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June 27, 2002

9:45 p.m.

First of all, and I know it's not the most important thing in the world, but, tomorrow is Friday! Yippee! I really do live for Fridays. Especially Friday nights.

Freedom's Flame rolled through town today. Well, they didn't just roll through. They're spending the night here.

What is Freedom's Flame, you ask? It appears to be a September 11 memorial for the World Trade Center area. At this point, though, I don't think it's the official memorial.

I don't like to be critical of something that purports to do good, but there's something not quite right about Freedom's Flame that I think bears mentioning. According to their web site, Freedom's Flame is a gift to New York City from California:

Where and how New York City chooses to receive and place Freedom's Flame is entirely up to people of New York City. A duplicate Freedom's Flame memorial is to be built and located in Southern California further uniting the East and West Coasts of our great nation.

One, what if the people of New York City don't want to accept this gift? Hopefully, this has been worked out already.

And two, if it's a gift from California, why are they soliciting donations from across the United States?

They're looking for donations to the tune of nine millions dollars, plus a list of goods and services. I gave them $5.00 by purchasing one of their posters.

There's a major typo on the poster. It lists the cities that the tour will be stopping in and the dates. The thing is, for today's date it lists Springfield, Indiana. Problem is, there is no Springfield, Indiana. At least not that I've ever heard of.

I think I sound really bitchy, so I'll stop complaining.

The design for the memorial is nice.

The tour consists of, among other things, two flatbed semi-trucks. On one flatbed is a New York City Fire Department fire engine that was recovered from the World Trade Center. On the other flatbed is a mangled iron beam from the World Trade Center. These were both very awesome sites to behold.

I snapped a few [ photos ] of the fire engine and the beam from downtown Springfield tonight.

Nite nite, Ox.

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