More Stories From the Seattle Quake

The Hotel That Wouldn't Fall Down

Three members of the CAS Inc. sales team were at the show when the quake rocked Seattle. Jim Grace and Crystal Howell were in the convention center and headed for the doorframes and open areas, as the ceiling appeared to be threatening to fall. I had just left the show and was on the 32nd floor of the Sheraton preparing for a client meeting.

The hotel huffed and puffed but miraculously didn't fall down. It is an experience none of us will soon forget. It was a very, very long 45 seconds. Ten minutes after it stopped, I headed for the appointment on the other side of Seattle and saw some of the damage to older parts of town.

April Clark

Regional sales manager

CAS Inc.

Omaha, NE

Ruined Latte and No Sales

I was enjoying a hot latte in a Starbuck's when the earthquake struck. Being a Los Angelino, earthquakes are nothing new to me. At the first signs of rumbling, I looked for the nearest doorway to crawl under. But, the ground moved before me and so did the latte. It spilled all over my laptop, my pants and the stack of brochures to be handed out at the show.

Bodily injury to me: Scalding Hot Crotch.

Destroyed Mac Graphite: 1.

Sales made at the show: 0.

Earthquake ruining a perfectly good latte: Priceless.

Benjamin Bird

Vice president, sales

Mass Market Masters

Studio City, CA

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