Ocean Water

Thanks to everyone who emailed about today’s User Friendly…that’s pretty cool. A pretty spiffy way to start out September.
Jesus. September.
I can’t believe it’s already September.
September 3rd.
Kids start school in 2 days, and it feels like they just got out last week.
In 8 days, we get to experience the first anniversary.
Is that messing with anyone else? It’s really messing with me. When we remove the politicalization and the jingoism and the fear, and think about the real people whose lives are forever changed (which I guess is all of us, but clearly some more than others)…it just seems like, maybe since it’s been a year, there should be answers and resolutions…but each day seems to bring more questions and more uncertainty and grief.

82 thoughts on “Ocean Water”

  1. The 1yr anniversary of 9/11 keeps playing with my head as well. I don’t believe in really any of the “security protective measures” that have been taken, but that all seems rather beside the point now.
    The point is, maybe we can finally start as a nation picking up the pieces and working towards real healing?

  2. Wil:
    I was on an airplane when all the bad shit happened – and I honestly don’t know what to feel. I’m way more liberal than you, but although a day doesn’t go by without my blood pressure rising about something new our current “leadership” is doing in response, the only real feeling that comes to mind is… empty.
    But your answer is already in your post. Your kids are going back to school. So are mine. Life does go on, no matter how bad it can sometimes be. With answers, sure we want more, demand more, but sometimes the isn’t more. Sometimes, “is” really just means… “is”
    Good luck to you, and hell – everyone else for that matter, coping with what is, and what will be.
    Cool Userfriendly reference too!

  3. unfortunately for all of us i don’t think our government will ever let us fully recover from all of this in a way that benefits us as a people. not just those of us in the usa, but we the people of the world.

  4. I think in this instance the good thing is, no one will forget. This was a scar too big to go unnoticed. So if something good could possibly come out of it, it’s that we won’t take our freedoms for granted any longer, at least I won’t.

  5. Wil:
    It’s messing with me too,bro. First of all I can’t believe it has been a year. Second, I’m sure the big bad Shrub will find a way to horn in on some politicing and take advantage of the remembrance. Third, I’m scared. Scared of what my country is contemplating in the ever widening “war on terrorism” while at the same time being scared myself that some wacko is going to bring anthrax to my little corner of the world.
    Lots of uncertainty, lots of grief. Will this world ever be safe for my nephew and new niece or your Nolan and Ryan to live in?
    I know, gloomy post. Life marches on, and we deal with whatever comes. Let’s just hope that we make better choices in the future.
    Ahud

  6. Sept. 11 is a day like the day President Kennedy got shot. You always remember where you were and what you were doing. We will NEVER forget because quite frankly we can’t.

  7. Sometimes I wish everyone would turn off their TVs for a while and forget about things that are not happening in their immediate sphere of influence.
    I propose a national Don’t Watch TV holiday. One day a year, at least, we all observe the holiday by conserving electricity, turning off the television and all other media devices (radio, PCs, telephones, etc) and going outside or sleeping all day. It would be wicked to see EVERYONE in your neighborhood out doing the lawn on the same day. Or at the park. Or at a ballgame, concert, or party.
    Any takers? Nah, me neither. I’m going to watch Golden Girls.
    -Jacks

  8. I don’t think everything can be “ok” again because it never was “ok” in the first place. Until the world is without intolerance and hate, there will always be someone who is out there looking for another way to go above and beyond the security measures to cause a tragedy. I know this sounds fatalistic, but it is true. I do think that people did put many things in perspective after 9/11. I know I did.

