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The quake that rocked a nation… - By Rebecca Wicks

It just happened! The most exciting thing to occur in Dubai since the infamous sex-on-the-beach scandal some months back. A natural disaster just struck, right here, with its epicenter seemingly right around my very office. I kid you not. Everyone was evacuated. People were standing on the streets, wondering what it was that they didn't feel, looking at the trees that weren't even damaged, observing all the cars that weren't flipped over onto their roofs, engulfed in balls of flames.
Only I wasn't here. As the earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the richter scale caused tremors around Media City, (and at least one pen to fall off someone's desk), I was in a recording studio about 2 miles away. I was listening to an American talk about 4x4's and Breast Cancer.
I have never been so annoyed. I didn't feel a thing. The pesky quake didn't even think to include me. ME! A survivor of many natural disasters. I would have known what to do. I was in New York on 9/11 when the towers came down. Granted that wasn't a very natural disaster, and I had only been "living there" for one day at the time (how fitting that this Thursday is 9/11 too) but I was still a part of it. I helped find a place that still delivered pizza, AND I called up to book tickets for RENT when no one else really felt like it. I have always been there to offer support. Always. Until today.

Imagine my disappointment. I feel so very useless. People in my office are traumatized. I don't think they'll ever get over it. Alex even said "I didn't bother going outside,"

"WHAT?? WHY??" I screamed, thinking he was so shocked, so mortified, so terrified of imminent doom and destruction that the poor thing just crawled under his desk and started praying.

Apparently though, he saw it as an ideal time to use the Internet - seeing as it's so ruddy slow when everyone else is on it.

There wasn't even any looting. I was informed of the tragedy whilst still at the studio and fully expected to come back and find my apple, box of Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, and latch hook sewing kit sent from my friend in America, stolen, pilfered. But nope. Nothing. Even my computer's still here, flashing up all the work I have to do before the end of the world.

Seriously now,…this has to have been the most boring natural disaster ever. It started in Iran - in the south-west of the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, to be precise. Three people were killed there apparently (gulp). To be honest though, most of Dubai looks like its been involved in an earthquake anyway. Doubt most people would have blinked if another pile of rubble appeared on the side of the road.

Posted: 11 September 2008

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