I was unemployed and packing for a camping trip when jets smashed into the World Trade Center towers Sept. 11, 2001. I left San Francisco and drove to Convict Lake.
Around a campfire, with my dog in the high dessert of the Eastern Sierra, it felt like Us Against the World. It was one of those moments of definition, of what do we do and where do we go from here.
I poached trout. I decided to go to cooking school and return to writing about food.
Something good happened that day.
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This just in from the North American Self-Defense Association of Maple Valley:
Memorial Mug Lifting At Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma Tonight. This memorial event for ages 21 and older starts at 7 p.m. tonight. The cost is only $10 per person. We will have 38 Honorary Black Belts on display at this event which will be hand carried to the families of the New York Port Authority police officers killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
This follows on the heels of 343 Honorary Black Belts already presented to the families of the New York fire fighters killed in the 9/11 attack in previous years as well as 27 Honorary Black Belts presented to the families of all the New York City police officers killed in the 9/11 attack.