Unmistakingly American, Joe Buck’s voice emanated rather loudly from the living room while Diane did what everyone else in the San Francisco Bay Area did last Sunday night: watched the San Francisco Giants play game six of The World Series. Alas, I was slaving away in the computer room working on The Liebster Award Post. Yeah, OK, stop laughing. Some old farts still use a computer and mouse while blogging. And early retirees only buy new devices when a faced with an emergency (like a new Apple OS rendering you as obsolete).
World Series, not Liebster trophy
Less than 30 days into my first ever attempt at blogging, I received two nominations on the same day for the (coveted?) Liebster Award. For the benefit of my blog-less email followers, the award is given by fellow bloggers to other bloggers as a recognition of excellence. Generally given to new bloggers like me, the rules state nominees can include non-newbies with less than 800 followers. The rules are here. Also designed for promotion of under-appreciated blogs, I noticed a spike in my stats so I guess it works. Thanks to Tim and Joanne of A Note from Abroad and The Tex-Pats of Adventure Pengembarafor the nod !! I’m honored and appreciative.
Years before Diane and I planned to retire early and try expat life in Penang, I was sitting in my little studio apartment in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Waiting for age 50 to qualify for an MM2H Visa was a quarter century in the future, Like almost everyone else, I had a cold beer in hand as I watched game three of The 1989 “Bay Bridge World Series” between the San Francisco Giants and The Oakland A’s, their cross-bay rivals. Only 24 years old and brand new to San Francisco, my world rocked violently as the earth shook for what seemed like an eternity. (It was actually only 16 seconds long.)
Today, October 17th, 2014, marks the twenty-five year anniversary of the earthquake officially known as “Loma Prieta” but remembered as “the almost big one” for those of us who experienced it. Knowing California’s building standards are superior to many less fortunate densely populated areas of the globe, I’d be remiss if I wrote a post about my hardships although 63 people did die and damage was very high by American standards. But there was no internet yet and many fellow bloggers might have been in diapers on that infamous day, therefore I’ve chosen to commemorate the occasion by sharing my experience as best I remember it. I’ve included some short You Tube videos worth watching if you’ve never seen coverage of the event. Continue reading →