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Old 03-15-11, 03:59 PM
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WE R OK! Thanks so much!

To all my friends on BF/CV: thanks so very much for all the warm PM's and your collective support.

The family is OK. The house survived.

There are lots of aftershocks — hundreds of them. Some of them are good shakes. They are are unnerving because you get a shot of adrenaline with each one. Every quake either small or huge starts out the same, so you can't tell what is coming. When the roaring starts and everything starts flying around the room, and the fridge is dancing like Fred Astaire on amphetamines, you know you are in for it.

The tsunami was inevitable considering the features of the quake's geophysics. And lot of people had very little warning. And these coastal towns and villages do have warning systems. It was just a very cruel day for the 10,000 that may tally among the dead and missing.

My wife Mari and I feel that we are very lucky, and this makes the line-ups and shortages seem less than than they are. I was being rather lazy on the day. I was intending to ride the Simplon down to the sea and back on the dike road I used to love so much. Perhaps my laziness saved me that day — its impossible to tell, even though I made that same ride the next day. I was not in training mode, but rather a slow, steady spin. I was shocked at the destruction. 200 people from that area are known to have died, and another 10 are missing. I was very upset, and it continues to haunt me.

Life is not easy in Sendai at the moment, but the power came on yesterday. Gas will be a month. Petrol is very scarce and heating oil — kerosene actually — is virtually limited to pre-quake stock at hand. The city is sort of closed off because many roads are cut and the freight rail is halted. The airport was swamped. The port was knocked about and the gas plant went ablaze. Only local passenger trains are running. The subway stops short of one terminus. Gasoline is so short that the traffic is very thin and there are no taxis. I don't know how much radiation is out there, so biking around will depend on the news I get from both Japanese sources as well as foreign ones. I really hope that thy get those reactors cooled off — soon. But, I here it may take days. Fortunately again, we have some room between Sendai and the nuke. Also the prevailing winds are blowing stuff out to sea. Apparently, the amount of nasty isotopes is not supposed to be great health hazard. We are hoping ....

Sendai is intact but a bit broken in places. The people are very well behaved and are taking it all in stride. Mari says that this huge cataclysm happens once every thousand years, but countless smaller disasters seems to have produced a resilient people. This should never be confused with unfeeling. The Japanese do feel very deeply, and everyone either knows someone who has died, or is wondering about someone who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am.

My warmest regards to all, and thanks for the well-wishing,

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Hallelujah! We are all so glad to hear from you!
Let the forum know what you need, we want to help if and when we can.
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Dude !

I have no words.

Let us know what you need.
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So glad to hear you're well. My thoughts are with you and those around you. Stay strong, my friend.
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We all wish that we could help. If you have any suggestions, let us know.

Best to you and yours,
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So happy you and your wife are doing well.

Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to those in need, including you.

As time goes on, please let us know what we may do to help.
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Glad to hear you are doing well! If you need anything I would love to help.

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Lenton, though I am not a regular at CV but have been reading posts/threads regarding you and your loved ones' well being, and I am glad to hear you guys are okay!

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Hallelujah! We are all so glad to hear from you!
Let the forum know what you need, we want to help if and when we can.
+1, I don't know if it can be said any better than that. Like he said, let us know in what way we can help.
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Lenton, hope things get sorted out soon over there and keep safe! Hope all your family, friends and students fared as well too!

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Wow, I followed the other thread and was relieved to hear you were ok. I can't even imagine seeing that sort of destruction first hand. Stay strong and here's hoping other families you knew in the area are doing well as well.
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Heart's out to all who've been enduring this incredible calamity. May the Earth calm underfoot, and the Isotopes be stabilized quickly... A culture in peril can demonstrate a profound ability to unite & persevere in the face of great hardship. Take care over there, and goodspeed in Japan's recovery!
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Even though i have only seen your posts on bikeforums and haven't entered into any chats with you i was still worried about you and your family and i am happy that you and your family are safe and well.
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Its great to hear your doing well!!! If there's anything I/we can do to help let me/us know.

Lorne, just to get an idea as to the geography, how far is your home from the shoreline? What elevation are you at? Where you at school when the quake struck (It doesnt seem so)?

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Good to hear you and your family are well!
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Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
To all my friends on BF/CV: thanks so very much for all the warm PM's and your collective support.

The family is OK. The house survived.

There are lots of aftershocks — hundreds of them. Some of them are good shakes. They are are unnerving because you get a shot of adrenaline with each one. Every quake either small or huge starts out the same, so you can't tell what is coming. When the roaring starts and everything starts flying around the room, and the fridge is dancing like Fred Astaire on amphetamines, you know you are in for it.
Great to hear you and your family are relatively unscathed. You're the one that got me hooked on AK, so we have a small connection.

RE: aftershocks.... As a native Californian and veteran of 3 major earthquakes (but none near 9.0 ) I can attest to the jitters one gets in the aftermath. Every time you feel movement, you freeze and look to the nearest lamp or other movement indicator to assess whether it's no big deal or whether you need to find a doorway PDQ. After a while you get kind of nonchalant about it, but "is this one that I need to be concerned about?" will be stuck in your lizard brain for a good period of time. "Fight or Flight"... it really is a base primal thing.

You're probably going to be twitchy for a little while........
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So glad to hear you all are ok, prayers answered. Let us know what you need in your "care package".

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Great Lorne! We're all with you and your adopted country. May it heal.
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Fantastic news, and good to hear from you. It's funny how all my problems have been seeming rather unimportant for a while now. I wish you as much good fortune as possible under the circumstances.
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We were all on edge when the news of the devastation came in. Relieved you're OK and the family is unharmed.
Sobering week. If you need anything....count me in.
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Amen. Moments like this brings you around very quickly on the reality of life. Very glad to hear you're all doing well.
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Glad you're okay, Lenton58. We were all worried.

Our thoughts and prayers are still with your community. Please let us know the best and most useful ways for us to help.
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Awesome news. Laziness saved the day... interesting concept.
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This the BEST thread on C&V! Ever.

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Good news.
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