  9. Yeah, I agree. I was only 5 years old when Kennedy was shot.
    I remember how upset all the ‘Grown ups’ were then. I kept having nightmares about it for weeks, that maybe my parents were going to be next or something.
    I wonder how today’s kids will remember 9/11, and if they too had nightmares that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
    On a lighter note … As for the cartoon … good one Wil!
    You know you’ve arrived, and have ‘the power’ when cartoons like that one pop up!
    ;-D

  10. I’m concerned at what “revelation” will be made by our government on that day to further incite the masses to roll over and wag their tails for the thoroughly evil men who have turned tragedy into opportunity for despotism.
    Or what other “unforeseen” act may occur, cashing in innocent lives for the ill-gotten gain of our false “leaders.”
    Me, paranoid?
    Probably, but it doesn’t automatically mean I’m wrong.

  11. First to everyone who is doing the math. I think Wil means two days until the kids start school and six days AFTER THAT is the anniversary.
    Wil, look forward to the future, not with grief, but with hope. Some questions have no answers. Some things (such as hatred) just don’t make sense.
    Anyone able to log on to their computer and read this today should realize that he/she is better off than someone else, somewhere else in the world.
    I don’t really have a profound point to make, but as Wil states, summer is over and a new season is upon us. Can we make it better for ourselves and others? This is a question worth answering.

  12. Wil, specifically what questions do you feel are still unanswered? We found out the who, why*, and how. At least for a time the nation rallied behind the ideal that terrorism is wrong, and in order to stop it the people supporting the acts as well as committing them should be stopped. I have a feeling the answers you are looking for derive from the why. The problem is that there are so many answers to it, and most of them we cannot possibly comprehend.
    I feel things as a whole, in American, and around the world are better, certainly safer today than they were a year ago. I don’t look to the future with a sense of dread or doubt. I think we can learn from our mistakes, and better ourselves. Don’t look to the government to make the world a better place, start with yourself, and then move on to your family, friends, and community. For God’s sake, stop watching all the depressing coverage, do something productive. Remember this, if no one watches all of the fluff, they won’t do it again. Its not a matter of them catering to your tastes, its a matter of them paying their bills.
    Buck up little campers, it aint as bad as the little box tells us. Go outside and see for yourself.

  13. I can’t believe it’s been a year. It seems like it was just yesterday. Where the hell is time going?
    Wtf? Where is Time?
    Holy ShiT!!!

  14. Well, if we count today as the number 1 and have tomorrow as the number 2, it works out okay. :D
    (Good one Jan, first comment and it’s totally gormless. XD)

  15. Hi All,
    I guess being British i have a different view of Sept 11th than all of you. When I watched the first tower fall I actually vomited but it was because i suddenly thought that WWIII had broken out. I have family in America and it really frightens me when I hear George Bush talking about taking on Saddam Husein now no offence but isn’t one enough at the moment. You have shown in here that you voices can be heard and can make changes to your world maybe it’s time to shout outside the confines of WWDN. Please remember to use thsi anniversary to remember the innocent lives of those who were lost and not to use this anniversary to recollect on those who caused the pain. Good Wishes to you all.

  16. Everyone says that 9/11/01 was this generation’s Pearl Harbor. I could handle that. Let’s just hope George Bush’s inherent stupidity doesn’t make it this generation’s JFK assassination, something our grandchildren will talk about over drinks or some reefer, wondering what really did happen all those years ago.

