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Day 70: Oboy, Am I Tired...

Friday, March 11, 2011

I woke up this morning a few minutes before the alarm went off. You know, where there's not really enough time left to catch a good snooze, but it's just that bit earlier than usual where you start the day with a slight sleep deficit? Yeh, that kind of 'early.'

I always check the news outlets over breakfast* so I sat down here in front of the computer with my morning coffee.

*Winston Churchill once said 'My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.' Himself and I have lunch together most days, and supper together always. Breakfast apart seems a good thing: I'm happy to emulate the Churchills on that one.

Of course, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan were on every news site. You may recall that a couple weeks ago I wrote about our houseguest, the Brit (well, Welshman is probably more correct) who moved to Japan a couple years ago but comes back to visit friends and family once or twice a year.

I sent an email, though he's in Osaka and sort of diagonally across the country from the earthquake zone in northwestern Japan. Took a while for him to respond, as so much of the Japanese communications network is overloaded and in places disrupted entirely.

Thankfully, he's fine. His biggest worry is trying to reach some of his Japanese friends, several of whom live north of Tokyo. Last he wrote me, he still hasn't heard from a couple of them. Things are understandably tense for him right now, but myself, I'm really glad he's okay.

We have another friend in Japan, an American. I went to school with Jesse - we were part of the original Home Guard of Corn County (don't ask). He worked his way thru college, then thru a master's degree, then thru a Ph.D. (Hard-working AND bright!) After he finished his doctorate, he was offered a teaching post at a Japanese university and went over to try it for a year. That was something like thirteen years ago. His wife is Japanese, they have two kids - and they live just north of Tokyo.

I haven't been able to reach him. I didn't want to inundate him with emails - there will be enough of that going on for anyone in Japan, I'm sure - and I know that where he is there's very likely to be problems with the telephone and internet connections. But I would rest easier if I could have even a brief reassuring note from him that he and his family are all okay.

I take my small anxiety and multiply it by 1000 and I begin to empathize even more with many of the people in Japan and some of the other areas that are suffering from the effects of the tidal waves.

So tonight, I'm grateful that we're alive and well, and that our families are just going about their business - and I'm sending up some heartfelt prayers for the people who are in the middle of disaster and chaos, and just plain not knowing where there loved ones are.

That's where my head is today. Tomorrow I'll blog the usual stuff, but today... well, it is what it is.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are...
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    Glad the Welshman is alright. Such scary stuff.... i had a feeling i must be growing up as i watched the news and actually cared about what was happening. It's terrifying... I'm praying for the Japanese. And everybody who may suffer from the backlash. It's just devastating.

    Hope you're having a nice weekend. x
    3647 days ago
    This was a terrible tragedy to watch on TV and I am like you guys my prayers are going up for them. Praying for your friends and hoping all will be fine soon. It does make you thankful for the family around you, and how blessed we really are! emoticon
    3647 days ago
    My daughter had some bad news from a friend yesterday - not about Japan. She was quite philosophical about her reaction. First she said well that puts all the things I was worried about into perspective. But, then again, they are the things that are my biggest problems right now and it's ok that I'm worried about them.

    So, what we need to remember is that it's ok to be worried about the things we're worried about... me about things at work, you about your house, the people in Japan dealing with problems that even by our own acknowledgement are of a whole order of magnitude more difficult, nevertheless they are what we are dealing with right now.

    Not bad for a kid

    3647 days ago
    Yes, quite a worry when such a disaster strikes & you can't contact your near & dears. I hope Jesse is all right, & just not able to communicate.

    "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are"
    3647 days ago
    Thinking of your friends and all those impacted. My heart goes out to them.
    3647 days ago
    emoticon There are prayers going up from all over the world, and I know that aide will be there soon. But recovery will be a long slow road for all affected.
    3647 days ago
    Totally with you. I have some Spark friends with family stationed in Hawaii, where there was plenty of warning. But those in Japan... well, they lost power many, many places. So probably your lack of hearing from your friend is more related to that. Kind of hard to fire up the computer when there's no power.

    Prayers for all.
    3647 days ago
    I'm with you on this, Kasey. I just feel a nameless grief for them . . seeing the horror of what they're enduring, and knowing that it will be a long time, if ever, before recovery.
    3647 days ago
    What a tragic situation in Japan...it is just so, so devastating! I pray your friend is well. I'm sending lots of prayers up for all of those impacted by this tragedy.

    Get some rest tonight... emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 3/11/2011 6:50:07 PM
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