I try to keep my blog upbeat, positive, and fun, exactly how I try to live my life.  This post will not be long but it is important to me to remember how our country, innocent people rather, were attacked and killed on 9/11/01.

I was at a charity meeting for our local childrens hospital.  I had asked my boss to take a few hours off work to attend this meeting which was being held to host an event to raise money for a very important piece of equipment which would better the care of sick children.  In the midst of planning the events while enjoying coffee and bagels someones cell phone rang.  Within seconds, literally, every person in the room who had a cell phone saw their phones were ringing also.  Within that minute our lives were FOREVER changed.

We could not get out of that meeting quick enough to get home to our loved ones, sit by the television and watch in horror at what was unfolding around us.

I live in upstate New York.  I am 7 hours away from the city and as I was driving home, I was passing firetrucks and policemen who were already on their way to the city to help.  They had no idea the severity of the situation at that point, yet there they were unselfishly heading the 7 hours away to help secure the situation.  Little did they know they were needed to replace all of the lost souls of their brotherhood.

That disgusting act of cowardness has forever changed the way I look at the world.  I grew up instantly from that moment on realizing I was now an adult in a sometimes evil world.

However, that moment will not steal any more of my joy.  I gave them a week of sadness, fear, confusion, sleeplessness, and unhappiness.  I then realized those terrorists did not deserve to win the battle they so cowardly launched by me falling into their sickening trap of instilling fear and powerlessness into our country.  Screw them (to be blunt!!)

So tomorrow I will feel for the families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy and pray for their peace, but I will be positive and look to the future knowing the cowards DID NOT WIN!!!




Today in History (United States)

July 7, 1930 was the first day of construction on this massive dam. The history is amazing.

Hoover Dam, named after Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, is a concrete arch-gravity dam located in Black Canyon, near Boulder City. The dam lies between the borders of Arizona and Nevada. President Calvin Coolidge signed the bill authorizing the dam on December 21, 1928. Construction for the structure began on July 7, 1930 and continued until 1936. Its construction was the result of an enormous endeavor involving 21,000 men and the lives of over one hundred workers.
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The blazing hot summer temperatures and the lack of facilities presented large difficulties for the men. After five years of tremendous hard work and effort, six companies turned the dam over to the federal government on March 1, 1936. They were more than two years ahead of schedule.

The dam stands at 726.4 feet and 1,244 feet long at the crest. Hoover Dam is filled with 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete. The dam is protected from over-topping waters by two spillways running parallel to the canyon walls and acts as a reservoir to Lake Mead. The lake would not exist without the development of the dam. The hydroelectric energy from the dam’s generators provides power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California.

You can see some stunning photos and read more of the history here