Tuesday, November 15, 2005

New Style Alarm Clock

I was awakened this morning by a small earthquake which struck around 6:55am. It wasn't large enough to do any damage, even up north where it was strongest. It did make our sixth floor apartment sway though. I wouldn't have any trouble getting up in the morning if I could only get reliably timed earthquakes.

Afterwards it ocurred to me that the fact that I can hear the Tozai ("東西", literally "East-West") Subway line go under the building if I lie on my futon on the floor isn't a bug, it's a feature! I take this line to work everyday and would be inconvenienced if the earthquake took it offline. Since I can hear it running though, I don't need to walk the five minutes to the train station to see if it's down. That being said, I'm glad it's not running right in back of the building or something more intrusive.


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