October surprise


Bryan Wilson

Go Giants! Fear the Beard! And all that.


While the heatwave has gone far too early, the Giant’s hot streak has continued, leading them into the World Series. Surprise!

And, what happened the last time the Giants were in the World Series? Just SF’s largest earthquake some 1906  – the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. I still remember huddling under a desk at HP (I was in Santa Clara then) as file cabinets swayed and then fell. Yes – we still used file cabinets back then. After a large aftershock, everyone started leaving for home. I lived about two miles away and it took a long time to get back since all traffic signals were out. On the radio I heard about fires in the Marina, and freeways having collapsed. Later that night Shmoopy and I finally had dinner at a burger joint within walking distance that was still open and had power.

No further October surprises, please.



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