Sleeping with a Silent Enemy


My eyes again darted from side-to-side last night in sheer terror. I felt two more quakes lying in bed – both within about 25 minutes of each other.

Really? When will this stop?

I’ve also noticed another emerging quirk the past few days: the arm-chair seismologists. Many of those in northwest Reno and now across the rest of the valley think they can ‘accurately’ predict temblors. Sweet.

“Oh that was a about a 3.3.”

“No, that was your stomach rumbling grandma.”

“No, felt more like a 2.5”

Stop the insanity!

It’s ridiculous.

Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the nation so it makes sense it would shake now and then, but three months worth? And all in a row?

I’ve had my quake fill for awhile. Thanks.  


Reports: Fallon to succeed Conan on ‘Late Night’

Reports: Fallon to succeed Conan on ‘Late Night’

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon appears to be inching closer to Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night” chair.

Jimmy Fallon is a former “Saturday Night Live” regular. He may soon host NBC’s “Late Night” show.

For months, Fallon has been widely considered the top choice to succeed O’Brien when he steps down next year. On Thursday, published reports said Fallon has signed, or soon will sign, a deal with NBC.

NBC had no comment Thursday on the stories by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. The network had been expected to announce its choice of host within the next few weeks, possibly at its May 12 presentation for advertisers.

A former regular on “Saturday Night Live,” Fallon, 33, would take over sometime next year as host of the 12:30 a.m. talk show. O’Brien is to replace Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight” show, aired at 11:30 p.m. each weeknight.

Fallon taking over “Late Night” is the only part of this talk-show turnover that remained in any doubt. The succession plan at the “Tonight” show, including Leno’s departure, was announced by NBC in 2004.

But as long ago as last summer, NBC late-night boss Rick Ludwin was quoted as saying that Fallon “is at the top of our short list.”

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Would You Like Reno Shaken or Stirred?

Maybe there’s just too much development going on in our part of the world. Maybe it was just time.

Whatever the reason, that 4.7 quake scared the fear of God into me late Friday night.

I was enjoying my night alone watching TV (13 Going on 30 on Fox), typing my what is turning out to be a laborious screenplay, and eating Panda Express (chopstick free) on my bed with my kitties surrounding me.

It was nice.

I then turned to watch NBC news so I could see Hugh Laurie on the Tonight Show. The kitties went wandering into the living room.

The news ended at 11:32 or so, went to some commercials then Jay Leno started doing his monologue.

A quick ax-handling sound burst from the front door. I knew I locked it, but was someone trying to break in to get me?

Then the TV reception went wonky, my bed started to rumble, and the already cracked walls came alive with force. “Oh my God,” I thought.

But it was too late. Wall hangings started swinging while my heart pumped faster with anxiety. “Oh God.”

It lasted for about ten seconds, the rolling for a few more seconds.

Then dead silence. That post-quake eerie silence.

I darted my eyes around the room – the standing lamp swayed, the license plate behind the painting scraped the wall. My pounding heart distracted me from Jay Leno’s monologue.     

I grabbed my cell phone and called my parents out of shear terror. They too felt it and said their dogs didn’t even wake up. Odd.

My kitties made no sound from the other room.

NBC broke in to say there’d been a quake (thanks for alerting me) and that they were waiting for a magnitude.

A second temblor then rolled. “Oh God, oh God.” I can only imagine what I sounded like to my parents on the phone.

The two news anchors looked around, above them at the swinging lights and commented, “I think there’s another one.”

In a twisted way, I was happy to watch two people share my same experience.

Throughout this ordeal, my bed shook a little the whole time, but I also could not separate it from my pounding heart, so I could be totally wrong.

Anyway, I started to calm down a little after some reprieved shaking, I got off the phone and watched Hugh Laurie in his natural-born British accent. Took my mind off what happened.

Then a quick third shaking disturbed the wall crackings. I rolled again. That was it; I knew I’d be up for the rest of the night.

An hour later, I gave in and took a Relpax for my foreshadowed migraine and closed my eyes with the light on of course. Thankfully it stopped and so did my heart pounding.

But as I write this, it’s been a little more than 24 hours since that large one, I could be for another soon. 

Northwest Reno, if you don’t live here, has been targeted (by God!) to receive multiple earthquakes since February. Most are 1.0 or 2.0, but sometimes they flare up and belch damage across the area.  

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Reno: Biggest Little Shaker in the World

From the Associated Press:

I felt it while typing away at my workspace.


4.2 quake shakes downtown Reno buildings as swarm of temblors hits northern Nevada


RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno residents are still a bit rattled this morning after yesterday’s earth-shaking experience.

A swarm of earthquakes capped by a 4.2 magnitude quake hit Reno late yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, shaking downtown buildings and putting residents on edge throughout the city.

Some cracked windows and damage to tile roofs were reported in northwest residential areas but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.

The U-S Geological Survey says the 4.2 temblor hit at 3:55 p.m. and was centered six miles west of Reno. It shook downtown Reno for about 30 seconds and caused buildings to sway.

The Geological Survey said a 4.1 magnitude trembler hit minutes earlier at 3:47 p.m.

The U-S-G-S actually has changed it’s report on the size of the two biggest quakes. It originally reported the first one was a 4.1.

It then raised it to 4.2, then at one point to 4.4, but now reports it was a 4.2. The 4.1 quake initially was reported to be a 3.8.

