First, let me apologize for not blogging more often here. This community is very positive, which is so important. All of you are amazing and supportive - and thank you for that!
So, now you know who America's Greatest Otaku is! (unless you haven't yet watched Episode 8). I won't say his or her name here just in case you haven't watched it yet - but congrats to the winner!!!!
All the contenders were truly amazing. And last summer was an incredible experience, traveling across America, making the show and meeting tons of wonderful people. The Otaku 6 were so much fun too! And thanks to Dice for his heroic work, as well as Sean for being a truck drivin' iron man, and Mikey for all the facilitations and guidance.
It's hard for me to believe that I'm sitting here in a muddy, chaotic shelter in Ishinomaki, Miyagi (Tohoku, Japan) with a number of volunteers around me, Red Cross, Jieitai (self-defense forces) - all underappreciated heroes. And the victims are so strong and patient - things are very tough for them. This particular shelter (called "Ishinomaki Minato-Shogakkou) has a few hundred victims left. Every day in the gym, which is filled with letters and drawings from people all over the world, they make vats of curry and miso soup. The victims (survivors) and other locals who all lost their homes line up and graciously wait for their lunch.
NTT Docomo has provided a free Wifi here in this devastated place, so I'm able to use my computer. We all wear masks and boots to protect against the dust and mud - it's pouring rain today.
Not much sleep - but I'm able to be with a community of people that truly care about others and put themselves last on the list in order to be of help to this town. It's a positive, strong community - and one that makes me feel like I'm accepted. You guys are similar - you're positive, strong and accepting. Please stay that way. Don't let others bring you down. Stay strong and proud - you will become leaders in your lives.
Miss you all!