#5767 - 04/26/0205:02 PMRe: Post your desktops pics here!
Impossible to forget. Still the most horrifying thing I have seen in my life. I mean not in person, but whenever you look at pictures of Lower Manhattan as this happened, it is just totally unbelievable to look at. <br><br>I never asked you Steve, but where were you when it happened? Judging from where you live in Manhattan, if you were at home, you must have seen all of this as it unfolded.<br><br>
#5768 - 04/26/0205:09 PMRe: The cat on the corner
Aha, a cat that actually does something useful! That's a rarity. Did you know that on the average cats sleep about 16-18 hours a day? But, I love cats. Couldn't be without them. Strangely enough I was always around dogs as a child. First wife had a cat and I have been a cat lover ever since. You have any pictures of Roma? Spain?<br><br>
Loc: Milan (Italy) - Madrid (Spain)
Yes, I have pictures of Rome and Spain, but now I'm in Naples with my iBook (and without my cat!!). I've ever wanted to ask you which glasses are you wearing in that photograph, I like them a lot.<br><br>
I was working at home that day, trying to kick a virus. I logged onto my office email just before 9, and there was a broadcast email warning people not to go to Amex because an accident had just occurred in that area (American Express is a client, and they're across the street from the WTC. The TV wasn't working so I ran outside and looked down 6th Ave and saw the top of the north tower engulfed in flame and smoke. (I'm only a/b 25 blocks north of the WTC, and glancing downtown to see the Towers as I crossed 6th Ave was a matter of habit). Cell and landline service was totally disrupted and I couldn't reach my wife, who was in school. I went back upstairs and turned on the radio. When I realized what was going on, I made a bee-line for my daughter's school. Parents were converging from everywhere to get their kids home. As we were walking home, we ran into my wife on her way to get Hannah, too. We both had the same instinctive reaction at the same time. My wife went back to her school to try to help some of her classmates, and I brought Hannah home. I took her to our corner so she could see what was happeneing, and the towers were just... gone. Just a huge cloud of dust and smoke spreading over lower Manhattan.<br><br>When we got upstairs, I had an email from my assistant telling me that they had just watched the 2nd tower fall.<br><br>One of our account execs lost her husband in the attack. Another was just emerging from the subway when the first plane hit and got caught in the stampede. One of my copywriters lived 2 blocks away from Ground Zero, and was just getting ready to go to work. He went up to the roof of his building to see what was happening, and was greated by debri and body parts everywhere.<br><br>For weeks, during the early recovery efforts, ambulances with recovered bodies would be led by motorcycle escorts up my street on their way to the Belvue Morgue. I would look out my window as they passed by, and at night, if the lights were on in the ambulances, I could see the flagged draped shapes in the back.<br><br>Yesterday's explosion brought a lot of that back to mind. A lot of folks here are still a little jumpy today.<br><br>Sorry. Didn't mean to ramble.<br><br>
Loc: Syracuse, NY
Thanks for that post. You were not rambling. Being literally "close to home" for you and your family has had to make all of this quite stressful. I think we all react differently to news like the explosion yesterday and the small plane crash in Italy last week. The world is definetly a different place now. <br>Take care of yourself. <br><br>
#5774 - 04/26/0206:51 PMRe: Post your desktops pics here!
Very interesting to hear an account from someone that was so close. I just can't imagine witnessing such a thing, it is truly unparalelled. I was just getting ready for work that morning and happened to turn on the TV news, which I hardly ever, ever do these days in the morning. First plane crash, I thought holy cow this has never happened before. When news came of the second one, well then I started wondering how could there be two such accidents in such a short period of time. The rest is history. But, the most incredible thing to me was seeing the towers crumble into dust and rubble. Who would have ever thought such a thing would be possible that these huge structures could ever go down like that. The only thing I could imagine that would be on an equal footing would be to have been at Hiroshima when they dropped the first atomic bomb. Thanks for the insight and the personal take on it. <br><br>
Aside from the obvious and tragic losses, there are little, personal things associated with the WTC that I miss. When I had an early AM meeting at Amex, I'd get there a half hour early, get coffee or juice and sit at the base of The Sphere (the brass sculpture that was salvaged and recently installed as a memorial in Battery Park) and just people watch. During the summer, I'd head down to the same plaza to catch the free Fri evening jazz concerts.<br><br>
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