A Life Changing Six Minutes

I’m not sure how many of Japan’s Tsunami/Earthquake video I’ve watched over the last few days, but it’s probably close to the same amount of sports I’ve watched over that same period of time, and that’s saying something. The video above is the best first person video I’ve seen yet. It starts off as a little water coming down the street with some debris, then cars, then freaking buildings as the person filming heads to higher ground. It’s amazing how much life can change in five minutes, and has me wondering when the next big earthquake is going to hit LA. Should I be worried living on the coast? Videos like this make me think I should be a little.

Of course I feel for all the people in Japan, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. One of my friends that has most of his family living in Japan, and visits the country yearly summed it up the day after the earthquake best saying “Today felt so weird. To be around so many people who don’t understand, but to be so far away that you don’t understand yourself.”

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14 responses to “A Life Changing Six Minutes

  • tophatal


    I don’t know ’bout you but after witnessing this I’m almost sick to my stomach. One of my friends had left Bandah Aceh just before the tsunami hit there some five plus years ago as he was there on his honeymoon with his wife. There but for the grace of God, man, because had their honeymoon been longer I doubt that I’d have seen either of them again !

    The clean up there will cost billions but the loss of life is irreparable and that’s where I have so much sympathy for the Japanese nation as a whole !

    tophatal ……………..

    • chappy81

      That’s good they got out in time. Matt and I had a high school buddy that was there four days before the quake went down, needless to say he got out at the right time. I still can’t put into words what all these videos of devastation mean, nor will I ever be able to. I hope there’s no more nuclear meltdowns, those sound as scary as the quake and tsunami!

      • tophatal


        You know the sh_tty thing about this now is that there are market traders through speculation making tens of millions out of the plight of the Japanese people and this turmoil ! It just doesn’t seem fair does it ?

        The meltdowns are one thing but the radiation levels and it perhaps getting into the water streams and then all bets would be off !

        tophatal ……

      • tophatal


        When I was in Eritrea and Ethiopia with the military providing humanitarian aid and security when the famine was going on there in the early eighties ___ some of the sights I witnessed with kids suffering from malnutrition , dysentary and the hunger at the time brought back memories having watched some of these recent videos.

        This disaster alongside the tsunami in Bandah Aceh and earthquakes in Haiti this past year and the earthquake in Quom , Iran (several years back death toll 700,000 ) have been so devastating that it’s hard to fathom that close to 1 million people if not more may well have lost their lives due to natural disasters .

        And less we also forget the havoc wreaked in New Zealand as well with the flooding and earthquake ? I’m not deeply spiritual in terms religion but if there is a God then he must either be pi_sed at mankind or it’s a test of man’s will . What do you think ?

        tophatal …………….

        tophatal ……..

  • Chris Humpherys

    Horrible stuff, man.

    Makes it hard to talk about things as frivolous as sports.

    I know all our thoughts go out to those who have suffered… which is all of us.

  • classic17

    I had a few friends over there but we heard from them all before the morning. I feel so terrible for everyone over there.

  • tophatal


    How much more will the Japanese people have to deal with ? Tsunami , earthquakes and now the possibility of large amounts of radiation in the atmosphere around each of the three nuclear facilities where there’s been excessive leaks .

    Sad news ’bout Nate Dogg …… dying at the age of 41 !

    Nate Dogg dead at the age of 41

    Nathaniel D. Hale, a rapper known by the stage name Nate Dogg, died on Tuesday, his family said.

    The cause of death was not yet known, but Hale, 41, had suffered strokes in 2007 and 2008, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

    Hale was part of an extended family of rappers known as the Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips (DPGC), a group that also includes Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger – both of whom responded to news of Hale’s death with tribute messages on Twitter.

    Click on link to read in full.


    tophatal ………..

    • chappy81

      Yeah, those nuclear explosions are pretty scary. It’s amazing the sacrifice some people made by staying at the plant to try and contain it.

      I saw that Nate Dogg died, pretty sad stuff. He was probably the best collaboration rapper ever. I can’t think of a guy that enhanced choruses more than him! He will be missed!

      • tophatal


        It’s not only thought of the explosions but the trauma that something like that brings back for the elderly who may well have lived through the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki . Never mind the trauma caused to the young kids who’ve survived this or then only to find out they may well have lost one if not both parents or some other immediate family member.

        As for Nate Dogg dying I’m in complete agreement with you as to what he brought to any collaboration ! He was one of the very best out there ! Warren G and Snoop are said to be devastated by his passing . And it’s easy to understand why as they came in roundabout the same time. It’s a real sad loss to industry and genre as a whole !

        I’m on a downer at the moment as the Spurs had their as_es beat like a pimp bitch slappin’ one of ho’s because she ain’t bringin’ home enough cheddar ! We bit_h slap the Heat and completely embarrass them a little over a week ago and then allow them reciprocate by doin’ the same thing back to us with a margin of defeat of 30 god-damn points !

        tophatal ……………

        tophatal …………..

        • chappy81

          Yeah, the birth defects and other health problems for that community are going to be serious. The area is going to be unlivable for years to come for animals and humans for who knows how long. Hopefully they can stop it from a complete meltdown, but the way it looks right now that is pretty doubtful.

          I saw one of Snoop’s tweets, and it said they met in High School. For some reason I thought they were cousins, but I guess not if they met in HS.

          The Spurs shouldn’t be too worried. I remember everyone panicking about the Heat less than a week ago, I’m sure they’ll go on another winning streak sooner than later…

  • tophatal


    This is meant to be the ‘meat and potato’s part of the season where the Spurs ought to getting ready to hit a consistent form as they make their way into the postseason .

    They go into the postseason out of sync and complacent against the Grizz’ and their season could end like a damp squib !

    Potential playoff picture were it to commence today .

    (1) CHICAGO (1A) vs. (8) Indiana
    (Chicago leads 3-0)
    (2) BOSTON (1H) vs. (7) Philadelphia
    (Boston leads 2-1)
    (3) MIAMI vs. (6) New York
    (Series tied 2-2)
    (4) ORLANDO (1A) vs. (5) Atlanta
    (Atlanta leads 2-1)

    (1) SAN ANTONIO (1A) vs. (8) Memphis
    (San Antonio leads 2-1)
    (2) LOS ANGELES (1H) vs. (7) New Orleans
    (Los Angeles leads 3-0)
    (3) DALLAS (1A) vs. (6) Portland
    (Dallas leads 2-1)
    (4) OKLAHOMA CITY (1H/1A) vs. (5) Denver
    (Series tied 1-1)

    tophatal ………….

  • tophatal


    The one thing that Japan has to their advantage is that their citizens are prideful and industrious . They’ll rebuild the damaged area at any cost and it’ll probably be better than before ! Here we’re still bitchin’ and whinin’ in the aftermath of Katrina and 9/11 . $25 billion spent in NYC and all there is thus far is a damn hole in the ground allegations of monies being misspent . New Orleans isn’t exactly any better . Projects are behind schedule and there’s still a great deal of graft going on without there being any fu_king oversight ! ‘nough said !

    tophatal ……………

  • Ravenation, L.L.C. of North America

    Chappy…ever listen to the Tool album “Aenima”?


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