Oh, so much to say. I think I will number it all.
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Today is the tenth anniversary of September 11th, so, of course, lots of people have been writing about that. Where they were, what they were doing, etc.
I was on my way to work, listening to the radio. Which went from music to news and then... stayed news.
I called my Dad and told him to turn on the tv. "What channel?" he asked me. "Any of them," I told him, and then hung up and called James.
James wasn't a police officer much longer after that. With the creation of Homeland Security/TSA came new federal job opportunities, and James was fortunate enough to be selected for one.
Going through TSA lines at various airports these last few days while flying around visiting family, I have encountered TSA folks many times. And though I have railed against TSA on my blog (I even have an entire CATEGORY called "TSA Sucks Royal," which is actually a very popular Google referral to my blog), aspects of the job were incredibly beneficial for James.
I mean, at one point, he literally managed a federal employee workforce of over 200 people! How many folks in leadership positions at State have had that kind of federal management experience? Precious few, right? There just aren't that many positions available that come with that volume of leadership, because State is so much smaller than Homeland Security. And James was an excellent, excellent manager, who led by example and with kindness, fairness and respect. So thank you, TSA, for your positive aspects.
Yes, September 11th was horrible, and I remember it today.
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2.) I also stand with Jill Perlman and with Jen Dinoia, two dear, dear friends of mine who are also both State bloggers, who remember their friend's son who perished in the DC area flooding a few days ago. He was twelve years old, the same exact age as my younger son, Zachary. I cannot even fathom losing my Zachary. My heart goes out to that family.
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3.) I, like Diplopundit (here and here), simply must write about the recent State blogger disappearances.
If you are not too terribly familiar with the State blogosphere, you may not know that, very recently, two of my favorite blogs have gone dark**: Sass and Sweet and Muttering Behind the Hardline.
[**Which is a nice way of saying that they have been deleted. Which is a nice way of saying that they probably didn't just decide some random day that they just randomly felt like shutting down.]
Being a State blogger has never been a safe, risk-free endeavor. There are many, many bloggers I know whose blogs have not gone dark but who have come under very heavy fire.
You may notice that my own blog's sidebars (and some former blog posts) have been re-designed today. Some things that used to be there are gone. Some things that were not there before have newly appeared. I'm not going to enumerate the changes, but I am going to ask that if you notice what they are, that you trust me and trust my judgment. That I took down what I did for a reason. That I have put up what I have for one, too.
That, like all other bloggers, I'm doing my best to try to navigate these funky waters.