Monthly Archive for September, 2009

@baseball_bebe Knock it out of…

@baseball_bebe Knock it out of the park, Kel!

William Safire was an intellec…

William Safire was an intellectual conservative and renowned word nerd. We need more like him. http://gawker.com/5368901 #fb

is attending a forum on “Delib…

is attending a forum on “Deliberative Democracy and the Internet” at UVA’s Miller Center. #fb

too many porn stars following …

too many porn stars following my tweets. I am now protecting my status.

saw a line of antique cars rol…

saw a line of antique cars rolling up the 250 bypass this morning, all driven by men in plaid shirts. #fb

Happy Birthday to H.G. Wells; …

Happy Birthday to H.G. Wells; scientist, pacifist, socialist, writer, and a personal hero: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells #fb

is attending EdUI, a conferenc…

is attending EdUI, a conference for web professionals in higher education: http://www.eduiconf.org/ #edui #fb

is producing WNRN’s Wake-Up Ca…

is producing WNRN’s Wake-Up Call this morning with Jack Marshall, President of ASAP (http://stopgrowthasap.org). Call 979-0919. #fb

is producing WNRN’s Wake-Up Ca…

is producing WNRN’s Wake-Up Call this morning with the Director and others from Literacy Volunteers. Call 979-0919 w/ questions. #fb

Listening to an interesting NP…

Listening to an interesting NPR story about astronauts making music in space. Find myself wondering: do they get Internet on the ISS? #fb

What I wrote on 9/11, 2001: ht…

What I wrote on 9/11, 2001: http://bit.ly/yIN7K
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9/11 + 8: Remembering The Day The Earth Stood Still

In early 2001, I began Semi Truths as a pseudonymous venue for my political satire. Tuesday nights were my night for writing, so I would spend much of the day in my pointless job thinking about what I would craft that evening. On Tuesday morning, September 11 2001, I met some co-workers for breakfast, then drove in a little later than usual, listening to the radio on the way. That was when I first heard about the plane that had struck the World Trade Center.

I didn’t go into work right away. I sat in the car and listened. I tried to remember which of the towers I had actually been in a few years before, visiting a friend’s office. I was shocked and concerned, but I had no idea then that every minute of that day would end up burned into my memory, every moment taking on significance.

This is not “my 9/11 story”. I don’t have a story. I went about my life, went back to work the next day, carried on as before. In fact, the past eight years have been generally pretty good to me. I didn’t lose anybody that day, my life was not forever changed.

And yet. And yet…

We all have a 9/11 story. We all know where we were and what we were doing when we heard. And our lives have changed. Some days, it still feels like a bad dream, the kind you can’t shake off the next morning.

Because of various other projects, I haven’t had much time lately to post original content to this blog, so I am making an effort to republish some of my original articles and posts from the past. The link below will take you to an essay that I wrote that evening of September 11, 2001. My words may not be particularly meaningful to anyone else, but now I find them to be both curiously naive and sadly prophetic.

Read The Day The Earth Stood Still

@emccullough I’ll take Sean’s …

@emccullough I’ll take Sean’s bag to work. Call my cell anytime: 434-882-2241

“In the United States of Ameri…

“In the United States of America, no one should go broke because they got sick.” –President Obama, who clearly spends time on Facebook. #fb

In about 90 minutes, it will b…

In about 90 minutes, it will be 09/09/09 09:09:09. Happy nines, everyone! #fb

is producing WNRN’s Wake-Up Ca…

is producing WNRN’s Wake-Up Call this morning with host Rick Moore and special guest, Station Manager Mike Friend. Call 434-979-0919 #fb

I have so much to do that I ca…

I have so much to do that I can’t even remember what it is I’m forgetting. #fb

No one should die because they…

No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. #fb

On this day 15 years ago, I be…

On this day 15 years ago, I became a dad. Happy Birthday, Maxine. #fb