Dana tagged me, so here goes…
The following are 5 major events and the impact they had on me:
Princess Diana’s death – August 31, 1997
I remember coming home and one of my roommates was sitting on the edge of her bed, staring numbly at her tv saying, “can you believe this? Princess Diana is dead.”
It was a surreal moment for me, because I was a big Princess Diana fan and a girl I knew won a look-alike contest right before the fairy tale wedding so I was tied to Diana forever.
Margaret Thatcher’s resignation – November 22, 1990
I was in college and I think this was the year I was at a friend’s sister’s wedding in California, so I really wasn’t near a tv when this happened.
Attack on the Twin Towers – September 11, 2001
I had a really bad sinus infection and was running a fever when I woke up at 9 a.m. I called one of my co-workers and told him I wasn’t coming in because I was sick and he asked, “haven’t you turned on a tv yet?”
I watched the replays of the morning’s events over and over and felt sick and numb all day. It had been a stressful year so far… my brother had died that January and in early June the city had been flooded by Tropical Storm Allison. The attack was another in a long line of surreal moments for me that year.
I finally had to turn the tv off because over 50% of the tv stations were carrying coverage of this event and I couldn’t get away from it. I also lived in the shadow of one of the tallest buildings in town and as they evacuated that building, I felt that tension. “What’s next?”
I also had friends who were all over the country trying to get home by any means possible, driving from Maine, Arizona, Nashville… and I spent the rest of the day trying to ascertain their status as well.
The oddest feeling was walking outside for the next few days and not hearing any airplanes fly over. That day changed the world I live in forever.
England’s World Cup semi final v Germany – July 4, 1990
I’m sure it was a good match.
President Kennedy’s Assassination – November 22, 1963
I wasn’t born yet, so… I don’t remember. I do remember what I was doing when the Challenger exploded, so if you want to know about that…