July 6, 2019

"I think we need to get under the desk."

84 comments:

Tom T. said...

Given what we know about the TV industry, I suspect she's usually not the one saying that.

Ralph L said...

Guy knows he's expendable, she doesn't.

Bill said...

I like that she grabbed his wrist. A lot of these happy-talk co-anchors hate each other, appearances notwithstanding.

Rob said...

That poor bastard was terrified.

donald said...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t6gX37d2eP8

Anonymous said...

Great clip. Thanks, Ann.

traditionalguy said...

That is the only advice given when a quake starts to shake things. Protect your head from falling objects. I hope they have an old fashioned heavy Oak Desk.

Bob Boyd said...

From a glass half full perspective, how many of California's electoral votes are on the wrong side of the San Andreas Fault?

EAB said...

What’s interesting about earthquakes is the first thing you might notice is getting queasy.

Michael K said...

I lived through a bunch of them. In the 1971 quake I had grabbed the kids, got them downstairs and outside, then realized I was naked and ran back in to put something on and was back outside by the time the quake was over. Brand new hospital at Olive View collapsed.

Earnest Prole said...

Meh. The epicenter was more than a hundred miles away.

readering said...

It wasn't that strong but in a tv studio i can imagine a lot of stuff hanging from the ceiling was swinging wildly.

rhhardin said...

I retroactively noticed an Ohio earthquake once. A computer tape write ring fell off the tape unit top onto the floor. Noticed because it had no obvious explanation. Later the newspaper reported a tiny Ohio earthquake earthquake near Cleveland.

Yancey Ward said...

The only earthquake I was aware of while it was occurring was when I was teenager in Kentucky, and I only noticed because the light fixture in the kitchen was swaying gently- if not for that visual cue, I would have been unaware.

gspencer said...

"I think we need to get under the desk"

Bill Clinton makes a surprise visit to the studio.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

Like violent thunderstorms and tree-cracking ice storms, experiencing an earthquake is kind of exhilarating, assuming of course that there’s no negative consequences for you and yours.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

“Bill Clinton makes a surprise visit to the studio.”

That occurred to me. The video Althouse provided could be the opening minutes of many a porn film.

AlbertAnonymous said...

No way I’m getting under a TV Studio prop desk during an earthquake. The equipment hanging from the ceiling would rip right through whatever thin crap they made the desk out of.

You go outside or stand in the doorway.

BUMBLE BEE said...

I you were gonna die, being under the desk with her is not the worst thing I guess.

Swede said...

She's like "Fuck this, I'm moving to the Boise market".

Donald Douglas said...

I felt the earthquake immediately, and called to my wife, "Honey, earthquake!" It was much, much stronger than the Fourth of July temblor. It seemed to rock and roll twice as long. The blinds in our living room were swinging and crackling with the shakes. I just worried about the folks up in Ridgecrest, hoping no one was killed.

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Unknown said...

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is right in the quake zone. Nothing to worry about. Just Trump having the navy test the future possibility of California "accidentally" sliding into the sea.

n.n said...

Speaking of desks, and what lurks beneath, has there been progress with the latest witch hunt, trial by press?

Roger Sweeny said...

They can't just get under the desk. They have to stop and say, "We're gonna go to break. We'll be right back after this."

Good thing nothing happened in those two seconds.

alanc709 said...

1964 Alaska earthquake gave us a good rattle, in the Seattle area, even as far away as we were. I was in a Home Depot under the lighting area in during the Nisqually quake of 2001. Building did an impressive amount of swaying. I stood and looked at everything, while the woman I was with was shouting at me,"Get out of there, you dumb ass"

Yancey Ward said...

During last night's quake, I was watching the poker table at "Live at the Bike" on YouTube. When the quake happened (the feed is 90 minutes behind), you couldn't easily tell the room was shaking, but you you could hear the people in the casino responding to it in the background. According to the players at the table it seem to go on for over a minute.

tcrosse said...

Just like Obama, I slept through it and had to read about it in the newspaper this morning.

I'm Full of Soup said...

Only sat through one small earthquake. I was on the john and thought maybe an airplane had hit my house or crashed nearby. But is was minor and my home had no damage.

AllenS said...

If California splits in two lengthwise and the west side slides into the ocean, guess who will be blamed?

BJM said...

The sequence reminds me of '89...we experienced a strong sharp roller in the middle of the night about 10 days before the 7.1 Loma Preita quake struck.

tim in vermont said...

I have oddly become interested in geology lately. Sometimes I think that geologists are the romantics of the scientific community; them, paleontologists. and archeologists, I guess. Turns out that the Hudson River is a rift valley and that New England used to be part of Europe that got stuck to North America. The Connecticut River Valley as well, the second attempt to split off of Pangea, the third attempt being the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Champlain is not a proto-Great Lake, it’s a proto-ocean that sort of miscarried. All around Vermont in highway cuts or along the lakes, you can see the results of continental plates colliding, old stone on top of newer stone. Things like that.

