I'm OKAY everyone, through a miraculous sequence of events, I dived under one of Amazon's famous desks made out of a door (best of both worlds, I guess, when it comes to earthquake coverage), waited for the lighing fixtures to stop falling off the ceiling and bookshelves to stop toppling over, then, carefully, without a second thought, ran like a girl down the stairs with the rest of the screaming and crying humans (we're in a very old building made of brick, that looks like this on a good day). Outside, pieces of the building had fallen off and the ground was covered in large brick pieces. Looking up, near the 11th floor, is a large chunk of the building that's about to fall off, where the bricks had cracked and a large section of it had slightly separated from the rest of the building. I wish I had a camera, I thought.
Then, locked out of the building, we began to have hopes that we wouldn't have to work that day (it was only 11am) and soon those dreams came true, since certain engineers would have to check the building for structural integrity. The rub was that my car keys were inside the building and I needed to pick K up at 3 so I needed the keys.
Only 5 people were going to be allowed in the building at a time, to retrieve purses, palm pilots, and cell phones. They would go floor by random floor. My floor, it turned out, 5 hours later, was last. I was late picking K up, and very very hungry. They had given us power bars and chips, but I hadn't eaten breakfast and the only thing I'd eaten the day before was fries at a pub, since I went straight from work to a friend's going-away party. Anyway, I was grumpy. 10th and 11th floors were flooded with emergency sprinklers, elevator had broken, but otherwise I expect to be back to work on Friday. We're not even allowed to dial in from home unless we have a technical emergency. If they want to forcibly stop me from working, I won't complain.
All told, a fun day.