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Would you buy a piece of the World Trade Center?

I heard a rumor this morning that people were selling pieces of the World Trade Center on eBay. I checked it out, and while it may have been true, those items are no longer for sale. Would you buy a piece?

48No, I would never buy a piece.
2Yes, I would buy one now if I could.
1Yes, I would buy one after there has been enough time for mourning.
8No, I wouldn't buy one, but I'd pick up a piece of it if I was in NYC.
0I would sell pieces of the World Trade Center if I could.

posted 13-Sep-2001 11:48pm  
People are so insensitive sometimes...... smiley:::frown
posted 13-Sep-2001 11:51pm  
God No! It's not the Berlin Wall!
(reply to was_Frostbrand) posted 14-Sep-2001 12:43am  
Yeah, that was my immediate reaction too. It's not like you're buying a symbol of peace and freedom.
posted 14-Sep-2001 12:49am  
No, not a piece of a building, but I kinda like that round shiny fountain thing. smiley:::wink

I hope they get to those people that contected them on a cell phone!
posted 14-Sep-2001 12:59am  
Why? What's the point? Well, I guess it could have points, but for me, not really.
posted 14-Sep-2001 1:03am  
I just found out that the cell phone thing was a hoax. Meanies! >smiley:::frown
posted 14-Sep-2001 1:12am  
Absolutely not! I think it's horrible that anyone could think of profiting from this horrible event.
(reply to LindaH) posted 14-Sep-2001 1:14am  
I don't understand how anyone could be playing pranks at a time like this, either. Isn't that just sickening?!
posted 14-Sep-2001 1:59am  
No, and I wouldn't accept one for free.
posted 14-Sep-2001 2:00am  
posted 14-Sep-2001 5:58am  
Yes and I don't think its disrespectful either!
posted 14-Sep-2001 6:00am  
Maybe I'd save a piece if I found one. I collect viewmasters and was wondering if I should get one of the WTC before they become too pricey to complete my collection.
posted 14-Sep-2001 8:06am  
no, It's like taking a piece of a tomb.
posted 14-Sep-2001 9:20am  
If they were selling pieces and give money earned for charity for helping people in NY,maybe.But thinking of someone making a profit out of a tragedy makes me sick and angry.
posted 14-Sep-2001 9:31am  
It would be in bad taste if it was for profit. If it was for charity I would buy a piece.
posted 14-Sep-2001 12:04pm  
(reply to was_Frostbrand) posted 14-Sep-2001 12:06pm  
I feel the same way. I would only buy a piece if the money was actually going to the victims families.
posted 14-Sep-2001 12:21pm  
The debris from the WTC is valuable evidence in the investigation to find the perpetrators of this atrocity. But even if the FBI had gone over it with a fine-toothed comb, I wouldn't want to have a piece of it as a memento. How sick is that?!
posted 14-Sep-2001 1:43pm  
No...It stood for peace when stood for humanity
now it's pieces represent nothing but grief and death
posted 14-Sep-2001 1:57pm  
That's disgusting.

"Gee, can I get a bloody piece or maybe a chuck of flesh (preferably brain cells) with it?"

I'll bet there are already T-shirts.
(reply to Brian) posted 14-Sep-2001 2:29pm  
My Parents went to New York City and all I got was this lousy hunk of concrete?
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posted 14-Sep-2001 3:28pm  
If I could be sure I wanted a piece for the right reasons, I may do. If I could be sure I didn't just want "a piece of history."

