You can't get away from it!

@AmbiePam (48707)
United States
September 1, 2011 8:05pm CST
Have you ever tried to get away from something and it seemed to follow you? I talked in another discussion about how I wanted to avoid the coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Well, I came across a program on it tonight and stupidly watched it for 20 minutes. When I started crying I finally turned it. I had totally forgotten that when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center no one knew if it was on accident or on purpose. It wasn't until the second plane came into the other tower that everyone was like, oh yes, it's a terrorist attack. Anyway, I turned the channel and within 5 seconds of having it on another channel a commercial for a September 11th program comes on. Argh! I know other countries wil be covering it, but I'm telling you in the United States you can't get away from it. It doesn't have to be an event, but maybe a person? I once moved away, thought I was through seeing a particular person, and then found out they were going to be working in the same place. That certainly wasn't fun. Or maybe it's just a topic?
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10 responses
• United States
2 Sep 11
There are certain things that you just can't get away from no matter how hard you try. They might just be memories that you keep locked up in the back of your mind and every so often those memories find their way to the surface of your consciousness and they stay there and you start grieving again like it was just happening.
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@AmbiePam (48707)
• United States
2 Sep 11
Bad memories come back to bite me when I least expect it. That's why I live the way I live. I don't want to do anything that I won't be able to live comfortably with.
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• United States
2 Sep 11
I hear ya! Sometimes things occur that you have no control over.. like choices someone else made that affects you... that has hurt me deeply at times.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
2 Sep 11
There was a programme on here this past week about the 9/11 conspiracy theories that are out there.. It must be bad enough dealing with the Memories of the events of that day 10 years on,without cheapening what was lost by denying what happened.. If you want to avoid the coverage,you could find an all music radio station,watch DVD's or movies,or just turn off the TV and avoid the related discussions on Mylot..
@ElicBxn (60834)
• United States
2 Sep 11
do what I do, don't watch TV...
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Sep 11
hi ambiepam oh this is just a little rant but the owners here always just call me Mrs,Hatley lord I have been here two years. I have a first name. most everyone else calls me by my first name. Its not that I am not proud to have that last name.but when you are consistently called by your husbands last name sometime you feel like you have lost the me of yourself. I went to junior college as did my hubby and my son.get this I was always called Mrs Hatley oh yo u are garland's wife or you are Robbie's mom.okay just a minute. I am somebody too,I am me I am proud of my deceased hubby, and my adult son but wheres is me Patsie I am a person too not just an adjunct of my son or my husband. I am a person on my own standing.Patsie Hatley I am a widow but I do wish they would just call me by my first name.its not disrespectful to me, its like I am accepted as one of the residents here.
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@AmbiePam (48707)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I think a lot of women must feel like that after they've been married and had children. Like maybe their identity is getting lost in all of the other roles they play.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I know exactly what you're saying. My husband has a fixation on watching any shows or reports about this and other horrible disasters. I escape by reading a lot. That's not to say I've forgetten them, I just don't need to see them over and over to remember. As far as people go, I have a funny story. A hundred years ago when I was in high school, there was one class that I really didn't like. So, I ended up skipping it for about a week, just before spring break. My family and I went to Maine during that week of, and who do you think we ran into? That teacher!
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@AmbiePam (48707)
• United States
3 Sep 11
Oh no! Did she mention anything to your parents?
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
3 Sep 11
Not directly. He asked me how I was feeling, and made a comment about looking forward to seeing me in class after vacation. After making introductions, when he had gone on his way, my folks asked what that was about. I just shrugged my shoulders and they let it drop. After the vacation I did go to class faithfully...
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
2 Sep 11
No offense Ambie, but since I don't watch television much, the only time I hear anything about this day is through your posts.. As for getting away from anything or a person, I guess the only one I can think of is my husband.. He is always calling and of course lives here, so I can't get away from him.. Just try to get through this Ambie, in another 3 weeks it will be over and the over exposure we are having now to this awful event, will be in the past other than in our minds..
