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11 years ago to the day, almost to the minute, I remember waking up and getting ready to head off to school. My wife and I had a 2-year-old son and a 2 month old daughter. We don’t normally turn on the television in the morning, but for some reason my wife turned on NBC as she was feeding our daughter. She stopped me in my tracks and  told me I had to watch. As I watched, the second plane flew into the Twin Tower. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Although the media was saying that there was no indication of what had happened, it was clear to my wife and I that we had been the victims of a terrorist attack.

September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001

I decided I still needed to go to school, but nobody could focus. School was cancelled, and everyone was sent home. I remember being glued to the television along with the entire country. Wherever I went, people were watching television. Even at work.

Like many people, I didn’t know anyone directly related to the nightmare of September 11, 2001, although I had heard of people who knew people. But, like so many other people, it didn’t matter. The attacks of September 11, 2011 affected me halfway across the country, just like so many millions of others.

Today as we honor yet another anniversary, I am shocked to think that it’s already been 11 years. My daughter is now 11, and my son is now 13. Life has gone on, but I remember that day so vividly.

Today, as I remember the horrors of 9-11, I am extremely thankful to the men and women of our armed services as well as the police and fire fighters that put their lives on the line for my freedoms every day.


You just can’t go wrong with an inflatable party rental. Whether you rent a bounce house, a water slide, or anything in between, you and your guests will have a great time. But if you’re looking for a way to take your birthday party, church carnival, or school festival to the next level, consider renting a combo unit.

Elephant Combo Unit

All American Inflatables Unique Elephant Combo Unit

Combo units are large inflatable units that consist of both a bouncing surface as well as a slide. They usually cost a bit more than an ordinary bounce house, but can actually cost less than a slide. Kids love them because when they’re tired of one activity, they can move to the next. All American Inflatables has a large selection of unique combo units to choose from. Whether you’re wanting to rent a Spiderman unit for your action-packed-web-slinging-maniac, or an elephant-shaped combo unit for your little adventurer, we have the selection that you’re looking for.

Things to consider when renting a combo unit:

1) They’re larger than ordinary bounce houses. If the party is in a back yard, make sure that the delivery personnel has access to the back yard. Lifting over 500 pounds of vinyl over a wall isn’t fun, and most companies won’t do it.

2) As I mentioned earlier, they cost a bit more to rent because they cost a bit more to buy. However, because they cost a bit more to buy, many smaller companies can’t afford to buy combo units and add them to their inventory.

3) Some combo units can be used with water slides. Kids love the added excitement of slipping and sliding all over the jumping surface.

4) If you rent a water combo unit, you may want to consider putting a tarp down to protect your grass from getting trampled and turned to mud.

5) Have fun! Combo unit rentals are extremely popular because they’re a blast. Everyone will have a great time, so be prepared to have fun year after year!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and rent that combo unit before someone else steels all the fun from your party!