[Sidenote: Objects are "oriental." People are not. Just saying.]
Last week, I had 99 problems, but radioactivity wasn’t 1. But, within the time it took for an evening’s dinner consumption, all that changed. There was a historic – & equally horrific – earthquake/tsunami in Japan that I don’t need to get into specifics about, because it’s most likely one of the top 5 worst things to ever happen in that hemisphere. &, if you count the dropping of the A-bomb, 2 of them happened there. Nonetheless, only a fool would think that just people in the Asian-Pacific quadrant of the globe were affected.
Following the days of the initial quake & subsequent tsunami last week, mumblings about a nuclear complication started circulating on the ‘Net. Apparently, the quake & tsunami damaged some nuclear reactors there. From that point, I did my own research to see what type of situation we – as a planet with nowhere else to go – were in store for. Any conclusions & paradoxal theories I’ve conjured up since then mean absotively, posilutely nothing, however, because scientists themselves (in a complete contrast to the Japanese government), said they can’t guarantee any of the possible outcomes, good or bad.
Even before general knowledge of the Pacific Ocean’s air current became must-have info, I watched enough Jillian Barberie to know that whatever happens over there (even if it is 18 hours in future) will trickle over the Pacific Ocean, if it had a “reason” to. Super-charged particles of radiation are definitely a “reason.” It’s moments like these that help us to appreciate how truly small the planet is, or at least, they should. A lot of so-called “people” are shallow zombies or thoughtless twits, though, so I’m never surprised by the silly & the ridiculous actions of others.
Yesterday morning, I was met with what I consider a “test.” A woman outrightly “disrespected” me (whatever the hell that means), & although I would’ve been completely in the right if I had’ve knocked her down, I chose not to act like that. I’ve become accustomed to turning the other cheek & all that. It’s part of the humility I developed after I didn’t alcohol myself to death. Aside from that, it only took me but a few seconds to “look” ahead & envision what types of reactions would follow my action. That’s called “forecasting.” Forecasting is one of those things that, if you’re never taught to do it properly, it can get you in trouble. [Sidenote: That may also have something to do with the prison population & divorce rate as well, but that's for another day.] Not only did that small, rational recognition probably help me to avoid getting arrested, but it also reminded me how quickly a scenario can change. The 5 minute factor, indeed. That woman had no clue how many bills I have or what my wife & I were arguing about or how much I dislike people. & in the same vein, she had no idea what she was not prepared for, if you smell my cologne. The thing about that is, are you? More importantly, Japan wasn’t, & if that doesn’t mean anything to you, God bless you, & enjoy your bliss.
I’m not gonna climb any higher on my soap box & tell people to start getting ready for something both grandiose & non-specific, especially since I have other things to do, but my point still remains. Shit happens. Be prepared. Also, give flowers now, because I’ve never seen a corpse or jewelry box full of ashes say “thank you.” In the bible, it says that the dead know of nothing (but don’t quote me) & for illustrative purposes, all this love that Nate Dogg is getting now, should’ve been apparent to him when he had has first stroke, some years ago. I’m guilty of it too, so most definitely no shots, just observations.
RIP to Nate Dogg & all those who have fallen as a result of the tragic events in Japan.