September 11th, 2006


Where were you on 9/11?

With all the press, footage, etc. on 9/11, it's hard not to comment on it.

I was sitting at my desk at work, checking the web for computer viruses (the Beeb and Yahoo News always published news first - and that was a time when people kept sending out those nasty viruses). Anyway, I open up Yahoo News and find a photo of one of the twin towers with a hole punched in the side, some text about a plane hitting it. I went, 'crap, how could a Cesna punch a whole that big in a building?' thinking, heck, only light planes could possibly buzz around inside the city.  The rest is sort of a blur, as people had heard about it on radios, or something, and then it all went to hell when the first tower continued to smoke and then the second plane struck. After it came out the Pentagon got attacked as well, I thought, geez, World War III has begun!

Somewhere during the whole mess, I emailed a friend who worked at one of the towers. No response, but way later that day I managed to fortunately talk to her on the phone. She'd been running late for work, and had the TV on. When she saw the first tower get hit, she wisely did not go into work (second tower). [The next day her email bounced back with the prophetic "fatal error" message from the server, which I suppose, bit the dust along with the towers.]

I'm lucky enough not to have known anybody who died in the towers, althought some family members did - a coworker was in one of the planes, and another friend was trapped up on a high floor, on his cellphone, making his last calls. Chilling :(

I also remember that spagetti was on sale that day. Somwhere in the attic is a box full of newspapers from that first week. I'd collected all the local NYC papers, knowing I wouldn't read them till who knows when (ditto for the videotapes I made of CNN and CBS for a few days). 
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Warning: dangerous driving ahead!

I cannot imagine what these people were thinking. Wait, no, I don't even want to know....

First, Man Sentenced for Driving Blind - A blind man who was convicted of dangerous driving after he admitted being behind the wheel of a car that touched 35 mph was given a three-month suspended sentence on Monday. [Wow, I hope they took away the keys too!] Second, and Auto-eroticism undoes driver - A Slovak driver who crashed into a bus shocked rescuers who found him unconscious and half naked with a vacuum pump on his... well, read the article. I mean, whoa, geez, get a hotel room! Ack! And well, if you visit Yahoo news, you can find all sorta of weird stories like that under 'Odd News.' Wonder if either one will end up as a plot on CSI? The last one would fit the Vegas show perfectly ;)
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Crikey, part II

Just a few more tidbits on the sad demise of Steve Irwin...

THE AGE (Australian paper) said today:

Irwin was killed last week on the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas by a stingray that thrust its barb into his heart.

His family, friends, and colleagues have refused to discuss whether he was buried or cremated, or where his remains lie.

However, Bob Irwin said that "because Steve loved the bush so much and yarning around the bush fire", the intimate funeral service, held at 2.30pm on Saturday, "was just like he would have wanted, with everyone telling their favourite stories about him around a camp fire".


ONE of Queensland's largest public memorial services will farewell Steve Irwin in Brisbane next week when his widow Terri and children are expected to make their first public appearance since his death.

Queensland Police will finalise details for the event - expected to be held at Suncorp Stadium on either Tuesday or Wednesday - in the next few days but the service will give as many as 50,000 mourners a chance to pay their respects to the Beerwah wildlife crusader.


MORE than 250 surfers paddled out to form a circle of honour at Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, in tribute to Steve Irwin yesterday.

The surfers formed a circle around a group of Irwin's close friends and associates and left floral tributes in the water in a ceremony watched by more than 2000 people from the foreshore.

Wildlife warrior Irwin was an enthusiastic surfer.

Staff from the Irwin family's Australia Zoo took part in the commemoration held during the Juniper Surf classic being held in support of cancer charity Camp Quality.

In Brisbane, the central bell tower at St John's Cathedral rang for 47 minutes to honour Irwin.

Dean John Parkes said it was a rarely used tradition to mark significant community events.

"It is an unusual event and to be doing this to honour such a remarkable person is indeed a privilege," he said.

Sep 8th -

Fans of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin are being urged to wear khaki today as a tribute to the late wildlife conservationist.

A chain email circling the world has unofficially nominated today as International Khaki Day, while an Australian radio network has dubbed it Crikey It's Khaki Friday.