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On this day

Isn’t it astonishing how fast time flies? I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that 10 years ago today marked one of the most horrific, senseless, and life- altering experiences ever to hit the U.S. How can one ever truly begin to quantify the tragedy of an event that personally and forever altered the lives of over 3000 people, their families, friends, and loved ones. The beautiful weather and clear blue sky that started off that day masked the deep, dark piercing flow of terror and hate that was about to envelope a nation. As a native New Yorker and citizen of the United States, watching bits and pieces of this event unfold before my eyes unraveled my sense of security, and for that moment, my peace of mind. It was surreal, frightening, and painful. The days that followed were equally as painful as the city was blanketed with hundreds of missing person posters. The faces of the father’s, mother’s, brothers, sisters and friends that were captured on each and every missing poster was almost too much to bear at times. Today as I sit and watch the live broadcast of the 9/11 Remembrance ceremony at the WTC, tears of sorrow and pain are streaming down my face. The reading of the names of those who lost their lives on that day always tugs at my heart. So many names, so many lives lost, so much pain and anguish on the faces of those reading the names and those in the audience. It is exceedingly overwhelming to take in the pain and grief behind each name that is read, but take it in we all must lest we become tempted to forget the events of that day.

In recent days, I’ve read several articles highlighting what people were doing 10 years ago on 9/11. Social media outlets such as Twitter have asked people to share what they remember about 9/11. Where were they, what do they remember, how did they feel. For me, what is crucial is not so much what one remembers about that day, but rather, what they have done since that day. Have they become agents of hope, love, joy and peace?  Have they appreciated, and perhaps, tried to emulate the heroic spirit of that day in their own pockets of the universe? It is my sincere hope that the events of that day have propelled many to look inside themselves and to strive not to fall into the deep pit of hate and anger that paved the way to the utter destruction witnessed on that day.

My heart goes out to all the 9/11 families and a heartfelt sense of appreciation goes out to all of the brave men and women who died in their bid to save lives on that day, as well as to all of the service men and women who have died or have been injured in combat. To all of the service men and women still in the throes of combat, thank you for your service and may you return home soon.

On this day

Isn’t it astonishing how fast time flies? I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that 10 years ago today marked one of the most horrific, senseless, and life- altering experiences ever to hit the U.S. How can one ever truly begin to quantify the tragedy of an event that personally and forever altered the lives of over 3000 people, their families, friends, and loved ones. The beautiful weather and clear blue sky that started off that day masked the deep, dark piercing flow of terror and hate that was about to envelope a nation. As a native New Yorker and citizen of the United States, watching bits and pieces of this event unfold before my eyes unraveled my sense of security, and for that moment, my peace of mind. It was surreal, frightening, and painful. The days that followed were equally as painful as the city was blanketed with hundreds of missing person posters. The faces of the father’s, mother’s, brothers, sisters and friends that were captured on each and every missing poster was almost too much to bear at times. Today as I sit and watch the live broadcast of the 9/11 Remembrance ceremony at the WTC, tears of sorrow and pain are streaming down my face. The reading of the names of those who lost their lives on that day always tugs at my heart. So many names, so many lives lost, so much pain and anguish on the faces of those reading the names and those in the audience. It is exceedingly overwhelming to take in the pain and grief behind each name that is read, but take it in we all must lest we become tempted to forget the events of that day.

In recent days, I’ve read several articles highlighting what people were doing 10 years ago on 9/11. Social media outlets such as Twitter have asked people to share what they remember about 9/11. Where were they, what do they remember, how did they feel. For me, what is crucial is not so much what one remembers about that day, but rather, what they have done since that day. Have they become agents of hope, love, joy and peace?  Have they appreciated, and perhaps, tried to emulate the heroic spirit of that day in their own pockets of the universe? It is my sincere hope that the events of that day have propelled many to look inside themselves and to strive not to fall into the deep pit of hate and anger that paved the way to the utter destruction witnessed on that day.

My heart goes out to all the 9/11 families and a heartfelt sense of appreciation goes out to all of the brave men and women who died in their bid to save lives on that day, as well as to all of the service men and women who have died or have been injured in combat. To all of the service men and women still in the throes of combat, thank you for your service and may you return home soon.

An Apple a day….

About a week and a few days ago, I took the plunge. No, not the plunge into marriage. Please, I have a challenging enough time finding a straight, single, employed, and non- psychotic man to date in NYC. The plunge I am referring to is the plunge from PC to Mac. For the longest time, I have been drooling over the prospect of getting a Macbook. Everything from the Macbook’s construction to its operating system makes my PC pale in comparison. After consulting with a co-worker and taking a few deep breaths, I clicked on the submit button for a refurbished Macbook on the Apple website. With one click of the mouse, my fate as Mac owner was complete, or so I thought.