  17. Wil-
    “but each day seems to bring more questions and more uncertainty and grief.”
    I have to disagree.
    I don’t have questions about why it happened.
    People hate people. Hate builds and leads to action.
    The only uncertain thing is that will the hate build in people’s hearts that we strike first?
    Grief.
    shit. I can’t comment on that. I was so lucky in the scheme of things.
    I was in LA 2 months ago for a wedding. My New York cousins all flew in as well. We all celebrated the comming together of two families in a marriage- and a massive reunion that has never been seen since the days of my mother’s childhood summer’s in Queens.
    The 11th brought my family together when others were torn asunder. I guess that’s fate and balance working through the universe. I don’t feel deserving enough to be this lucky though.
    When I saw my cousins, and talked to them about what happened, I could still see the loss, and haunted look in their eyes.
    Expecially in my cousin, Pete Hayden, Deputy Chief, in charge of lower manhattan and of what was once the two proud WTC buildings. The man saw so much as he led the charge into the buildings, oversaw and sent the men upstairs to save all those people. He had a hard time relating how he found Father Judge, dead in a corner near the elevator banks, a look of peace on his face.
    He described the sound of bodies hitting the pavement. The smell.
    And still… I’ll never really know or understand.
    Pete is something I’ve always looked for- a Hero- a real life non-flying, non-tight wearing guy.
    He smiles. He doesn’t brood in what he was unable to prevent, though he tried and prayed that it would not.
    I don’t think there’s more grief- you sort of max out at a certain point and it’s just this awful stone in your stomach, weighing you down on aniversaries and such.
    I only hope as a new year dawns for many of us- the year of the 11th behind us- we move on into a better life.
    Well.. that’s it.. my cynical nature is gnawing at my fingers to type more.
    Have a good day everyone
    -MKF

  18. Whether it’s a good thing or not, the upcoming anniversary isn’t messing with my head. It’s just something that’s going to happen, will make me remember how I found out and how I felt, and I’ll spend most of the day thinking about my friend Deb, whose brother was in that first tower, and of my friends Ian and Mitch, who I was terrified might be at the Pentagon. And I’ll wonder if my husband will wind up deployed, a result of last 9/11, and if he’ll miss Christmas at home, and I’ll have mixed feelings about that… but remembering and reflecting, and saying a few prayers for those who were lost and the ones they left behind isn’t the same as letting the whole thing mess with your head.
    This is with us forever. Twenty five years from now our kids and grandkids will have to hear about where we were and what we were doing, and who we were with, and with any luck, the world they live in will be so much better than now. Pretty much the way the world really is a better place than it was for our parents and our grandparents, who have the memories of Hitler, of concentration camps, and of Pearl Harbor.
    We’ll get through it, we really will.

  19. I thought for a minute about the impact of Sept 11 and how it compares to the impact of Nov 22.
    When President Kennedy was killed, the country felt anguished, felt there was nothing that could be done (he was shot by an American, after all), and felt a loss of the hope his youth and charisma brought to a nation of aging institutions.
    When civilian aircraft became lethal guided missiles and destroyed some of America’s greatest cultural monuments, the country felt anguished, felt that Afghanistan should vanish beneath a rain of nuclear weapons (the planes were taken over by foreigners, after all), and felt a loss of normality that going to work on a pleasant sunny summer day represented.
    Both events, political events aimed at the United States, are tragic and personal.
    Americans are different, though, in our response to each event: in 1963, there was no-one to strike against. In 2001 and 2002, we strike against anyone who looks crosswise at us.
    I don’t think it is professional for the officials responsible for setting this country’s foreign policy to advocate taking action against a dictator because he is “evil.” I want to know who at the CIA or the NSC is compiling the “evil” list. I want to know if they have a Ph.D.
    I don’t think it is right for the United States accord better treatment for Citizens than aliens within its borders — especially for an “inalienable” right like liberty.
    I don’t think there is an answer to the question of why people die needlessly. I don’t think there is resolution or satisfaction in revenge. I don’t think grief goes away. I don’t think fear goes away.
    These things become part of us, and the best we can do is draw on them as hard, hard lessons that guide our decisions in the future. That’s healing and wisdom.
    It would be wrong to forget the pain.

  20. I for one am not afraid, nor was I last year, instead I felt pride for the first time in a long time. You might say what the hell are you talking about Biff, but it’s simple, it was the first time American’s shut their fat mouths and decided to get along for a month. They threw down their hatred for each other and stood side by side for a common cause. That night I stood on a group of people which included skinheads holding flags alongside blacks and mexicans, everyone(save the Arabians) stood together and mourned for their country. It sucked it had to be for such a horrible event, but sometimes you have to be kicked in the ass to open your eyes. And in 8 days I shall feel the same, the pride of being American.