In addition to the two most powerful quakes, more than 30 other small earthquakes were reported during about a two-hour period.

They included seven registering 2.4 and above — one of those a 3.0 at 3:51 p.m. and another a 3.3 at 6 p.m.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s seismology laboratory reported the two largest quakes were “widely felt” throughout Reno and neighboring Sparks to the east. It said that based on the magnitude of the quakes, aftershocks can be expected for several days.

Elsewhere in Nevada on Thursday, a 3.6 earthquake was reported at 5:47 p.m. in the northeast part of the state about 38 miles southeast of Elko and a 3.0 at 12:33 a.m. in west-central Nevada about 26 miles south of Tonopah.

SAG, Studios Extend Talks One Week

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 24, 2008
The Screen Actors Guild and major Hollywood studios have agreed to extend their contract talks another week in a sign that the two sides are making some, albeit limited, headway in their negotiations toward a new three-year agreement.

Studios had initially planned to begin negotiations with SAG’s sister union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, this coming Monday if they couldn’t hammer out a new agreement with SAG after two weeks of negotiations.

But on Wednesday the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios, notified its member companies that it had asked AFTRA to postpone the start of its negotiations “because we owe it to our entire industry to give the current . . . talks every opportunity to result in an agreement.”

Since they began nearly two weeks ago, the talks have been far less rancorous than last year’s negotiations with writers, which ultimately broke down and triggered a 100-day walkout that ended in February.

Still, there are deep differences between the parties, fueling fears that Hollywood could be faced with another, potentially more costly, walkout that would shut down movie and television production. Actors are seeking substantially better pay terms than what writers and directors negotiated, including a demand to double the compensation they currently receive from DVD sales.

“At this time there remain significant gaps between the two parties and we hope to use the extra time to narrow these gaps,” the studio alliance said in a statement on its website.

Psst! Have You Tried the Kellene Diet?

The South Beach Diet. The Liquid Diet. The No Food Diet. The Kellene Diet?!

Yes, you probably have not heard about it since I just thought about it, but I want to help those wanting to lose a few extra pounds before summer.

While growing up I was often asked how I kept thin. Now, years later it’s starting to finally catch up with me, but I can stop the fat (or aging) progress by – duh – exercising!

Mental note: Start doing sit-ups.

Luckily, I already distaste many foods people ‘can’t live without.’

So to achieve the Kellene Diet you must not eat certain dishes.

For instance, I inherently already hate butter. Yes! I hate the leftover greasy feeling it leaves on my fingers.

I also hate salad dressing! No joke! I like my lettuce and veggies with just pepper.

The look of anything creamy disgusts me. Ugh!

A few years back I read that women get most of their daily calories from Ranch dressing during lunch breaks. Just the smell of the stuff turns my stomach.

And to this day I still get the ‘you hate cheese?’ line. Growing up my father always ate Kraft singles which turned my nose off. I still refuse to eat any of it to this day.


But, I eat Mac and Cheese, pizza and mozzarella sticks. Yeah, go figure that one out. Think it’s because its mozzarella and I can at least stand the cooked version of it.

To avoid all arguments, I just claim I’m allergic. Works every time.    

I also never really liked red meat. So I don’t eat steak. Too tough. Whaaa, but true. I only really eat chicken and burgers and on occasion pork.

And lamb is totally out of the question. The image of something so cute and fluffy running around kills me. Can’t get past it.

Fish, well, see Ranch. Brings back memories when my parents would take me down to the Wharf in San Francisco. I felt like I had bathed in fish stench.

On the flip side, I love Coke. Lots of Coke. Like too much of it. Acquired the habit from my grandmother. Now I’m trying to break it 30 years later – I want to get rid of my small tummy.

Mental note: Start doing sit-ups.

It’s a daily struggle, but I’m slowly getting there by compensating with water mixed with Crystal Light. I realized I drink what is in front of me so if I put something healthy there – that’s half the battle. Took me years to figure that one out.

I must also confess I have horrible sweet TEETH and j’adore chocolat, but sadly I can’t indulge in its heavenly goodness anymore.

It gives me horrible migraines, and there are times when I still tempt fate and win, and there are times when I pay the price. Chocolate is the devil.

It’s nice walking by candy aisles and not taking part in it. I sorely miss the guilty pleasure, but it’s another item I can take off my ‘bad food’ list.  

I also learned will power must prevail at EVERY meal. Make a conscious decision to drink water and ‘naked’ salad. As a bonus, it’s also more economical to drink water.  

Who Let a Whale in Here?

For those of you who know me you know I’ve been trying to get healthy for awhile, like, for 32 years now.  

I concentrate really hard on it and then lose all my will power seconds later when some one puts a piece of chocolate cake in front of me.  

It’s the thought that still counts right? Anyway I got the scare of my life the other day after I got my comfy clothes on and sat down on my bed to work on my screenplay.  

It wasn’t hard to miss either: I saw what my legs look like when they are folded up.  

I nearly fell over onto the floor I was so taken aback. I was saddened, yet shocked at how my non-athletic legs turned into – a dimply white mass of flabby flesh.  

Now, obviously I only see this wonderful view when I sit down on the lower portion of my legs. But my God! I could have used some kind of warning! It’s scarier than the last Paris Hilton movie review.  

On the up side, I can get rid of it. But it like requires work, like hard work, and like real exercise. Ugh.  

But what’s better? Great sexy legs or mouth-watering cuisine?  Why does life have to be so hard?!