Mortal CoilPeople used to say "where were you on 9/11," like you get some kind of merit badge for admitting you were in class, or on the freeway, or in the bathroom when the first plane hit. These days, we ask "where were you when the bombs fell?" instead.
It started in March. Little cafés in New Orleans and San Diego, big shiny skyscrapers in New York and LA, and college campuses in Miami and Anne Arbor; nothing was safe. Paris and London, Moscow, Tokyo, Mexico City and Rio -- all the big cities were hit before Easter. Dirty bombs, they're called. Pathetic little things that never caused much damage, and rarely killed more than two or three people at a time, but God, they were everywhere.
No one was really sure why, really, or even where they came from, but every newscaster and politician had their own pet theory. The Middle East was blamed the most, even after Baghdad and Tehran were hit. Even after the Dome of the Rock was just rubble.
It was Ju