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(Global News (Canada))   Japanese man learns to scuba dive to search for remains of his wife who died in the 2011 tsunami   (globalnews.ca) divider line 39
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2014-03-11 03:03:28 AM
All the feels...
 
2014-03-11 03:20:32 AM
Is like try to fine a needow in haystack!
 
2014-03-11 03:24:04 AM
Was the sad tag too busy or something?
 
2014-03-11 03:26:21 AM
Ugh, stories like this make me feel terrible. I really feel awful for the guy, but I can't help that my first thought upon reading it is "this guy has no chance". It makes me feel like a bad person even thinking it to myself.
 
2014-03-11 03:29:29 AM

Captain James T. Smirk: Ugh, stories like this make me feel terrible. I really feel awful for the guy, but I can't help that my first thought upon reading it is "this guy has no chance". It makes me feel like a bad person even thinking it to myself.


The thing is that he knows he has no chance, but it's what he has to do. It's an ethos burned deep in the Japanese psyche.
 
2014-03-11 03:30:59 AM

Captain James T. Smirk: Ugh, stories like this make me feel terrible. I really feel awful for the guy, but I can't help that my first thought upon reading it is "this guy has no chance". It makes me feel like a bad person even thinking it to myself.


My first thought was "Let her go, because man, she's gone."
 
2014-03-11 03:34:36 AM
I remember reading the story about the survivor at the bank. The workers fled to the roof, but the waves kept rising, and even swept right over them, taking them one by one, with only one surviving.
Absolutely awful.
 
2014-03-11 03:37:47 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Captain James T. Smirk: Ugh, stories like this make me feel terrible. I really feel awful for the guy, but I can't help that my first thought upon reading it is "this guy has no chance". It makes me feel like a bad person even thinking it to myself.

The thing is that he knows he has no chance, but it's what he has to do. It's an ethos burned deep in the Japanese psyche.


I know, that's what makes me feel like an asshole. It's just so sad, but it's also a story with such a pure core of honor and love, and the fact that despite that, I can't help but think of it as a waste, is just annoying.
 
2014-03-11 03:38:29 AM
Therapy.
 
2014-03-11 03:38:30 AM

Captain James T. Smirk: Ugh, stories like this make me feel terrible. I really feel awful for the guy, but I can't help that my first thought upon reading it is "this guy has no chance". It makes me feel like a bad person even thinking it to myself.


sometimes it is the search, the journey, not the treasure or the destination.
 
2014-03-11 03:40:45 AM

Slartibartfaster: Captain James T. Smirk: Ugh, stories like this make me feel terrible. I really feel awful for the guy, but I can't help that my first thought upon reading it is "this guy has no chance". It makes me feel like a bad person even thinking it to myself.

sometimes it is the search, the journey, not the treasure or the destination.


You're making me feel  even worse.
 
2014-03-11 04:03:36 AM
I think if my wife dies first, I'm totally going with a morphine overdose within the few following hours. I know this, she does too.

That being said, I farking feel for this poor guy. Whatever he needs, more power to him.
 
2014-03-11 04:08:27 AM
There is love, and there is love. That is love. Best wishes, young samurai.
 
2014-03-11 05:10:54 AM
right. can we just say some dude decided he wanted to learn to scuba dive with the pretext of finding some left over fish food which was the remains of someone who died in the disaster. how could he possibly determine if the bones he found were his wife's? DNA? you would run out of testing money. and say he wins the cadaver lottery and finds say her femur. then what... oh closure, sweet, sweet closure. it bewould like she was back home again.
 
2014-03-11 05:22:12 AM

one-in-the-chamber: right. can we just say some dude decided he wanted to learn to scuba dive with the pretext of finding some left over fish food which was the remains of someone who died in the disaster. how could he possibly determine if the bones he found were his wife's? DNA? you would run out of testing money. and say he wins the cadaver lottery and finds say her femur. then what... oh closure, sweet, sweet closure. it bewould like she was back home again.


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2014-03-11 05:41:15 AM

one-in-the-chamber: right. can we just say some dude decided he wanted to learn to scuba dive with the pretext of finding some left over fish food which was the remains of someone who died in the disaster. how could he possibly determine if the bones he found were his wife's? DNA? you would run out of testing money. and say he wins the cadaver lottery and finds say her femur. then what... oh closure, sweet, sweet closure. it bewould like she was back home again.