Anyway, the active plates under us are kind of interesting.

Yancey Ward said...

They are going to rename the San Andreas Fault to Trump's Fault. Makes it less racist.

J. Farmer said...

Meanwhile, huge explosion at a mall in Plantation, just outside of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

tim in vermont said...

YW FTW!

Yancey Ward said...

To be fair, I saw this idea here.

FullMoon said...

Gov. Newsome already asking for federal aid. For what? Fix broken windows and put the groceries back on the shelf?

BlackjohnX said...

Sitting here in Las Vegas, watching Hulu, felt mild rocking for about 15 seconds. Felt a shorter tremor the day before.

FullMoon said...

"I think we need to get under the desk"

Yeah, works for Russian nuclear bomb attack also. Was taught that in San Francisco grade school.

Now, grade school kids are taught to be afraid of global warming. Earthquake and H bomb old school stuff, I guess.

Pretty sure California was going to split from US and sink into the Pacific during Age of Aquarius , or something.

Big Mike said...

New England used to be part of Europe that got stuck to North America

Explains a lot.

Michael K said...

The '71 quake moved the new 18 story elevator building away from the County Hospital about 6 inches near the top. They had to put inserts in the floors at the elevator doors.

There was a little old elevator operator named "Abe" who looked like a mole. He always had his shirt pocket full of ball point pens that he sold to interns and residents. During the earthquake, a friend who was there said the elevator door opened and out rolled Abe, who then took to his heels and went down the stairs, 9 floors to the bottom. Nobody saw him for 3 days.

That County Hospital, built in the 1920s of reinforced concrete with railroad rails for rebar, was not touched by that or the 1933 quake which was worse. The LA politicians got it condemned as "unsafe" and took $600 million in federal funds to build a new hospital 1/4 the size. The old hospital had 3500 beds at capacity. The new one has 600 and is a mess. It was one reason I quit teaching.

cf said...

I did the same thing as Michael K on a very hot summer night in our little 1920s Riverside bungalo, somewhere mid-80s, Wayy too hot to wear a thing.
2 in the morning, a Coachella monster rocked us awake like a personal train engine barreling through. grabbed my Lou! down the hall to our baby girl! out the door lickety split to the open sky front yard and a world suddenly. perfectly. still.
Doh! here i am naked to all the world, haha.

from then on, whenever I sleep naked, some option is right there to grab.

praying all are safe, have all they need, and ride these latest transformations out.

Michael K said...

Pretty sure California was going to split from US and sink into the Pacific during Age of Aquarius , or something.

The split line could be the Bay Area to San Diego Bay and not much useful would be lost.

Birkel said...

If only CJ Roberts was there instead of in Malta.
And he could have taken RBG for luck.

tim in vermont said...

When continents collide

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/vermont/geologic-wonder-vt/

rhhardin said...

XKCD had a comic calculating when the reports of an earthquake would overtake the felt earthquake, since seismic waves travel at a certain speed and the internet is faster.

rhhardin said...

here it is
https://xkcd.com/723/
seismic waves vs tweets

Saint Croix said...

Cali earthquakes are nothing.

I will never live in Seattle.

The Really Big One

Kelly said...

I’m with her.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

What?
no "The Nap" Seinfeld reference??

ken in tx said...

In a hotel in the Philippines in 78, hanging plants in the court yard started swinging back and forth. I thought it was just a big truck going by. But not, they have volcanoes there.

Fen said...

Why does the woman put her hand on the man's arm?

The feminist movement died a millisecond after impact - Lucifer's Hammer

But then, the book doesn't assume all the men were turned into metrosexual faggots.

BamaBadgOR said...

@Fen - Yes, why did the female anchor put her hand on the male's arm? Ann?

Nichevo said...

@Fen - Yes, why did the female anchor put her hand on the male's arm? Ann?


Why, to protect and castrate him, of course. --Ann Althouse.

rcocean said...

I'm glad she was there to support that male anchor. He seemed more afraid then her!

hstad said...

Been a resident of CA since 1975, but and experience many earthquakes. But -

"Blogger AllenS said...
If California splits in two lengthwise and the west side slides into the ocean, guess who will be blamed? 7/6/19, 12:16 PM.."

I understand AllenS - but that will never happen. What will happen is as the "plates" move, eventually San Francisco will end up in Canada and L.A. in S.F. But maybe for the "La Raza" crowd - the plates sliding will result in the West Coast of Mexico being part of the USA. LOL!

Big Mike said...