I doubt I actually would want people to profit by selling it though, so I doubt I'd *buy* a piece....
(reply to ASB) posted 14-Sep-2001 3:54pm  
That's terrible, but outrageously New Yorkish.
posted 14-Sep-2001 4:00pm  
Interesting survey. I don't know if I would pay for a piece, because any old piece of concrete could be sold. I may pick up a piece if I was in NY. It sounds morbid, but in 10-20 years time in would be a sort of "sacred object" if you know what I mean. It's difficult to know. IS the rubble sacred? Would some people buy a piece simply so they could remember what happened?
posted 14-Sep-2001 5:15pm  
At first I thought you were talking about stocks. Boy, that would be a poor investment! smiley:::raspberry I find the idea of picking a piece of that building up and saving it kind of repulsive.
posted 14-Sep-2001 8:28pm  
I think I would. People bought part of the Berlin wall. I realize that the Berlin wall was a good thing and this isn't, but it's almost like a tangible part of history.
posted 14-Sep-2001 8:59pm  
I wish I took a part when I was up there in 1991...
posted 14-Sep-2001 9:51pm  
No, I don't think that this is something to be marketed. It is a tragedy. I mean, so was the Titanic, but this is so recent, I think it's sort of in poor taste.
posted 14-Sep-2001 10:25pm  
Yes I would buy a piece of the tower, If I could use it to beat a terrorist to death!!!!!!!
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posted 15-Sep-2001 1:00am  
absolutely not
(reply to Maarten) posted 15-Sep-2001 1:10am  
You were in NYC in 91? So was I! *jumps in a time machine, goes back to 91* HI!!!!!!! *comes back*
(reply to wolfdog) posted 15-Sep-2001 1:12am  
laughing out loud good one! Get a sharp piece, find Bin Laden and stick it where... you know.
posted 15-Sep-2001 1:14am  
The WTC owner wants to rebuild.

Personally, I like the idea.
posted 15-Sep-2001 1:44am  
Never!! This is not a symbol of oppression lifted like the Berlin wall was, something to celebrate. This is a symbol of great loss - I can't stop thinking about all of the innocent people that died there...
(reply to Jemmy) posted 15-Sep-2001 1:48am  
I wouldn't buy a piece of the Titanic either...
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posted 15-Sep-2001 3:58am  
Never.. it's tainted.
(reply to LindaH) posted 15-Sep-2001 6:36am  
(reply to LindaH) posted 15-Sep-2001 9:45am  
You got that Right!
(reply to Irene007) posted 15-Sep-2001 11:14am  
Neither would I, but I saw the movie.
(reply to Maarten) posted 15-Sep-2001 12:00pm  
Guess what. I found my travel journal, and I was at the World Trade center on Sept. 11, 1991.
(reply to Jemmy) posted 15-Sep-2001 3:39pm  
Now that the hype is over for the movie - I just might rent it, finally...
posted 15-Sep-2001 4:42pm  
No way! To sell them woulf be in extremely poor taste!
(reply to juliw) posted 15-Sep-2001 7:13pm  
I don't sell them woulf either.
posted 16-Sep-2001 12:01am  
How morbid! This is not something I'd want to remember every time I
looked at the thing!
(reply to Irene007) posted 16-Sep-2001 11:26am  
You probably won't like it. Usually when you see it after all the hype, it's been built up so much that it doesn't seem as good as it would if you saw it in the beginning.
(reply to Jemmy) posted 16-Sep-2001 4:39pm  
I'll take the hype with a grain of salt and watch it anyway, I'm saving it for a rainy day with nothin' else to do!
(reply to Irene007) posted 16-Sep-2001 9:00pm  
I saw it about a year after it came out, and, *ahem*
It's good. It was gut-wrenching, especially when you see how the poor passengers who were in the "cheap rooms" at the bottom of the boat were treated. I won't ruin it for you, but it made me cry.
(reply to jkiehart) posted 16-Sep-2001 11:46pm  
I guess I'll cry then...
Did you see "Pay it Forward"? If you don't cry at the end of that one - you're made of stone! (It's the typical America "schlock" but the story is very good!)
I just finished watching "Wit" starring Emma Thompson (one of my favorites) and again, I cried! It's not your main stream movie but it was much "food for thought" and Emma, as usual, is fantastic!
Like I said, I'll wait for a rainy day and nothing else to rent in the video store to see Titanic! smiley:::wink
(reply to Irene007) posted 17-Sep-2001 3:02pm  
Nope, sure haven't seen "Pay it Forward." Haley Joe Osmond or whatever is one creepy little boy! He looks like a little miniature adult. Something's "off" about that boy!

Is "Wit" about the college professor who had cancer? I think that was a Broadway play. I'll make a point to catch that, definitly.

Did you ever read or see "God Said Ha!" Julia Sweeny's one-woman show (and later a book)? Excellent, just excellent. It's got everything.
(reply to Irene007) posted 17-Sep-2001 3:06pm  
smiley:::smile Good, cuz it's 3 hours long!
(reply to jkiehart) posted 17-Sep-2001 4:32pm  
Yeah! He is kinda creepy at that! Good story though...

