What's up, y'all? Hey, boombip, sorry I didn't get back to you on that email; I've been out sick from work the past two days (head cold)!
My wife's family all live farther down near Osaka/Kyoto, so they were all good (although my mother-in-law had a heckuva time trying to get in touch with everyone Japan-side; the whole country's phone system is off-the-hook, I'm sure). I'm just stunned by what's happened. That whole place is a mess right now. My thoughts go out to everyone over there. If there's been millions of dollars of damage over here in Cali alone, I can only imagine what it's gonna take to rebuild for people in Sendai.
Not to get too political, y'all, but it's times like this that just get me p*ssed at the people (in the US, particularly) that act like they "earned" their money, so they shouldn't have to give it to the have-nots... like there is some big conspiracy going on with everyone who doesn't have money to just take everyone's sh*t. This Japan thing is gonna take a large effort to get people back on their feet again, and it wasn't lazyness that led to their situation, it was a f*ckin' EARTHQUAKE (natural disasters, just like the hurricanes in New Orleans). People that got money... get off your a**: now's the time to give it! One love, people.