Comparing versions of September 11, 2001

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I was living in New York City at the time, working in the financial district.
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The morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 began as any other Tuesday would for me while living on the island of Manhattan. On this particular day, the morning sky was exceptionally clear . . . a beautiful blue sky scattered with puffy while clouds. The air was crisp, a glorious day sans Florida humidity. Ahhh,September in New York! I had plans to walk to Brooks Brothers on Liberty Street at lunchtime to purchase a sweater for the coolautumn weather to come. I had worn the navy blue pants I wanted the sweater to go with. The temperature was slightly higher than average for this time of year so, instead of my pumps, I had on a pair of high heeled brown leather sandals.
I board my usual number 15 South Street Seaport bus downtown. I started taking the bus in August for the air conditioned ride. Yes, New York City subways are air conditioned, but the transfer stations are not. The favorite part of my Monday through Friday ride was when the bus stopped on Houston Street across fromSara D. Roosevelt Park,and I could watch the old Chinese women practicing Tai Chi.
I get off on Water Street across from One New York Plaza and pick up my usual cup of coffee (large with cream) and bagel (with butter and jelly) at the Water Street Café. The friendly Middle East immigrants that own the café know my order. I’m amazed daily at how they remember the orders of the hundreds of regulars that patronize this café each morning.
My day at work begins with nothing unusual. I review the previous day’s trade reports for the firm’s merger arbitrage funds for any discrepancies. Shortly after 8:45 a.m. a headline crosses myBloomberg screen about the possibility of a small plane crashing into the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). The people in my group begin receiving calls from friends and colleagues, and I receive a call from a friend and former co-worker at Raymond James in St. Petersburg. They are all calling to inquire about what we can see. Our office is on the 30th floor with a clear view of the WTC. However, the buildings were so perfectly aligned that from the view from our office windows we are only able to view the one tower; the north tower, that had been hit, was directly opposite the south tower and could not be seen.
There is no such thing as bad weather or an ugly day alone without other considerations. After the events of September 11, 2001 when I heard someone in New York comment that it was an ugly, gray, rainy day I’d think – “what, are you crazy!? It’s a DAY! And I am here tofeel the rain, and feel the wind, and experience life under these gray skies. Now I’m not perfect by any stretch of the word. We all have days where we sigh or complain. But when I was living in New York and working in the financial district, when I would be human and forget to be grateful, as I walked the streets in lower Manhattan I’d swear I’d receive inspiration from the angel voices of those that perished – live, LIVE! Today is a great day!
*For reference, the Bank of America building in St. Petersburg is 28 stories; imagine a fiery hole more than 2/3rds the size of that building.
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Anyone think there could be a mix-master of sorts with varying views on related topics? Like have those people in Gainesville lost their minds (tonight’s closing argument on Nightline)? Just a thought. Hmmmm...maybe I'll have to write it. We'll see.So many things to write, so little time.
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Sep 11 Freedom Celebration and Commorative: This . . .I'm not sure how I feel about this. A little uneasy, ambiguous. It seems a little unnatural: recreating a photo of first reponders. I believe people's hearts are in the right place; I only hope these 'celebrations' don't lead to future Patriot Day Sales as we now have Memorial Day Sales. I hope while enjoying the freedom to 'have fun' during the stair climbs that people do reflect on the lives lost and the reason they are there.
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