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29 July 2008 @ 02:06 pm
Earthquake damage -- exclusive photos!  

As reported earlier, the individual hardest hit by the 5.4 quake's ferocity was this 12" Hawkgirl figurine. The plastic figurine plunged over 15" off the top of my computer monitor to land in this supine position on some papers. Top-heavy due to her large, unposable wings, she has always been a special risk in times of earthquakes. She is expected to be put back on top of the monitor later today.hitcounter

Hawkgirl's longtime companions atop the monitor, 7" Wonder Woman and 6" Trinity, were unharmed.

In Sam's room, the body of a Sandtrooper lies face down on the floor, while a Darth Sidious Pez dispenser collapses nearby. Only the providence of springy, wall-to-wall carpeting saved these 4.5" toys from possible scuff marks.

The mantises were unharmed.

penelope danger incorporated: please stand by mcbrennan on July 29th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Who would let their child take Pez from the throat of Darth Sidious? It always starts with Pez. Then there's a sandpeople slaughter and soon the galaxy is doomed. What kind of parent are you?!!

I'm glad the mahyem at the Alcott household was kept to a minimum. I am actually on my way to LA in an hour and I'm a little miffed the earthquake could not have held off until my arrival. It's been a few years since I've been in a mildly terrifying temblor. Good for the circulation.
(Anonymous) on July 30th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm jealous of your 12" Hawkgirl. I have a 4" one that never stays upright.

I love Hawkgirl in the Justice League cartoon. She's one of the few female heroes who doesn't sport impossible spike heels and gravity-defying bosom. Plus she prefers to beat the villain senseless first and ask questions later.
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Todd Alcott toddalcott on July 31st, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
That's her corset. The underwire is made of nth metal.
medox on July 30th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
See, that's why Wonder Woman is Wonder Woman. A mere earthquake can not move her.

Perhaps Hawkgirl was just trying to fly to higher ground?
stormwyvern stormwyvern on July 30th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad the mantises are OK, though I do kind of wonder what they made of the earthquake experience. I'm guessing there thoughts were something along the lines of "?"
John Green crypticpress on July 30th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm from New York, but I'm in LA and was in a car on the way to Griffith Park when the earthquake hit, and none of us noticed a thing. We came back to our friend's place to find two of his LEGO figures fallen over as the only evidence of the earthquake.

I'm sorta disappointed I was oblivious to the whole thing.
Todd Alcott toddalcott on July 30th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
It's always the toys who suffer most.
(Anonymous) on July 30th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
glad you're okay
Hi, Todd, this is Mary, your sort of long-lost cousin (your Aunt Ann's 1960 kid; I've met your sister and brothers). We just sold our VCR at a yard sale, and I was wondering if James Urbaniak or any other Hal Hartley person you know might want our VCR tapes of The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, and Simple Men.
I'm at pettice@lvc.edu.
Nice to make your acquaintance, Todd!
Todd Alcott toddalcott on July 30th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: glad you're okay

Good to hear from you. My collection of Hal Hartley movies on VHS is already well-stocked, but if you have any old Journey albums on 8-track I'd be interested.
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Re: glad you're okay
Oh, I have such a hard time throwing things away; I just thought somewhere, someone cared.
Journey? Um, no.
Edith edithspage on July 30th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
OMG this is the funniest entry of all time! I love it!!