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Kvass and socks

Today I was out taking my wife’s ride in for an oil change.  We have a mechanic that actually fixes things (Ralph Blair of Tri-City Battery (509-783-9000)), in a shop that gives him the tools to do so, so it’s not nearly as painful or fearful for me as for many.  On the way, I saw a sign by the street in Cyrillic:  ‘Russki magazin.’  Russian store? I love little specialty ethnic grocery stores, so I swung in and muddled through in my broken Russian.  One thing I bought was a 2l bottle of Kvass, which I’d always wanted to try.

Kvass, at least in the form I had it, was sort of like a carbonated, sweet, tamarindy black tea.  It wasn’t overly sugary.  Frankly, this stuff is delicious.  I never want to drink Coke again if I can get this.  If you get a chance to try some, by all means give it a shot.  If you’re in Tri-Cities, it’s on Clearwater (north side) between Kellogg and Edison.

Had a real adventure making the notes to go with the socks.  Jason would like a note for each pair, which isn’t difficult.  Translating it into Japanese, that’s the hard part.  I felt most comfortable feeding the English to Google Translate, then feeding the Japanese back to GT and seeing what I actually said.  Anyway, a large number of people decided they liked Jason’s idea and are following suit.  Some days, you find out that you know a lot of really wonderful people.

Socks for Japan

Jason Kelly, a fellow author (financial writing, with the advantage of a liberal arts background) lives in Japan.  He is close enough to the earthquake/tsunami disaster to have felt both, and to be able to triage aid, but far enough that he is not himself a disaster victim (except for one hell of a scare).  We’ve corresponded a bit, enough that I think of him as a kindred spirit.

Living in Japan, of course, it’s quite logical for Jason to call upon the resources of his U.S. (Colorado) upbringing to help his nation of residence.  His solution:  socks, a simple comfort item and so important for cleanliness.  Japan might be the world’s most passionate country with regard to cleanliness.  If Jason thinks sending the Japanese socks will improve their comfort and spirits, I’m going to do it.

If you want to follow suit, please follow the instructions on Socks for Japan.  His reasoning makes great sense to me.  Every time there’s a major world disaster, Japan whips out its checkbook.  The world knows Japan for many good things; Japan has been a staunch ally of the United States my whole life.  The point of Jason’s plan is that we’ll do more good if we send comfort items along with notes of caring, rather than just donating money.  Socks one may buy; a kind, honest note isn’t for sale in any store.

Sounds to me like little enough to ask.  I hope you’ll join me in supporting Jason’s project.