Remembering 9-11

I didn’t lose anyone in the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. The building that I was working in wasn’t near any of the plane crash sites, and I wasn’t evacuated. I wasn’t making frantic phone calls, searching for loved ones, and waiting to hear their fates. Only a select few in the world had to do any of those things, and I am thinking about you all today.

I remember feeling helpless, and lost, that day. Tragedy was unfolding all around me, but there was nothing that I could do, and no one that I could help.

Today, nine years later, I still feel helpless. I can’t offer anyone much comfort, but for what it’s worth, Joan Jett’s “Don’t Surrender” has always been a source of strength for me when I need it. If it helps anyone, even a little, then maybe I can contribute something after all.

Here’s the album version too, if you aren’t fond of the extended dance mix:

PEACE

Joan Jett show in Iowa canceled due to flooding

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts were scheduled to perform with Styx and Grand Funk Railroad at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, Iowa, on Saturday, July 24th, but their show was called off in the wake of a devastating flood caused by a dam breach at Lake Delhi. (source and source.)

While I am obviously concerned for the safety of all of the bands and their crews, my heart goes out to the people in Iowa that have lost their homes or businesses to the flood. As a Pittsburgher, I live in one of the soggiest places in the country, and the fear of a major flood is always in the back of my mind. I’ve seen enough.

If you would like to donate to the cleanup efforts, you can donate directly to the Grant Wood Area chapter of the American Red Cross, or to the Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Fund, which helps victims of natural disasters both locally and globally.

To all current, past, and future flood victims all over the world, Jetthads and non-Jettheads alike, this is for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Don’t Surrender