It is now Tuesday September 11, 2018 at this hour. Many years have passed since the clear blue day of September 11th 2001. I remember where I was when my phone rang on that early morning. My friend Ricky telling me to turn on my tv because, something was “going down, in New York City.”
I tell this sobering story often because it happened to us on Miami Beach. I was sober, because it was within the week, and I was only binging on Saturday nights, because that was my night out for the week.
For two weeks post 9-11, the bars, nightclubs and liquor stores all closed. There would be no party. Nobody celebrating anything. I remember renting hours upon hours of internet time at the local internet cafe, on the beach. So much so, that after a couple of days, the proprietor of said cafe, was giving me free time.
Fourteen days of mourning took place.
At the end of this period, bar owners thought, out loud, that Miami Beach needed to do something concrete for New York City. They decided to re-open the bars and nightclubs, for one purpose.
To raise money for New York City.
For every dollar donated, the bar would match said donation, AND would offer the same, in kind donation, in alcohol to the person donating the money. They made money hand over fist for a month. And the people of Miami Beach paid into the New York Fund, but drank as much alcohol as they could safely consume, on any given night.
Every dollar, was given back, in free alcohol.
We drank every drop of alcohol, in the radius of 100 miles in every direction.
Not a sober human on the island for weeks and weeks.
I would eventually get sober, in December of 2001, because fate stepped in when I uttered that prayer to God for help.
Those who do not remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.
Interesting that an entire generation of kids graduating these days, have no memory of what happened on September 11th, 2001.