McConnell's Blog: Waking Up to an Earthquake in LA

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 7:13 PM
Matt McConnell

LOS ANGELES -- I found out after becoming a dad, the days of sleeping late were gone forever. As a parent, your body adjusts. So even when you’re sans kid, your body refuses to let you sleep in. Parents know what I’m talking about. And that was the case this morning here in Los Angeles. My alarm was set for 7 a.m., though I was wide awake by six.

As I tried falling back to sleep, my bed started sliding back and forth as if there were people were tugging on it from both sides. Then I heard my hotel room door clanging back and forth as if someone was trying to break into my room.

Then I knew. We were having an earthquake. And 20 seconds later, it was over.

I grabbed my phone and checked Twitter. Nope, it wasn’t a case of bed spins (for the record, just one cold one with dinner last night). My suspicions were confirmed by fellow Tweeps. I turned on the television. All of the Los Angeles new programs were reporting it to be a magnitude 4.7 tremor centered close to the Westwood neighborhood of the city.

This was actually my second earthquake experience in Southern California. Back in 1994, I was calling the games on radio for the then expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim when the Northridge quake hit. That one popped around 4:30 a.m. I remember jumping out of bed and running down the hallway of our condo, then back into the bedroom telling my wife, “Get out of bed! We just had an earthquake.” She told me to turn off the light and go back to sleep. When she woke up later, she remembered nothing. At 6 a.m. that morning, the phone started ringing with concerned family members from back east. They thought it was the end of the world.

At today’s morning skate at Staples Center, Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett told a story about having experienced a couple earthquakes for himself when he was on the coaching staff of the Los Angeles Kings years ago. But he revealed the biggest earthquake he’s experienced took place in Quebec City when he was a member of the Hartford Whalers. He said he was dining with Hall of Fame teammate Ron Francis when a chandelier in the restaurant started swaying wildly. At first, Tippett thought “it was really windy” before discovering what was happening below his feet.

In true hockey fashion, one of the trainers for the team had T-shirts made for the players commemorating the event. Only in hockey!

Funny stuff.

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