Friday, February 25, 2011

Things You Don't Want To Hear

Today was an extremely windy day, with wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour. The building I work in is only a four story structure that is wider than it is tall, and I'm on the top floor.

After a particularly strong and sustained gust I turned to my coworker and asked, "Is it me, or is the building swaying? I think I felt my desk move."

He said, "It's not you."



Anonymous said...

I know just how unnerving it is when your office building sways. I used to work on the top floor of my building, and I sometimes watched the wall-hanging pictures sway and bounce in time with the wind outside and highway below.
The good news is, though, that the buildings are designed to sway with the wind. If they didn't, there would be a much greater risk of the building supports cracking and the whole building falling down.
So the next time you feel the building move, console yourself with the knowledge that the building is functioning as designed.
But if I know you at all, that knowledge won't make you feel any better, will it?


Nod said...

I'm still sitting in my office.

Swaying in the wind is just something you don't expect to feel every day when you don't work in a tall building.

I'm not that much of a nervous Nellie (b/c it doesn't involve kids, see?).


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