Tuesday, September 12, 2006

In Case You Missed It...


towers of light
Originally uploaded by dangunderman.
Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. I only mention this because it's quite possible that you missed any reference to it. No one was talking about it. No one at all. It was nowhere in the media. And it wasn't exploited politically even once.

I remained silent here at B&E out of respect. OK, really I remained silent because I spent the day en route from Vermont to New York.

A couple of weeks ago, the missus and I decided to go to the observation deck at Empire State Building. I hadn't gone in years, and the missus never had. Meanwhile, she'd gone up in the World Trade Center, and I'd never done that. My reason? I was told by more than a few people that the view from the Empire State Building was cooler because it was mid-island.

Anyway, I like going to the Empire State Building. It's one of the things I'll do with friends and family from out of town. If you look just past the left of the Citibank Building in Queens, you can see my block, but not my apartment. I don't really know why I like doing that, but I do.

The experience of the Empire State Building has changed in the past five years (it had been at least that long since I'd gone). Salespeople were trying to get us to buy things all along the way. Audio tours of the view from the top, photographs in front of green screens, tickets to virtual tours... All this stuff was new. And it was bad enough that we were waiting in line for as long as we were. But we heard the same pitches over and over and over again, and it was really aggravating.

The missus said quietly, "Well, they don't have any competition anymore."

I said, "Boy, 9-11 was a real boon for the Empire State Building!"

We were both quiet for a moment.

"Too soon."

"Yeah, too soon," the missus agreed.

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