Cascadia Earthquake Anxiety, Part 2

(Featured image credit: Illustration by Christoph Niemann; Map by ZIGGYYMAJ /Getty)

Dear Readers:

Unless you missed Tuesday’s column or have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should recall I began answering a question submitted to me by a Portland woman who is anxious about the “Cascadia Earthquake.”

Let’s refresh your recollection with a link:

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Cascadia Earthquake Anxiety, Part 1

(Featured image credit: Illustration by Christoph Niemann; Map by ZIGGYYMAJ /Getty)

Dear Readers:

This letter will be handled in two parts for two reasons:

1. The referenced article in the New Yorker made me climb under my bed yesterday and whimper for six hours; and

2. The issue presented is new to me, challenging, and demands solid research and thought.  

In other words, unlike most of my advice this one cannot be winged.  Wunged?  Whatever.

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Should I Call Off My Engagement? (Extended Remix/Dance Version)

Readers:

You have no idea how much I edited both the original letter and my response and still this is a long blog.  Therefore, today you get two for the price of one!  This is the long version, the short version will be published forthwith.  Happy Monday!

Dear Robin:

I’m a 28-year-old college student recently engaged (wedding next summer) to my partner “Jim” of 5 years whom I love fiercely and until a week ago could see myself perfectly content with for the rest of my life.

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