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Patriots’ Day: Solidarity

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There is a quotation being volleyed about called, “The Slurry Walls of Life.” I

received it twice now. Once, from someone far away, but a U.S. citizen, and the

second time I read this was in our September church newsletter. Neither time

was an author given credit. This upsets me, almost like I am ‘pirating’ someone’s

thoughts. If you happen to see this, with an author attached, please let me know!

I hope these words will hold something meaningful to give to you,  a few days

ahead of  the actual Patriots’ Day.  This quote comes exactly as I received it, no

editing or changes made.

 

I think on the actual day of 9/11/14, I will be silent. . .

 

“As horrific as 9/11 was, it could’ve been even worse if not for a 30 year old

engineering feat. Reaching some 70 feet underground, a 3 foot thick concrete

structure called a ‘slurry wall’ surrounded the base of the World Trade Center

complex. Designed to prevent the Hudson River from flooding the basement,

this wall prevented New York’s subway system from flooding and countless

additional people from dying on September 11, 2001.

 

A ‘slurry wall’ is constructed by pouring a thick, goopy mixture of powdered

clay and water into a deep, narrow trench. The solution coats the sides,

preventing water and soil from collapsing the trench. Pipes are then inserted

through the slurry, and concrete is pumped into the trench, pushing the slurry

up and out.

 

At the World Trade Center, the concrete formed such a strong wall that even

two airplanes and the falling towers didn’t fracture it. Part of the ‘slurry wall’

stands at the 9/11 Memorial site, a symbol of resilience.

 

Sometimes God uses life’s ‘slurry’ to make us stronger than we ever thought

possible. We might wish something yucky hadn’t happened- – until we discover

it was part of what sustained us, making us resilient and enabling us to rise out

of the destruction and death to an awe-inspiring new life.”

(Author Unknown)

 

This much I could research, that the original ‘slurry walls’ construction, under

the World Trade Center, were supervised by a man named, Arturo Lamberto

Ressi di Cervia. This building supervisor passed away at age 72 in August, 2013.

He lived almost 12 years past that day of sadness, to see this job become the

base of the Memorial. The construction workers need to feel satisfaction in their

awesome work on the ‘slurry walls.’

 

Arturo Lamberto Ressi di Cervia’s professional crew poured the walls of support

that survived the crashes. Construction supervisor, Mr. di Cervia, must have

felt a little better that his workers’ wall held back further destruction and may

have prevented more deaths.  Although, it is nearly impossible to be proud of

your accomplishments, in the midst of death and sorrow.  Acknowledgment

to the crew only seems ‘right’ to do, as to ALL the workers who came to the

rescue of the ones injured, helping to unbury the living and the ones who died

on this horrific day. Rescue dogs wore themselves out, helping to find so many

‘buried’ people.

 

There is a fine article (not containing the above quotation) from a man named,

David W. Dunlap, written about the construction of the ‘slurry walls.’ Dunlap’s

article was published on 9/11/13/ in the New York Times:

“Looking to a Wall that Limited the Devastation of the World Trade Center.”

 

The 125th Annual Rose Parade

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It was so fun watching something that I had treasured while

a young child, with my two little granddaughters, the “M & M

girls.” First, I reminded them about their Mommy and Daddy

taking them to see the All Horse Parade and the Thanksgiving

parade where Santa Claus “closes the show!”

Then, I had to tell them this was in a far away state where

it is beautiful and sunny, California! They had heard of it,

even the 2 and 1/2 year old solemnly nodded in agreement when

Marley exclaimed, “That’s where they make movies!”

We ate Froot Loops cereal, which my spellcheck wants to correct

me and make it Fruit Loops cereal. We had berries with vanilla

yogurt for our protein and calcium. I drank a cup of a blend of

the two flavored coffees I received. My brother, Randy, had

given me Hazelnut Cream and my youngest daughter had given me

French Vanilla. The combination of those two flavors, by the way,

is scrumptious tasting, smells wonderful and very addictive!

The Grand Marshal of the Parade was someone who had broadcasted

years and years with the Dodgers. This will summarize but not

provide all the details, since many times there were exclamations

and questions, along with going to get the “baby dolls” to watch,

and other distracting things! We laughed at the float called,

“Let’s Be Neighbors,” where there was a big brown bear that kept

popping his head out of the trash can. I told them all the natural

wonders that were named to create the bear’s brown coat. One, you

will be amazed with also, is kidney beans were individually glued

on. Emphasizing the laborious task of doing this to create the bear,

the announcer said this detail slowly, “Imagine putting each kidney

bean on the form, one at a time!”

There was what I entitled, “The Honda Extravaganza!” I mentioned

that their uncle had worked at the Marysville, Ohio Honda plant.

This was not the float’s real name, by the way. They mentioned

there was only one powerful engine with one driver on board. It

looked like the best in the new age, high tech race cars category!

