September 11, 2001

On September 10, 2001 I was on a date with Sean in Las Vegas. We had ran a muck around the city. From sunset, to the sunrise of September 11th. The first boy that made my head spin in a long time. I was 25 and life was grand. We had danced till the crack of a yellow dawn, and I still remember kissing his freckles. We necked like high school kids under football bleachers. My blood pumped a crimson red and I carried a brilliant smile. I had everything at that moment and I was Happy.

The American economy was booming and life was paved with the golden beams of Hope. Everything was around us, and our futures laid uncertain, and it was beautiful. The future was like a stone ready to be carved. We watched “Fear and Loathing,” smoked our tightly rolled joint and shared secrets like best friends. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was drinking Gatorade, making quesedillas, and was falling in love with the cutest boy on the face of the earth…one of those rare, special moments in life that tattoo you forever.

And then it happened…

Our rare, special moment was cut short when my best friend Ginger kicked down the front oak door and screamed, “WE’RE AT WAR!” Her mouth frozen, eyes wide eyed, and standing aggressively in a black and white print dress. She pulled out the DVD cord from the wall and the blue screen when to CBS News.
And there, on a 2-dimensional screen, I saw a thousand planes, hit a thousand buildings. Fireballs rose and exploded again and again. People jumping from burning buildings. The entire story, came collapsing down on my mind like the towers had to the floor. It had been hours since the attack on the WTC, the Pentagon, and the crashing of Flight 93.

And I was barely finding out about it.

At 2 p.m. in Las Vegas, America will fall, I knew. “Somebody doesn’t like the Super Bowl or Mc Donald’s,” I said. My best friend became the last person on the planet standing with me, and Sean had just turned into “some guy” that needed to get the fuck out of my house. My throat hardened and I couldn’t breath. I couldn’t move. It was as if time was suspended and I was allowed to stand in one moment of time for all of eternity. To examine every perspective possible. From that day, I knew, the paradigm of the world had forever shifted. Especially my ways of thinking.

The next months in Las Vegas were lifeless. The streets were abandoned and it felt like a ghost town. A once booming city, ran a risk of bankruptcy. Ten thousand people lost their job on the Strip and the bars and dance floors remained empty. Playing poker, pulling slot machine handles, and drinking Long Islands became trivial. A cloud of black lifelessness hung over for what felt like a lifetime…

It only grew worst when we invaded Iraq. And the day haunts me when I think of the nearly one million Iraqi people that have died under the Bush Regime. Slowly, our Rights have been stripped away from us. I know this, someday, you will know this too.

Six years later, that day and those images of bodies leaping from burning buildings, and now the anti-War movement -people being arrested on the step of the Capitol – still sear me like hot knives. I still hurt and am betrayed on this day and will every year on this day. As for my politics, my mind grew a universe. I will not preach to you what I have studied for 5 years. For that you can read everything researched and written by David J Griffiths.

But I will say this:

I searched for Truth and have found an Untruth. I looked for peace, like the families of the victims did. In fact, I still do. And to my horror, I have learned painful things. I leave only an idea with you in remembrance of those lost that day…but as Immortal Technique says, “This isn’t a conspiracy theory, this shit is Real.”

September 11, 2001

Annette Partida

Joined January 2008

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9/11 -Where I was when it happened.

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