First and foremost today, is the unforgettable fact that today is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Everything else, Yahoo, Mayer, Ferguson, Church issues, family issues, friend issues, pale in the shadow of that. Because we must remember today, and never forget.
It’s ironic that a friend of mine posted in Hollow Tree today and mentioned Affinity. Because it was the Affinity Yahoo Group that first told me about the 9/11 attacks as they were happening. I typically didn’t turn the TV on first thing in the am, but I always came in here and read my mail, checked Hollow Tree, and checked the Affinity Websites.
Bob, Gman, was the one who posted it first in the Yahoo Group AffinityBBS:
Oh my God
fancygapman — Sep 11 9:10 AM
The bar needs to start serving up free booze. I just heard reports that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were both hit by planes in acts of terrorism – in my mind acts of war. Can someone turn off Montel and put on the news?
See, at that time, we were doing a sort of Role-Playing dialogue in that Yahoo Group. Running an alternate universe in the middle ages with pubs, dragons, and etc., and each playing various “characters”
That post was the first one. But what marveled me, was watching this normally silly, light hearted group of people that I had known quite some time by now, (was already married to John, whom I met through Affinity), suddenly turn dead serious.
And suddenly, the alternate universe we’d created was no more. Instead, all we had, for hours and hours, was a Yahoo group of people who’d not always gotten along, some who had serious differences with one another, become this tight-knit “family” of sorts, as we supported one another through the horror as it unfolded, and even through the days to come until everyone that one of us knew in the NY City area’s fate had been determined.
Now, Affinity is scattered to the winds. I’m in touch sparsely with a few of them, the Yahoo group still stands and is used whenever someone dies or finds us. The founder died, the group may be dormant most of the time, but I’ll never forget the transformation that took place in that Yahoo group on September 11, 2001.
We were all there for one another, regardless of feelings, grudges, past hurts, and that was just as it should be.
So on this 13th anniversary of those events that shook the world. We need to remember those who lost their lives, their loved ones, or were in any way affected by this tragedy. And those memories should bring us together, not set us apart. That’s what matters most on this day.
Remembering September 11, 2001.