Most of the pictures in the folder called 12-07-07 were taken at Bandshell Park in Ames.
There is a Swift Stop gas station in the bottom 2 pictures. In another life when I ran the campus outpost of the Evil Clown Empire there was a guy that worked for me that was the most America hating American I ever met. When he wasn’t talking about his Dungeons & Dragons empire, he was talking about how he wanted to move to Australia because he hated this country so much.
He was scheduled to work the lunch shift on September 11, 2001. After the airplanes struck the towers he called in to see if we were closing for the day. The answer was “no”. We were staying open. I don’t know if it was the right decision to stay open, but I don’t have to grapple with that in my sleep. I didn’t make that decision.
Then he called back every hour hoping that the answer was something different. The answer was never anything different.
Finally at the appointed hour he waddled into the store and proceeded to fill the store with his pissing and moaning. He was the kind of guy that pissed and moaned all the time, but he was particularly on fire this morning.
It seemed to me that he felt that he was the only one experiencing the events of the day. He was the only one that wanted to be somewhere else.
Finally, after 30 minutes of his grousing, I got sick of him and snapped at him and sent him home.
I can’t remember if he quit or was fired from the Evil Clown Empire any longer. A few years later I heard that he had died. He was working at that Swift Stop gas station. He had a heart attack while he was working alone. There was nobody in the store. He died on the floor of that convenience store and laid there until the next customer came in and discovered him.
He never moved to Australia.
I think about him on 9/11. I think about him when I drive by that building. It isn’t a gas station any longer. I believe it is a restaurant now. I remember, if your dream is to move to Australia, do it. Sooner rather than later. Tomorrow you could end up dead on the floor of a convenience store.
And on that note, I was able to restore the following blog by uploading these pictures to the SmugMug Gallery:
Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Nader.