Apart from the usual snotnosed Harvard blueblood OMG911WTFBBQ?!? poseur-ironic faggotry from Ken, who loves to repeat internet memes to show that he isn't approaching 40 (which he is, my friends, at which point he'll join me in Old Man Hell), we've said nothing whatsoever today about the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Since this blog (which in its current form didn't exist on September 11, 2007) has never said anything serious about those attacks, I will. If you'd like to share, please comment.
I was in my office when the attacks occurred. I got a call from opposing counsel in a case, Bob E of Chapel Hill, a man I respect very much, who wanted to complain that I was appealing an auto case in which he'd thumped my side good and hard, scoring a high six figure verdict that his client probably didn't deserve. (She got it anyway, and I came out pretty well by forcing the other, primary insurance carrier to pay an amount substantially in excess of its limits to settle, but anyway…) At the end of the conversation, he told me he'd gotten word from his paralegal that something terrible had happened, and I needed to turn on a tv or radio,
I went to the surveillance-video watching tv, and turned it on, and I was utterly sickened. This was about 9am. Other people in the office joined, and we were all sickened. At the time, I was suffering a horrible sunburn from a beach weekend, and I used it as an excuse to leave work at lunchtime (like they didn't know), and I sat, fulminating, hitting F5 on various websites, and trying to call and email friends or family in or near New York, DC, and Pennsylvania all day. None of them were hurt, though my best friend in the world did have to run across the Brooklyn Bridge. In my fulminations and rambling, I discovered Instapundit and Andrew Sullivan, two bloggers whose work I still admire, and have read them since. I'd never heard of blogging before 911, but it was there for me when the ABC news site I usually read, and for that matter the federal government, weren't.
So, nothing special. I'm sure most people have similar stories of horrified tv/internet viewing, and I'm sorry for those whose stories are sadder.
That said, since this rambling mess of a post began by complaining that my friend and co-blogger trivializes 911 a bit too often, I'll repeat his sin on a grosser scale by linking to MSNBC's quiz about the attacks, which are rapidly receding into history as the raw wounds are replaced by newer wounds or gauzed in memory. Since I've trivialized a somber occasion by linking to a quiz, I'll trivialize it further by saying I got only 70% of the answers right. The quiz is hard.