Every fall of the past ten years brings with it an anniversary. It’s one I don’t exactly celebrate. I’m always aware of it and it’s well worth my solemn attention, but it’s not particularly been a time for revelry. Ten years ago, this fall, I went on the first date with the woman who is now my wife. The anniversary of our first date was a placeholder until we married, when of course our wedding became the cause for celebration. But now, just weeks before the tenth anniversary of this date, and only weeks after the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we are expecting our first child. There is good reason for me now to reflect on the fall of 2001.
September 9, 2011 at 7:15 am 6 Comments
It’s become easier to talk about my memory of September 11th. I will always know it by “September 11th”, rather than “9/11″, because to me, 9/11 always sounded like a brand name, or a catch phrase, or a cutesy label that was placed on an event of mind-blowing magnitude that just happened to take place on the date that reads like the American emergency phone number. I will talk now about what I saw from the Port Imperial ferry terminal in Weehawken, NJ. There was a time when you could say I took a break from that, at least from getting into the details.
September 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm 4 Comments
According to this AP article, 9/11 has become “politicized” with the mosque and Quran controversies.
“In the past, the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was marked by somber reflection and a call to unity, devoid of politics. No more.”
Ah, the good ol’ days. When people of every race, religion, and nationality could come together and unite… for what? Against what? Hey, how the fuck did this crater get here again?
While you’re pondering that, take a look at these awesome aerial photos of New York City. Had they been taken on September 10, 2001, they would have been even more impressive.
September 10, 2010 at 11:39 am No Comments
Polls indicate that Americans are generally against the building of a mosque at Ground Zero, but support the right of those to build it. This is typical of American generosity. But is it rational?
August 26, 2010 at 11:22 pm No Comments
For what it’s worth, I posted this in June, 2001 (in the middle of a rant about China secretly selling arms to Cuba). I note that the part about the United States not possessing cojones unfortunately still holds true.
April 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm 4 Comments
This is how it looked on September 12, 2001, from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. [Read more →]
September 11, 2008 at 8:02 am 7 Comments