Wit IS the one about the college professor and it WAS a Broadway play!

Tell me a little more about "God said Ha!"...
(reply to Irene007) posted 17-Sep-2001 4:44pm  
I wanted to see God Said Ha! There was a brief art-house movie theatre release and I didn't get to see it.
(reply to was_Frostbrand) posted 17-Sep-2001 8:14pm  
It doesn't sound like it's mainstream so I think I'll hunt it down next weekend on the net to see if it's playing somewhere in Montreal. I'll let you know when I see it.
(reply to Irene007) posted 18-Sep-2001 1:02am  
Actually it's probably on video by now. But my local video store doesn't have it (they don't have Mallrats either, but I ended up getting the DVD anyway).
(reply to was_Frostbrand) posted 18-Sep-2001 8:45am  
It's not playing MTL now...My brother-in-law works for Blockbuster, maybe he can find it for me if it's not at my local video store. It's great to have connections!
(reply to Brian) posted 18-Sep-2001 9:46am  
I hope I did not offend anyone.
(reply to Irene007) posted 18-Sep-2001 1:48pm  
Oh, it's so good!
Okay, so it's Julia's Sweeny's (from Saturday Night Live, the woman who was androgynous "Pat") true story. She had just bought a house. Her very own space. A swinging single woman, she's looking forward to relishing in her own space, on her own terms.
Then her brother gets cancer, and all hell breaks loose. It's decided that he can't be alone, so he moves into Julia's house so she can help take care of him. Well her parents want to be there, too, so THEY move in with Julia. Then, one day at the hospital, Julia remembers she hasn't had a pap smear in a while, so she finds a doctor and gets an exam. SHE has cancer, too. A very rare cancer they don't know much about.
It's very warm and touching how she deals with her brother and her parents, there are some VERY funny parts (the way she describes her parents is hilarious), and some very sad parts, and, well, I'll never get tired of it.
It's wonderful.
(reply to jkiehart) posted 18-Sep-2001 10:49pm  
THAT'S who Pat was!!! I never had made the connection!!! I haven't watched television in 3-4 years but I remember Pat! I knew Sweeny's name but didn't connect it to anything in particular. I get it!!
Sounds really good - but it also sounds like something that I won't find in the very French community where I live. But like I said, my brother-in-law works for Blockbuster (they are talking about opening in my area, Charlemagne, where Celine Dion was born - God save us!), I hope they will soon! I'm sure he could find it for me in the meantime. I'll let you know what I think about it... Thanx
(reply to ASB) posted 19-Sep-2001 1:41am  
You didn't offend me. smiley:::smile
(reply to SueBee) posted 19-Sep-2001 8:30am  
good smiley:::smile can you keep a secret? I was only worried about offending you anyways smiley:::smile
(reply to Irene007) posted 19-Sep-2001 8:31pm  
Oh you'll love it!
(reply to ASB) posted 20-Sep-2001 12:25am  
LOL SURE you were!
(reply to SueBee) posted 20-Sep-2001 8:17am  
(reply to ASB) posted 25-Sep-2001 3:43pm  
I'm sure you did offend lots. When I was studying humor, our teacher said: Write down the first thing that comes to mind, as rude and crude as it might be. Then let it sit for about an hour and edit it back to something paletable for general consumption.

True story: in our humor class was a nun. Yes, a real live practicing nun who did a stand up routine as part of her work in hospitals.

She had to suffer through some very very rude stuff that our mixed workshop (whites, blacks, orientals, Christians, Jews, males, females, gay, straight, immigrants and rednecks).

Some times tensions got high, but the teacher made the person most offend by the off-the-cuff joke, to assist in the edit.

Keeping the humor, but underplaying the bigotry. It help us to laugh at the stereotypes we had become. Seeing the humor in our pitiful self-stereotyping behavior.

Having said all that, if you had said your joke in the workshop, I think you might have been the nun!
posted 27-Sep-2001 11:44am  
Certainly not. That would be utterly tasteless
and very disrespectful.
posted 4-Oct-2001 11:00am  
I think that would be MORBID unless someone in your family died there.

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