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9/11 In Memoriam: I Remember it like it was today

We Will NEVER Forget

When I sat down to write my thoughts, prayers and memories from Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I wrote about 5 pages worth of material. Not wanting to draw out a story that everyone could recount I’m electing to only post an excerpt.

Like how people remember when President John F. Kennedy was assasinated or when Apollo 13 was circled the globe…I too remember September 11…vividly. This is my story.

There aren’t quite any words. To say, “I’ll never forget’ or we’ll never forget” is an understatement. September 11 is so deep that even 11 years later it’s fresh on everybody’s mind. I’ve been alive 25 years and to witness something that is now going to be in history books forever…it’s quite astounding. I remember the beginning vividly, I was a freshmen in high school living in Nederland, TX eating breakfast before I left for school. The TV was on but I don’t recall paying it any attention. Mommy calls from the back- Turn it to channel 4( I believe that’s the channel but it was ABC/Good Morning America). One of the tall buildings in New York was on fire. I mean black smoke was billowing from the upper part of the building. I will never forget that my first thought with some attitude was: “why am I watching this?” I mean a building is on fire, I’m not sure why that’s on the news, but further more why would mommy have me change it to look at. So, I left it there and I don’t remember listening to or paying attention to what they were saying. From the little bit that was being said, the news people(Charlie Wilson to be exact), they didn’t know what was going on either. Then a few minutes later I watched…live as an airplane struck the other tall building(I later learn are the North and South Towers of the WTC). I genuinely can’t remember what I thought or did next. I don’t remember if I screamed “What?!” or  if I sat there numb, I genuinely have no idea what I said or did. I vaguely remember my mom coming from the back to the front where I was but I don’t remember if my sounds brought her up front or if she was just coming up there already.  I do remember not wanting to go to school. Forget school, these fools are flying planes into buildings in these streets, were my sentiments.

The very first thought at the forefront of my mind, (because this was still around the time where I was afraid of flying and if I didn’t have to be on aircraft I elected not to be), was OMG, I was just on an airplane last week (flying Providence, R.I. to Houston, TX) If this had been a week earlier that could’ve easily been me and my family on the plane. The previous weekend was Labor Day. Later learning that the planes Hijacked left from Boston and were headed to Los Angeles, was a trip to me because logic tells me, you get a plane in close proximity to New York but yet has enough fuel to fly across the country so you wouldn’t run out  of fuel, that would be descriptive of the plane I was on one from Rhode Island to Texas. But I was seated in my living room in Texas. Shocked.

I remember it being crazy, like I literally could not believe what my eyes were seeing, but I tell you what, I NEVER thought in a million years that the buildings would fall down. I mean I never thought people would fly planes into buildings either so there goes that.

So, I remember going to school, even though I didn’t want to go,  but if things got crazy I literally lived right up the street. I remember being in my 2nd period and there was a TV on with the buildings still burning, I genuinely can’t remember if I saw live when the buildings fell. But I’ll also never forget someone saying, they were concerned about other major buildings being hit such as the Sears Tower in Chicago. My nearest Metroplex was Houston, and I don’t recall them having any tall building of note (because that was my first thought) BUT they did have oil refineries though… I think I remember those being a concern. Regardless, I remember someone else telling me that they cancelled school in Houston that day. Smart move, those people stole my idea because that’s what I said we should have done, but as I reflect on my exact location and school, in small town Texas nobody was thinking about us in that regard so in school I stayed….

That’s really all I remember about the day live…Fast forward the days ahead, I remember the country banding together, I remember President Bush, in so many words declaring a war on terror. Then I remember us subsequently going to war.

This day is so sobering, because for the rest of my life I still won’t be able to fully comprehend what happened, it will never start making sense to me. To know there is a people out there that hate us(this country) so much you’re going to fly planes into buildings killing innocent people who did nothing directly too you? Is more than unsettling to say the VERY LEAST. I just don’t understand that. That’s some deep-rooted hatred, I can’t help but wonder what did we do that deserved ALL OF THAT!  2700+ lives lost that day, just in the 2 towers. I don’t know the tally for the pentagon or if you include the 4 planes including the heroic people of Flight 93 sacrificed their lives to save many.

I can’t commend our firefighters, EMT workers, and police officers in addition to our the men and women of the U.S.  Armed Forces enough. Their heroism is truly unmatched.

Yes, September 11, 2001 will NEVER be forgotten, but oh how I wish it could be by it never having happened in the first place.

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Oh. So we Butting Heads now? No Ocho, No *Someone Please Call 911*

To quote Keyshawn Johnson: C’mon Man! ALREADY, OCHO?!?!

I really don’t want to go down this celebrity news road BUT I am COMPELLED to speak on this!

Allow me to call your attention to the breaking news down in Davie, FL  from Local 10 News(in Miami–I presume):

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson arrested on domestic violence charges

Dolphins WR head-butts wife

Published On: Aug 11 2012
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Chad Johnson

DAVIE, Fla. -Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson, formerly known as Ochocinco, was arrested Saturday after Davie police said he head-butted his wife of less than two months.

Davie police told Local 10 the two were on their way home from dinner when his wife found a receipt for a box of condoms in the car. A fight ensued and escalated when they got to their Davie home. Once in the driveway, Evelyn Lozada said Johnson head-butted her. Johnson told police she leaned forward and they hit heads accidentally, police said.

Johnson was arrested for domestic violence- simple battery. He was in Davie police custody Saturday night but was expected to be transferred to the Broward County Jail before midnight.

Johnson cannot be granted bond until he appears before a judge, which means he will most likely spend the night in jail, Davie police said.

Johnson married Lozada, a cast member on the VH1 reality TV series, “Basketball Wives” on July 4.

I just have the following thoughts on this incident.

1) Now, everybody can stop talking about Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries because this only lasted a week longer than 1 month so approximately 37 days(give or take).

2) Jennifer Williams WAS RIGHT. After all, the production and fighting last season on “Basketball Wives” about how she didn’t support Ev and didn’t really trust Ochocinco. She turned out to be right. I’m going to say it because i’m sure nobody else will…Ev Owes Jenn a REAL apology.

3) Why are they beefing already? So, does this mean the Ev & Ocho show really won’t be airing now? I really didn’t want to see it because they are ALWAYS in front of somebody’s reality camera I actually wanted them to try their hand at living a normal(not in front of TV cameras) life.

4) Am I wrong for wondering if HBO’s “Hard Knock” cameras were around to catch any of this drama? IDK why but I feel like this is the type of headline that comes out while a show is in production. Man, I JUST watched the premiere of “Hard Knocks” and was interested to see his antics this season(on the field and during training camp that is).

5) On a serious note: While, I can’t say this argument shocks me because that’s all Ev did on Basketball Wives was start loud boisterous arguments. I do, however, hope she is okay, i’d imagine his head is a hard as a boulder. He just looks like a rock-head, literally. I’m not an Evelyn fan, but I wouldn’t wish assault on anybody. Especially not from your new husband.

I’m probably in the minority but I was actually rooting for them to make it. Call me an optimist, I want anyone who gets married to actually last forever. and who knows SHE MAY NOT leave him…although she’d be a damn fool, I don’t care how much money you make. Headbutt me once… Shame on me for shooting your black *bleep* in the face. #OkayImDone Hold My Mule

Not trying to be funny, but this song seems so relevant.

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