Today was the 15th anniversary of terrorist attacks of September 11th in New York and Washington D.C. Time has gone so fast that it’s hard really to remember anything from that day except we were all listening to the radio at work. I did see again an excellent program on PBS on the attack on the Pentagon (which, in my opinion, always seems overshadowed by the World Trade Center in some ways). It was quite gripping, and terrible hearing the accounts of witnesses who were there when that plane hit the building. However, for me, the mess that ensued with the Iraq War comes to mind as well whenever I think of this; and this is the most I have thought about those events all day.
In fact, as I was in Erie PA enjoying a beautiful day at the Harbor looking at part of the Tall Ships Festival vessels docked and thronged with visitors. I missed the festival when it came to Fairport Harbor in July (just before the RNC Convention) and I was invited by a friends last month to join them there, but they forgot. So, there I was enjoying the view and looking, at the Bayfront Maritime Center, the construction a new tall ship; a replica of the USS Porcupine which was part of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie. It was interesting talking to campaign co-chairperson Randy Lachowski about the work they were all doing and, even in it’s unfinished state, the fiberglass and wood hull looks pretty impressive.
With time so limited, and the few views (one today) that it receives, I’ve taken a bit of a break from Mad Man On A Great Lake. However, there will be more pieces posted to this blog in the future. In fact, I’m working one right now.
Photographs taken by James Valentino