  21. YES!! It’s messing with me..and the people i work
    with..LOTS of us don’t want to come to work..
    so MANY of us asked for the day off that the
    evil people in charge said “NO”!!
    So we will come to work..being thankful we STILL
    can ..and YES ..be scared.
    PEACE.

  22. I’ll be spending the second anniversary similar to the way I spent 9/11/01… at the Toronto International Film Festival. I remember walking around downtown and finding absolute silence in contrast to the usual flurry of activity. Hotel lobbies were quiet too, as everyone was sitting around TVs and in their rooms making phone calls and comforting one another. Screenings, press conferences and other events were cancelled. At the premiere of The Grey Zone shortly afterwards Harvey Keitel gave a beautiful speech and called for a moment of silence (his co-stars weren’t in town because they weren’t due to arrive until after the 11th). Similar tributes were made around the city. The atmosphere was grave for the rest of the festival and it was a struggle to push on with the festival.
    On 9/11/02 morning events will not be held. At 9:30pm a film called 11’09”01 will be shown (the description is in the URL linked from my name below).
    It didn’t start messing with me until now. I suddently have a creepy, sick feeling running through me.
    On other things… I hope that Wil’s boys are having a fantastic day at school.

  23. First off, congrats on the UF reference :) I worked there for a year (paid, and a year unpaid) and never did get the mention I got promised. Heh ;) (just kidding, Illiad, if you’re reading this! (he does read this site often))
    Second off… yeah, the 9/11 thing is screwing with me too. My boyfriend broke up with me on 9/9… and two days later I watched the world come down. Any wonder why I’m still depressed? heh.
    I’m still scared, I’m still paranoid. I still love my country, and fear my government. I wish it would all go back to the Way It Was Before. I know that’s a pipe dream.
    I watch the specials that have started this week and it feels so surreal. I’ll always remember with distinct clarity waking up at 6am to get a blanket, and instead got an eyefull. I feel like I’m not old enough to have witnessed something so shocking and so historical.
    I pray I never witness anything like that again.

  24. the posts were getting kinda long there, wil. nice to have a shorter one i can read in one sitting :)
    yay for kids going back to school!

  25. I thought for a minute about the impact of Sept 11 and how it compares to the impact of Nov 22.
    When President Kennedy was killed, the country felt anguished, felt there was nothing that could be done (he was shot by an American, after all), and felt a loss of the hope his youth and charisma brought to a nation of aging institutions.
    When civilian aircraft became lethal guided missiles and destroyed some of America’s greatest cultural monuments, the country felt anguished, felt that Afghanistan should vanish beneath a rain of nuclear weapons (the planes were taken over by foreigners, after all), and felt a loss of normality that going to work on a pleasant sunny summer day represented.
    Both events, political events aimed at the United States, are tragic and personal.
    Americans are different, though, in our response to each event: in 1963, there was no-one to strike against. In 2001 and 2002, we strike against anyone who looks crosswise at us.
    I don’t think it is professional for the officials responsible for setting this country’s foreign policy to advocate taking action against a dictator because he is “evil.” I want to know who at the CIA or the NSC is compiling the “evil” list. I want to know if they have a Ph.D.
    I don’t think it is right for the United States accord better treatment for Citizens than aliens within its borders — especially for an “inalienable” right like liberty.
    I don’t think there is an answer to the question of why people die needlessly. I don’t think there is resolution or satisfaction in revenge. I don’t think grief goes away. I don’t think fear goes away.
    These things become part of us, and the best we can do is draw on them as hard, hard lessons that guide our decisions in the future. That’s healing and wisdom.
    It would be wrong to forget the pain.

