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New We had a 4.5 earthquake here last night.
It was a "double peak" variety, about 15 miles from me (South San Gabriel).

I was lying in my waterbed when it hit. I love my waterbed, as it warms me in the winter and cools me in the summer, and is so comfortable. A lady (many years ago), had just driven down from Seattle (leaving her husband). It was late at night. She knocked on my bedroom door (not the only time this has happened). I let her in. She quickly disrobed and hit the bed. She said, "My god your bed is comfortable!". Last word I heard from her for more than 10 hours.

But - one major disappointment. When I installed it, 50 years ago, I expected big waves during earthquakes. No waves - none at all.

This earthquake was nearly all vertical motion. It was pretty strong, but none of the pans hanging from my kitchen ceiling even touched each other. I have many, many shelves here, all totally jammed with all manner of stuff. One small jar fell to the floor - not another thing was misplaced or tipped over.

One good thing about where I live, even though this valley was cut by a (very long dormant) fault, is that it's all rotten granite here, and doesn't propagate earthquakes well at all. In one of the worst, I did lose a jar of sauerkraut, but no other damage, for 50 years and a dozen or so quakes.

Girlfriend was sleeping beside me when the Whittier Narrows quake hit. Se asked in alarm, "What should we do!!?". My reply was, "Nothing. Go back to sleep". The pans did rattle really good for that one though.
New :-) Glad to hear it. Be prepared though!
New Re: Waterbeds were a fad in the 1970's.
My wife and I picked a room in a NYC hotel that had one, around 1973. As I recall they take getting accustomed to. You could feel the other person moving about.
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Yes, which encourages you . . .
. . to not sleep with anyone who's moving about would anger you.
New We had one for a while, much newer design
It was like this: https://youtu.be/_3UOw2Qn7oM

Didn't transfer any motion side-to-side. I didn't find it felt significantly different from a decent regular mattress though.
--

Drew
New Yeah, those newer non-slosh designs . . .
. . have never had the proper waterbed feel.

To me, temperature regulation is a most important feature. Lately the weather has gone from very hot to rather cool, then back again, rapidly and repetitively, so I've had to adjust the temperature every couple of days. Fortunately that only takes about 3 seconds.

How much water is in them also has a great deal to do with feel and slosh. I have to add water once or twice a year as it evaporates through the plastic. I don't like it too firm, but when it become too soft it won't stay made.

Waterbeds were first invented for temperature control with bad burn victims, but
they have moved to mud beds, which wrap around better.
     We had a 4.5 earthquake here last night. - (Andrew Grygus) - (5)
         :-) Glad to hear it. Be prepared though! -NT - (Another Scott)
         Re: Waterbeds were a fad in the 1970's. - (a6l6e6x) - (3)
             Yes, which encourages you . . . - (Andrew Grygus)
             We had one for a while, much newer design - (drook) - (1)
                 Yeah, those newer non-slosh designs . . . - (Andrew Grygus)

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