I was just writing the date at the top of my journal page and realized today is September 11th. This isn’t an ordinary day any longer in the US, however here in Brazil it is. With the absence of the retail marketing of those days, I am completely unaware of American Holidays. It is an interesting feeling being totally separated in that way. It is nice not to have a holiday forced upon me. It is nice to have the option of participating. It isn’t un-American, yet, it sounds like it as I type this.