Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

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  • Prince Of Petworth

    From Mayor Gray:

    “Today, I ask District residents to pause to remember those whom we lost – including several of our own fellow residents, among them a group of D.C. Public Schools students and educators – in the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those loved ones they left behind, who feel their loss especially acutely on this anniversary.

    I also ask District residents to take time today to reflect on the sacrifices that our first responders and military personnel make every day, performing the difficult and dangerous work of keeping us safe. This is especially true of the many District firefighters and police officers who, by virtue of serving in the nation’s capital, have a special role in protecting our nation’s elected officials, federal buildings, scores of visitors and District residents. This is also particularly true of the District residents who fight under our nation’s flag for democracy around the world even though we do not enjoy voting representation here at home.

    Today, I salute these brave members of the armed forces, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.”

  • 11th anniversary of 9/11, and the Express chooses an article on a happy hour train for their front cover. Nothing on the attacks but a small article about cancer types. Not a single mention about the victims of 9/11, nothing commemorating the heroism of the firefighters, and not a peep on the two wars that followed, or the resulting loss of life or tremendous expense.

    Shame on you, Express. 100% FAIL.

    • In that vain, in an ironic attempt to share a moment of silence with the nation this morning at 8:46am, I turned on the tv. Since I don’t have cable I turned on NBC, thinking the Today Show of all shows would be airing something related to the moment of silence. I was pretty disgusted to find a lively chat with Kris Jenner and life as a Kardashian. I turned it over to Fox (talk about a unifying day) and got my Taps to share ‘in silence’ with a nation.

      Never forget.

      • Maybe NBC did their 9/11 tribute earlier in the day? Most people aren’t watching TV by 9am.

        • Yet there’s something perverse and indicative of our moral failings as a nation that at the minute of the attack, 11 years later, NBC is preoccupied with the Kardashians, a group of useless people who are famous for absolutely nothing.

          • I can’t disagree with that statement. But I do think enough time has passed that every media outlet in the nation doesn’t to dedicate themselves to a flamboyant 9/11 memorial program.

          • Moral failings are what led to 9/11 in the first place. Those are nothing new in American culture, there are just new media in which to put them on display. And, also, it’s been 11 years. I don’t need to see a bunch of talking heads yammering on about that morning. I get it. I lived through it. These days it comes across as more of a sick ratings grab than an actual somber commemorations anyway.

          • dgoppler, I agree that the spectacles are unseemly and offputting, and I wouldn’t want them. But a moment of silence, a recognition, is respectful and acknowledges what happened without turning into some mawkish display.

          • Anon @ 11:10 – explain your statement that moral failings led to 9/11 in the first place. That is a very provocative thing to say that is difficult to gloss over on a day when we mourn the mass murder of 3000 men, women, and children.

          • 9/11 happened because there are people like the terrorists that are not interested in frivolous things like the Kardashians.

          • I think you are trolling here. If not, I am not sure I can say anything that would address such a ludicrous opinion. I will chalk it up to trolling or naivete. I just wish the 2 year old, the 3 year old, or the 4 year old on the flights from Boston with their parents had a chance to decide whether or not to be frivolous people. I think about what their parents must have felt looking at the last terrified moments of their child’s life. But yeah, keep trolling.

        • @CP3O: Precisely.

          (And yes, I’m sure NBC, of course, aired a tribute – and will continue to air many tributes throughout the day – but at that very second it all seemed so off-base).

    • Yeah, but the Express (like most morning TV shows) is complete junk every day. Expecting anything from them is expecting too much, on any day of the year.

      • I do think that (and there was even an article in the Post this morning to this effect) we have started to gently let go of the memorializing of that horrible day, allowing ourselves to heal from a decade of pain. Sometimes it’s not a terrible thing to be able to slowly move on….

        *disclaimer: I grew up in NY, had a friend in the towers, and lived in DC 11 years ago, so I have huge personal investment like many people my age, so I am not at all suggesting that “people get over it.”

        However, I was running an after school program on that day 11 years ago. And I rushed into school to make sure we set up a safe place for all the kids to wait for their parents to come pick them up. I remember how scared we all were, and how relieved the parents – many of them crying – were to pick up their children safely. But I realized today that although many of my students will be graduating from college this year, making them old enough to vote and drink, most of them only remember that day as the day they got to watch a movie in the school basement instead of go to class.

  • I don’t know if it’s the weather, or it’s because it’s Tuesday again, but this anniversary is hitting me a lot harder than it has in the past couple of years.

    • Agreed. I happened to look at the sky right around 9 AM. It was bright blue and cloudless. Gave me chills down my spine.

      • Agreed. It seems more like that day because of the beautiful bright blue sky. The metro was eerily silent this morning too. I will never forget that day or how it changed my perception of life.

  • Remembering 9/11. I was in French class as a sophomore in high school when the head nun came on the intercom to say there had been a ‘disaster’. This was about 10:30 a.m. (still can’t believe they waited forever to tell us). Our school evacuated as we were rather close to the Baltimore WTC. Went straight to my grandparents’ house and started crying the minute I saw the footage. Never forget.

    Rant: Barely slept. Saw a profile pic of this girl with my ex that I always thought he had a subtle thing for while we were dating. She and I were also ‘friends’ and I have defriended her, as they now look so cuddly and cute in her profile pic.

    Rant: Coping with a very small amount of money in my bank account.

    Rave: The weather is gorgeous. I have my health.

  • Definitely poignant to be in DC on Sept 11th – election season too. I was in Philly area in 2001 and so felt more so the PA crash and the WTC towers.

    Rant: Sleep study last night – worst night of sleep ever. Plus it was awkward and frustrating.

    Rave: Healthy, happy, and beautiful weather. Friends to hang with tonight.

  • Also, let’s remember Neil Godleski. Big news for the city and Petworth – his alleged killer was found guilty of pre-meditated and faces possible life without parole. I think about Neil often and hope our city leaders will continue to try to do more to take guns out of the hands of young people.

    • Here here. Or at least treat gun offenses more seriously and give real jail time for gun crimes and repeated offenders. To say nothing of the failure of DYRS and the fact that this guy was supposedly in their custody. Having said all that, I still wonder what sort of environment or society we have here in the district that would cause a 16 year old to kill someone for nothing, just so he could show his friends he was a bad ass. Enjoy life in prison bad ass.

  • 9/11 was a tragic day. Also tragic are the many thousands of people we have since killed (and are still killing) in our war mongering around the world (and those who serve in our military who are committing suicide at such an alarmingly increasing rate). To quote the Friend’s Society: War is Not the Answer.

    • pablo .raw

      …and also the ones that were killed before. I’m originally from Nicaragua, and moved to the USA one year after 9/11, I actually was in NY and DC 2 weeks before the event in 2001. This country which is now my country, supported a civil war against my other country; I am one of thousands of young people who were forced to join the military and fight. 50,000 people died in that war, I knew some of them who were good friends and members of my family. I delivered the bodies of some of these soldiers to their parents.
      My perspective then, it’s a little bit different. War wherever it comes from only benefits a few, hurts everybody else. I say this with all the respect that everybody deserves. Peace to all, and may future generations don’t have to deal with tragic events like the one we remember today.

  • I rode my bike to work in Crystal City today, and the railing of the 14th St. bridge was adorned with flags.

    I could see the Pentagon in the distance. It was a nice tribute and gave me a chance to reflect on that day, which was much like today—sparkly, blue, and beautiful.

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