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Sunday, 11 September, 2011
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I didn’t put up a Friday Red, instead I put it off for today in memory of September 11, 2001.

I had tussled with the idea of not addressing the issue here on my blog because it’s been said and re-hashed so many times in the past ten years by so many people. The last thing I wanted to do was write about it. Yet, here I am. I guess I feel the need to because I’m out of the country.

But before I go on, this is the color I am featuring today is by, you guessed it, Face Stockholm!

I put this fabulous red glitter over a purple I had been wearing. Just to refresh your memory, this is the purple I was wearing:

And this is what the purple looks like with this red glitter over it:

This glitter is really dense! I couldn’t believe it when I put it on. Sadly, I had so much tip wear because I wore the purple for a week. I do have to say that despite the craptastic drying time of the Face Stockholm polishes, they do last a long time! I was debating on doing a second coat of glitter, but I think it would’ve diminished the purple. I thought this would be the type of very thin application glitter. I didn’t realize it would be practically opaque in one medium-thin coat! Yet it looks fabulous.

Ok, now that I’ve shown you a belated Friday Red, here is my entry for 9/11. Oh, and if it’s TLDR for you, don’t go past this point!

September 11, 2001, started out like any other day – alarm went off at 8am. Hubby tumbled into the shower and I slept in until he was finished so I could take my turn in the shower. He was done and I went in, when I came out, he had the tv on in our bedroom. I looked at the screen and went, “What…” and he said, “The Twin Towers in New York…just had a plane crash into them…” I was stunned. I didn’t know what to think. My friend Karen was on vacation from Oregon. We had plans that day to hang with another girl named Karen. We were going to the Suncoast Casino, have lunch, catch a movie then hang in the bar after for a bit.

We had lunch, but skipped the movie and opted to go to the bar. I was still smoking back then. It was a sombre mood at the bar. No loud music blaring – only the sound of the slot machines. The tv was turned up loud to the news. I actually drank while I smoked because I really could not believe all that was happening. The two Karens were drinking and smoking as well. I think we three were shell shocked – how could we not be?

As we watched the news, I suddenly remembered my friend Andrea, from college, who had moved to New York City. I hoped she was all right. A few years later when I was living in Scotland, I was able to get in touch with her – and we still keep in touch now, thank you Facebook! – and I remember her recollection. It was gut wrenching to hear it after the fact. She had witnessed it and then seconds later, was covered in white dust. She was that close.

I didn’t think my life would change that much. Oh, the naïvité. At the time, we were living in Las Vegas. It hit the city drastically because the city depended on the gamblers that came in on an hourly basis. I will never forget in the weeks after 9/11 – people were scared to fly. Because of that, there was a huge drop in tourism. We could go into any restaurant on the Strip and get seated immediately – even the higher end ones. I had the best parking on the Strip and I didn’t need to valet it anymore. Hotels started laying off staff because the income wasn’t being generated. People who had worked for some casinos for more than 10 years were laid off. It really hurt Las Vegas.

Life goes on and here we are, ten years later. I can’t believe it’s been ten years. My thanks to the our military for going out and defending us. I appreciate every single one of you who has served so my fellow Americans can be free and feel safe on home soil.

If you’ve come this far, thanks for reading. I really appreciate it.

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