Worst Case Scenario

I often think about things like, ‘What would I do if this train goes off the bridge and into the East River? How could I survive this?’ ‘If this plane starts to crash, could I land it?’ Insane, I know. I was thinking of starting a series: Insane Things I Thought Today.

But we had an earthquake not too long ago, and it must have freaked me out more than I realized, or maybe it dredged up 9/11 fears, but every once in a while I wonder what I would do if my building started to collapse. I’m pretty sure I’d be a goner, but the only thing I’ve come up with so far is to try to make it out the window and onto the fire escape. I figure less will be falling on top of me that way, and maybe more opportunities for saving myself will be presented when I get out there. I also realized that in the time given there’d be nothing I could do to save the cats. I can only hope since cats are good fallers they can take care of themselves.

Seriously though, or insanely though, I do feel like my building has been weakened. Is that possible? I swear it feels like it’s tilting more.

There happens to be a book about this very thing, which I own of course. It’s all about what to do if you find yourself in a number of precarious positions: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.

I will always stop to take pictures of bubbles. This was on Broadway.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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