Early that morning, I had roof repairs done (this info is important as it does apply to the story). The 3 workmen went up on to my roof and fixed the problem (hopefully). I let them out and carry on about my day. I'm in the kitchen, I'm making cinnamon toasted bagels and a cuppa. I'm on the phone to my brother chit chatting away when the ceiling starts shaking as if someone were stomping around upstairs. My brother hears that I am startled by something or someone and asks if I'm okay. I go silent on the phone for a split second so he yells at me. My heart is beating out of my chest because it now sounds as if 10 men are running from the upstairs bathroom to my bedroom. I tell my brother to hold on a minute. Adrenaline kicks in and I leave the kitchen to look upstairs.
Stupid ass you say???
Well, there's no way anyone can get upstairs in my house without walking right passed me. I was home alone. Hopefully. Did the workmen come back??? Am I bugging??? WTH???
I'm still on the phone with my brother as I walk up the stairs towards the commotion. Then my chandelier starts swinging and the living room ceiling is shaking like 10 men are running on the roof. I'm thinking how the heck did they get out the house so fast??? Did ghosts just galavant around my bedroom and bathroom and rooftop???? WTH?!?!
I run outside to see if I could cross the street and look up at my rooftop to see if anyone was running up there. I look to my right, someone walking their dog looks a little disturbed. My brother is yelling at me on the other end of the phone like what the heck was going on. I told him I had no idea. I thought someone was in the house, then on the roof. Then...??? I was going to call 911 but had no idea what I would say. There's people in my house??? They disappeared!!!! I was so confused.
A car turns onto my block and slows down as it gets closer to me. I looked insane with ball shorts, a T and a Phillies fitted. He asks me "Excuse me Miss, did you just feel the earth shake???" I look at him relieved!!! I was thankful that I wasn't going insane! And that it wasn't just my house!!! I'm still not thinking an earthquake. I'm thinking all kinds of stupid things like Godzilla just walked out the Delaware river and he's headed downtown, UFO's entered the earths atmosphere and they are now invisible to the human eye with their protective shields. I thank him for making me feel not as crazy as I actually am but not as crazy today! My brother overheard the exchange and was like WTF!!! I look towards the end of the block and everyone is outside! People came out of their homes, businesses, looking up at the sky trying to figure something out. I'm trying to catch my breath after the fear of all the possibilities kicked in! (I was thinking more terrorist attack or intrusion vs Alien attack, Godzilla, Poltergeist or Goza the Gozerean! Where's the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man when you need him!)
My phone drops the call... that's nothing too new but I knew my brother would now be worried because I couldn't make or receive calls. I go towards the people and ask if they felt it too. An older lady passes by and says "It was an Earthquake!"
HUH??? In Philadelphia??? Excuse me WHAT???
Everyone is now asking if their cell phones work.
I'm stunned. I start walking back towards my house, everyone on the block looking pretty shook up, no pun. An earthquake was the last thing I was thinking. Not the last thing. I NEVER THOUGHT THERE'D BE AN EARTHQUAKE IN PHILADELPHIA!!!
I mean, times are changing, there are signs. I watch too many movies to experience events like this alone LOL
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!