If there is one thing that can be taken to the bank it is the fact that Apple products are not cheap. Even the refurbished Macbook I clicked “submit” for cost a pretty penny. To say that I don’t make Macbook type of money is an  understatement. Although, arguably, one can say that the upfront cost of a Mac computer is small relative to the piece of mind and quality one gets from these machines, this argument gets lost in translation whenever I examine my pay stub. Despite my woeful financial situation, the fact that Apple had  begun phasing out the entry- level Macbook in favor of the more expensive and feature rich Macbook Air and Macbook Pro laptop computers sent my “act now” gene into overdrive. I could not fathom a scenario where I would miss owning what would be the best Mac laptop suited for my present needs. Keeping that thought ever present in  my mind, I proceeded to search for videos featuring the Macbook I purchased on You Tube. Sandwiched between the glowing commentaries about the Macbook’s specs, its look and its feel was a Macbook that looked different from the one I thought I  had purchased, one whose aesthetics I did not care for (the white unibody model). Instinctively, I logged onto the Apple website and initiated a chat with an Apple representative who confirmed the dreaded news that I had indeed purchased the white unibody model. I mistakenly believed that Apple had created an aluminium case Macbook model which I soon learned is only part of the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro laptop models. In lieu of the aluminum design, I inquired about the black Macbook model which I was quickly told was no longer available on the Apple website. So, the next morning with a heavy heart and dashed hopes, I spoke with an Apple customer service representative who proceeded to e-mail me a return label.

I have since then returned the refurbished Macbook I purchased on the Apple website. Currently, a co-worker is helping me track down a black Macbook on Craigslist. There is one that looks promising but until I have it in my hands I will not begin shedding my PC skin. Just like every other Apple product I have ever lusted over, the Macbook computer is yet another avenue that further cements my fascination and awe over all things Apple. Apple products are not perfect, no product is perfect, but for me they symbolize innovation at its finest. The man behind this innovation, Steve Jobs, is an individual I respect and admire. Not only has Steve Jobs forged a path of innovation and brand marketing that has kept competitors on their toes for years, he never ceased to create products that kept people like me clamouring for ways to take a bite out of one of  his coveted Apple innovations (for me that has been the iPod Touch 3G so far). Like many, I was saddened to hear the news of Steve Jobs resignation and hope that it is not health related. Apple will definitely not be the same without its number one showman at the helm. No doubt, Apple will rest heavily on the firmly cemented legacy of innovation and thirst for excellence that Steve Jobs set before them, and what a legacy it is.

I’ve posted a link to a video of a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs at Standford University in 2005. It is one of the most witty and inspiring speeches I have ever heard.

An Apple a day….

About a week and a few days ago, I took the plunge. No, not the plunge into marriage. Please, I have a challenging enough time finding a straight, single, employed, and non- psychotic man to date in NYC. The plunge I am referring to is the plunge from PC to Mac. For the longest time, I have been drooling over the prospect of getting a Macbook. Everything from the Macbook’s construction to its operating system makes my PC pale in comparison. After consulting with a co-worker and taking a few deep breaths, I clicked on the submit button for a refurbished Macbook on the Apple website. With one click of the mouse, my fate as Mac owner was complete, or so I thought.

If there is one thing that can be taken to the bank it is the fact that Apple products are not cheap. Even the refurbished Macbook I clicked “submit” for cost a pretty penny. To say that I don’t make Macbook type of money is an  understatement. Although, arguably, one can say that the upfront cost of a Mac computer is small relative to the piece of mind and quality one gets from these machines, this argument gets lost in translation whenever I examine my pay stub. Despite my woeful financial situation, the fact that Apple had  begun phasing out the entry- level Macbook in favor of the more expensive and feature rich Macbook Air and Macbook Pro laptop computers sent my “act now” gene into overdrive. I could not fathom a scenario where I would miss owning what would be the best Mac laptop suited for my present needs. Keeping that thought ever present in  my mind, I proceeded to search for videos featuring the Macbook I purchased on You Tube. Sandwiched between the glowing commentaries about the Macbook’s specs, its look and its feel was a Macbook that looked different from the one I thought I  had purchased, one whose aesthetics I did not care for (the white unibody model). Instinctively, I logged onto the Apple website and initiated a chat with an Apple representative who confirmed the dreaded news that I had indeed purchased the white unibody model. I mistakenly believed that Apple had created an aluminium case Macbook model which I soon learned is only part of the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro laptop models. In lieu of the aluminum design, I inquired about the black Macbook model which I was quickly told was no longer available on the Apple website. So, the next morning with a heavy heart and dashed hopes, I spoke with an Apple customer service representative who proceeded to e-mail me a return label.

I have since then returned the refurbished Macbook I purchased on the Apple website. Currently, a co-worker is helping me track down a black Macbook on Craigslist. There is one that looks promising but until I have it in my hands I will not begin shedding my PC skin. Just like every other Apple product I have ever lusted over, the Macbook computer is yet another avenue that further cements my fascination and awe over all things Apple. Apple products are not perfect, no product is perfect, but for me they symbolize innovation at its finest. The man behind this innovation, Steve Jobs, is an individual I respect and admire. Not only has Steve Jobs forged a path of innovation and brand marketing that has kept competitors on their toes for years, he never ceased to create products that kept people like me clamouring for ways to take a bite out of one of  his coveted Apple innovations (for me that has been the iPod Touch 3G so far). Like many, I was saddened to hear the news of Steve Jobs resignation and hope that it is not health related. Apple will definitely not be the same without its number one showman at the helm. No doubt, Apple will rest heavily on the firmly cemented legacy of innovation and thirst for excellence that Steve Jobs set before them, and what a legacy it is.

I’ve posted a link to a video of a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs at Standford University in 2005. It is one of the most witty and inspiring speeches I have ever heard.