Friday, March 11, 2011

A little perspective

I was prepared to write a scathing post about my local card shop today. I was going to write about how I was getting some cards for a certain winner of my End of the Year contest (I know, it's practically mid-March and I should have done this sooner) and the owner of my LCS is off his rocker. I was going to write about how he wants 50 cents each (EACH!!!) for 1984 Donruss commons. I was going to write about how I found an auction on EBay for a 3200 count box of 1984 Donruss commons for $17.94 shipped. That would be $1,600 at his shop.

I was going to write all that, and more, but then I got to work and saw the news of the huge earthquake in Japan. The news footage of the tsunami sweeping across the landscape is jarring. The tsunami warnings for all the Pacific Islands and the west coast of the U.S. are unsettling. I still have a number of Navy buddies in Hawaii and California.

I'm praying for all those affected already and those who may be affected in the coming hours. It makes a gripe session about one guy being out of touch with reality seem inconsequential.

I'll save that for another day.


  1. Kind of puts in all in perspective, doesn't it??

    My 30 minute commute to work can take hours some days, but I really don't have to worry about anything but lost time while I'm on the road. My commute, at it's absolute worst, pales in comparison to our service men & women who could lose their lives at the end of their commute! I could not imagine going to a job every day where my competition's main job objective is to end my life. And thanks to our service people, I don't have to.

    Sometimes, I stop and think, to have the freedom from worry to bitch about the mundane, little things in my ordinary day is an everyday celebration of the people that go in harm's way to provide me with that freedom. This is the biggest reason that I thank each and every person in uniform that I see, everyday.

    Earthquakes and tsunamis are unpredictable. I feel for those affected, may they walk away from disaster with only monetary loss, for possessions can be replaced.

  2. I totally agree. I am so caught up in my own little world. With college basketball going on, I have no idea what is going on in the world right now. I didn't even know about the earthquake/tsunami until I overheard someone on the elevator this morning. If I didn't hear that, I might not even know what happened yet.

  3. I am living in the Philippines at the moment and we are preparing for the worst regarding the Tsunami. Watched the footage live on our Japanese cable channel and I don't think I have ever felt so insignificant.My wife has been worried all day about her friends working in Japan, but we had good news a few minutes ago with her friends texting to let us know they were safe and sound.