A 5.8-scale earthquake on Tuesday made Washington feel a little bit like Manila or Jakarta. Luckily, there was no serious damage. But since nobody expects an earthquake in this part of the world, anxiety ran high. Later in the week, we were warned of huricane Irene, which was on an unsual path all along the eastern seaboard with Washington and New York on its path. In the end, the huricane missed Washington by quite some distance, and we experienced an evening of heavy raisn but nothing worse than that. The day after the storm was a nice, calm, warm Washington summer Sunday!