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04.03.11         michael's insights  

Stacks


I knew it was coming, but I have definitely hit my exhaustion wall. I'm in a daze. Spent most of today sleeping in Sendai. The Meysen crew has been just great taking care of and feeding me so no worries there. As much as I want to get back into the action I know it is critically important to try to rest up. Had a few planning meetings at the warehouse with Samaritans Purse and getting to bed early tonight.

Something I wanted to point out that I am seeing- "stacked found items" from the debris. I am not sure if this is part of Japanese culture, or part of human nature, but I see stacks or organized "finds" from the rubble everywhere. Sometimes it is a single item, like a moped or backpack- sometimes it is a set of something like camera equipment, electronics, dolls or bottles - but no matter what it is, this much is clear: someone was digging in the debris, found the item(s) and instead of stealing it, either set it up or arranged the items and left them there. Being that we often drive past the same places day in and day out, I've seen these things sit there untouched, almost as if they were waiting for their owner. Not sure what the thinking is on this practice, but it is everywhere.

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