Thursday, March 24, 2011
I have been following instructions
as everyone else has been
in trying to deal with things post
earthquake/tsunami/nuclear emergency/aftershocks/radiation exposure, etc.,
here in Tokyo.
The most recent issue is Tokyo tap water.
I don't dread the water,
as much as I do the lack of information
that I can get my head around.
This story from the WSJ makes sense.
But I am still not completely reassured, somehow.
No one offers a timeline on
how long this water is "healthy" for...
I have been tuning in to NHKWorld in English;
its website and evening news,
for current updates to this situation.
Being local, the information is timely,
but the especially nerve-wracking, infuriatingly-inept
non-native English speakers must go.
When you are frazzled, and waiting for important information,
this is unnerving, to put it mildly.
There are 2 Japanese to English translating voices,
that have gotten on my last nerve:
One, who speaks feebly, while she mumbles incoherently,
and the other, who has difficulty with sentence structure...
How much self control it takes not to smash my TV or computer,
while listening to this bumbling incompetence,
for important news.
My message to NHK :
FIRE and REPLACE these incompetent dim bulbs
who pose as Japanese to English
translators/news announcers, immediately!
In a city where voice-over and translation
is a competitive business,
there can be no excuse for this lack of professionalism.
Ah, the daily morning vertical aftershock-
I think I'd rather listen to Pinetop...
Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins
July 7th, 1913 - March 21st, 2011
I met "Pinetop" one early December in Tokyo,
backstage at the now defunct Park Hyatt's Annual Blues Festival.
He was a very interesting man; very dapper,
with a wealth of stories to tell,
a sparkle in his eye, and a quiet, unassuming way...
Adieu, Mr. Perkins...
Till Next Time...
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