Monstah Blacks 911 Memorial/Shaken and Stirred, Un-Natural Disaster! / by Reginald Crump

Humor-The 7th Phase of my Emotions! 

Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 23:18:46 

In today's episode of, Shaken and Stirred, Un-Natural Disaster! I managed to make it to work, 45 minutes late because the trains are still out of control! It took another 40 minutes to get from pier 40 Houston St. (where  the staff was meeting) to the office's of Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. We had to prove ourselves at several security check (military and police officer's). “No really, I am wonder Woman and I am hear to save the nation, see I have my red, white, and blue costume in my bag “! “These are my silver bracelets”! 

Granted, I was a bit nervous about prancing near buildings that look as though something had taken a giant bite out of them. It is like nothing I've ever seen before, and don't care if I never see it again. It's very Mad Max Thunder Dome. Once I was surrounded by my co-workers I felt O. K. 

So there we all are, trotting up the Esplanade which is located just opposite from where The Twin Towers use to touch the friendly skies. I don't know how many of you are familiar with Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory (my favorite film), but I want you to take a moment to think, Oompah Loompah. And I'm not sure of the correct spelling, but that's beside the point. The point is, the entire staff of Battery Park City Park Conservancy looked like they were about to burst into the Oompah Loompah song to stir up a sea of chocolate and a meadow of marshmallows. Who can make the sunrise and sprinkle it with Dew? It was so sweet! Bright Yellow safety suits with electric blue and yellow gloves. Goggles and a grey and pink respirator mask to top it off. Absolutely Dashing! Oh! I can't forget the rubber fireman boots my supervisor scored for me! I want to give props to the costume designer who came up with the safety gear for our crew! 

On a more serious note, our job today was to clear away as much soot, paper, trash and fiberglass as possible, from the soil, in and around the bushes, flowers and plants. Also saved a lot of earthworms who were gasping for air underneath a 2 inch thick coating of post traumatic disaster Goock and Schluck! This was not an easy job. I found myself drawn into the lives of people that I don't know, won’t ever know, but still somehow connected to them for that small moment, discovering a piece of their lives, being saddened by every minute. Torn photos, business cards, hand written letters, referrals, Chinese carry out menu's, you know? Stuff like that. (laughter goes here!) I was not sure I would make it through the day without feeling like o.k. I can't take anymore of this. But, I was a trooper and I made it through. As a mater of fact. I felt better being down there knowing that somehow I was making a difference. It's all looking a little better than before, the grass is still green, the sun was shining, the Hudson river is still wet and cold. The only problem is, we are no longer in the shadow of The Twin Towers, The World Trade Center! Peace and Love 

Monstah Black, Humor - The 7th phase of my emotions - Monday Sept. 17th 2001