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About Cali Cares

Follow me as I prepare to bike up the California coast. My mission: collect and share the smiles of my neighbors and share them with our Japanese neighbors in need. *Please tell us how much you donate so we can keep track of how much we raise!

Looking for an Interviewee

Hello everyone!

Zane and I are very excited to annouce that we are have compiled all the footage from the ride and are now juxtaposing it in proper order!  We know the feel and direction we are taking this, and want to make a short documentary to share with all of you!  Our next step is looking for someone who is both energetic and compassionate to help us out.

We are putting out the word, looking for someone who is a media studies student or whom has had experience interviewing people ON Camera.  If you, or know of anyone who would be interesting in this fun task have them contact us. We wish you all the best and please stay in touch.

Michael

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What a mess. A Pacific migration of tsunami debris.

Reports are coming in that a large amount of debris, originally homes, boats, and appliances from Japan’s coast, are floating towards the island of Hawaii.  For more info read the full article at Yahoo News.

-Mike and Zane

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Connected compassion

I begrudgingly picked up the newspaper this morning expecting a 10 year remembrance of the terrorist attacks.  I still get angry when I see those photos, I don’t know anybody who died on September 11th, but my sympathy goes out to those who did lose friends & family- I may never know your pain.

In 2008 I went to ground zero on September 11th to pay respect. It was very intense to see people walking around crying.  I felt an overwhelming need to console them. But I didn’t know them or how to help them.

 

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What I didn’t realize when I began reading the paper was today is also the 6 month anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I began to wonder if survivors in Japan were feeling like me, going to their own ground zero and wanting to console strangers. And I realized that even though both the attacks on 9-11 & the earthquake/ tsunami were different & effect our cultures differently, we both hurt & have the compassion to console others, to ease their pain. If you see somebody who looks like they could use some help today, offer it. -Michael

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Who’s the boss?

Yoshihiko Noda was chosen as Japan’s next prime minister, the country’s 6th leader in 5 years. Japan’s previous and “unpopular” P.M. Naoto Kan stepped down after just 15 months of service after handling last winter’s nuclear crisis. Noda’s tasks will be challenging as he humbly accepts the role to lead Japan on the road to recovery, a daunting expectation to the struggling citizens of Japan. I support Noda’s optimism & determination and wish the best for the people of Japan.

-Michael

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Hitting close to home (run)

Being a baseball player & fan I couldn’t be any more excited for the little league world series. I’ve been pulling for both teams- my home town of Huntington Beach & the Japanese little league team!

The faint memories of the woman’s world cup still linger in my head and to me this is a similar situation. My hat tips to both teams for making it this far. Play ball!

-Michael

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Ocean family helping each other.

I was wondering around at the US Open in my town of Huntington Beach last week and came upon a tent with a large Japanese flag hanging off it, so naturally it attracted my attention. As I approached I was greeted by a tall, thin Japanese man offering me an inviting smile. He introduced himself as Mituteru, and he is a Japanese citizen and avid surfer, being a surfer myself we share an unspoken bond of the ocean, and in this bond we know how vulnerable we are to the magnitude of the ocean.  He explained his foundation and I did with Cali Cares, when he bowed saying thank you I was immediately convinced of his genuine gratitude and appreciation.  I donated a humble amount, hugged him and  I told him I would spread the word of his campaign. So for all my surfer friends out there who see this and feel the tides of giving please contact MitsuteruKamio@wavehunt21@aol.com

-Michael

“Live in the moment, for everything we are and everything we have is but ticking away” J.Powers

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Wheres the beef?

I came across this article and tried to figure out a solution if I was the authority figure in charge of this dilemma but it seems there is no easy way around compensating for the brutal effects of mother nature.

My heart goes out to those farmers who are taking a devestating blow to their buisiness and their productive source of income.

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-Michael

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