August 2, 2005

If or When?

When I read something like this, I always think "when", not "if". I have for decades now. Probably when I read a short story when I was a teenager about a nuclear bomb on a barge going off in New York Harbour. I don't remember who wrote it, or the title, but I do remember it placing the certain thought in my head that some event like that would happen within my lifetime. Back in the seventies, I'm not sure if I had a 'face' on the perpetrators -- but I do now.

That's me, Miss Doom & Gloom since 1968 (First grade when I thought the Soviets were going to bomb us due to a miscommunication about a pending 'duck & cover' drill)

Posted by Ithildin at August 2, 2005 4:27 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Fellow child of the Cold War here. I still have the occasional nightmare that the Soviets are back and have pushed The Button.

Posted by: docjim505 at August 2, 2005 4:38 PM

You and I are probably just about the youngest people around who went through the duck and cover drills. They seemed to have died off in the late sixties. The last one I remember doing was in '69.

Posted by: Russ at August 2, 2005 5:11 PM

We did "duck & cover" for earthquakes. I didn't realize they'd used the same sort of drill for nuclear attacks until many years later.

For a while, I used to think that perhaps, by turning off my bedroom light, I would accidentally set off a terrorist bomb in another city. You know, because someone had mysteriously wired the switches like that, or something.

I think it's interesting that you are sure of a biological attack on our soil. It's tempting to say, "Oh, now, really! That could never happen!". But...it might. I think you're right to worry about that.

Posted by: Princess Jami at August 3, 2005 8:48 AM