Back in 2011 there was a 5.8 centered in Mineral, Virginia. At the time I was working in a building under the flight path for Dulles Airport and when I heard the rumble and saw the blinds clatter against the window my first thought was a 747 or other jumbo way too low and maybe hitting the building. No sense ducking under the desk — if a jumbo jet hits your building there’s no place to hide! But it went on and on and we all realized it was an earthquake. After it stopped we were ordered to evacuate the building, and after standing around a parking lot for a while we were ordered to go home for the rest of the afternoon while they checked the building and made sure it was safe.

My son was back home in Virginia after getting his degree from a university out in in California, and it bothered me a little that he predicted the magnitude of the quake before it was announced. How many had he gone through that he knew what a 5.8 felt like?

jdr3366 said...

Bama
Maybe she... "likes" him.

Howard said...

Fen wants participation trophies for being a man. All this mouthing off looks femininely and dilutes the brand.

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Fen said...

But then, the book doesn't assume all the men were turned into metrosexual faggots.

Howard: "Fen wants participation trophies for being a man"

Here we go again, I throw a rock over the fence, the dog that barks is the one hit.

Feeling a little low-T today Howie?

cf said...

back in the 80s and 90s in SoCal, with the regularity of seismic action, my company made earthquake preparations and worked through with employees best practices and what actions were expected. They would review those protocols (annually?) and walk through the plant considering earthquake safety. i figured the news stations did similarly.

i would be surprised if socal news broadcast stations are not doing such a thing, like inspecting and securing what is overhead, and coaching/empowering the crew with a "script" for speedy, safe-seeking action.

Narayanan said...

Checking my portfolio : I own Real estate in Otisville.

Maybe able to retire early!

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TWWren said...

I thought for a minute that she was going to ask him to....never mind.

Howard said...

Blogger Fen said...

@Fen - Yes, why did the female anchor put her hand on the male's arm? Ann?

Simple gestures can say so many things, so I have 3 possible answers

1) the most likely - female instinct took over and sought reassurance from the nearest male, and reminded him to protect her from the wolf/barbarians/natural disaster.

2) she knows what the viewer does not - her male colleague is a weak idiot and SHE sought to reassure HIM not to have a meltdown on camera. Because that would impact her career too. Smart gal. She is steadying him.

3) she dodged under the desk first, because while the male is disposable and only really damaged by serious injury, a simply glass scratch across her pretty little face would end her career...OR she's smart enough to do the sensible thing while stares at the camera paralyzed by fear and shock.

So...while I would normally say #1 is a safe bet, once I factor in the courage she displayed, the way she kept her cool, the way she acted while her co-host was frozen with fear, I have to admit she is probably the more intelligent and disciplined of the two.

Verdict: she put her hand on his arm to reassure him.

7/6/19, 4:51 PM


Overcompensation is Chucks game. Oh how the mighty mouse has fallen

Fen said...

@Fen - Yes, why did the female anchor put her hand on the male's arm? Ann?

Simple gestures can say so many things, so I have 3 possible answers to consider:

1) the most likely - female instinct took over and sought reassurance from the nearest male, and reminded him to protect her from the wolf/barbarians/natural disaster.

2) she knows what the viewer does not - her male colleague is a weak idiot and SHE sought to reassure HIM not to have a meltdown on camera. Because that would impact her career too. Smart gal. She is steadying him. And also role-modeling for the viewers not to panic.

3) she dodged under the desk first, because while the male is disposable and only really damaged by serious injury, a simple glass scratch across her pretty little face would end her career...OR she's smart enough to do the sensible thing while her co-host stares at the camera paralyzed by fear and shock.

So...while I would normally say #1 is a safe bet, once I factor in the courage she displayed, the way she kept her cool, the way she acted while her co-host was frozen with fear, I have to admit she is probably the more intelligent and disciplined of the two.

Verdict: she put her hand on his arm to reassure him.

Ralph L said...

Back in 2011 there was a 5.8 centered in Mineral, Virginia

I felt that in central NC, and I've got the drywall cracks to prove it. Finally hid the most obvious, over my bathroom doorway, with a big Japanese print this Spring. I never felt any in So Cal, but I was only 8.

Fen said...

Howard: Oh how the mighty mouse has fallen

You continue to remind me that your pussy still hurts. I get it. I'll try to be more gentle next time. If you promise to model that rose outfit I got you. Deal, sweetie?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Every human, and especially smug liberals, should experience an earthquake, be near an active volcano, and live through a tornado.

Being exposed to what nature really can do will remove all your ideas about how our little insignificant selves can affect the weather, the climate, the earth.

We are nothing. We are powerless before the unpredictable and magnificent processes of nature.

I have experienced all three. It is humbling. A lot of people need to be humbled.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Also....I thought she put her hand on his arm to get him to shut up. And then get under the desk.

