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September 4th, 2003

grumble

In my visits to and living in the west coast over the past five years, I've been through probably half a dozen small-to-middlin' earthquakes (the biggest I think was a 5.1). I've managed to sleep through or just not notice every single one of them, which has always irked me somewhat.

Last night I was woken up by what sure as hell felt like an earthquake - the bed was shaking rhythmically, maybe half an inch lateral movement, for about twenty seconds. After determining that nothing was falling over, I just gleefully rode it out and then went back to sleep.

This morning, I woke up and checked the USGS site. Nothing. I finally, finally get an earthquake that I actually notice, and it looks like I dreamed the whole fucking thing.

Grumble.

(And as a disclaimer, no, I'm not trolling for natural disasters here - I'm not sure I can explain why I have this bizarre urge to experience an earthquake. Yen for new experiences, maybe.)

Well, that was interesting

Just got back from the audiologist. We did a full hearing test, which I hadn't had done in about five years. My left ear is the same as always, but my right has dropped off the scale above 2000 hZ - to the point that I heard the beeps intended for my right ear in my left first, and Andrei was trying not to wince at the ear-splitting shriek that was coming out of my headphones while I'm sitting there calmly not hearing a darn thing.

The right has always a little worse than the left, but not by this much - and short of ear infections, this is the first significant change in my hearing since the first time I was tested (at age 4). I'm not sure what would have caused the drop, but I don't really see any reason to worry that my hearing's gone degenerative. (*crosses fingers*)

Anyway, we've ordered new hearing aids for me, Siemens Trianos (pretty much the top of the line). By the 26th (and possibly sooner) I should be hearing better, and without that damned constant feedback that drives you all so crazy ;)

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