Maybe she had a plate in her head or something else making her easier to identify.
 
2014-03-11 06:24:14 AM
Yeah. . . good luck with that.
 
2014-03-11 06:25:37 AM

Callous: one-in-the-chamber: right. can we just say some dude decided he wanted to learn to scuba dive with the pretext of finding some left over fish food which was the remains of someone who died in the disaster. how could he possibly determine if the bones he found were his wife's? DNA? you would run out of testing money. and say he wins the cadaver lottery and finds say her femur. then what... oh closure, sweet, sweet closure. it bewould like she was back home again.

Maybe she had a plate in her head or something else making her easier to identify.


Maybe he carved his name in the bones of her forehead before she was washed away to the sweet release of death?
 
2014-03-11 06:27:12 AM
This story depresses me about how unfair life is.This guy and his wife clearly had a deep and loving bond.It should've been *my* wife who got swept out to sea.
 
2014-03-11 07:15:51 AM
I feel for the guy, but he's not going to have much luck.  Bones in shallow ocean water are going to get pummeled by waves and current, so they will most likely be dust.  If the body drifted out to sea, well...the ocean is mighty deep.

CSB:  My wife says she couldn't imagine going on with life without me and that she wants to die first.  I told her that if I start feeling really sick, I would push her in front of a bus.

Funny thing is that we said all this in front of her parents just after we got married.  She is from India and has a very conservative family.

Needless to say, family gatherings have been awkward.

I told her that if she dies first, I'm going to have her stuffed and mounted like a Grizzly Bear in the corner of the room growling like she's about to attack.

For some reason, she's still with me.
 
2014-03-11 07:32:14 AM
Just fly to Oregon and be a beach comber.
 
2014-03-11 07:40:06 AM
Ugh...you're not going to like what you find, although after 3 years, it would be bones only.

Heard stories of the recovery from the Ocean Ranger and SwissAir 111.

/Hey, my Oatmeal is ready!
 
2014-03-11 07:48:21 AM
Two fishermen were out in their boat one day when a hand appeared out of the water.

"What's that?" asked the first fisherman. "It looks like someone's drowning."

"Nonsense," said the second. "It was just a little wave."
 
2014-03-11 08:12:37 AM

No Catchy Nickname: I remember reading the story about the survivor at the bank. The workers fled to the roof, but the waves kept rising, and even swept right over them, taking them one by one, with only one surviving.
Absolutely awful.


I missed that one. Until your post. Thanks.
 
2014-03-11 09:05:48 AM
I'm overcome by a wave of emocean, my heart has been swept out to sea by this tale of love and lost treasure.
 
2014-03-11 09:22:26 AM

booger42: Ugh...you're not going to like what you find, although after 3 years, it would be bones only.

Heard stories of the recovery from the Ocean Ranger and SwissAir 111.

/Hey, my Oatmeal is ready!


At this point, his best chance of finding his wife is to hang out around local fish markets and seafood restaurants. She's long since been recycled into a few dozen Bento boxes and quite possibly soup stock.
 
2014-03-11 11:02:16 AM
While he's down there...

Can we ask him to look around for an Boeing 777?
 
2014-03-11 12:18:01 PM
This brings to mind the thought I had the other day, that almost without exception 50% of all married peoples will STILL die alone, no matter how good a husband or wife they were, no matter how good a person they were, no matter what they did with their lives. The only way to not die alone is to kill yourself with your significant other or die together in a sudden accident. But that's uncommon, you or your beau are probably going to die of heart disease or maybe cancer, letting whoever's not sick watch as they linger on for a year or so in pain and misery before leaving them all alone in the twilight of their life, the freshest memories of their loved one being a infirm pain-addled husk of the person they loved. Either you'll be unintentionally cruel to the person you love, or they will be so to you, and the only thing you can do about it would hurt the rest of your family.
 
2014-03-11 12:43:28 PM

Captain James T. Smirk: Slartibartfaster: Captain James T. Smirk: Ugh, stories like this make me feel terrible. I really feel awful for the guy, but I can't help that my first thought upon reading it is "this guy has no chance". It makes me feel like a bad person even thinking it to myself.

sometimes it is the search, the journey, not the treasure or the destination.