  26. I thought for a minute about the impact of Sept 11 and how it compares to the impact of Nov 22.
    When President Kennedy was killed, the country felt anguished, felt there was nothing that could be done (he was shot by an American, after all), and felt a loss of the hope his youth and charisma brought to a nation of aging institutions.
    When civilian aircraft became lethal guided missiles and destroyed some of America’s greatest cultural monuments, the country felt anguished, felt that Afghanistan should vanish beneath a rain of nuclear weapons (the planes were taken over by foreigners, after all), and felt a loss of normality that going to work on a pleasant sunny summer day represented.
    Both events, political events aimed at the United States, are tragic and personal.
    Americans are different, though, in our response to each event: in 1963, there was no-one to strike against. In 2001 and 2002, we strike against anyone who looks crosswise at us.
    I don’t think it is professional for the officials responsible for setting this country’s foreign policy to advocate taking action against a dictator because he is “evil.” I want to know who at the CIA or the NSC is compiling the “evil” list. I want to know if they have a Ph.D.
    I don’t think it is right for the United States accord better treatment for Citizens than aliens within its borders — especially for an “inalienable” right like liberty.
    I don’t think there is an answer to the question of why people die needlessly. I don’t think there is resolution or satisfaction in revenge. I don’t think grief goes away. I don’t think fear goes away.
    These things become part of us, and the best we can do is draw on them as hard, hard lessons that guide our decisions in the future. That’s healing and wisdom.
    It would be wrong to forget the pain.

  27. did anyone here ever read “ishmael”? by daniel quinn? it’s considered to be neo-junk-philosophy by some but personally it made me think… appropriately the one metaphor that stuck with me is about how when we (humans) were first learning to fly, we’d jump off a cliff with wax wings and think for a brief moment that we were actually flying — then CRASH. well, civilization is at a point right now where it “thinks” it is flying, but we are disregarding the basic laws of existence (causing overpopulation, starvation, war, etc.) so eventually we will crash. we will have to keep flapping harder and harder (daily life becomes more difficult despite “technology”) to stay at the same level and yet we keep falling… we have to learn the laws of aerodynamics to really fly and likewise we have to understand and live by the laws of existence, living in peace and not destroying the planet and each other, to really EXIST. umm… this isn’t really off-topic if you think about it. right…?

  28. I thought for a minute about the impact of Sept 11 and how it compares to the impact of Nov 22.
    When President Kennedy was killed, the country felt anguished, felt there was nothing that could be done (he was shot by an American, after all), and felt a loss of the hope his youth and charisma brought to a nation of aging institutions.
    When civilian aircraft became lethal guided missiles and destroyed some of America’s greatest cultural monuments, the country felt anguished, felt that Afghanistan should vanish beneath a rain of nuclear weapons (the planes were taken over by foreigners, after all), and felt a loss of normality that going to work on a pleasant sunny summer day represented.
    Both events, political events aimed at the United States, are tragic and personal.
    Americans are different, though, in our response to each event: in 1963, there was no-one to strike against. In 2001 and 2002, we strike against anyone who looks crosswise at us.
    I don’t think it is professional for the officials responsible for setting this country’s foreign policy to advocate taking action against a dictator because he is “evil.” I want to know who at the CIA or the NSC is compiling the “evil” list. I want to know if they have a Ph.D.
    I don’t think it is right for the United States accord better treatment for Citizens than aliens within its borders — especially for an “inalienable” right like liberty.
    I don’t think there is an answer to the question of why people die needlessly. I don’t think there is resolution or satisfaction in revenge. I don’t think grief goes away. I don’t think fear goes away.
    These things become part of us, and the best we can do is draw on them as hard, hard lessons that guide our decisions in the future. That’s healing and wisdom.
    It would be wrong to forget the pain.

