Good afternoon, everyone! Can you believe there are only 9 more days left in this season? I’ll probably write up some recap of how I feel about this season when I can put the words together because I have quite a few opinions (shocker, I know). It was definitely a weird season with the underdogs never really having a shot as soon as they became the underdog. A systematic dismantling of each evicted player one by one which never created an opportunity for any group of underdogs to team up and actually change the course of the season. It was quite an impressive feat and one that will likely be copied in future seasons without nearly as much success. This one took the perfect storm of a really intelligent and experienced player, some key early gifts from production, and a group of people simply just bad at this game.
Before I begin today, as longtime readers have known, I stray away from Big Brother on this blog much less than I used to in earlier seasons covering the show. It’s a combination of people saying I got too personal and way too much content on the feeds to keep me busy. I’m not complaining. That criticism was correct, and I think I have found a pretty good balance of show versus real life these last few seasons. Anyway, I am going off-topic here for a minute to remember what happened 16 years ago in this country. It was a Tuesday morning with weather almost identical to what we have today (in my area) when hijackers took over numerous planes and changed the country forever. At first, people assumed it was likely just some weird pilot error, but when the second plane hit, we knew something strange was going on. When the Pentagon was also struck, complete panic swept the nation as people realized exactly what was happening and that it could be currently happening in any part of the country.
It was a Tuesday morning with weather almost identical to what we have today (in my area) when hijackers took over numerous planes and changed the country forever. At first, people assumed it was likely just some weird pilot error, but when the second plane hit, we knew something strange was going on. When the Pentagon was also struck, complete panic swept the nation as people realized exactly what was happening and that it could be currently happening in any part of the country. Everything shut down, planes were grounded, and we sat nervously watching the news until the very last plane was accounted for and safe. At that point, we were just left in horror as we helplessly watched smoke rising from the New York City skyline after both buildings from the World Trade Center had fallen.
What happened after was truly an oddity, especially for a country as divided as we are today. We came together. Before the blame. Before the finger pointing. Before the anger. We were all one nation of brothers and sisters. We mourned the loss of those who died on that day while celebrated the heroes who did not think twice about risking their own lives to rush into burning buildings to try to save just one more person. Over the next 16 years, families in that area will continue to suffer loss as the surviving heroes of that attack started getting sick at alarming rates. Those people were warned the air around ground zero may be toxic, but they remained there for days, weeks, and months to continue their rescue and cleanup effort. They had no choice in their mind because we were a family. Race, religion, political party, and other issues that divide us today meant nothing as those heroes remained to try to save just one more person.
Let us remember those people who showed us what America really is.
Now, I started this post as a live feed update thread but ended up going on about this day. That is why if you somehow stumbled on this post and wonder why it’s a disorganized mess, it’s because it was not indented to be a complete article on this topic, but I felt it would be inappropriate to follow up such a strong memory with petty bickering and insults from inside a reality game show. I will be posting a live update thread soon enough, but for now, we remember.