Me: HEY! Dad! We just had an earthquake!
Dad: Huh? What?
Me: You heard me, we had an earthquake! The whole house was shaking! The sound was horrible.
Dad: Huh? A What?
Me: AN EARTHQUAKE for God’s sake! At first, I thought a plane was crashing on top of me! I thought it was the end of the world!
Dad: What? An earthquake?
Me: DAD! For God’s sake. Turn on Fox News! It’s all over the news, too.
Dad: What? Wait a minute.
Me: [Waiting, and waiting] Dad! Is it on the news yet?
Dad: WOW! You had an earthquake! It says it was 6.0 on the scale. That’s big! Did you feel it at your house?
Me: DAD! The whole house shook! At first I thought it was a plane crash or something.
Dad: Wow! Isn’t that something, an earthquake. Are the dogs ok?
Me: THE DOGS! Dad, they are both sitting on top of me. I can’t get off the recliner. Cosmo is on top of my lap shaking like a leaf, and Clover is trying to climb on top of me too. I couldn’t evacuate to a safe place even if I tried.
Dad: I’m glad they’re ok.
Me: Yeah, Dad! They’re ok, but I’m having a nervous breakdown here.
Dad: Fox News says that the center was only about 70 miles away from D.C. All I can say is it’s about time something shook those politicians up, the bunch of bureaucrats!
Me: Dad. I’m a bureaucrat.
Dad: Huh? Hug Clover and Cosmo. I’ll tell your mother to call you. I want to hear about the earthquake on Fox. Love you.