Thursday, September 11, 2008

never forget!

My co-worker Amanda and I have spent much of this morning on You Tube, unable to stop searching for Sept. 11th footage. We agreed that our generations' "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" is officially "Where were you on Sept. 11th?"
I was at Bill Grahm Civic Auditorium, having begged my boss at the old job to let me help set up as part of our cast was opening for Huey Lewis and the News.
I fuckin' love Huey Lewis.
I came home to my then-roommate and her then-boyfriend who is German and didn't really get why us loud, obnoxious, gun-loving Americans were making such a big deal.
Anyway, I'm curious to know if people are still freaked out by today's date and are somberly sitting around listening to country songs or if we're all over it. I can't decide...

12 comments:

Big jer said...

I spend every 9/11 scouring the web for original unedited media footage of that day. Glad to know I'm not alone. I can't help it. I too remember the entire day super clearly. I watched the early footage and then said to myself "that sucks" and headed off to work in downtown l.a.. It wasnt until I got there and saw the surreal mad exodus for myself that I realized the extent.
But more importantly, WHERE are the MAD MEN recaps!? LOVE YOU!

Allan said...

I'm listening to 16 Country Super Hits by Roger Miller.

Allan said...

Ha-ha: "Roses are red / And violets are purple / Sugar is sweet / And so is maple surple..." I feel better already.

Johnny Jiahad said...

I was in a cave with some tall old dude who was wearing a turban and a long beard. I was using his satellite internet connection to read a blog called "I'll Flip You" and, on that day, I fell in love. I hoped that one day I would be able to return to the Marin area and be pen pals with this hot witty girl named Beth Spotswood.

Alas, I am in Terre Haute now. Write me. Please.

A Panda said...

I CAN'T believe you didn't post our gem of a find..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvwW2912o3A

chestery said...

No way. The "Where Were You When JFK Was Shot?" of our generation is "Where Were You When The Challenger Space Shuttle Blew Up?"

Sweet Melissa said...

I was feeling my usual soul-sucking apathy at today's anniversary and but then read this really moving article in Esquire.

http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ0903-SEP_FALLINGMAN

Brock said...

Challenger explosion beats 9/11.

LB said...

Agreed, Brock. Challenger explosion, at least that I know of, was never used by "our" (not really mine by choice) government as an excuse for passing their agenda.

Anonymous said...

My heartless unpopular feeling has dual layers: top layer is the usual numbed shock. Even today, if I still think about it and remember the reaction of my friends in NYC ("I can smell the dead bodies from here in midtown" "I came to work and found my monitor melted") and other people who had real profound losses, I am sympathetic and respectful. My other global view says "Welcome to the world, USA". 9/11 is a reminder that we still haven't figured it out.

Seana said...

My son was only days old when the towers fell. In my postpartum emotional soup, this was a very powerful day for me. I agree that the challenger explosion is a history book event, but I also think that 9/11 is this generation's Pearl Harbor. Whether it was the administration's agenda or not (and it was), the general tenor of the day was "go get em." It felt wrong at the time, but I still felt it. Iraq was a completely separate matter. This was a wake up call to America that we are not the unstoppable force we thought we were.

chestery said...

[On 9/11]
"This was a wake up call to America that we are not the unstoppable force we thought we were."

That we went into Iraq the way that we did, I think, indicates that 9/11 was not the wake-up call. If anything the ensuing/resulting war in Iraq is the wake-up call.

Then again, some would argue that Vietnam played (or should have played) that role.