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August 2nd, 2007

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08:27 am - On relative response
When the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed last night, I was sitting in a downtown theater watching the latest Harry Potter movie. (Quick review: It was OK, but I think I suffered a bit from not having read the books. I particularly liked the character of Luna and wished she had more screen time.) I got a call from Ericka during the film (and didn't answer because, duh, I was in a theater).

Ericka received calls from several of her relatives (all of whom are out of town) checking to make sure we were OK. Well Ericka rarely leaves the house so there was no danger there. I work downtown, so I suppose there could be some worry that I might be using that avenue out of the city on my way home.

None of my relatives called. Not even my brother who lives in a southern suburb (and works, coincidentally as a contractor at the same big corporation I do).

I don't know if this means that my relatives are less excitable than Ericka's, that they don't worry as much, that they paid more heed to the call to keep non-emergency calls to a minimum or what.

Whatever the reason, it struck me as interesting.

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Date:August 2nd, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
I had a similar night. We were in the theater watching "Stardust" when it happened. When we got home, there were messages from local friends and not so local friends. Some calls were from folks who I know through LJ but have never met in person. Then we got calls from Gray's family, just checking on us. Not a single call from any of my family members. I too found that interesting.

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