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    Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan

    the_wine_snob Level 9

      All of our thoughts and prayers are for Japan and all residents around the Pacific Rim, as this tragedy plays out over the next several hours.

       

      Hunt

        • 1. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Lots of news reports here (Washington state) about the early warning system and "orderly" evacuations of the Washington & Oregon coasts

           

          My non-technical wife asked why a warning was not issued in Japan, so people could get away before the Tsunami struck... and I had to remind here that since the earthquake was IN Japan, there was simply no time to issue a warning before the waves hit... then she understood

           

          Hopefully, the Japanese will be able to put out the fires quickly, and get on with searching for survivors

          • 2. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            We've got friends all along the US West Coast, plus Hawai`i, and are busy trying to make contact to check on them. Right now, Hawai`i is being affected right now, and it appears that the West Coast will be soon.

             

            Best to all,

             

            Hunt

            • 3. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
              Level 4

              GODZILLA HELPS

               

              Godzilla has been sighted helping to balance the high power electrical grid of Japan while technicians struggle to contain damage to several atomic reactors !

               

              godzilla.jpg

               

               

              • 4. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                the_wine_snob Level 9

                Yes, I think that they could use the "new and improved" Godzilla now.

                 

                I must be just getting old, as I clearly recall Godzilla being a "villan" in the beginning, but know that at some time he (she?) "turned," and became a hero. Pretty much the same with Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah. One moment, they were tearing up Tokyo, and the next, they were saving all of Asia from all sorts of evil-doers. I just do not recall what gave them a change-of-heart.

                 

                Sort of like one day Hulk Hogan is the good guy, telling little kids to respect their parents and eat their brocolli and the next day, he's a villan. Maybe there is a yen-yang, balance thing, where if Hulk Hogan goes over to the "dark side," say Rodan must come over to the good - and one-for-one thing?

                 

                Still, right now, Japan looks like the old, evil Godzilla has rampaged, and they could sure use the good one right now.

                 

                Hunt

                 

                PS - maybe this was the "turning point?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utVwVUblIGs&NR=1

                • 5. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                  Level 4

                  perhaps that is true.... some kinda universal balancing act....

                   

                  as the nice movie stars become monsters ( lohan, sheen, hogan, gibson, etc ) --- the monsters become nice movie stars...

                   

                  that way we dont get overloaded emotionally with a total lack of nice movie stars ?

                   

                  anyway, I think you're right...mothra and godzilla and even the once dreaded 3 headed thing are all helping out in Japan.

                   

                  I think godzilla is just gonna end up swallowing that one reactor that blew up and then burp once...be done with it.

                  • 6. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                    the_wine_snob Level 9

                    You know, I can imagine a giant see-saw, with an equal number of heros on one side, and villans on the other. When the time comes to change roles, one hero and one villan approach the fulcrum from their opposite sides - one step at a time, to maintain balance. Then, they grasp arms and jump and rotate in unison, like some Cirque du Soleil performers, switching places, to slowly make their way to the respective group - the see-saw never leaves level, and the role-reversal is complete.

                     

                    Hunt

                    • 7. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                      Level 4

                      yeah, and as the individuals are on their way to switch sides, both their respective groups are waving thier arms and yelling, " NOOOO, DONT DO IT....NOOOOO DONT GO OVER THERE ! "

                       

                      But, once they have switched sides and made way to new group, all is well, and they are welcomed as one of the group...

                       

                      then the whispering starts....

                      " Say, buddy....you know, if you stopped that smoke comin outta your mouth all the time, like as if you just ate a bar-b-q pit, people would see your "nice" face better ! "

                       

                      or on other side ----

                       

                      " PSSSST !..... wanna buy a nice samarai sword ? "

                       

                      " wanna go steal some jewelry ? "

                      • 8. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                        Chuck A. McIntyre Level 3

                        The great producers of the world such as Speilberg, Cameron and Jackson should team up with Japanese producers and make a "Blockbuster" science fiction film to benefit Japan.  The destruction is already there, just need the monsters.  I would go see it even if it wasn't so great if the proceeds went to benefit the people touched by this disaster.  Do a Godzilla and Mothra vs the Cloverfield monster.  Now those two could do some damage.

                        • 9. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                          the_wine_snob Level 9

                          And here I thought that Cloverfield was Intels' newest chipset... until I Googled it. Who knew?

                           

                          Yes, I think that a major benefit film would be great.

                           

                          I hope that the US Pacific Fleet can provide much aid and in time for many.

                           

                          Hunt

                           

                          PS - all of our Hawaiian friends have checked in. No harm and no damage. One couple happened to be on the Mainland, and their Lab had to be evacuated, as their home is on the beach - but that was just a precaution and the tsunami was fairly mild there, and stopped short of the house.

                          • 10. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                            Level 4

                            Bill,

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                            I hope that the US Pacific Fleet can provide much aid and in time for  many.

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                            after making some fast movies as per Chuck's suggestion with Japanese monsters for aid ( like rock and roll concerts for the needy ) the US fleet should be able to get some help there quick ( I mean, they ARE boats after all going to an island ) ....even if they want the bases (ports ) for them to go away.

                             

                            and no doubt the Japanese owners of the local Long Island driving range / restaurant complex wont keep looking at me ( a white guy ) like I have 3 heads when I go there.

                             

                            oddly enough I grew up in New Hyde Park and the golf thing was built on what used to be a "landfill" ... and I take breaks from whacking golfballs into the nets 3000 yards away by looking at the little salamanders and other creatures near the fence where the old dump borders their golf haven.... some snakes show up too !

