9/11

I couldn’t sleep last night very well. 9/11 was playing in my head. It’s interesting, on the five previous anniversaries I didn’t give 9/11 much thought but with a baby on the way that day’s events are playing in my head in Technicolor.

It’s too bad that my blogs from that day are gone forever due to my own ineptitude. Translation: I didn’t back them up.

But, they do live on as memories. Not the good kind, either. The kind that are reserved for horrible events. Why does the human brain store those so well? I can play back the 1989 earthquake. The Shuttle crash. Elvis dying. Yosemite flooding. And 9/11 back over and over in HD in my brain.

Of the good events in my life my wedding and the birth of Patrick are the only ones stored in this kind of clarity in my head.

Speaking of Patrick, I remember letting him watch that morning’s events on CNN. I remember then thinking maybe I was being a bad parent. I’ve had that thought since then cause Patrick has been afraid of flying ever since then and has taken fewer risks than he might otherwise have done.

I remember thinking I wanted him to understand why his world was messed up. Why he needed to stand in sometimes hour-long security lines at airports. Why we were at war with Iraq. Why the economy of his world will be worse than it would have been otherwise.

9/11/01 was a different time. I’ve had four jobs since then (Userland, NEC, Microsoft, and now PodTech). I’ve moved four times. I was married to someone different. I have had four cars, one accident (which also is stored in my brain in HD). My mom was still alive. So was my grandma.

That was a world without Flickr. Without HD. Without YouTube. Without Ustream. Without Facebook. Without Google Reader. Without WordPress. Without Twitter. Without Del.icio.us. Without iPhone.

I read Mark Cuban today and realize I, too, pinch myself every day and realize I have an ultra wonderful life. Especially after a day I had yesterday when I interviewed my good friend Shel Israel, two CEOs (including one who runs one of the world’s great processor companies), and someone named Zuckerberg. Almost all of it shared with my friend and producer Rocky Barbanica.

So much of our world has changed in six short years. Weird, I’m “J, J, J, J”ing through Google Reader’s feeds and just found Christopher Penn who already wrote most of what I’m writing here.

Sometime soon (real soon now) Maryam and I will bring a new life into the world.

It’s focusing my attention on what Penn asked: how do you improve the world?

Anyway, I’m off with Maryam to see her doctor. We’ll Twitter as soon as something changes.

Just wanted to say thank you to all the people who’ve made this life better, particularly the firefighters, the police officers, and those other people who serve to make the world a better place.

62 thoughts on “9/11

  1. I’m heartened to see some people pointing out your painfully wrong logic mid way in your post.

    If you can’t sleep very well last night with ~3,00 people dying in 9/11, what about the > 600,000 citizens killed (at least) in Iraq, due to the Iraq war initiated by the U.S. preemptively.
    More than 200 times more people, dead, directly due to an action by your president.

    Please be more intelligent and don’t drink the pernicious administration’s kool aid, and try and link Iraq with 9/11.

    They were not linked.
    9/11 purported to be due to Al Qaeda (the new boogey men). 80% of them came from Saudi Arabia (and the US recently gave them a juicy arms contract, right?). Al Qaeda holed up in say, Pakistan. So Bush goes after Hussein. In Iraq. Say what?
    If you can’t see this is for oil, and having an empire-like control in other people’s countries, then you need to play catch up.

    If you care about Patrick, you’ll want him to have correct information on what happened on 9/11. It was turned into political material to cause war crimes,

    I think you need more than just CNN for him. Just giving him one view would be being a bad parent.

    “I remember thinking I wanted him to understand why his world was messed up. Why he needed to stand in sometimes hour-long security lines at airports. Why we were at war with Iraq. Why the economy of his world will be worse than it would have been otherwise.”

    I would like to hear the link between9/11 and “why we were at war in Iraq”.

    “It’s focusing my attention on what Penn asked: how do you improve the world?”

    Let’s start with getting accurate information, a clear view on your country’s foreign policy, eh?

    People take issue about this because it is important, and we care that people are well informed. Ask Colin Powell about what happens to reputations when you’re misinformed. (the icecream van/WMD truck powerpoint for example).

    If you’re going to bring politics into posts, then get it accurate, as you’ll get plenty of legitimate replies if it’s not

  2. I’m heartened to see some people pointing out your painfully wrong logic mid way in your post.

    If you can’t sleep very well last night with ~3,00 people dying in 9/11, what about the > 600,000 citizens killed (at least) in Iraq, due to the Iraq war initiated by the U.S. preemptively.
    More than 200 times more people, dead, directly due to an action by your president.

    Please be more intelligent and don’t drink the pernicious administration’s kool aid, and try and link Iraq with 9/11.

    They were not linked.
    9/11 purported to be due to Al Qaeda (the new boogey men). 80% of them came from Saudi Arabia (and the US recently gave them a juicy arms contract, right?). Al Qaeda holed up in say, Pakistan. So Bush goes after Hussein. In Iraq. Say what?
    If you can’t see this is for oil, and having an empire-like control in other people’s countries, then you need to play catch up.

