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New York’s 9/11 Memorial to Open on September 12th


One of Two Fountains at the Memorial Site

According to the Google Blog post for today, NYC’s 9/11 Memorial opens officially to the public tomorrow, September 12, 2011, after the dedication ceremony taking place this morning at the site. Even though ground zero is only about a ten-minute walk for me from the office of my day gig, I’ve probably walked by it twice in ten years, because it’s always seemed disrespectful to gawk at the site of such a tragedy. But I’m going to make an effort to walk over there in the next couple of weeks and check it out, because it looks like it’s pretty cool and a fitting memorial to the events of that day, if there could be such a thing. For anyone interested in coming in from out of town to see the Memorial, there’s a fairly comprehensive FAQ located at This Link.

Broadway’s Dark Tonight

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Hey what’s up. You’ve probably noticed that the blog posts have been a little sparse over the past few days, since I’ve been distracted writing the forward for my friend Chris’s tell-all book about a famous Hair Metal Band. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be talking about it yet though, so that’s all I’m going say, other than it’s a really good read. Even if you hate the band it’s about (and you probably do) you’ll enjoy getting a face full of behind-the-scenes dirt. Because everybody loves the dirt.

Speaking of dirt, with tomorrow being the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, I doubt I’ll be putting anything up, just to honor the memory of all the people who died or had their lives otherwise ruined by that particular occurrence, and in memory of my friend John Heffernan, a NYC firefighter who lost his life on that day. Rest in peace, Johnny.

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Dancing in the Dark, Walking Through the Park and Reminiscing

WTC Lights Memorial
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” –Mohandas Gandhi

I’ve been sitting in my office on Wall Street – which is about four blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center – since before 8:00 AM and not one person who’s called on the phone or walked by my desk has even mentioned that today is the sixth anniversary of the day those towers went down. And what’s most surprising to me about that odd fact is that…it doesn’t surprise me at all. Like a lot of other people who were in NYC on that day six years ago, I’d just as soon move on from the continuous analytical overhaul of an event that no one will ever be able to erase from public consciousness. It was a pretty crappy day in my experience for innumerable reasons. It devastates me still to think about how we lost hundreds of truly heroic firefighters, who died needlessly in a doomed high-rise that no one had any business running into. I hate knowing that thousands of innocent people lost their lives simple because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it breaks my heart that New York citizens like my friend George Tabb are fighting life-threatening respiratory ailments right now caused by exposure to the toxic dust at ground zero. What a fucking waste of life this all amounts to.

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