Howard said...

Funny guy! The rose outfit is a nice homage to the cheerleader uni I suggested for you last week. I'm flattered.

Howard said...

Jesus DBQ, you need to get out of Susanville once in a while... or do you still have a few years on your bit. LA and SF are EQ central... been there and done that. Ever hear of Loma Prieta? How about the fire and mudslides in Montecito.

BJM said...

Michael K said

"The split line could be the Bay Area to San Diego Bay and not much useful would be lost."

I think we'd notice the loss of #1 Wilshire.

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Dust Bunny Queen said...

Howard. Yes. I have heard of Loma Prieta. I was in the Bay Area when it happened visiting with my Brother. Bay Area is where I grew up and is as you so snidely remark...EQ central. My father's summer cabin the the Santa Cruz mountains was totally destroyed.

I remember as a kid watching the telephone poles swaying back and forth, apart and then almost touching each other. Probably about 1960. Back and forth as the ground we were standing on rippled like the ocean during high wave conditions. Another big one in the 50's that did some damage. Knocked our trailer about.

When we lived in Kansas and East Texas there were tornadoes often. Didn't destroy our house but did some big damage. You even been in a tornado?

Stood near a lava flow in Hawaii? Yah..slow moving, but rather impressive.

Nothing we can do about natural disasters. I live dangerously anyway. I can see two of the most spectacular volcanoes from my property. One of which is still classified as active. There are geothermic hot springs all over the place.

So tell me how my incandescent light bulbs are going to destroy the earth.

You really are an ass aren't you.


Fen said...

Howard: Funny guy! The rose outfit is a nice homage to the cheerleader uni I suggested for you last week. I'm flattered.

See? This is why I write romantic sonnets to you. Yes, you're a troll and a lefty, but at least you are entertaining.

Check your email baby.

Michael said...

I was in my office when the Lima Prieta earthquake hit. The office building was built on bay mud but engineered for quakes up to the point of liquidification. My mind said it was safe as the building swayed like crazy with ceiling tiles and file cabinets falling. But my body decided to scurryfrom the 18 th floor windows. On the drive home on the 101 I sped through the underpasses. House was fine but a foot of water sloshed out of the pool. Those on the Bay Bridge weren’t all so lucky.

Michael said...

Howard
You are laps behind. Whole mountainsides slid down in the rainy winter of 1981. Many homes in the Santa Cruz Mts disappeared. Ditto the base of a ski resort in the Tahoe basin.

Are you a housewife? Only housewives say been there done that.

reader said...

The most interesting earthquake I’ve been in was the summer 1986 Palm Springs earthquake. We were floating in the pool at the base of the mountains. There was a row of palm trees that ran the length of the property (it was a timeshare - The Tennis Club). We looked up because of the rumble and then watched the earthquake move down the row of trees. We just bobbed around on the waves and didn’t make any effort to get out. There was alcohol involved. It was really neat to watch.

Bob said...

We had a bad quake in 1987 on a fault that runs from Alhambra to Whittier in SoCal. I was just leaving for work when my car started shaking violently, and it made a sound like the transmission had fallen out as in the Aamco commercial.

I pulled over immediately and got out to check the car. The ground was still shaking a bit. I realized the car was fine and thought, "oh, thank goodness it was only an earthquake".

It wasn't until I got to work that I realized how serious a quake it had been.

Michael K, I lived in the east San Gabriel Valley in 1971 and slept through the Sylmar quake.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

Kate’s son is a mess. There’s no way I’m hiring that kid to mow my lawn again. Last time it looked like shit.

stlcdr said...

Somehow, I’m ashamed to say, experiencing a bit of schadenfreude.

Got into an argument a couple of years back [with a resident on the west coast] about hurricanes attacking (sic) the east coast. I believe it was after Florida got hit with several hurricanes in one season. They lacked any sympathy for the people who lived there and called them stupid for building houses and living on the east coast; they were idiots who deserved what they got. Further, they didn’t want any government resources sent to help, or use government backed insurance.

The reality is that there’s no utopian place to live: nature is trying to kill you 24/7.

Anonymous said...

Earnest Prole: Meh. The epicenter was more than a hundred miles away.

Sure. And Loma Prieta is 70 miles from San Francisco. That one destroyed the Embarcadero freeway, several entire buildings at Apple (throwing me, a 6'4" 225-lbs. guy, against the wall while ceiling tiles popped out around me), and killing hundreds of people in a bridge collapse. It was 5:03 PM, and they were stuck in their last rush-hour commute to a home they would not reach.

This lady and gentleman are acting terrified because, I'm here to tell you, being even 70-100 miles from the epicenter of a magnitude 7.1 earthquake is terrifying. And I was also touched by her very human act of taking his wrist.