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Opening Arguments

Rattle and roll

All morning long, people have been telling me this woke them up:

Dishes rattled and so did Fort Wayne residents' nerves this morning as the U.S. Geologic Survey reported that an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 - later downgraded to 5.2 - struck the Midwest around 5:37 a.m. today.

Well, I missed it. Or, rather, I woke up, but I didn't know why I woke up. I didn't realize there'd been an earthquake until I caught the morning news. Now, the last one -- was in '87 or '88? -- I felt. My wife and I were at Lambro's restaurant, and all the dishes rattled.

Kinda scary. There's a lot of time to get way from a hurricane. Even a tornado can be observed a little bit before it strikes. But an earthquake is just not there one second and there the next. Some folks get a little excited about the potential of the New Madrid (that's the blue line) to really let loose with a big one. But I think I'll leave it low on my list of things to worry about.