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September 11, 2006



I was rewatching the first Daily Show after the attacks. Jon Stewart started off talking about remembering MLK being killed. Then he said that the attacks actually realized his dream. We were finally not judging people by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. It really was true. It didn't matter who you were or where you were from, everyone pitched in at whatever level it was that they could help. Be it at Ground Zero or as simple as giving blood. I still see some of the positive changes that happened on that day but they are unfortunately fading. I know that I am a little kinder when I walk around the city.

I was discussing the impact of 9-11 with a customer today. We were talking about how we still can't watch any shows about it. I told her that I couldn't even consider seeing "World Trade Center" because it is all still too fresh to me. I think it is because I am so close to it happening. I still think of my friend's husband who died. I still cry.


Everyone who knows me knows that I am of a...shall we say, cynical bent...but I honestly saw none of this supposed "good", this spirit-of-people-coming-together-ness that came after 9/11.

Sure, I was living in scary North Orange County, CA at the time, and everyone there took the day(s) off as a chance to just hang out on their curbs, getting drunk and spitting insults at any car that didn't have a flag decal on their windshield, or any pedestrian who wasn't wearing a ribbon or one of those flag-jumpsuit things that those mullet-headed guys on the religious channels always wear. The flag-waving nationalism reached a fever pitch around the time I took a picture of a guy on the corner charging $10 for these incredibly badly-copied flag decals and refrigerator magnets that didn't even have the correct number of stars (dots, actually) on them. People, if anything, were MORE racist than ever - the targets may have changed (somewhat), but the hatred was the most vehement that I have ever seen.

Everyone tells me that things here in NYC were different, and I have no reason to doubt that, but I moved to the city six months after 9/11, and I must say that the level of hipster snootery, racism, and people complaining that the city isn't "fun" anymore is actually less today than it was four-and-a-half years ago. Or maybe that just means that the city is "fun" again now.

Just saying, is all. Happy Tuesday, everyone :):):)

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