Where were you?
It's a question being asked all over the world this week, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. This is my generation's Hiroshima, Pearl Harbor and end of the World Wars. This formed our country, built George W Bush's administration's legacy and altered national security as we know it. It also gave us an enemy, a misplaced angry and misconception of an entire religion. The actions of a few extremists came to represent the beliefs of millions....to the ignorant and misguided. Islam and Muslim became the new Nazi and Communist, if you will. Osama Bin Ladan was the new Adolf Hitler. Except, unlike Hitler and his followers, Bin Ladan and his followers hid and alluded capture for nearly a decade, working from caves, bunkers and using high-tech methods of planning to orchestrate attacks.
The question again? Where were you?
Where was I?
On 9/11/2001, I was living in Lockport, New York, a 3 bedroom apartment with 2 roommates (Janine and Adriane) after "taking a break" from living with my boyfriend of 5 years Micheal. I had just started going back to community college and was in classes that morning. As I was walking the hall from my philosophy class to my psychology class, I heard the news that the first Tower had been hit. I quickly called Micheal to see if he'd heard the news (he was still asleep and assumed I was joking) and glanced at the tv set in the hall as I entered my classroom.
During the class, my professor did his best to keep us on topic. However, when the 2nd Tower was hit, (I'll never forget him in the middle of a sentence turn to the doorway, look at the television screen and say "Holy shit! It's another plane!" ) this man, who reminded me of my grandfather soft spoken most of the time, got angry and demanded we all leave his classroom and go be with loved ones! His exact words I can't remember, but we were let go early, as were most of the other classes that day. I tried calling home but at this point, the cell towers signals were all jammed and I just drove home, listening to the radio, every station doing a news type broadcast instead of regular programming.
I finally made it to my apartment and found not only my roommates there, but also my boyfriend, my roommates boyfriend Kevin (it was his birthday) and our friend Gina, all glued to the television. Janine's mom lived in Manhattan and she hadn't heard from her at this point. Micheal's uncle traveled a lot between DC and other large cities and no one had heard from him at this point either. We all sat, supporting each other, in awe, shock, disgust and disbelief as news of the Pentagon strike and the overthrow of the other flight came in. It seemed the whole world had gone topsy turvy and we were just along for the ride.
I remember Kevin saying "I'm changing my birthday. It's not September 11th anymore." No one blamed him.
We finally did hear from Janine's mom and Micheal's uncle. Both were safe and accounted for. Slowly, life in Lockport went on. Life continued but it was never the same.
Michael and I moved back in together. I lost touch with Janine and Adriane.
Kevin and Adriane broke up.
Micheal and I broke up, I lost touch with everyone!
In 2004 I moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Sometime around 2008 I tried talking to Gina again, it didn't work out because she's involved with Micheal and when he started playing his mind games with her, she called me crying about it. I didn't want or need that bullshit in my life anymore. Turns out the 2 of them hadn't changed, but I did.
I reconnected with Kevin and Adriane recently on facebook. It's not awkward, but in my heart, they will forever be part of the memory I have when I think of: "Where were you (on 9/11)?"
In other news.....
How many people really give a flying fuck that Pepsi printed the Pledge on their cans minus "in God" or "under God" or whatever the fuck those 2 fucking words are??? Why can't we just say "Thanks for being so fucking Patriotic and move the fuck along???Why must everything be about religion??
When was that phrase added to the Pledge?? Was it in the original Pledge of Allegiance??
Answer: it was added in 1954...NOT a part of the original Pledge.
The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an oath of loyalty to the federal flag and the Republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy
in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The
Pledge has been modified four times since its composition, with the most
recent change adding the words "under God" in 1954.
Moral of the story....I am not Christian, or Catholic or any other religion that acknowledges a God of biblical learnings. So that must mean I'm not American, right? I must not belong here because I don't think "under God" actual belong in our Pledge.
Bravo, Pepsi, Bravo!!!!