  29. Wil,
    Wow it is September already kinda shocks the mind when you think of it. Not just because of the horrible events of 9/11/01, but because a new season is right around the corner. Kids have or are returning to school, and people are reliving the fear of last years attacks on this nation. I personally havn’t seen anything but annoying airport security change and I have heard alot of empty promises about terrorism. The fact is nobody and I mean nobody can fully stop terrorism. Not even the great George Bush in all his splender..(smell that? that is sarcasm) anyway I think what we all need to do is remember the 11th the way we each individually need to. I personally will never forget where I was or what I was doing when it happned and I do not think anyone will.
    Best of luck to you Wil in all you do and best wishes to your family. I have been with this site so long I feel like I know you and I wish you luck each day.
    Until your next post……
    Matt……

  30. Whoops. Note to Self: Don’t press “refresh”, cause it reposts your damn message and makes people think you are completely full of youreself and a huge ass.
    I should go back to school.
    Duh.

  31. In my own life, so much has happened in the past year. . . I feel like it’s been a rather long one. Or extremely busy and productive, at least.
    But it still feels like the hijackings were only a few weeks ago. Maybe that’s because it’s been all over the popular media CONSTANTLY for the past 357 days. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t recalled what I saw that day, or had somebody remind me of it. It just means that all the days start to run together.
    I’d like to know how we’re supposed to commemorate what happened on the anniversary when every day has held some sort of commemoration since it happened?
    What I want is a day when I DON’T have to remember it. Maybe the victim’s families are wishing for a day like that, too.

  32. It’s messing with me as well. I don’t want to deal with it, but I feel like I have to stay in the city for te day. Can’t explain it….

  33. Wil,
    No, the approaching 9/11 anniversary isn’t really messing with me at all. I am interested to see how it will be covered, what will emphasized, etc. For those who were lost and their families, there should be further remembrance and healing. And, it’s different for those who were in NYC and DC when the atrocities took place. But for Americans further removed, maybe our thoughts should involve how to prevent more such atrocities which might be even worse than 9/11.
    I think anyone serious about understanding 9/11 would have spent part of the past year learning more about Islam, its history, its beliefs, and particularly the fundamentalists strain which is part of more than thirty conflicts around the world at present. The U. S. is far from the only one to have been a target in the past year, just the most spectacular. And, the fundamentalist strain is not some tiny minority, but a sizable minority, estimated at 20% or more, with more than half supporting or sympathizing.
    I’ll be hoping that our government, armed forces and spooks have learned enough to thwart their plans in the future, and to deal with any who would still give them aid or safe haven. Unless to remember the victims, holding hands and singing Kumbaya, or candlelight vigils, will do little but provide opportunites for some to wallow in aimless emotions. It’s the ones some on the left love to hate who will solve this one, and it’ll take years to solve it.
    Deploring hatred, as some posters have done here, will accomplish nothing because there have always been those who will hate, especially a powerful country like the U. S. They do it of their own volition, for their own reasons, and unless we want to all become Muslims and adopt Islamic law, some Muslims will always hate us.
    News from Afghanistan. A recent BBC report said that, in Kabul, they have now banned Bollywood (Indian) movies and “women singing on TV.” Hardliners are regaining some influence there. Of course, Bollywood movies are pretty tame compared to Hollywood movies. How do you think some steamy Hollywood sex scene is viewed by a fundamentalist, in a society where the women must go around in what I’ve seen described as “a tent with peepholes?”
    One way we could make the fundamentalists not hate us so much would be to shut down our pop culture industry, i.e., Hollywood and poular music. In this global economy, and with the internet all over the world, there’s no way to keep these infidel movies from finding their way into any nation where people want them. I assure you, after our foreign policy in the Middle East, nothing pisses off the fundamentalist more than the decadence of Hollywood and our pop culture in general (much of our way of life, actually). It corrupts their youth in particular. Anyone for banning our pop culture? The fundamentalist would think much higher of us if we did, for those Americans who wring their hands wondering why they hate us so much.
    No one ever seems to post specifics of what we should do. There’s plenty of knee-jerk criticism of Dubya and our gov’t in general. Nothing is easier to do. But, specifically, what should our government’s response have been/be? Do nothing? Stay home and play defense? Something had to be decided. It’s not a Kumbaya hand holding session.
    But, I know they’d appreciate it if we’d just shut down our decadent pop culture industry. That would be a start.
    On a more positive note. Despite Korea, Vietnam and several shorter conflicts, those of us born sice WWII have lived in the most peaceful period in U. S. and European history. Those around Wil’s age have seen no conflicts that lasted more than a few months. The terrorists could do great harm to the U. S., by causing even more destruction and by disrupting major segments of our economy. But, still, no one is drafted into the military, and our conflicts are minor compared to the two world wars and the wars which preceded them.
    Amercians never had it so good, or lived in such peace and with such opportunity. On 9/11, we should be hoping and praying our gov’t can keep it this way by defeating the goals of the terrorists.
    Anyone for shutting down Hollywood to appease them?
    William