You're making me feel  even worse.


Hey, did your namesake ever express remorse about "the ensign?"  Any of the ensigns?  Did he even notice?  Did he ever say to one of them: no, go ahead: you fark the green-skinned female alien, likely enough you'll die later in this mission anyway?

No.  He.  Did.  Not.

Buck up mister!  Go find that Japanese man and have wild alien sex with him!  Or to that effect.
 
2014-03-11 12:45:34 PM

robohobo: I think if my wife dies first, I'm totally going with a morphine overdose within the few following hours. I know this, she does too.


And isn't she gonna be pissed when she floats ashore a day later, soaked but alive.  Don't go expecting her to do a Juliet to your silly Romeo either.  She's gonna go out and find herself Ricky Martin.

/la vida loca
 
2014-03-11 12:46:36 PM

one-in-the-chamber: right. can we just say some dude decided he wanted to learn to scuba dive with the pretext of finding some left over fish food which was the remains of someone who died in the disaster. how could he possibly determine if the bones he found were his wife's? DNA? you would run out of testing money. and say he wins the cadaver lottery and finds say her femur. then what... oh closure, sweet, sweet closure. it bewould like she was back home again.


Don't judge eastern actions by western standards.  You risk making an international fool of yourself.
 
2014-03-11 12:48:14 PM

shift_DAWG: This story depresses me about how unfair life is.This guy and his wife clearly had a deep and loving bond.It should've been *my* wife who got swept out to sea.


Well you shouldn't have chained her to the seawall.  Look, the Greek myths make for great stories, but sea monsters don't actually come out and eat the lady bolted to the rock.
 
2014-03-11 12:51:53 PM

That Guy Jeff: This brings to mind the thought I had the other day, that almost without exception 50% of all married peoples will STILL die alone, no matter how good a husband or wife they were, no matter how good a person they were, no matter what they did with their lives. The only way to not die alone is to kill yourself with your significant other or die together in a sudden accident. But that's uncommon, you or your beau are probably going to die of heart disease or maybe cancer, letting whoever's not sick watch as they linger on for a year or so in pain and misery before leaving them all alone in the twilight of their life, the freshest memories of their loved one being a infirm pain-addled husk of the person they loved. Either you'll be unintentionally cruel to the person you love, or they will be so to you, and the only thing you can do about it would hurt the rest of your family.


Regardless of who is around each of us dies alone.  Also: you should read "How We Die."  It'll make you feel ever so much better.

/not really
//but a great book nevertheless
 
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2014-03-11 02:15:53 PM
What a sad story. I'm sure he knows there is no hope, but he's finding a way to create his own.
 
2014-03-11 03:53:44 PM
Don't laugh.  Same thing happened just across the river in Louisiana to a friend of mine, name of Boudreaux. Boudreaux's wife, Marie, went missing after the hurricane. Boudreaux searched for days but couldn't find her. His scuba-diving buddy Thibodeaux showed up with a search party to help find Marie. Late one night, Thibodeaux come running back to the house and told Boudreaux, "Boud, I gots sum good news and I gots sum bad news." He said "We found Marie in the bayou. I'm so sorry, but she was dead with 300 blue crabs eating on her body."

Boudreaux said, "Oh no Thib, dat's terrible!! What's the good news?"

Thibodeaux said, "We gonna run her again tomorrow."
 
2014-03-11 05:07:39 PM

Harry Freakstorm: Just fly to Oregon and be a beach comber.


You jerk. I almost had a sympathetic feeling then whoosh, swept away like a ...
 
2014-03-11 06:03:12 PM
Hasn't this guy heard of carrion? How are you supposed to know which skeleton is your wife without dragging down an underwater DNA kit?
 
2014-03-11 07:00:18 PM
He's probably eaten a good bit of his wife by now. In recycled form, of course.
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/but then haven't we all
 
2014-03-11 08:35:34 PM
We do, doodley do, doodley do, doodely do,
What we must, muddily must, muddily must, muddily must;
Muddily do, muddily do, muddily do, muddily do,
Until we bust, bodily bust, bodily bust, bodily bust.
 
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