault any day now, and the potential for destruction as far as Nashville was possible.
Still, when it came to natural disasters, tornadoes didn't scare me too much. I guess perhaps it is the fault of the movie industry, but what I learned of tornadoes involved ruby slippers, being surrounded by the people that loved you, and having a house land on your arch enemy. Tornadoes couldn't be that bad if all you did was get knocked out and have a blockbuster of a hallucination.
But earthquakes, yes, those fuckers scare the holy bejesus outta me. Again, this is perhaps partially the fault of the movie industry, because my earliest known realization of what could happen in an earthquake was born watching the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve. There was a scene involving an earthquake, and the ground opened up and sucked a car into an abyss deep within the earth. Boy was I scared! Sure, sure, Superman fixed it in the end, but I knew damn well in real life there wouldn't be a Superman to make things right. There wasn't anything scarier to me than the thought of being sucked into a crevice in the earth. I began to anthropomorphize earthquakes, as if the earth actually intended to open up and swallow whatever it could.
And now, here I am, in the land of earthquakes. Perhaps not as many as California, or other heavily seismic areas, but Greece is known for earthquakes. Our village on Kos was actually a rebuild of a village that had been destroyed in an earthquake. Almost every night I'm sure I feel the bed moving. I study the cracks in the building to try and decide if they are actually in the foundation or just cosmetic. I dread getting in the elevator because I don't want to be in it at the time an earthquake hits. Every time the cats start acting up, I wonder if they are predicting an oncoming seismic event. Everyone says that after your first one you don't think about it as much. First one!? I'd prefer to not experience any, thankyouverymuch.
Between hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, terrorist attacks, and a_disaster00 there really isn't any place you can be truly safe. Like right now, suddenly, a cat jumped on my desk with her butt in my face. You never know when a disaster is going to strike. Life is a risk. I don't seem to accept that very well.
At least I can pet the cat, and get her ass out of my face.