Tuesday, March 15, 2011
" 'Mela " dramas, continue...
Yesterday, Michio and I
took the bike ride to the supermarket.
I was dreading it, to be honest.
The last time I shopped was Saturday,
and I stocked up for a couple of days, then.
But that was before the planned power outage messages
broadcast in the streets, and on local TV.
I didn't know what to expect.
Luckily, Michio's university canceled classes for 2 days,
so far, so he was able to help out at home...
We got to the market, and a long line was waiting.
People on it were orderly, calm, and low-key,
except this one old dude who must have Tourette's syndrome,
as he kept uttering a loud "bakayaro!"
at no one in particular...
People in line paid him no mind,
and it gave this surreal situation a quirky human quality...
2 women stood on the sidelines,
and in between their utterances of "sugoi",
they took turns taking photos of all of us standing in the long line.
Rather than lose my place in line to go smash their cellphones,
I let it be.
More trouble, I don't need.
But I felt it annoyingly in bad taste.
There was a man standing at the entrance informing people
that bread and CUP NOODLES was sold out.
Once we got inside, there was produce,
some meats, and most other items were still on the shelves,
and we stocked up for a few days.
The long lines were due to crowd control,
so that the shopping experience was not a mob scene of panic,
but calm, where you could have a list, pick up your items,
I was very relieved of that,
and would like to commend the supermarket employees
for their consideration of peoples' frazzled nerves...
I have water stored, for a precaution.
Power outages that were supposed to happen yesterday,
and early this morning, did not.
But an aftershock woke me up at 5am.
It's day to day, for the time being.
But about now, 2 weeks on a beach that doesn't move,
Till Next Time...
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