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Wow! I'm thrilled for you about the solar panels, and freaked for you about the little dude's walk. Yikes!!! So sorry you had to go through that! I'd love to hear more about the solar panel thing...did it cost a zillion dollars?
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Although my experience was not as direct as yours, I live in Washington, DC, and so I very much understand the intensity of "being there" in real life on September 11th. My bike ride to work takes me within a 1/8 mile of the Pentagon, and my usual time for biking by was about 9:45 -- but on 9/11, I went in early, and missed seeing the plane, thank heavens. But I live on Capitol Hill and work in Virginia -- I didn't know where to go, I didn't know whether home would be safe. When I finally did bike home, the shock of seeing the smoke rising from the Pentagon was like a knife in my gut. I biked as close as they'd let me and said a silent prayer for the victims. Then I biked home through the eery silence of a deserted city. I think the people of New York and DC are those who are most constantly reminded of 9/11 -- not only because we lived through it, but because we see the aftermath of the new security measures, we experience directly the increased security alerts that are constantly changing, we worry about our subway systems and experience the delays when a station is shut down because somebody accidentally left their lunch behind. My husband and I also questioned whether we were crazy to keep living on Capitol Hill, such a clear potential target -- but the funny thing about living in DC is that you always know you're the center of the bullseye, anyhow. And, like you, we weren't ready to change everything and let the terrorists win. We love where we live. There are times when the new security makes me crazy, but it's still worth it to stay where we are.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2006 on Where I Was at Lawyerish
Sorry, sweetheart, but from my perspective, you're a teensy bit behind the times. :) I live in DC (another big town), and would *never* expect a man to offer me first rights on an empty seat just because I'm a woman. In fact, I think I'd be a little offended by the assumption. But, for the record, I also hate it when men open doors for me or let me go first getting off an elevator. It rankles my feminist nature, and I actually find it annoying. I wonder if it's a regional thing -- I grew up in the Midwest (Michigan), and perhaps all of those more "formal" social niceties are not as common there. All of that said, the guy who shoved past you to get the seat was unbelievably rude. That's just ridiculous. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2006 on Ms. Manners at Lawyerish