In 1989, I was working as a taxi driver in San Francisco. At about 1:30 in the afternoon, a guy gets into my cab at the Moscone Center, wanting to go to the Meridien Hotel, a distance of 200-300 yards. I thought it was strange that he didn\'t just walk.
Anyway, he gets in and says, \"So, we\'re about due for an earthquake.\"
I say \"Really?\"
He says, \"Yeah. I heard the government is going to detonate explosives along the faultline to relieve the pressure. It\'s 10 years behind schedule.\"
I reply with a chuckle, \"Sounds like that James Bond movie, I forget the name, the one with Grace Jones.\"
4 hours later: The Loma Prieta (7.1) earthquake.