While working on September 11th, I had a number of computer boxes to open and tear down for a lady. I whipped out my trusty box cutter, made short work of the boxes, and commented to the lady how useful the tool was. She turned her eyes down and raised her eyebrows while shaking her head, saying "I just don't know if that word will ever be the same after 9-11."
I was surprised; her tone didn't suggest that she was reprimanding me for saying "box cutter"; it just seemed like she was hollowly acting out a part. I replied that "Well, box cutters can be useful no matter what day of the year it is."
"I just think that, I don't know, maybe some words should be treated differently on the anniversary of 9-11."
As the conversation continued I became irritated with her. There aren't merit badges for NEVER FORGETting, but this lady seemed determined to demonstrate that she could be more plaintive than anyone else. While honoring the event doesn't bother me, putting on a show about it does, and that was the impression she gave me.