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Using the anniverary of 9/11 attacks to look within REMEMBERING THE FEAR AND LOATHING OF SEPT. 12, 2001 Every anniversary of 9/11, I go to my laptop and Google the Alan Jackson YouTube video, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning;" the one where he is sit- ting alone on a stage. It is not only about the great sadness of that day, but how he talks about how we pull together as a nation and as a community when bad things hap- pen. Gone are the dividing lines of who you are, Where you came from or what you do. It was an awful day. I was there. Not in New York, but across the street from the Pentagon at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington. I was there on a consulting gig, ironically, to help Amtrak with a disaster recovery plan. They didn't have orle. As I watched the scene, in hor- ror, through the large glass win- dow of my room accompanied by the images and reporting on CNN behind me on the tube, I remem, ber that fear; fear that caught me by surprise having been raised and then trained in a military family. There were reports that it wasn't over yet. Reporters were reporting that F 15s had-been sto- len and were on their way to the White House to bomb it. That the &BLAIR terrorists were able to fly planes by remote control and there were still planes unaccounted for and prob- ably on their way to Washington, D.C.; just unreal. And then we did what we do best, we came to- gether. Just as we did as a nation that day and as you did here on the is- land, as a community, in May of 2007 with the fire. I was not on the Is- land that day when the fire broke out, but I am sure it was every bit as confusing and frighten- ing. I had access to the Pentagon crash site a day later and was in awe how everyon e worked so hard and just dug in to help a stranger. The one image I will never forget that week was at the hotel where the Pentagon received the families of the lost soldiers and ci- vilians and standing there watch- ing how strong the families were and the pride that filled the room as each family Was saluted. My tears then were not tears of sorrow but of pride in the strength of who we are fundamentally as a culture Mike Fields Guest Columnist and as a nation. As awful as that day was, it re- minded us of what is really impor: tant in our lives; our families, our friends, helping others in need and just trying to be a bet- ter person on this big round ball. It should cause us pause when we get upset that Vons is out of milk again, or the barge didn't de- liver the mail, or the tip wasn't what was ex- pected, or we get stuck on or off the Island due to weather. Unfortunately, time and moving on in our busy lives drifts us further and further from remembering the feeling, that sense of community and giving back, when such a tragedy hap- pens. I am glad we still go to such great lengths as a nation to remem- ber 9/11. We should use this anniversary to not only remember the tremen- dous loss of life but also to ask ourselves if we are doing every- thing we can for our little commu- nity and are we showing that pride we had eleven years ago by flying our flags and looking around ask- ing how can we as individuals, make things better. Are we giving time to local charities? Can we let someone go in front of us at Chet's Hardware? Can we lock the lid on as we pass a trashcan where a raven might get into? Can we pick up the pocket map tossed on the ground by someone? Should we put a fresh coat of paint on the house? Maybe clean up the yard? Straighten up the front porch and part with some of those relics? Maybe help the neighbor do those things? Should you run for office to fix the things you find yourself complaining about? Are we letting our visitors know they are every- thing to us every chance we get? Are we doing our part to show a sense of community and pride within Catalina? Can we do the same on a daily basis? I see it all the time within us. It's an extension of Friday night softball and the soccer games up at Machado Field. I occasionally go up to see a game, not because I like softball that much, but be- cause I love to watch the sense of community there; kids playing, running around under the bleach- ers. Moms watching them out of the corner of their eye while dis- cussing an old friend who left the Island with another friend. Dads and players fist pumping and root- ing for both teams. Ok, fine, it's really so 1 can see firsthand when a person my age is going to rip out his hammy next. I'm kidding, but you know what I mean. If you don't have that sense, or are finding yourself drifting away from having that sense, go up to 911, Page 11 Catalina Island Medical Center's Rehabilitative Care Program combines the professionalism and competence of a fully-licensed acute care hospital with the care and support of your Catalina Island community. Rehabilitative care program for post orthopedic & reconstructive surgery and serious illness or injury. Therapeutic and rehabilitative services. Dedicated nurse liaison to arrange transportation from the mainland and ensure continuity of care. The comfort and support of friends and family. Ancillary services include state-of-the-art CT scanner and fully equipped laboratory. Call Nurse Liaison Santa Dominguez, RN, at (310) 510-0700 to learn more about how CIMC can meet your rehabilitative care needs. (310) 510-0700 100 Fall s Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 9o704 Is]andie,,.dlCezlter PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hearing Officer will be conducting Vehicle Hearings on Monlay October 1,2012 in the City of Avalon Council Chambers located at 410 Avalon Canyon Road. The agenda will include but may not be limited to the following: HEARINGS 12:30 pm Ken Redding Constr.-New Comm. Autoette 12:45 pm SCE-New Comm. Autoette 1:00 pm Kim's Home & Pet Care-New Comm. Autoette 1:15 pm Scott's Plumbing-Oversize Comm. Permit OCTOBER RENEWAL BY DECLARATION " Catalina Transfer-Renew Comm. Vehicles Connolly Pacific-Renew Comm.Vehicles CC Gallagher-Renew Comm. Autoette Glenmore Plaza-Renew Comm Vehicles Island Rentals-Renew Comm. Autoette Catalina Transportation Services-Renew Comm. Vehicles Cat. Homeowners Services-Renew Comm. Vehicle Mr. Fx-it-Renew Comm. Vehicle Landing Bar & Grill-Renew Comm, Autoette Pebbly Beach Building Supply-Renew Comm Vehicle Straight-Up Builders-Renew Comm. Autoette/Vehi(:les Seaway Co of Catalina-Renew Comm. Vehicles Wendy & Max's Upholstery-Renew Comm.Autoette Avalon Mooring Service-Renew Comm Vehicles Catalina Cable T.V.-Renew Comm Vehicles The public is welcome to participate. Additional information and a complete agenda can be obtained at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Published: The Catalina Islander: Sept. 21, 2012 Posted: Bulletin Board at City Hall,. City of Ava!on Website: ...............................................................................................  .............................. ............. + ............  ....... ....- ......................................... ..'-- .................................................................................................................................... THE CAT, AUNA ISLANDER September 14, 201 i 9