  34. (on the lighter, totally egocentric side of September)
    Yes, I too am totally freaked out that it’s September already… I can’t believe the last year went so fast, nor that I’ll be married in less than 60 days! *ACK!*

  35. Uncertainty is something that will always be around. It doesnt mean you cant be positive about the future. Look at it this way- in Star Trek lore, you have a massive WW3 that leads to a future of enlightenment and prosperity. That can happen in real life too. Whatever happens, war, no war, terrorists, no terrorists- we can be sure that good things await in the future if the majority of people keep being positive and doing good constructive things.
    And BTW I live in Manhattan- and if I can be positive about the Year 1 anniversary, you can be too….

  36. I’m hoping that it means people will remember the actual people who died and start asking some serious questions about what the hell the administration is actually doing. Granted, we’ve liberated Afghanistan, but the plight of women there hasn’t sustantially improved because the warlords aren’t that much different than the Taliban.
    We haven’t determined what happened to Osama bin Laden, which is a giant failure in my mind. We let large numbers of Al Quaeda escape, which is another huge failure. And now we’re lobbying for a war with Iraq, which really has not a thing to do with the WTC attack. When are people going to wake up out of their post-attack naivete and start taking Bush’s number?

  37. Until we recognize the extent to which other people suffer as a direct result of our high octane lifestyle, we will make no meaningful progress towards peace.
    This does not exonerate those misguided souls who executed this attack.
    But until our government admits that Bin Laden was OUR creature (just as Musharef (sp?) is becoming our creature) and that we AIDED Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War when it fit our purposes, we are dealing with fantasy not reality in the so-called war on terror.
    God bless those who lost their lives and God bless those who love them.

  38. I can’t believe it’s already 2002.
    Wake me in 10 years, when 9/11 will have been converted into just another advertising pitch for beer, SUV’s, and the fast food burger of your choice.

  39. Wow, a semi-regular metion on slashdot and now you have a userfriendly comic dedicated to you. Soon you will become a geek legend such as Linus or RMS who people turn to for opinions on events.
    …I think thats a good thing ;)

  40. Wil,
    I know this should have been posted on the entry from the other day…so I’m a little slow.
    I just wanted to say that I am so glad I happened to be listening to my local (seattle, WA) radio station KZOK when Bob, Spike & Joe interviewed you recently. I have been a faithful reader ever since, and trust me I’m no trekky. I was one of the people who thought of Wil (the character) as sort of a geek, so it has been very nice to see that the real person is pretty cool & would be someone I’d hang out with. Thank you for sharing your life with us it’s sort of like therapy even for the reader. Go for the convention but don’t ever grovel or be too subservient, you have proven yourself to be a funny, intelligent and talented individual with or without those people. We like you for you right now, not nec. who you were years ago, that kid is grown up and a whole new creature. Congrats!
    Angela Peterson

  41. yeah…it’s been in my head….all day long, quietly in the background…whenever I stopped thinking about something at work, there it was, whenever I changed lanes to cruise for a while…there it was…when I patiently waited for a page to load or some files to copy over…there it was…in the back of my head…1 year, 8 days, what’s next. 1 year, 8 days…what’s next. All day long.

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