Hi, I know it’s almost over but it’s still 9/11 for another hour or so. Can you even believe it’s been 11 years since that day? It has. It changed so much for so many. I wish Eliza could have been born in a world without September 11 or anything like it. As I recall, things were pretty nice in the olden days. But as Wu Tang asks, “Can it be that it was all so simple then?”
I set out to listen to some Phil Hendrie this morning as I was making some pancakes from scratch. So I tuned into KBLO Radio 1 and they were playing the Howard Stern show from September 11, 2001. It was a great example of both pre and post-9/11 America.
I won’t go into detail on the Howard Stern show as I assume you know what it’s about. So they were going on about their business,they interviewed a guy who couldn’t stop hiccuping, they played an on the street interview Baba Booey did with Kid Rock and Pam Anderson outside a hotel, they did their usual shtick. Then they got the news about the first plane flying into the building. This slowed down but didn’t completely cease their pre-September 11 ways. They were still jokey and whatnot. It wasn’t till the 2nd plane hit that they realized what was really happening.
They were really spot on in their analysis if you can believe it. They knew it was Bin Laden, or someone like him, behind the plot. They were calling for heads to roll. They were mad as hell and weren’t going to take it anymore! Howard kept saying there wasn’t going to be any action taken like the WTC bombing. Which in retrospect might have been a better outcome, but that’s neither here nor there.
What is here is that this particular recording is worth a listen if you ever have a chance or care. You get to hear the decadence and happy-go-luckyness of America before those terrorists flew their planes into buildings, then within minutes you get to hear the very same Americans living in the start of the post-9/11 world. A different world from the one that existed when they went into work that day. A world filled with never-ending war and the slow erosion of civil liberties.
Well anyways, I guess the real point of this post is that I’m getting old and something that happened when I was adult happened 11 years ago. Pretty soon it will be 20 years ago, then 30. Time keeps on slipping into the future. We should be happy we’re a part of it and cherish the people who are close to us and be kind to the people who aren’t. We should love our babies and our moms and dads and everyone. Goodbye for today!