A Day Off in Santa Barbara

by Linda Okazaki

Taking a day off from the genealogical pilgrimage, we wandered through downtown Santa Barbara, grabbed coffee, shopped a little, ate lunch at an outdoor cafe, enjoyed the sunshine on a street side bench. All that was interrupted by an unexpected request from a Japanese journalist. Would I mind answering a few questions about the upcoming presidential election? Would I consider sharing my political perspective? How did I feel about Obama, Romney, Bush, Reagan? There were several individuals on his team including the sound man, the videographer, the personal assistant. Normally I keep politics to myself, but this was really interesting. The show would be broadcast the day before the election. Besides, how could I refuse NHK?