September 11, 2008

September 11, 2008
In Remembrance of the victims of 9/11

Today is the first anniversary of my blog here on the project website. I have seen the number of people reading my daily blog increase from around a hundred to over 1,500 faithful daily readers. I have even had a couple of daily blog entries accessed over 2,000 times. I am hoping because of the increase viewers that I am writing about things you can either identify, care about or are interested in hearing. I greatly appreciate all comments (even negative ones) and want to thank all of you for your emails over the past year. Stay tuned for more entries because I do not see a cure on the horizon at this time.

Today is also the seventh of the terrorist attacks on the United States which included the bombing of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of their passenger aircraft carriers. I remember the morning as if it were yesterday. I had only been up about thirty minutes and had just turned on CNBC to check out the stock market. They were showing the coverage of the first plane striking the World Trade Center. As they were showing the live coverage directly following the recorded clip, the second plane struck the other tower of the World Trade Center. I stared at the screen in disbelief and was wondering if I was still asleep and dreaming. I watched in horror as the story continued to unfold with news of the two other planes having been hijacked. I ran to the bedroom to wake up my previous partner who at first did not believe me when I told him what was happened. I went back to watch the coverage and soon to my horror the first tower of the World Trade Center collapsed followed by the second tower shortly later. I knew people who had offices in the Towers who worked for my employer. Later we found out more than half of them had died in the destruction.

About a year later, I visited New York City and remember the feeling of loss when I visited the site of the twin towers. Although Manhattan has recovered in the following years, the impact on the city and the families of those killed is still felt today. I spoke with several Manhattan residents who had been working in the Financial District that day and their stories chilled me to the bone. In Jacksonville, there are two different ceremonies today in honor of the victims and event. I know here in America we are fortunately not to have the daily worries of actual terrorists attacks like those in some countries. I would hate to be a citizen of somewhere like Israel or other country where the loss of life to terrorism is a daily or weekly occurrence. While our country is not perfect, it is better than most here on our planet.

So how are you doing today? I started off another early morning. I had a speech to write and memorize today. But first, I called the aids service organizations in Indiana and Montana to follow up on their ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) waiting lists. Everyone I spoke to was very helpful with the information I needed which was a relief. Montana now has 11 people on their ADAP list but according to their ADAP fund manager all 11 are now receiving their HIV medications from the pharmaceutical companies on a compassion care program which I was very pleased to hear. I am waiting on a call back from my contacts in Indiana and will update my blog after speaking with them.

This evening, I watched most of the 9/11 Presidential Forum. I was unimpressed to say the least. I think both candidates talked about a pretty America without addressing the real issues and how they will pay for recovery. I know both parties agreed to play nice on this 9/11 anniversary, but it was like watching a play date. I am sure we will be discussing this tomorrow at our Divided We Fail training in Lake City so I will discuss it more after tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I need to head off to bed since I have to be up early. I hope you had a great day also.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab