30 July 2008
Earthquakes and Flowers
By now, most folks know that So Cal was hit with a 5.4 earthquake yesterday. The shaking started at about a quarter 'til noon, just as I happened to be standing in our walk-in flower cooler - surrounded by three walls of glass windows and a wall of mirrors. Not exactly the best spot in a flower shop, but I got off much more lightly than some of the people featured in this Orange County Register article, including a surgeon in the middle of a procedure and a guy standing atop a 10-foot ladder!
We had a few vases tumble off shelves, but like most everyone else, the quake's affect was minor (except on our nerves.) I told our team to expect a quiet afternoon, figuring most people would be busy dealing with the after effects.
About an hour later, we had an "Only in Southern California" moment. Arriving via our website was a flower order for delivery today with the message "Congratulations on surviving your first earthquake." Love it!
Surprisingly, a number of customers dropped in to pick up flowers on their way home. Some were for special occasions, but others were 'just because.' It seems that an earthquake (even a relatively minor one like yesterday's) can remind us to cherish the people most important in our lives.
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