of the plush Ana Hotel in Toyama, Japan.
martha was in the gorgeous lobby calling her mother.
I was sitting on the end of the bed playing my beloved Parker Fly.
suddenly the bed began shaking back and forth.
I felt faint like I was going to pass out. dizzy.
I looked at the door and saw the Do Not Disturb sign
swinging back and forth.
it was an earthquake!
what an incredible sensation!
not violent like I would have expected
but rhythmic, undulating, smooth.
like the whole room was in a big rocking chair.
I stood up to look out the window and felt another dose of vertigo.
the heating units on the tops of surrounding buildings
looked like they were made of rubber.
I didn't know what to do.
I was worried about martha.
should I run for the stairs?...no, probably best to stay put.
I could hear the sound of metal creaking
as the entire 18-story building swayed.
the shaking finally started to subside.
then after two minutes it was over.
I looked at my watch, it was 10:20 in room 1020.
strangely I felt as though I had lost my sea legs,
like everything was still moving slightly.
my equilibrium was off kilter.
I went down the hallway to the elevator.
eric and julie were just arriving from their room.
we discussed what to do and decided to stay put
in case of a second wave.
within a few minutes martha arrived
we excitedly talked about what had happened.
on our first day in japan we landed during a typhoon.
on our second day we were in an earthquake.