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  • I had just had a swim at the pool, and I was at the local diner, waiting for my food. Some local men were talking. One was perched on a stool at the counter, and the other was at a table by the window, at the opposite end of the room. They were not so much talking as shouting, carrying on their conversation so everyone could hear, and I thought to myself how this was kind of like Twitter.

    “You know what today is?” said one of the men to the other.

    “12/7,” said the other.

    “That’s right, 12/7. Do you remember where you were?”

    “I do. I remember Roosevelt coming on TV. I remember my Dad was watching it in the other room. He told us all to come in there, and we went in and saw it, and I remember thinking, ‘oh my God.’”

    “Most Americans don’t remember it anymore.”

    “No! You think? I bet there isn’t an American walking around out there who doesn’t know 12/7.”

    “Of course there is! Many people don’t remember it.”

    “I suppose you’re probably right.”

    “And someday, people won’t even remember 9/11 anymore.”

    “What year was that again?”

    “2001.”

    “That’s right. 9/11/2001. Well, there’s really only one day that I need to remember.”

    “What’s that?”

    “8/2. My wife’s birthday. That’s the only one I really have to remember. The rest just take up space.”
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