Sunday, March 13, 2011

I spoke to David

"I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at." — Maya Angelou

IT'S JUST an extremely bad cold, but I certainly feel crappy. I think it's almost as hard on Paul as it on me. Okay, not really, but since he used to be very asthmatic, it tortures him to hear me wheeze, cough and choke. Paul is following Virginia's advise and feeding me chicken soup — homemade.

The good news is that I managed to talk to my brother David in Japan. He's married to Tina. Fortunately they live outside of Tokyo in the opposite direction from the epicenter of the 8.9 earthquake and not close to the coast, so they're fine.

David works at two places, a Christian bookstore in Tokyo and a university where he teaches English. The power is out where the university is, and where there is any electricity to conserve, there are intentional rolling blackouts. David is worried that the infrastructure won't be back in place in time for the spring session.

Apparently no matter how long you've lived in Japan, if you're a foreign national, you have to renew your visa every three years. His is coming up for renewal soon, and without the university contract, he's afraid a continuation won't be approved.

We talked about the number of deaths. According to The New York Times, 10,000 people of the 17,000 total population of the city of Minamisanrikucho are dead or missing. David thinks it will climb to twice that country-wide.

Here's your cute kitty picture of Shye.

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