Sunday, 23 September 2001 : "starting, stopping"Today the flags around America returned to flying at full-mast; the official period of governmental mourning is over.
That answers one of my unspoken questions about durations. Here are two more:
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (a governmental structure not too far from here) has shut down the parking meters immediately next to and directly across the street from the building, presumably so it would be harder for bad people to casually leave a car next to the building and explode something. The notes on the meters say 'Out of Order from 9/15 Until', with not even question marks after 'Until'. When might the parking meters be back in service? If ever?
On a very different note, a local pizza place has a sign out front that says something like '20% off for police and military'. That's quite nice; I just wonder, how long will that last? Will they just keep the offer in place indefinitely (which might affect their bottom line greatly over time)? Or do they have an ending date in mind, barring further attacks? And what do you say when you withdraw the offer and someone wonders what happened to it? That police and military aren't as important any more? It makes for a very awkward business situation.
It's much easier to start things than to stop them.
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