Tuesday, September 11, 2018

E Pluribus Unum = Out of many, one

7:49 am - Tuesday - September 11th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 58º F, 99% humidity, wind 15 mph out of the east.......heavy rain since midnight.  Supposed to rain all day until about 6 pm......this is how it looks and sounds right now at 7:49 am..... 

Today is also the 17th anniversary of 9/11.  I remember being awakened by TLE via a phone call about 6 am.  She was working in Cerritos, CA at the time and left home about 4:40-5 am to beat the traffic.  She told me "Turn on the TV!".  I answered "To what channel?".  She replied "ANY channel!".  I did so, and thus began hours, and days of being glued to the TV.  Our nation had been attacked by despicable cowards.....

......as terrible, and horrifying that event was I now long for the days which followed that attack on our country....on the United States of America.  For a few brief months we were one people with a common purpose.  We ceased, for just a little while, to be Republicans and Democrats......for a short while we were just Americans.  Seventeen years later we are a nation deeply divided over what?  Politics?  The political class in Washington D.C. continues to divide us into tribes, pitting one against another.  Whatever happened to the notion of 'E Pluribus Unum'......out of many, one?  How did the motto of our country morph into 'Diversity is our strength?'  How can a nation which obsesses over its differences (diversity) be unified.....be ONE?  These are the thoughts on my mind today as I remember that fateful day.  Would the thousands of people who died that day be proud of what we have become today? I think not.

Monday was a pretty much laid back day.  Our big aspiration for the day was to move the artificial turf into the trailer to keep it dry from the coming rainfall.  Of course, that necessitated me finishing the organizing of the trailer.  It had been very cold the night before, and in order to work outside I had to don a jacket for the first time in weeks, and weeks.  The work went quickly, and by noon time TLE and I were dragging the turf into the trailer.  

I did spend some time putting away the Sea-B-Que, as well as the 5 gallon propane bottle, and the table upon which it sits.  All of that stuff goes in the 'through' bin, so now it is also organized and ready for travel.

The rest of the day we spent watching the final round of the BMW Championship Golf Tournament.  Tiger Woods managed to get within one stroke of the lead when he got to 17 under par.  He never got closer than that, and ultimately he finished three strokes behind the winner, which had to be determined by a one hole playoff.  So, another week of Tiger almost closing the deal, but once again, no cigar.

I spent a little while outside after the golf tournament concluded 'battening down the hatches' for the approaching storm, and I am glad I did.....it is a doozy!

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