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I was in an earthquake in Mexico City; 7.1.

How do you work that into casual conversation?  Yesterday at about 1:15 pm local time, a powerful earthquake shook the bejeezus out my training class; our lunch break; my colleagues and me!  Thankfully, no one in our group got hurt.

Please pray for those in Mexico City and surrounding states that did get hurt; over 200 people killed; hundreds if not thousands injured.  According to The Guardian ©;

It was the second major earthquake to hit Mexico in two weeks and came on the anniversary of the 1985 quake that devastated Mexico City, killing 5,000 people and destroying 10,000 homes.

Because of the anniversary and to commemorate that devastation we actually had an emergency evacuation drill scheduled for 11 am.  Just 2 hours before the real thing!  How do you work that into casual conversation?

During the episode, I wasn’t afraid; but I was not brave either.  I was conscious of the fact we were experiencing an earthquake – on the 19th floor of a hotel!.  What started out feeling like a freight train passing by, causing the table to vibrate quickly erupted into what seemed like a prolonged period of ferocious shaking; I could not keep my feet.

Those much braver and more capable than I were calling out; directing us towards the room’s framed archway.  Firmly they instructed us to move away from the windows; calmly, they reassured us that we will be alright.

I can remember looking out the window and seeing the glass buildings across the plaza moving and swaying.  It was surreal; reminded me of that scene in movie The Matrix when a disturbance rippled through the facade of an office tower.

In today’s aftermath, my overriding feeling is one of disappointment.  So many had invested so much before the earthquake hit – and after.  Gustavo Moussalli, out Latin American Division Director and the executive sponsor for the class made a huge commitment to his local partners; coordinating a 3-day enablement class to help contribute to their success.

Gerardo Diez Martinez, our local Channel Manager made all the logistical arrangements.  The meeting rooms and room set-up; AV equipment; food and beverage; Gerardo spared no expense to insure we would have everything needed to support his partners.

My colleague Susanna Lagtapon sacrificed time her daughter’s 13th birthday; traveling instead to join us for the class.  My colleague, Tony Caporal, whose cooler head and bravery prevailed following the earthquake; helping us retrieve our laptops and luggage.  (Even stopping at the lobby bar to grab a free beer on his way out.)

Our VP, Brian Enright, being our “home base”; coordinating flights out of town; hotel reservations; and anything else he could do to support us from afar.

And especially Hector Garcia from our long-time partner NetSoft.  Hector insisted on personally driving us to the airport; would not hear of us taking a taxi or a private car.  He would navigate us through the city streets; on constant vigil for our safety.  Three hours to drive us 12 kilometers.  Three hours in the opposite direction from his own home and family – taking us in his care.

As with all disasters, there were many heroes – named and unnamed.

But that was yesterday; Mexico City; and an earthquake.  Today, it’s hurricane Maria pounding Puerto Rico; last week it was hurricane Irma pounding Florida; the week before that is was storms and flooding in Houston.  Many heroes indeed – named and unnamed.

Thank you all and my God bless.

GAP

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2 Comments


  1. Aprille Tenorio
    Sep 20, 2017

    Glad to hear you and those with you are ok!


    • Gary
      Sep 30, 2017

      Thank you Aprille! Yes, the Lord was looking over us that day. Thx, GAP

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