Vanilla Ice, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and September 11th Events In Sacramento: A Review

Over just the last couple of days, I was reminded that there’s never a dull moment in Sacramento. While these two gatherings had decidedly different tones, neither will be forgotten soon.

Last weekend, Downtown Commons (DOCO) was home to their inaugural Block Party. After an easy to navigate security check, thousands of attendees were treated to variety of music, free food samples from a dozen or so DOCO vendors, and a headline performance by 90s music star Vanilla Ice.

But wait, there’s more! Ice was backed up by none other than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Fans had a chance to meet Vanilla Ice after his show. My ice breaker? “Whaddup ma ‘Nilla?”

DOCO management told me that the very successful event will become an annual one. My hope for next year? “U Can’t Touch This!”

Then yesterday, I attended a powerful event at Cal Expo on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. I was shaken by the exhibition, actually, and simultaneously proud of my city and Cal Expo for commemorating true American heroes.

I like to tell myself I’d walk into a smoldering, crumbling skyscraper to try to save complete strangers, but I don’t know if I would. It was the first such commemorative event I’ve attended, while I remember that September morning like it was yesterday.

In addition to the day’s observance, Cal Expo’s exhibit is open to the public during the California State Fair every summer, and by appointment. Click here for more info.

September 11th Memorial at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Coleman Communications.

The September 11th exhibit reminded me to seize the day, every day, because in the blink of an eye, your life can change and a freaking skyscraper can come crumbling down on top of you. So today, say what you want to say and do what you want to do.

Image courtesy of Coleman Communications.

As the brave Americans who downed Flight 93 that day said, Let’s Roll!

Published by Michael P Coleman

Freelance writer. I used to talk to strangers and get punished. Now I talk to strangers and get published.

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