and here it is:
it was a 3.5 magnitude which on the record books isn't much to write home about, but it still left me pretty shaken (no pun intended).
so i was sitting in my office in san bruno, about 13 miles south of san francisco, when all the sudden i heard this loud BOOM! noise, i can't even explain what it felt like - it was almost like a mack truck hit my building, like a sudden jolt, like someone rear-ended my car, followed by this weird feeling like my office was riding a wave in the ocean. i suddenly jumped up and out of my office, and saw some of my colleagues looking at me (all californians) - the conversation went something like this:
me: "WHAT WAS THAT!! WAS THAT WHAT I THINK IT WAS?" (all caps because yes, i was yelling)
colleagues: "yeah - it was."
me: "OH MY GOD!! AN EARTHQUAKE?!?! WHAT DO I DO?!!"
colleagues: "um, it's over. but you can stand in the door frame if it makes you feel safe."
that's what happens for a first-timer in an earthquake i guess (and i can only hope that this is my first and LAST experience!)