Friday, July 11, 2008

Somber Reflections

Two things happened today to remind me of the recent tragedy in China: the Sichuan Earthquake.

First I received an e-mail from a friend showing the rescue of some pandas from the Woolong giant panda breeding ground after the earthquake. I'm glad those little fellas got rescued.

We had a 5.1 earthquake not far off our north coast this morning, which swayed my apartment for a little while.

In this day and age we seem to forget too quickly the disasters that befall others, so I want to put this link here so I won't forget how many lives were lost or destroyed on May 12, 2008. 69,196 are confirmed dead, including 68,636 in Sichuan province, and 374,176 injured, with 18,379 listed as missing.

For those of you who can bear to look, photos that aren't quite as heart-warming as pictures of pandas, from EastSouthWestNorth, Ronald Soong's blog.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Now, now. I'm sure that your friends have been checking your blog just like I have. We all know you don't have all the time int he world to tell each one of us what is going on over there, so we just see if you've updated! :)

I think you should write a screenplay out of your experiences with trying to get your visa. They are practically handing you the material without having to creatively think it up!!