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Was the man crazy?

Yes.   3 votes - 100 %
3 Total Votes
venture out into modern civilization at your own risk...

nicely written.  If you had a beer can in your hand, he would have called you an Aluminum Bavarionati.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Apr 24th, 2009 at 08:14:08 PM EST
But he wasn't Japanese.

Could you form any impression of his ethnicity, nationality or where and at what age he learned English?  I have had well educated English speaking Chinese ex-patriots in Los Angeles inform me that they didn't particularly like Japanese people.  The occupation of Manchuria, the Rape of Nanking, etc. happened to many living peoples parents or grandparents.  Same thing for Vietnam and the Philippines.  And I won't even start on Korea.

Did he have any reason to think that no one in line at McDonalds would understand the conversation he was attempting to have with you?  Was it your impression that any of them did?  Could he be someone who was working in Japan and who has just lost their job?  His verbal behavior does not seem likely to serve him well in Japan, especially now, with so much suppressed anxiety among the native Japanese.

A fascinating diary.  Did you discuss this with anyone at your department barbecue?  If so, how did they react.    

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Apr 24th, 2009 at 11:13:34 PM EST
He was as white as me, his raving wide eyes a pale blue.  Mid to later fifties.  Perfectly natural American English.  I really wonder why on Earth he's in Japan, with those kinds of sentiments.

From what I can tell, nobody in the store understand a word of what he was saying.  Honestly, even if they spoke English fairly well, most Japanese would react to a rant on Lenin's status as a Mongoloid Jew from the Khazar tribe with complete and total incomprehension.

by Zwackus on Sat Apr 25th, 2009 at 04:35:10 AM EST
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And this is a state of affairs I should worry about, because they are sub-human monkeys who have been culling their herd of its smartest members for years.  Yep.

Considering what the Japanese automakers have accomplished in the US market, this leaves us wondering if there might be something good to say for "sub-human monkeys" and something really bad to say about US auto company executives.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Apr 24th, 2009 at 11:23:07 PM EST
Not necessarily crazy.  Perhaps practicing for a part in a local play.  Just out to have, what in his mind is, a bit of fun.  Hard to tell.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Apr 25th, 2009 at 06:21:15 AM EST
Actually, it's fairly easy to bump into people like that in the US.  On 15 April all you had to do was show up at a Tea Party.
by rifek on Sun Apr 26th, 2009 at 11:40:54 AM EST
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Out of the blue, an excellent story and very sad because that´s a very vulnerable person, apparently ´away from home´.  

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Mon May 4th, 2009 at 12:00:39 PM EST

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