Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

Joining in for Ten on Tuesday again this week. Check out Roots and Rings to join in, too!
1. eat chocolate covered grasshoppers or this freaky squid thing?
I'm slightly bemused by the squid thing; almost curious enough to want to see it in person. However, I'm generally not a fan of seafood so I'm thinking raw squid is probably not for me. I've already been there, done that, got the pin for eating a chocolate covered grasshopper. I'm not exactly aching to do it again but I suppose that would be my choice.
2. never see another movie or never watch TV again?
Pretty much my life already: I don't have cable. Granted I do watch some shows online, but I'm way too hooked on movies to give 'em up!
3. be a superhero with a lame power or a supervillain with an awesome power?
Superhero with a lame power. Even a lame power is a power. If it meant I could flush the toilet with my mind, hey, it's more than I have now!
4. eat only salty snacks for the rest of you life, or only sweet snacks?
Oh gosh, I have a super sweet tooth so sweet snacks. Besides, doctors are always trying to convince people to cut down on their sodium intake, anyway.
5. never read another book or never hear another song?
Oh man. I'd like to say neither on this one but I'll refrain. This might be a loophole but let's go with never read another book - listen to them on tape!! Haha. I love music too much.
6. be a whale carcass remover or a sewer inspector?
Well this one is easy. I quite like whales. Sad that it'd be dead but still kinda cute in an oddly stinky kind of way. But if you want to see the not-so-wise way of removing a beached whale, check out this video. Now that is icky!!! Plus, imagine the diseases one would encounter as a sewer inspector. NO thank you.
7. have no electricity or no running water?
Hard one. I think I'd go with no running water. Having experienced both situations in Haiti, I think I'd prefer to keep my fan running (and charge my laptop, of course!) even if it means bucket showers and "doing business" in a hole in the ground.
8. be a dog or a cat?
Oh dear. Let's just make this simpler and say be MY dog or MY cat. My dog is ridiculously dumb. I like to call him pea brain, lovingly of course. My cat has the whole family whipped. She gets let in and out as she desires, she gets fed when she wants to be, and even lets you know when she's done having you pet her. My fluffers is quite ornery but she's my baby and she is treated quite well! I'd be her.
9. always be hot or always be cold?
Hate this question! I tend to get cold easily and generally like the room I'm in to be warmer than other people do. However, being hot just makes me sweaty and fainting-prone. And you can always add layers when you're cold. But who wants to wear a parka to bed? Can I just say "moderately warmish" and call it a day?
10. be forced to watch all 3 High School Musicals on an endless loop, or the Twilight movies?
I've never EVER had any interest in High School Musical. High school is bad enough, must you add singing and cheesy dialogue to it? Twilight (though I never thought I'd say it) actually has some minor substance to it...if you count the he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not scenario "substance". Plus I can just make fun of the terrible acting and call it a day. =)

Monday, September 12, 2011

10 years ago today

Well, yesterday really. September 11, 2011 seems like an eternity ago; nearly half my life! Yes, folks, I had just turned 12 on the day the twin towers crumbled and New York fell apart. I don't know what it is about major life and death events that make people so keen to reflect, contemplate, and re-live but that's what everyone is doing today. Is this what people do on the 10, 20, or 50 year anniversaries of things like the bombing of Hiroshima, the Titanic sinking, D-Day in WWII, and the disaster at Chernobyl? Talk about where they were the exact minute something big happened, such and such occurred, and so and so died? Heck, my parents can still recount what they were doing and where they were when Kennedy got shot. I can't even fathom being more involved in the situation; it hurts to take on these massive emotions of other people. So I'll retell my story...'cause that's what people do, right?

When the first plane hit, I didn't know about it at all. I was walking to the bus stop to go to middle school, oblivious as can be. I remember walking into home room with Ms. Schmidtmann and nobody was talking. The TV was on but that was normal because morning announcements would start soon. But as I glanced at it I immediately knew something was not right. A plane was flying into a building, and another building was smoking. I was highly confused. Was this a movie? Then my teacher started talking about what happened while we were being transported to school and we all stared wide eyed at the screen. I had just barely gotten there in time to catch live footage of the second crash. We did nothing that day. We went to all of our classes but no teachers even tried to teach. We just kept watching replay after replay of the horrific "accidents" and slowly learning that it wasn't an accident at all, but an attack. I got home from school and immediately turned the TV on there. Mom rushed into the living room and told me to go watch in her bedroom; she didn't want my 5 year old brother seeing it. The whole house was somber that evening but I remember asking a jillion questions. Yes, it is true, I had no prior knowledge of the Twin Towers.

Other things I found out about that day:
1) George Bush Jr. (then president) was actually speaking at an elementary school in my hometown when it happened. He knew about the first "accident" before he went into the classroom but one of his advisers whispered the news of the second crash and "America is under attack" while he was reading a childrens book to a classroom of 2nd graders. In order to not alarm the students, he continued on to finish the book but hastily left afterwards to be whisked away into a secure holding room to keep him safe.
2) While I was working for the VA last year, curiosity struck me and I asked about their perception of the attacks. I was informed that the hospital was placed on lock down and there were snipers posted on the roof tops. This shocked me for some reason but I suppose it makes sense.

I will never forget this day. It's an important day to remember. But I think the months and years afterward is what deserves memorializing even moreso.

So in ALL of these events that afflict human kind, lets remember caring, cleaning up, risking, loving, reaching, helping, growing, and healing. It's not America vs the world; it's not even America vs terrorists that matters. As Paul Farmer once said, "The only real nation is humanity. I would argue that it would be God's Kingdom but that's a whole 'nother story.