Not feeling too awake right now so this will probably wind up a long run-on sentence :/
You all know there was an 8.8 or 8.9 earthquake here in Tokyo. Yes, I did feel it (they felt it all the way in China) and yes, it was scary. Anyone who pretends otherwise is a tool.
After the earthquake, people kinda waffled in the office until they found out the 4th floor had evacuated. I had already gotten my jacket on and was out the door when they all went out.
I went out to the nearby park (designated retreat area) but it turns out everyone just was lingering around the office (in case they could go back in). I went back and noted (to my horror) that my iPhone was almost completely out of charge. I snuck back onto the 2nd floor and hooked up my phone and iPad. I also went and pulled out the unused iPhone 3GS battery that they had lying around; if no one else was going to use it, I would! (Turned out to be a vital part of my escape plan)
After charging my phone & the battery up to max, I decided that staying in Yokohama and sleeping with my co-workers was out of question so I left. I didn’t intend on walking the full 35 kilometers, but I was willing to do so if necessary. Fortunately, I passed an AEON department store and got my hands on a 300$ mountain bike. I also rendez-vous’d with my co-worker Hiroki (who kept in touch with me via Skype, the only functional way to have a voice conversation all day) , and we parted company only after finding a cheap 35$ mama-chari for Hiro and reaching Shin-Yokohama. From there, it was an exhausting 3 hour trip, weaving through traffic and flipping off impatient drivers, while consulting my phone map (and draining both the additional battery and the phone battery itself)
Reaching home and opening the door, I was prepared for my Apple TV and monitor to be smashed, along with some boxes to have fallen, but it seems the recent update I did to the interior space had prevented that. Everything was fine, except my sister was repeatedly messaging me, forcing me to stop, pull out my phone and see what was happening.
In short, I’m alive, back home, and didn’t lose anything. Thank God.
You can check the pics on my twitter feed. (@_jm)