It was a somewhat eventful day so far. My mission this morning was to make a visit to Tsukiji fish market to get a fish bowl, one of my favorite dishes in the world. I don’t think “fish bowl” is the official name for the dish, but it’s a fitting description for fresh sashimi sitting on top of a bed of rice in a bowl. The salmon and salmon roe combo is my favorite, so that’s what I ordered.
I was sitting at a bar in front of the chef preparing my meal. Right before my food was ready, the Japanese guy to my left leaned against my shoulder. Naturally, I was taken off guard and it took me a second to realize that he had lost consciousness. By the time I did, he had already slipped off my shoulder and hit the concrete headfirst. We were sitting on barstools, so he fell quite a distance.
I immediately had a flashback to a few months ago when a man next to me at the gym collapsed from a heart attack. Oddly, the first thought that came to my mind this time was “Crap. What are the odds of this happening again? I must be bad luck or something.”
Right away I jumped down to see if he was ok. The two women behind me - who I later learned were nurses from Taiwan - started attending to him as well. I felt quite helpless because nobody else spoke English and I don’t speak Japanese, but I did use hand signals to notify somebody to call an ambulance.
Luckily, he regained consciousness within 10 seconds and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief. He was coherent and talking to his friends in Japanese. Eventually, he got up but had to be laid down again because he felt faint.
The guy had some minor bleeding from the back of his head where he hit the pavement, but other than that he had no apparent physical trauma.
The waitress served my food while the guy was lying on the ground and the chef kept insisting that I eat it right away. I felt bad eating food while this guy was bleeding from the head, waiting for an ambulance, but what can ya do? The food was delicious:
The paramedics arrived a short time later and, presumably, took the poor guy to the hospital. I have no idea what was wrong with him but I sure am glad that he didn’t have a heart attack.
That was enough excitement for one day. I’m going to take it easy the rest of the day and be productive.