Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Where Were You When...

I first saw this over at Jen Speaks, but followed it back a few generations because the answers are interesting. It fascinates me that we are all going about our lives doing different things, but then one event, one moment, captures our attention and has us all tied in to to same thing.

Llama Butchers

A Small Victory

Short Strange Trip


Just a Girl

Sweet Surprise



Brian. Brian said he found it somewhere, but his was the end of the "Where were you when..." chain.

Where Were You When...

1. ... you heard that Ronald Reagan died?

I was driving home from work (FYE in Jackson, TN) on Saturday afternoon and it was on the news. I wasn't too shocked since we all knew it was coming eventually. Since I sometimes catch Michael Reagan's show, I have been sensing that it was getting close to time.

2. ... on September 11, 2001?

I was at work (FYE in Jackson, TN) in the morning before the store opened and Katie called to tell me that a plane went into the World Trade Center. I said something like "hmmmmm, I've heard of planes flying into buildings before. Bad pilot." and basically shrugged it off as a freak accident. I was thinking plane, as in a small two seater plane or something. A little later she called with more urgency because another plane went into the building and that these were jets full of people. Well, at that point I was no longer thinking it was an accident and became quite concerned and immediately got a radio off the shelf and turned it on to listen to news reports. We kept the radio on throughout that dreadful day. Business was very slow, but I had much work to do as we were re-arranging the store. My co-workers and I talked and pondered a lot about what was going on. One co-worker was scared and confused and she couldn't understand why I wasn't freaking out like she was. She wanted to know "why has this happened?" and I had an open door to talk about evil, the consequences of evil and seperation from God.

3. ... you heard that Princess Diana died?

I had just walked in from work (Musicland in Ames, IA) and my roommate had the tv on. She caught me up on the events to that point and we both were glued to the tv for a few days as the events all played out.

4. ... you heard Kurt Cobain had died? I think I heard it on the news one morning getting ready for work when I was a music teacher at Keystone in LaGrange, OH. If memory serves I first heard it from Kurt Loder on MTV.

5. Take one for The Gipper: What̢۪s your favorite flavor of jelly bean? I hate Jelly Beans!

6. ... Magic Johnson announced he was retiring from the NBA due to AIDS? I don't remember exactly, but I remember I was living in Akron, OH and working at Discount Drug Mart as a Pharmacy Technician.

7. ... Reagan was shot? At school at Highland High School in Medina, OH. I was a freshman and I remember hearing tidbits at school and chatting about it on the bus and the walk home. No General Hospital that day, the assassination attempt was the news of the day.

8. ... the Challenger exploded?

In my dorm room in Spanton Hall at the University of Akron. I was watching tv and having lunch in between classes when "we interrupt this broadcast..."

9. Where were you when the 0J verdict was announced?

I took my pocket-sized tv to work (Camelot Music in Traverse City, MI) so that we could witness the verdict "live". We waited and waited and then came the time. I was shocked and disappointed when the verdict was announced. I think it was a very sad day and that justice was not served.

It was interesting and somewhat "fun" to recall these moments from years past.

If we can all unite in these times and be focused on them as news events, as life-altering events, and as historical events, as a Christian, I wonder why all of our attention isn't always focused on Christ. Imagine what it would be like, if for a moment, a day, a week, a lifetime, if we really all were behaving as one family! If we were all focused on Him during each moment of everyday. I guess it would be heaven on earth. Someday it will be so: Philippians 2:10-11 "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

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