Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Will Never Forget, or How The Terrorists Ruined The Backstreet Boys

I was just alerted that it was September 11th. I was going to blog about my sudden realizition that I'm materialistic, but then I thought it would be selfish to not talk about September 11th... and how I'm sort of upset we don't have the day off.

How can I talk about September 11th and still find a way to talk about me?

Oh! I'll talk about that day... all of 7 years ago, when I was just 15 years young. I still had so much to learn about the world. I hadn't experienced real heart break, I hadn't dyed my hair red yet, I didn't have a job, I was even still too afraid to wear jeans or anything remotely form-fitting. And in fact, I went to the Backstreet Boys concert the night before. I was still love drunk from that.

Yet there I was, sitting in Biology listening to Ms. Gildea lecture about DNA when the terrorists killed my BSB high... I wonder where Ms. Gildea went... Hello? Ms. Gildea? I want you to blame me for everything and yell "PATTY!" accusingly again.

Anyways - I went to my US History class right after and the teacher pulled out the oldest wood-paneled TV ever and had the news on. Through the squiggly lines I saw the second plane crash into tower. It was scary. And my teacher yelled "FUCKIN BIN LADEN".

Then we were let out early from school. And my friend (at the time) was crying and came to my house to watch the news because she initialy though it was the WTC Boston. You know, because that would make sense. But her mom worked near there - so she was worried. I guess that's OK then. But still dumb.

That was a creepy day though. The lack of planes in the air... nothing playing on TV but 9/11 footage, even MTV only had a flag on the network for a few days. And it was around the time I first encountered my terrible fear of mice when I saw one in my room - so I was still too terrified to sleep in my own room. No - I'm kidding. Sort of, it did add to my terror.

So that was my September 11th, 2001. Tomorrow I will talk about my September 12th, 2001.

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