Friday, September 12, 2008

November ninth, and the end of the world.

So about 6ish in the afternoon I'm bouncing through You tube just killing time and trying to check through all of my subscriptions. Seems You tube is having a issue where the function that drops off your subscriptions from the page as you go through them isn't working. I keep trying to get the videos to go away and these damn 9-11 videos I tend to skip just wont go away.

You see over the last while as I've gotten more into the internet as a source of information and a way to pass time. I've had a aversion to reading/watching anything on 9-11. As most of its bullshit or just dumb. So I'm doing this for a bout a hour when a little light bulb pops off in my head... whats the date?

Oh fuck. No wonder there's so many of the damn things today!

Now I'm not a American. I was only directly affected by 911 in a very petty and personal way (couldn't see a movie i paid 25 dollars for on Sept 11th) so I don't have a personal reason to commemorate the date. But why now do I feel desensitized by the media and the coverage. (The constant bombardment so to speak.) that on a personal level I ignore it now.

Just like people have said were desensitized to violence, foul language, etc. Have I/we in a way also become desensitized to this?

I remember my mother crying that day. I remember the feeling of disbelief at Tyler poking his head out of Lisa's Basement that day and telling me to get the fuck inside. I remember watching the second plane hit the tower. Watching it coming down.

Now 7 years later to me its become like a foot note. Like looking at a book and reading pearl harbor was attacked. Is this what people felt 7 years after that day of infamy? I wonder.

Now I don't know anyone "over there" personally.

I like to say I will always support the troops. They have the balls I wish I could prove I have. What politics /reasons/ promises sent them there I don't care. They are there doing what we are not, and hope to god we never have to do.

But it leaves me a bit hollow to know one of the reasons we are "Over there" was because of what happened on September 11, and now I barely remembered the date. On a small level it feels like a bit of let down that I couldn't even remember the date that caused them to be there.

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And now for something completely different.

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for those not following the "end of the world"

The LHC is now up and operational. They slammed the first particals together yesterday. The real tests start up in about a week or 2.

So starting today.

Day 1

Flipped switch

World still here.


I'll keep you posted on developments.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Thank God you didn't post that "Great Moments in Aviation History" video, with that title, yesterday. Could have caused a little confusion.

The news stations seemed to give it the same coverage as a dog rescuing a cat from a lake. They seemed more interested in either of the upcoming elections and another shooting. So you're not the only person who's been desensitised to the date if not getting sick of it.

I remember you phoning incessantly when I'd only been asleep 2 hours, and deciding if I was going to be a security guard in downtown Toronto during a day like that, I'd best be rested. I got to work in time to see the second tower collapse, and worked with the oppressive fear that gripped everyone working in a high rise that day. I remember dragging two lawyers off a scrote that got pissed when they didn't give him change and said, "I hope someone flies a plane into your building." I was livid that I couldn't just let them have at him.

The biggest event of that shift was arresting a senile 90+ year old woman who was refusing to go to her condo because she thought someone was hiding under bed ready to kill her. Not because of the attacks, mind you, she was always like that and we just snapped on that particular day.