Do You Remember Where You Were?

Ten years ago on 9/11/2001?

I do. At that time I was working for the Sears Home Improvement division in the Human Resources department. We shared a building with Sears Teleservice and a young woman from that side started crying and hollering then ran out into the hallway.

I followed her along with several supervisors and when I saw she was in good hands I went back to my side of the building. It was a short time later I found out she was from New York and a relative had called to tell her the news of the World Trade Centers.

Some people told me I was cold that day. I didn’t mean to be. I just remember thinking I would not be upset, I would be strong and I was not going to let terrorists make me afraid. Their comments hurt but I shrugged them off, told them I cared as much as they did and kept doing what needed to be done.

Accordingly I made supervisors tell their people to stay in their seats, if they wanted to go home they were advised they could go and I made sure they had access to tv screens if they stayed. We sure as hell weren’t getting any calls.

Did I do the right things that day? I don’t know. I know I regret not going home, getting my girls out of school and just holding them. Instead I worked all day doing my job, going to meetings while helping to make sure people stayed calm. After work I went by the mall as a symbolic gesture. What I was thinking I don’t know, it seems silly now. I suppose it was again my way of saying I will not be afraid.

When I got home we all crawled in the bed and watched the horrendous events of the day on the news and cried. One of the things that stand out for me was President Bush’s speech that evening. I was not a fan of Bush. I voted against him. Twice. But the speech he made that day was good if not great. It offered solace, strength and hope, something we all needed.

It is a speech that is worth repeating on today of all days. A warning ahead of time. There are horrible photos included in this video and this was one of the less upsetting ones I reviewed. The music is a bit distracting but over all it is a good video.

Whether you’re a fan of Bush or not I hope you take it as it’s meant to be, a remembrance in honor of 9/11.

If you don’t want to listen to President Bush speechify then I urge you to watch this video. It is excellent and I’m glad I looked around some more and found it. I love it. If anything about 9/11 can be called upbeat then this video would be it and the music is perfect.

Peace.

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Earthquake!

I didn’t even realize it a first.

The bed started to shake and our fan bounced around. Initially I wondered if it was an earthquake then decided it had to be the washer. We don’t have earthquakes that big in North Carolina. I yelled at Tracey to check the washer and went back to reading my book.

A minute later Tracey comes in and asks if I felt that. After verifying the washer wasn’t on I informed her she had just experienced her first earthquake. Even then I kept thinking it couldn’t have been that. We called my mother who didn’t feel a thing then turned on the news and sure enough. Earthquake!

The animals didn’t react either. It woke the lab up but she just went back to sleep. The cats didn’t seem to notice it at all. Daygan could have been reacting or it could be one of those crickets she likes to suck up was giving her indigestion. As a baby frilled dragon it could have been anything making him/her antsy, they’re nervous about everything with good reason I suppose.

It really wasn’t all that bad considering. Fox News seemed concerned that people were overreacting and California was laughing at us but hey, we southerners are used to people laughing at us. If it’s not the accent it’s the joy we take in the rare snowfalls we get.

I wanted to tell Shephard Smith from Fox news to stop stomping on our excitement and let us enjoy this little quake. Heaven knows from April to October we don’t have any excitement because there’s no chance of snow at all.

Now God goes and shakes our world and killjoy Fox wants us to ignore it? Hel-lo. We are happy because we just got us a real honest to God earthquake on the East Coast. We’ve got something else to talk about besides how frigging hot it is and Fox wants us to calm down, not use our cells and watch Libya who’s across the world. Hah! Not happening.

And really Fox? It seems they felt New Yorkers and other northern states didn’t react well to the quake and I can really understand that but we don’t all live in New York. I did call my daughter who was at school in Baltimore, Maryland but she didn’t feel anything. In fact didn’t know what was going on til she was on her way home.

 I don’t know if John felt the quake or not. He works in D.C. so he may have felt more than Holly did. I’ll ask Holly later cause I didn’t talk to her but a minute. I do have the right to check with her and make sure she’s ok even if I know she probably is. Sorry Fox. I did use the phone to call my daughter’s cell. Get over it.

Besides that I’m not sure if Fox was concerned so much about the people’s reaction to the quake so much as they were concerned about people on the West Coast laughing at us. I believe we can handle a few snickers.

The only thing Fox said right, as far as I’m concerned, is people should be worried about Irene heading our way. That’s true but it’s not gonna stop us from enjoying our own little earthquake for about a day. Irene isn’t due til this weekend and most of us can multi task.

I went to the convenience store to meet my heart sister, Ruth, who was in town. The clerk asked me if I felt the quake. I said I sure did and she was like I did, too. Then she says I thought it was the washer. Instant kinship. I love southerners. We bond over the dumbest things.

Ruth and her husband, Howard also felt the quake in Kannapolis, they live near Charlotte. She thought it was her grandson shaking the table til Howard told her otherwise.

What kills me is she and I should have known better cause we both lived in California. Hell, she was born there. I feel her blood or something should have recognized an earthquake was happening. Since it didn’t I felt better about thinking it was the washer.

We lived in El Monte and had some damage to our home when an earthquake hit. I can remember my mom grabbing me and my brother and shoving us under the kitchen table then going to find my dad. I really have no idea how she did all that with the world trying to turn upside down.

Think of a furnished doll house. Pick that doll house up, shake it hard, shake it up, down, and sideways. Hear the furniture and dolls crashing into one another? Hear the walls of the doll house cracking as they buckle?

Now think of that happening to a real house with real people and their things inside and you might have an idea of how a 7.2 earthquake feels. That was the magnitude that hit L.A. and the surrounding areas when I lived there in 1971.

We moved to California in about 1968? 1969? We weren’t there five minutes when we felt our first quake. After that it was fires so close we had ashes floating down on us, floods then finally the 1971 quake. My mom said she’d had enough and after a brief stay in Arizona we moved on to Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia and last North Carolina. My mom should have been born a gypsy. God knows she had wandering feet.

What about you? Any earthquakes, fires or hurricanes you want to discuss? Am I being too hard on Fox? I don’t think so.They were buttheads because while New York might have been nervous about the quake they weren’t out of control. I think it was more a case of Fox overreacting rather than New York. Or at least Shepherd Smith. He actually said turn the channel if you want more news about the earthquake. So I did.

Here’s an article about the 1971 earthquake if you’re interested:

http://www3.gendisasters.com/california/8191/los-angeles-vicinity-ca-earthquake-feb-1971

 

 

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