    If you care about Patrick, you’ll want him to have correct information on what happened on 9/11. It was turned into political material to cause war crimes,

    I think you need more than just CNN for him. Just giving him one view would be being a bad parent.

    “I remember thinking I wanted him to understand why his world was messed up. Why he needed to stand in sometimes hour-long security lines at airports. Why we were at war with Iraq. Why the economy of his world will be worse than it would have been otherwise.”

    I would like to hear the link between9/11 and “why we were at war in Iraq”.

    “It’s focusing my attention on what Penn asked: how do you improve the world?”

    Let’s start with getting accurate information, a clear view on your country’s foreign policy, eh?

    People take issue about this because it is important, and we care that people are well informed. Ask Colin Powell about what happens to reputations when you’re misinformed. (the icecream van/WMD truck powerpoint for example).

    If you’re going to bring politics into posts, then get it accurate, as you’ll get plenty of legitimate replies if it’s not

  3. “That was a world without Flickr. Without HD. Without YouTube. Without Ustream. Without Facebook. Without Google Reader. Without WordPress. Without Twitter. Without Del.icio.us. Without iPhone.”

    Wow.. I didn’t even think about that. I was in college at the time and was hosting a radio show on an internet radio station. Of course, I wish I had a copy of my website from back then. Would be interesting to see how crappy it looked!

    Of course, I remember where I was on 9/11.. I had a 9:30 am class I had to get to. The alarm was set for 7am, so I had time to shower (before the roommate, we had a problem with the drain in the shower, so it would back up and I didn’t want to shower in his “lake”). When the alarm went off, I was greeted to Bob and Brian on (the now defunct) Lazer 103 in Milwaukee stating something was happening in NYC and that they didn’t know what they were going to do. Immediately, I jumped up and flipped on the TV. Seeing what was happening I woke my roommate up (he was not happy about that until I said “look” and pointed at the TV). Anyway, I spent most of the day watching things happen in my friends room next door. We were all broadcasting kids, so watching all of these stations go wall-to-wall with nothing but news was unprecedented.

    -A

  4. “That was a world without Flickr. Without HD. Without YouTube. Without Ustream. Without Facebook. Without Google Reader. Without WordPress. Without Twitter. Without Del.icio.us. Without iPhone.”

    Wow.. I didn’t even think about that. I was in college at the time and was hosting a radio show on an internet radio station. Of course, I wish I had a copy of my website from back then. Would be interesting to see how crappy it looked!

    Of course, I remember where I was on 9/11.. I had a 9:30 am class I had to get to. The alarm was set for 7am, so I had time to shower (before the roommate, we had a problem with the drain in the shower, so it would back up and I didn’t want to shower in his “lake”). When the alarm went off, I was greeted to Bob and Brian on (the now defunct) Lazer 103 in Milwaukee stating something was happening in NYC and that they didn’t know what they were going to do. Immediately, I jumped up and flipped on the TV. Seeing what was happening I woke my roommate up (he was not happy about that until I said “look” and pointed at the TV). Anyway, I spent most of the day watching things happen in my friends room next door. We were all broadcasting kids, so watching all of these stations go wall-to-wall with nothing but news was unprecedented.

    -A

  5. Todd: I know a lot of fanatical Americans who would prefer that every San Franciscan be erased from the face of the earth too.

    My wife is Muslim, by the way. There are plenty of them that love America and Americans.

  6. Todd: I know a lot of fanatical Americans who would prefer that every San Franciscan be erased from the face of the earth too.

    My wife is Muslim, by the way. There are plenty of them that love America and Americans.

  7. Just remember Robert no matter what the pundits say and what the political talk coming out of people’s mouth their are still a hell of a lot of fanatical Muslims that would prefer that every American be erased from the face of the earth.

    I served in both Afghanistan and Iraq and can say with some certainty that many in this country only believe what they hear on TV and are very much out of touch with reality.

  8. Just remember Robert no matter what the pundits say and what the political talk coming out of people’s mouth their are still a hell of a lot of fanatical Muslims that would prefer that every American be erased from the face of the earth.

    I served in both Afghanistan and Iraq and can say with some certainty that many in this country only believe what they hear on TV and are very much out of touch with reality.

  9. “You must live in Missouri.”
    Your condescending response pays compliments to no one, least of all to yourself. Oh, wait, you were just joking, right? Right.

  10. “You must live in Missouri.”
    Your condescending response pays compliments to no one, least of all to yourself. Oh, wait, you were just joking, right? Right.

  11. Shel, people responding to Robert in sincerity but in disagreement are paying him the highest compliment of their attention. You need to learn this.

    Dawn, good lord. You must live in Missouri.

  12. Shel, people responding to Robert in sincerity but in disagreement are paying him the highest compliment of their attention. You need to learn this.

    Dawn, good lord. You must live in Missouri.

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