The teachers float was precious with their aunt’s favorite bird,

there were several beautiful, winking owls up in trees. The girls

started a cacophony of “hooting” and “who- who- who’s.” We have no

idea which city or state that came from, sorry!

There was a combined International float between Singapore and

joining Polynesians which called their group: the “Sing-Poli Group.”

It had imaginative winged horses and I loved connecting two cultures

with their ornate costumes or appropriate ‘dress’ of those places.

The girls enjoyed this, got a little quieter here. Marley told me,

they were a little like the animated cartoon they love so much,

“Ni Hao, Kai-lan.” This means “Hello, Kai-lan, who is an adorable,

little Chinese girl. They saw the traditional attire and thought this

was very exciting, too! The two sisters like “knowing something Nana

doesn’t!”

We had to take a break and grab three “Buckeye Candies” apiece their

Mommy had made for us to snack on. I had instinctively kept them from

them on New Year’s Eve. As it was, Kyah (or Makyah) was up until ten

o’clock and Marley crashed at 11:30 p.m. This allowed me to call my

Mom, get us both on the same channel, choosing the Ryan Secrest

show with the New Year’s Eve ball falling on New York Times Square.

We even said the countdown and pretended to ‘kiss’ or ‘air kiss’

across the miles, over cell phones.

(If you have not tried Buckeye candies, they are made of a combo

of peanut butter ball, coated in chocolate, leaving a small circle

of the tan showing on the top. The image is to represent the

buckeyes from our local trees. It is also our Ohio State University

team name and our state tree, too.) The girls had a small cup of

chocolate milk and I had a refill on coffee.

The next float that caught our eyes, was the Tournament of Roses Queen

and her “entourage” of six Princesses. They all had gorgeous red satin

gowns and held red roses in their arms. My Marley was jumping up and

down, oh no! the chocolate ‘hit her already?’ No! She would like to

be a princess and her little sister echoed that idea, too!

A Pup named Morgan was on a float which made me think of an old

Saturday morning cartoon, “Huckleberry Hound.” This was a really

cute float and they again mentioned the use of dark kidney beans

to produce the brown coat on the puppy.

Another lively, interesting float was entitled, “Adventures in

Space.” This had three really funny and adorable looking aliens

that were on the float in their little space ships. These would

disembark, go in a circle, then line up three air ships in a row,

only to ‘load up’ like a car carrier truck! It is amazing to see

how many colors, just using flowers and natural growing plants, go

into create these bright and cheerful foreign creatures.

The two ‘singing floats’ that we caught were both outstanding all

by themselves, then adding the famous voices, made them even more

wonderful. The announcers and I agree, that the years have been

‘kind’ to “K.C. and the Sunshine Band!” This funky music, coming

from the grandly decorated Mississippi River boat made with flowers

and lots of trailing ivy along the railings, made the girls get

up on the coffee table and dance. I let them do such silly things,

but tend to say, “Be careful not to fall off!” while I was dancing

to the songs, including, “Let’s Celebrate and Have a Good Time”

and “Get Down Tonight.” “Stellabrate” was the float’s creative

name and the wine company of Stella Rosa was its sponsor.

They took a moment to tell us that this annual parade on New

Year’s Day, 2014, had an estimated one million onlookers,

along the sidewalks on the path the parade takes. The television

audience for today was estimated to be forty million viewers.

E Harmony was the sponsor for Natalie Cole’s float, featuring her

amazing and beautiful voice. She sang the song, “Everlasting Love.”

On an intergalactic float, the novelty was a 1950’s style rocket

ship. The announcer surprised us by saying that there were a total

of 1.5 million bougainvillea blossoms featured on this one! They

were a brilliant fuschia color and made this float fantastic!

I thought of Samina, who writes posts about service men who put their

lives in the ‘line of duty.’ This includes a wide variety of policemen,

firemen, armed forces and community workers. The float was sponsored

by, K9s 4 Cops, Canines for Cops. The German Shepherd dog looked alive,

his coat very fuzzy and looking like real fur. The announcer intoned,

“These unheralded service dogs are being honored today” with this

float. You can find her blog at:

http://saminaiqbal.wordpress.com

I thought of several of our fellow bloggers who feature foods, especially

healthy choices. The Queen’s Trophy Award during the parade was given to

the “Miracle Gro” float, with a catch title of “Grow Something Green.”

It had a lovely, edible garden with many large vegetables made of the

very same ingredients, along with extra herbs and spices. These are a

few named, thyme, sage, sesame seeds, cabbage, red pepper seeds, some

dehydrated carrots made larger versions of carrots! The announcer said

you could actually eat almost anything on this float!

I am so happy that the parade is viewed by so many people, that this

family tradition is being passed down to my little granddaughters and

I hope to mention this next year, to the parents to try and get the

children up, sitting in front of the television while they get over

any extra celebrating they have done for New Year’s Eve. This may

keep the children occupied nicely, but sometimes parents or grandparents

may also need to vocalize their enthusiasm and actively participate.

Did you watch any of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade? What caught

your attention or eye?