Our friends Emily and Rob invited us to their annual dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. I'm a sucker for parties with themes, and this one turned out to be both educational and fun.
First of all, appropriately, the lights were off and all business was conducted by candlelight:
Everyone divided into teams and participated in earthquake quizzes/challenges between courses (they served a yummy, traditional cioppino with toasted garlic sourdough bread).
The first quiz made us take stock of what we had on us that could be useful in an earthquake - cash, a knife, any food, etc. We lucked out with a new mom on our team, which means she had an entire purse full of cereal and munchies, while the rest of us unprepared fools just had cellphones in our pockets. We also were quizzed on basic earthquake facts and regional info, and had to identify things like water main wrenches and SF landscapes pre-earthquake. Our team did okay .. but mostly thanks to lucky guesses and the whole mom thing.
Nothing like a party where you are eating, drinking and being merry to remind you that you might not be quite as ready for an earthquake as you'd like to think you are.