I'm not American, but that doesn't mean I was unaffected by the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. In face, those events changed my life.
I was in the Canadian Navy and just about to sail on a training run from Esquimalt, British Columbia to San Diego, California. A day before we set sail, the towers were hit.
Needless to say, that day changed my life so much that I will forever categorize my life as things that occurred before 911 and things that happened after 911.
I spent the better part of 2002 in the Persian Gulf region hunting down Taliban forces that were fleeing the NATO ground troops in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. It was a hot, frustrating, and thankless summer.
Every cloud has a silver lining, though. And this particular silver lining came in the form of my wife. We met while deployed in the Middle East on HMCS Protecteur - the task group's replenishment ship.
What has this to do with podcasting? My deployment has nothing to do with it, but the date certainly does. The news, blogosphere, and podosphere are rife with 911 commentary today. I did a quick Google search for 911 and podcast and there's a lot out there. There are sound clips, pundits, and rhetoric about the event and whether the world is a safer place today.
Regardless of who you are, September 11th probably affected your life in some way. Even if you have no one to remember or nothing earth shattering to feel - at least take a moment to remember how things used to be and how they're different now.
And listen to a podcast about it. Those sound clips are powerful.