candle light vigils and unicycle clubs - Various meanderings from NYC

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I started this email with the intent of simply forwarding the information
below regarding the nationwide candle light vigil (see below), but
couldn’t help putting in my two cents:

Having directly witnessed the horrific destruction of the World Trade
Center from my office only a 1/2 mile North, and now living in the midst
of the aftermath, I am sending this to the newsgroup. I don’t know if this
will make a difference, but who knows? When I first read about the candle
lighting business (see below) it seemed somehow trite and naive in
comparison to the past few days. I’m going to leave my personal
“political” feelings out of this - it’s far too complex to get into here,
and I know that this discussion group is about unicycling. On the other
hand, I am realizing this IS about unicycling. Without people, there would
be no unicycles. And right now I, I’m sure that the 50+ members of our NYC
club are in varying states of numbness, shock, and perhaps grief.

Some people in the club are wondering if we will meet this Saturday. Well,
I haven’t been able to get on my unicycle since Sunday. Felt too shocked,
nervous, and sad. The casualties are everywhere. Two parents from my kid’s
school worked in the Towers and were killed. My brother in law knew
someone on one of the planes. I’ve already talked to 4 neighbors in my
building who’s worked in various buildings surrounding the Towers, which
are gone. A very close friend of mine who works in the WTC decided to call
in sick Tuesday morning. Another friend works at the Chase Manhattan
fitness center. By ten a.m. Tuesday, they were carting the injured in
there. The direct accounts are endless. Anyone who lives in or near NYC
will most likely have personal connections to this tragedy. Then just turn
on the television if that’s not enough…

I finally went out this evening with my 5 year old son and rode a bit.
He’s learning on his little teeny Sem. It felt good to get back to it.
David Stone has limited access to email, but I think he will be attending
the club meet this Saturday. I think that’s great. I hope the club has a
big turnout. I won’t be able to make it, but I wish I could. Maybe I can
help get the word out even though I can’t be there. Somehow riding around
on a unicycle in NYC right now seems difficult for me. We all know how
much we stand out, when riding, attract attention to ourselves, and
sometimes enjoy that. People usually associate us with the circus, with
fun, and frivolity. They think we are riding around just to entertain
them. Well folks, I feel anything but fun and frivolous right now, but
it’s obvious that unicycling is good medicine, and now, of all times, I
feel that is important for us to do something enjoyable, difficult as that
may be. So whether you want to come to the meet, or feel that you can’t,
I’m sure we all understand.

Gotta run. The thunderstorm is starting. Just what NYC needs now. I hope
this wasn’t totally incoherent. Peace

Joe Merrill

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<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2>I started this email with
the intent of simply forwarding the information below regarding the
nationwide candle light vigil (see below), but couldn’t help putting in my
two cents: <BR> <BR>Having directly witnessed the horrific destruction of
the World Trade Center from my office only a 1/2 mile North, and now
living in the midst of the aftermath, I am sending this to the newsgroup.
I don’t know if this will make a difference, but who knows?
When I first read about the candle lighting business (see below) it
seemed somehow trite and naive in comparison to the past few days.
I’m going to leave my personal “political” feelings out of
this - it’s far too complex to get into here, and I know that this
discussion group is about unicycling. On the other hand, I am
realizing this IS about unicycling. Without people, there
would be no unicycles. And right now I, I’m sure that the 50+
members of our NYC club are in varying states of numbness, shock, and
perhaps grief. <BR> <BR>Some people in the club are wondering if we will
meet this Saturday. Well, I haven’t been able to get on my unicycle
since Sunday. Felt too shocked, nervous, and sad. The
casualties are everywhere. Two parents from my kid’s school worked
in the Towers and were killed. My brother in law knew someone on one
of the planes. I’ve already talked to 4 neighbors in my building
who’s worked in various buildings surrounding the Towers, which are gone.
A very close friend of mine who works in the WTC decided to
call in sick Tuesday morning. Another friend works at the Chase
Manhattan fitness center. By ten a.m. Tuesday, they were carting the
injured in there. The direct accounts are endless. Anyone who
lives in or near NYC will most likely have personal connections to this
tragedy. Then just turn on the television if that’s not enough…
<BR> <BR>I finally went out this evening with my 5 year old son and rode a
bit. He’s learning on his little teeny Sem. It felt good to get back
to it. David Stone has limited access to email, but I think he will
be attending the club meet this Saturday. I think that’s great. I
hope the club has a big turnout. I won’t be able to make it, but I
wish I could. Maybe I can help get the word out even though I can’t
be there. Somehow riding around on a unicycle in NYC right now seems
difficult for me. We all know how much we stand out, when riding,
attract attention to ourselves, and sometimes enjoy that.
People usually associate us with the circus, with fun, and
frivolity. They think we are riding around just to entertain them.
Well folks, I feel anything but fun and frivolous right now, but
it’s obvious that unicycling is good medicine, and now, of all times, I
feel that is important for us to do something enjoyable, diff! icult as
that may be. So whether you want to come to the meet, or feel that
you can’t, I’m sure we all understand. <BR> <BR>Gotta run. The
thunderstorm is starting. Just what NYC needs now. I hope this
wasn’t totally incoherent. <BR>Peace <BR> <BR>Joe Merrill
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