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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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# Matt McGee said:

--"Congratulations on surviving your first earthquake."--

Ha! That's just perfect. Too funny. :-)

30 July 08 at 2:54 PM
# Matt McGee said:

And BTW, I'm glad to hear you and your crew are safe, Cathy. My mon-in-law got through it just fine - she lives out in the desert and just shook a little.

30 July 08 at 2:56 PM

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