But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Tattoo first, then we'll worry about the trailer and moving. I've considered a tattoo many times, but the main two things holding me back have been the location I want the tattoo in, and the permanency.
I see piercings as a lesser threat, because they can be removed quite easily, and the surrounding flesh will fil in the little gap. With a tattoo, you are more-or-less stuck with it for the rest of your life. I'm not sure I want to make that sort of a commitment to body art yet. I'm getting closer, though.
The location of my (possible) future tattoo also frightens me a little. I want to have it in the middle of my chest - right about on my sternum. As you may or may not know, the amount of pain felt while receiving a tattoo is inversely proportional to the amount of flesh under the skin being inked. If you're already draing conclusions, and I hope you are, you'll understand that the center of my chest is not the most squishy part of my body. In fact, there's really nothing there but skin and bone. I can't say I look forward to that much, especially since I have no idea how much pain a tattoo on softter flesh brings with it.
Now...on to the meat of this all.
Look... we've all been blugeoned to death with the sappy/morbid news coverage of the towers falling and the deaths of people as a result of these attacks for far longer than was/is necessary.
Every newscast seems to have a nightly "War On Terrorism" segment -- complete with a waving flag, Shrub's face, and dramatic music -- when nothing of any real import has happened that day. Pure sensationalism. Even bloody NPR (which I still enjoy, in spite of their narrow-minded stance on low-power radio) gets on my nerves these days with worthless coverage.
Look, shit happens all over the world. It just finally happened to us. Sure we may get a 15-second blurb when a crowd full of people are mamed in a bombing in Ireland, but someone dared to bloody the nose of the world's "greatest nation" and suddenly George Bush scratching his ass gets a 5-minute segment on ABC News! I sometimes wish Mr. bin Laden would humble this country again because most people still don't get it.
What has had far less conspicuous coverage is the fact that that Shrub Jr. and John Aschcroft have siezed far too much power than is comfortable [to] most people. The popular media doesn't want to appear anti-patriotic. Just look at what happened during the entire Bill [Maher] incident!
It's sad, really. If bin Laden's goal was to attack the heart of the USA (its freedoms), then he succeeded extremely well. The ironic part is that he coerced us (that is, the US itself) to destroy some of those freedoms on his behalf.
-Some anonymous Slashdot reader
This person said it better than I ever could have. While our country has been distracted with that horrible occurrence (nevermind that more people die in car accidents every month than were killed a year ago today) George W. Bush and the legislators of this country have made hundreds of laws that limit freedoms while providing little or no additional safety. Hundreds (if not thousands) of people, whether they are US citizens or not, have been detained without formal charges. Whatever happened to the constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial?
At the same time, we have country music stars singing "you'll be sorry that you messed with The U.S. of A./'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass/IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY." Far be it from our great nation to experience the tiniest little bit of what war-torn western Europe nations have known for years. Far be it from us to taste a little bit of violent dissent. Far be it from us to be vulnerable. We're the United States of America, after all; the one perfect nation created by God to rule all others with an (oil-soaked) iron fist.