29, 2002 Due to an unusually busy schedule, this week's DaDane
is a rerun from three years back. The original story read like this:
September 27, 1999 Ever since I read about Teacup Poodles,
which weigh only 3 pounds, I wondered what it would be like
to have a Teacup Great Dane. Since they don't really exist,
I decided to create one of my own. Meet Bili. Instead of sitting
on the couch all day like most Danes, Bili likes to park her
fanny in a nice comfortable teacup.
of course, was not nearly so small as her portrayal here. Rest assured
she was a full-size Great Dane. Her breeder/owner was Patty Jo Hoff,
lives in Guam. Bili passed away last June at the age of 10, leaving
many happy memories behind.
This past weekend Patty Jo sent me a note describing a strong earthquake
that had just shaken Guam. Bili was not there in person to share
the excitement with her family but perhaps she was there
in spirit. Patty wrote:
"On Saturday, April 27, at 2:06 in the morning, we were
rudely awakened by a 7.2 earthquake. The noise was horrific.
I have been crate training Lyric and I was sleeping downstairs
with her. She's just a youngster and this was her first big
quake. She didn't like it one bit. Her expression said "Get
me out of here!!" Jani-lin (a cousin to Bili) was sleeping
in the library where it is air-conditioned. She has a big
double futon to give her comfort from her arthritic problems.
I went in to check on her. She was standing there with a bewildered
look on her face, wondering why all the books had been thrown
at her. I picked them up and told her to go back to bed. "Okay,
Mom, whatever you say."
About that time, my husband Clay came down from upstairs where
he and Aria were sleeping. By then the power had gone out
and we managed to find flashlights. After making sure the
house was okay, Clay went back up to bed. Aria refused to
join him. ("No way am I going back up there where all
that noise is!") After everybody had settled down we
all finally made it back to sleep that is, until
a 5.6 aftershock again shook the house!
Saturday morning we awoke bleery-eyed and hurried to our farm
where we had peacock, duck and chicken eggs in an incubator,
which we knew would no longer be running. The farm still had
water at that point so were able to feed and water all the
animals. We got back home and put all the eggs in the oven.
The pilot light would keep them warm, but who knows if they
will still hatch. We'll see. We quickly took a shower because
it was obvious the water was going off. We were scheduled
to go to a Memorial party later in the day and we were supposed
bring a casserole. Since I had eggs in the oven and no power
for the microwave, I had to ask my neighbor to cook.
That night we were sitting upstairs on the patio watching
the stars come out. It was pleasant with no lights anywhere
to spoil our view and it was cool with the trade winds blowing.
Then a big full moon came over the mountains while over the
ocean there was a large area of rain. Suddenly there was a
bright arc in front of the rain where a moon rainbow appeared.
We said it had to be a lucky sign. Ten minutes later the power
Sunday now. Still no water. It was Merizo Fiesta here in Guam...
all those people going to parties with no water. We went to
two parties. One party had around 200 people, the other had
lots more. As I write this, the larger party is still going
on. Just a few minutes ago we started getting a trickle of
water so I would imagine there will be water for a shower
I find it hard to believe we get such awful quakes and nothing
serious happens. We did have one school damaged and lots of
water pipes broken. Our house just had lots of things fall
off of shelves and one picture fell off the wall. Lucky us."
I've known Patty
Jo and Clay for several years now long enough to hear many
stories about the earthquakes, typhoons and brown snakes that plague
the island of Guam. Patty and Clay, originally from the US mainland,
have been living on Guam for over 30 years. They love it there. I
guess for them, earthquakes are just part of the "background
noise" that accompanies the symphony of their special island
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