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Tidbits and Pieces- The Year 2001
2001 is the 1st year of the 21st century, designated as International Year of Volunteers.
The year known simply as 9/11 due to a horrific act of terrorism in the US where 2,977 people died in attacks on the World Trade Towers in New York City, The Pentagon in Arlington County, VA, and in rural Shanksville, PA. The World Trade Towers collapse as a result of the attacks. Details of the attacks can be found in the Wikipedia link at the bottom of my post.
9/11 is one of those times in history where you won’t forget where you were and what you were doing on that dreadful day.
Enron files for Chapter 11; the Convention on Cybercrime is signed by 50 countries with the hope to cut the amount of crime committed on the Internet; 1/4 million websites attacked by the code red (Worm) virus; Microsoft releases Windows XP; Hewlett Packard and Compaq merge; iPod is launched by Apple computer.
NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt, dies in a last-lap crash during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. He was a record holder of seven NASCAR championships; Tony Blair and the British labor party are elected for a second term; George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd President of the US; Tiger Woods wins the 65th Masters
2001 was almost mediocre compared to prior years – note I said almost. Tropical Storm Allison hits the Texas coastline as a tropical storm. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history; El Salvador shakes with a 6.6 quake killing at least 400.
Tuesday, Oct. 17th, is wear something gaudy day. Now is our chance to wear something without any regard to taste in fashion. You can head to the thrift stores and sift through the fashions of yesteryear or check out your closet. Yes, I bet there are items in your closet that you can mix up so they clash, which you can use to create a great looking gaudy outfit. Be brave and go for the shock appeal!
Gaudy Day would be welcome in 2001 since fashions were suffering due to the recession and the effects from 9/11. At the beginning of 2001, fashion in the US leaned toward dark and conservative green and brown tones. But, after 9/11, fashions changed from the militaristic look too cheery and soft colors to lift the spirits of consumers.
Oh flippity flap go hang your hat
Obviously, it’s this or that
End of story the world isn’t flat
Don’t panic your manic
Nor recast your sanity
Common sense isn’t a fantasy
Or could it be cents
Since they raised the ante
Hey, don’t talk back
or they’ll tax your smack
Hey, is it show and tell
You’re trying to sell
Or the whos and the youse
And their authentic views
There’s no straight line
In a cobwebbed mind
It pays to read the memo
And try to be kind
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