I’ll never be able to forget this

In the first week of September, 2001, I was in Lansing, Michigan on a project for work. I was traveling with a couple of colleagues, and being away from home, while not ideal for any of us, did offer some possibilities for going out after work. One night during that week, we all went to see Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back after dinner.

I can’t ever recall laughing so much at a movie. If, for some reason, you’ve found my blog and you don’t know about Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, please go search them out once you’re done with this, but only if you can handle some serious raunchiness. You can thank me later.

But the most memorable, and most haunting, moment came before the movie even started. I remember seeing the trailer above, and thinking that the use of the Twin Towers in New York was pretty cool, even if it was just green-screened in. It peaked my interest in seeing the Spiderman movie, even if it was still almost a year away from being released.

And then, just a few days later, the Twin Towers came down. The studio pulled their Spiderman trailer out of respect for the dead, and it wasn’t seen again for several years. But it has since resurfaced, thanks to the miracle of YouTube. I present it here, in memory of what the buildings stood for, and for all of the trauma that happened on that day.

May all of the affected find peace, on September 11 and every other day, as well.

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