@AmbiePam (48707)
• United States
2 Sep 11
Well listen, if your husband ever goes "missing", I'll provide you an alibi.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
2 Sep 11
Wow Mylot really ticks me off! I just typed out this really long response and it was deleted.. GRRRR!!! Ok.. let's try this again. I don't watch much TV, so haven't seen much of the programs or specials about 9/11.. but I also wouldn't purposely avoid it. I do remember that day very well. I watched the whole thing as it happened.. and for a split second I even assumed the 2nd plane was an accident as well. I thought the pilot was distracted by the first accident that he wasn't watching where he was going.. silly me. That day was terrible and tragic.. and it wasn't just what happened in NY city and Washington that made it so terrible. I spent that day driving around and going into various buildings and offices because I worked for a delivery service. The radio spent the entire day reporting various bombs and attacks in various areas. I remember them saying there was a slew of car bombs on Capital Hill.. that turned out to be a false report. Half of the things they reported that day turned out to be false.. it was all so confusing. For some time it felt like the entire country was under attack.. but then it turned out to just be those 4 planes. I can't even describe the emotions behind that! It was almost relief to hear that most of the reported attacks were just false alarms. Everyone I saw that day was almost zombie like.. glued to a TV.. terrified, petrified, mortified, and confused. (Mom says the whole country behaved the same way when JFK was shot and when the space shuttle blew up). But reminders of that day aren't all bad. Yes the attacks were awful.. but it did bring a small amount of good that I've never witnessed before or since. It brought about a lot of patriotism. Never in my life have I seen such patriotism as I did then. I've never known a time where we were more proud of our service men and women.. our cops, firefighters, EMTs, etc. We were also extremely proud of the people on that plane that crashed in PA instead of the White House like it was meant to. We all banded together as a country.. and forgot our petty issues for a time because we had something bigger to focus on. Everyone in our country, even those who lived in California, thousands of miles away from the attacks, cried for those who were affected. People we've never met made us cry and hurt when we imagined thier pain and fear. There has never been an event in my life that has made me physically hurt for those who are affected.. the disaster caused by Katrina didn't even have this much of an impact on our country (perhaps because Katrina was an act of God and 9/11 was an act of terrorism?). It caused such strong emotions mostly bad but as I said, a small amount of good (the patriotism).. that are still with most of us today, 10 years after the fact.. and nothing in my lifetime has ever had such an impact. I pray nothing else ever does again!
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@AmbiePam (48707)
• United States
2 Sep 11
You're right about the firemen, police...Toy company stopped making comic book heroes and started making toy policemen and firemen because those were the people being called the heroes. G.I. Joe made a comeback and stores were running out them. It was good to see the real heroes get the attention, and not rock stars or movie stars. I SO know what you mean about mylot. I've written a long response out before and many a time have lost it. It's maddening.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I feel EXACTLY like you do regarding 9/11. I am simply avoiding watching TV right now because of it. I know I'll see it on the internet but I can easily change that. No one needs "reminding" of 9/11, not anyone who was alive on that day. It is forever etched in our memories. I had been out catching crayfish that morning and heard about it first on the car radio. I ran inside and turned on the TV and could not move for the next couple of hours. Yes, it will never be forgotten, even if it is never mentioned on any media ever again. Now, as far as anything else goes, I would have had an answer for you last year, in the summer. I'd have said that I can't get away from this heat! We had a major heat wave last year like what is happening in Texas and the surrounding areas this year. But, thankfully, we've had some much cooler temps this summer. Nothing really unusual as far as weather goes except maybe that hurricane but that was easy to get away from. All we had to do was wait it out. LOL Now, the aftershocks from that earthquake we had here in Virginia won't stop. We've had 20 aftershocks so far, the last being yesterday morning. MAYBE that's stopped now.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I had prepared myself for it happening, because I knew the ten year anniversary coming up. Which is fine, as I really expected an insane amount of coverage for the 9/11 anniversary and for good reason, as it was a rather tragic day, that none of us who lived through that day will ever forget. The media tends to milk things for what its worth, but that's really something. I really do think that a lot of the times, the media just rather tends to milk some celebrity scandal for all of its worth. And I do in fact all that its worth, as they really do tend to really blow it up out of proportion. In real life, there are certain people that after a tense argument, I do want to avoid for a while, as I think about what happened but if our paths cross for any reason, its awkward.
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@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
21 Sep 11
Personally there will be memories that will always be stuck in my head regarding September 11th. 2001 even many yrs. from now. It is always going to be something that has happened and one many people will remember. People have grown a lot stronger because of this and lives were changed. But there will always be a thought in the back of many heads how Thankful they are they we have been able to overcome this and hopefully will never have to experience anything more like this again.