Since the beginning of time everyone has known that San Francisco is a bad place for earthquakes. The only people who don’t seem to realize this are the people who live here, who really don’t give a shit about what the Earth does or does not decide to do tectonically speaking.
You would think that people who try so hard to be nice to the planet would be a little pissed off that this very same planet is going to pay them back for all their local eating, hemp wearing, and reusable grocery bag stockpiling by knocking their apartment down. Mom Earth is a biatch!
If you ask a San Franciscan if the statistic that there is an 80% chance of a huge earthquake hitting the Bay Area within the next 30 years is frightening to them, they will look at you and say, “No.” or “I don’t live in the Marina.”
If you proceed to the next logical question, “Does the prospect of dying frighten you,” they will proceed to the next logical answer, one that would probably make Dylan Thomas throw up in his shoes, something like, “It is what it is,” or “You should do one thing everyday that scares you. Dying wouldn’t be that thing for me.”
If it really doesn’t bother a person AT ALL that just by living in this one city their chances of being in a natural disaster that Anderson Cooper will cover the shit out of are exponentially higher, then something is going on with that person.
When there is a small earthquake in the Bay Area, San Franciscans will typically not even notice it or if they do they will make excuses for the shaking like it must be the cat or their upstairs neighbor setting her glass down without a coaster.
Then when their family from out of state calls to inquire as to whether they felt it (3.7 on the Richter scale!) the San Franciscan will have absolutely no idea what they are talking about, and won’t even feign interest in a topic that seems endlessly interesting to the rest of the nation.
Then they will quickly get off the phone, and will not talk to their family again until the next earthquake, which only people out of state seem to feel.