Sunday, March 27, 2011

Silent Sunday


above, after Sept 7.1 quake......
below, after Feb 6.3 quake....


13 comments:

Phil said...

This for us is like looking at a coloured enhancement of a WW2 monochrome image from the Blitz - or a major gas leak explosion.

Yet it's just one of a great many examples of an ex corner shop and a good and decent family’s lifelong struggle and financially ‘not’ particularly rewarding existence in your community - reduced to rubble and the wind.

The human and social injustice of it all is difficult to reconcile - and my family does'nt even live close to the same danger map that you guys do.

Sorry - no offence to those who are otherwise - but it's no small wonder I’ve become an atheist.

Stickup Artist said...

How awful. I hope nobody got hurt! That just makes me shudder. No warning, one minute one reality, the next minute, anything can happen. What a reminder to enjoy the good times when they are around. Even boring times. Hope your home repairs are going well and let's hope this is the end of the tremors!

Owen said...

Ah Sister Saj, sounds to me like you could use a good long vacation somewhere where the earth is not behaving like a train wreck every few days. The aftershocks must be really pernicious, once one starts not knowing how long it will last nor how bad it will get, until it's over. And now Burma, errr, Myanmar, to add to the list... Haiti, Chile, NZ, Japan, Myanmar... ok, where next ??? Have you read the articles about the super-volcano under Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming ? That can help keep things in perspective. I wouldn't want to be in the US when that goes off...

So how was the royal visit finally ? I sure wish I could offer you some peace and quiet, but that is just wishful thinking... be safe...

...louciao... said...

Bad enough got way worse.
Truly sobering. I hope you and your family are warm and well and that you're not too terribly sobered, Saj.

wv: sessmud, another word for liquefaction?

Meggie said...

It is all heartbreaking to see.
A friend sent me an email re the Long Drops, & I see yours got second place! Congratulations!!

The Sagittarian said...

Phil - you're right, and I keep telling myself that the sadness at the destruction of our lovely city will fade with time and be replaced with renwed enthusiasm.

StickUp-we've been having some sharp aftershocks so it's not all over yet but they can't go on forever, right? :-)

Owen- a trip seomwhere exocit, perhaps on sister Lynne's bike to take tea with you? Ok, maybe not TEA but you get the idea, sounds fine to me - where do I sign? As for the visit by Billy Windsor - didn't see him but then again he probably got shown the best of the worst places! Tonight we're having a rain and wind storm...

Louciao-sessmud - I love it, and its easier to say and spell too! See that Bro and I are arranging a family gathering, hope your bike is well oiled!

Meggie - haha, yes we actually got third (or 'turd, if you're Irish) and won a years supply of loo paper! Apparently we won the Press readers vote and have also won a Yates garden voucher. There's gotta be something fun out of this eh?!

The Sagittarian said...

Oh, and if anyone is interested in Meggie's comment about the Long Drop here's the link...

www.showusyourlongdrop.co.nz. I entered it as abit of fun and it's taken on a life os it's own, if any of you know DT tell him we went ahead and christened it without him!

Steve said...

Geez. It's like nature took a look at the first photo and then came back to finish the job. Frightening to think these structures which we consider to be so permanent can be torn down so easily and end up looking like match wood.

ρομπερτ said...

All the very best of thoughts, patience and strength for you all.

...louciao... said...

Congratulations! A year's supply of loo paper! How do they measure that? Nice to see you have a cozy niche to read the news while attending to other business.
Thanks for inviting me to family get-together. I will be sure to keep bike and self well-oiled while anticipating announcement of date/time/place.
WV: goniti
short hand for "Gone to eat" or "Gone to Tahiti," or, preferably both. See you there!

Margaret Pangert said...

omg! This is going to take forever to get back to normal! Do you know anyone on the west coast you could visit for awhile? It seems the second quake wreaked more havoc than the first! Note to Owen: Interesting you brought up Yellowstone. There is a scientific theory that there is so much volcanic activity underneath the surface that if it blows, there will be a global winter for years and years.

The Sagittarian said...

Steve - You're right, and I have to keep reminding myself that we're soo lucky that we don't know anyone who was killed or injured. Believe it or not, no-one was injured in the shops pictured here!

Robert- Many thanks.

Louciao - yep, I have enough paper for the reunion now, so come on over if you dare!! :-)

Margaret - yes, we have to redefine what is now normal for us. I used to live on the West Coast so yes have plenty of options it's just that our house is so badly damaged that we have too much to do to get it fixed; in reality the option of going away for a break is in the future at the moment. I sincerely hope that the Yellowstone thing NEVER happens....

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Crikey. I mean I know it was nothing to look at, but must have still been a shock.

You definitely deserve a holiday.