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March 12, 2004

New normal

Yesterday's Flea was preempted by events. Anthropology and pop culture are fun for me and I hope the games and dancing are a plus for people in offices everywhere. It is with some unease I return to internet bubble wrap and such when we know that for so many people yesterday's horror is only now beginning to sink in.

And then... Debbye has parallel concerns writing on the day after. There has not been a day since 9/11 that I have seen the towers of downtown Toronto and not imagined an atrocity. And every time I am at Toronto's main railway or bus terminals I have an eye out for stray packages. That last reflex is one I cultivated living in London and Manchester in the days when nail-bombs were left for bands playing in parks. Before 9/11, it was a reflex I never used when I was in Canada. Such is the new normal.

"The death toll is now at 198. I marvel that I am now two people: one who can type that sentence with detachment and another who took several minutes to get past that sentence.

I am struck particularly by this sentiment.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 12, 2004 10:34 AM


Flea, you picked up on the same line that struck a chord with me. Debbeye is an eloquent writer, but first and foremost she is as human as the rest of us who could only reel in horror when we tried to imagine the human cost.

The world needs laughter and dance too though, if only to remind us of the things that we could ALL share when others learn to let go of the hate.

Keep vigilant, but don't stop being happy and spreading happiness; we need it more than ever these days.

Posted by: John H at March 12, 2004 06:06 PM

I know what you mean. When I was in Toronto on vacation in September 2003, the feeling was particularly strong. As it happens, I made a point of going up the CN Tower on September 12. There was one thing that was sort of surreal. I bought a postcard in the gift shop. On the reverse side of it, there was a comparison between various world towers and the CN tower. Amongst the towers was the World Trade Centre. It was rather odd.
Mind you, the postcard looked as though it had been printed well before 9/11. Still rather odd.

Posted by: Dr_Funk at March 12, 2004 10:30 PM