The 20th anniversary is Saturday.
Where were you? Were you stunned into silence? Did your inner Mechta come out? Did you cry like a bitch?
I was working at GMAC Mortgage. Our boss Carol Chapman told a few of us a plane had just crashed into the world trade center. I didn’t even know why she was telling us; I figured it was just a commuter plane and like 4 people would die. I don’t get out of bed unless it’s at least 10. But frfr I just didn’t know why she was making a big deal out of it. When plane two hit I thought maybe it was another Timothy Mcveigh because I’m not racist like all of you. It wasn’t until like 2pm that the local Waterloo company head let us all go home. If you recall, this all started going down at 8 in the morning. I was pretty pissed. Especially cause we also didnt have a decent working TV in our building. And internet was still a thing of the future.
Sept. 11 is what made me a news/politics junkie. Not on that day of course but for the next few weeks I had to have my 9/11 news fix. I had to know everything. It’s also when I started buying USA Today every morning. I didn’t cry until I found out about that guy who claimed to have lost every one of his staff members in the attack. Turns out later he may have been full of shit. But that story got me.
I also can tell you the EXACT moment I knew our country was in serious trouble. When John Ashcroft sang “Let the Eagle Soar”. I didn’t know shit about politics at the time but I was like “that’s weird. That’s gonna be a problem”. I didn’t know exactly why or exactly how I just knew something was off. Prior to that I’m not sure I could have told you the difference between a conservative and a liberal.
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Anyway, the anniversary is coming up. I expect a lot of sanctimony and sacrilege. Biden sniffs the granddaughter of some deceased 9/11 firefighter, Trump sends out an wholly inappropriate memo. I’m in OWI class all weekend. I wonder if we’ll have a moment of silence before they start telling us what horrible people we all are.