                             

                            maybe they are Korean though...instead of Japanese.. sorta look alike to me

                             

                             

                             

                            GO US FLEET !

                             

                            ps. the only reason I can get out to 3000 yards ( really...this is a confession ) ....is by using the frozen snake bazooka woody !

                            • 12. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                              Level 4

                              when I get my cabin and wheels on train will send to Japan to help move stuff around.

                               

                              train-cabin-wheels next.jpg

                               

                               

                              • 13. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                Christopher Duncan Level 2

                                Oh, no. There goes Tokyo.

                                Go, go Godzilla!

                                • 14. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                  Christopher Duncan Level 2

                                  Translating Japanese to something Americans can understand:

                                   

                                  Ichi. Ni. Ichi, ni, san shi!

                                   

                                  Translation:

                                   

                                  Uno. Dos. Uno, dos, tres, quattro!

                                   

                                  (Of course, if you've never heard Wooly Bully this will make no sense to you at all).

                                  • 15. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                    Christopher Duncan Level 2

                                    > All of our thoughts and prayers are for Japan and all residents around the Pacific Rim

                                     

                                    The Japanese are an incredibly resiliant people. Despite the epic scale of these events, I know they'll pull through.

                                    • 16. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                      Level 4

                                      was on a family trip ( summer trip to someplace out west - driving - pop up camper on trailer )..3 kids plus mom-dad.

                                       

                                      stopped at some diner and ate...had one of those mini juke box things at table...

                                      played wooly bully.

                                       

                                      you shoulda seen mom-dads faces.

                                       

                                       

                                      • 17. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                        Chuck A. McIntyre Level 3

                                        Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.  Song came out when I was about 14 (as in my misleading avatar.) Wooly Bully.

                                        My parents and I would be dancing in the diner, possibly later carted off by the local sheriff.  Sounds like fun!!!

                                        • 18. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                          Level 4

                                          godzilla has his hands full in Japan

                                           

                                          this news snippet from ny times at 8:49 pm est....on internet ( so who knows how often they update their pages ...dont wanna pay people to actually do that if it can be avoided )....

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                                          There was a fire at the plant on Tuesday, at the same reactor — No. 4 —  and it was not immediately clear if this was the same fire or a new one.  The cause of the fire, or fires, was also unclear, in good part because  it is too dangerous for workers to get near the reactor.

                                          The reports Wednesday came as an official at Japan’s nuclear watchdog  agency, Minoru Ohgoda, said a proposed plan to use helicopters to put  more cold water into a boiling rooftop storage pool for spent uranium  fuel rods at the reactor was looking unlikely. The rods are still  radioactive and potentially as hot and dangerous as the fuel rods inside  the reactors if not kept submerged in water.

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                                          now correct me if I'm wrong here....but today is Tuesday in NY at 8:50 pm EST ( whoops , sorry ...now its daylight savings time...so make that EDT )....off by an hour in springtime so we can work more hours in daylight ...what a relief !

                                           

                                          anyway, if its tuesday and there are fires or no fires and its dangerous and stuff things are melting and " reports Wednesday came as an official...."....ITS THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE  ( umberto eco !!!! )

                                           

                                          SHOOTERNZ.....is in that land of the future !  PLUS, recently had his own earthquack fairly recently I think....  ( hard to tell as my attention span is about equal to a gnat )....

                                           

                                          and why do all those videos of normal people in Japan show them wearing surgical masks even when there HASN'T been some horrible calamity ?  Is daily life so full of pollutants that people need to wear surgical maskes just to say hi to each other ?  Something's not right ......

                                           

                                           

                                          • 19. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                            the_wine_snob Level 9

                                            In Craig's case, the earthquakes were on the South Island (think Jersey to LI), down where they produce that wonderful Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, and also some up-and-coming Pinot Noirs.

                                             

                                            Now, there is a lot of seismic speculation, regarding where, on the "Ring of Fire," the next earthquake is likely to hit.

                                             

                                            One "talking head," but one, who has nailed several recent US earthquakes with alarming accuracy, mentioned that the "dead fish" in Redondo Beach, CA, could well be a harbinger. He's saying that major seismic activity on the US West Coast, is very likely.

                                             

                                            Gotta' fly through both LAX and SFO in the next two weeks, so hope we hit there, on "calm days." Even on a clear, calm day, SFO can be, well "interesting."

                                             

                                            Who knows?

                                             

                                            Hunt

                                            • 20. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                              Level 4

                                              I was thinking that maybe since mcDonalds and PizzaHUT and all these other really great American International companies with free trade agreements can spread out and offer solace to those in temporary turmoil ( re: water, food, shelter )....that maybe I would REMIND everyone that the basic model for this free interplanetary "trade" stuff ...is based on the pizza pie delivery system ( fed ex, ups, usps, etc. )

                                               

                                              pizza.jpg

                                               

                                              so basically, no matter what the problem is ....just order a pizza and some soda and you'll be OK, is what Im thinking....trust me, the banks will love you for it !  As G. Bush said.... " go shopping ! "

                                              • 21. Re: Thoughts and Prayers for All in Japan
                                                the_wine_snob Level 9

                                                I've never traveled to Japan, and if I were to do so, I would not plan on dining at Little Caesar's, or similar. But I wonder, do the toppings there reflect a Western bent, or Eastern one? I mean, does one order various types of sushi pizzas, or the typical selections in the US? Just curious.

                                                 

                                                In the case of Japan, I think that it will be to save everyone possible, treat their injuries, rebuild the areas of the country devastated and THEN "go shopping." I do not expect that we'll see them standing around with signs, demanding that the government rushe