Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by NorwichDad, Sep 10, 2013.
Work is nearing an end for the new WTC. Return to normalcy or just moving on?
I think it is just moving on. The country has changed. Let us remember those who paid the big price everyday for our freedom. Thank you to all of you who have served and continue to serve. And those who are getting ready lead at the SA'S and in the ROTC programs, all throughout this country. I think the sad thing is, is that while we are safer. There are those who believe, we will never be attacked again.
God Bless and God Speed, to the greatest country in the world the United States of America.
Not sure they're that different... a return to normalcy (unless it's a new normal) and moving on.
God I remember that day. Seventy miles away and picking up the first office mail of the day with the radio on. Got to my office and turned on the TV to see the second strike. We are moving on but it will never be "normal" again. Like Pearl Harbor it was a world changer.
12 years ago
Well, I lost a lot of coworkers and friends. I remember the ground vibrating as the buildings fell. The massive scream of the crowd I was with at those two moments. I was at a very safe distance but still close enough. I remember the months where the email inbox was full of memorial services. Many were in friends home towns too far to travel to. Felt a lot of guilt for that. Went to quite a few though. I was responsible at work of making sure our WTC 1 address on most of our company documents was quickly removed.
What I thought about today was Delores, A VP I worked with who really was serious about our holiday party. Committments to go from us were required in 5 months in advance. The party was her baby. I sat with her at the 2000 party. Really nice affair in some old club in NYC with a lot of woodwork and very large portraits of big shots from 100 years ago. Good time.
I thought about her husband Charlie who sat in my office for three hours a few weeks after 911 with my boss. He talked about his life with Delores. He told us everything. They dated during the Son of Sam summer in NYC. There was this nut then who was shooting young couples in NYC. Every week the papers would say he shot a girl with this certain type hairstyle. Delores would go to Hairdresser and dye her hair or get it cut. Thye celebrated big time when this nut was caught, Thye travelled and had a lot of fun togother.
At the time he spoke I felt sorry for him like he was lost. In retrospect I understand now he had been fullfilled by this woman. She was a gift to him which he would always cherrish. Maybe that is the way you go on.
DH's family hails from NYC and almost all his siblings were directly affected by the events of 9/11:
Eldest bro worked in the hotel in security and we thought for-sure he had perished. Turns out, they were in Puerto Rico for a long weekend, but he couldn't get thru to anyone on the phone to let them know for three days!
Next sibling: lived in Queens, worked in Manhattan as photographer. Her home was devastated by the horrible debris and dust. They moved to Westchester, breaking their lease. She was in the last train to let out before the first tower was hit.
Another sibling: lived in Liberty Towers (next door) and was allowed back into her home only one time to retrieve whatever she could take out by hand (about ten days later). She moved to New Jersey in a rural area.
Another sibling: his business folded because the tower it was in came down. He never reopened. He lost his secretary of ten years and two clients (one of whom was pregnant).
My good friend from the Steeler Nation was there at a conference on the 55th floor and was helped out of the building by a kindly stranger, who then invited Judy and another lady to his home in Brooklyn (they walked). He kept them both till Friday when her company got a limo to them (maybe to STaten Island, can't remember), and drove them the 400 miles to PA. The company also sent this nice stranger $10,000 as a thank you.
What a day. One of two etched in my memory - the other one having a big anniversary this year too, November, 1963.
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