I live in NY, not far from NYC. As a matter of fact if you stood on the roof of my building 10 years ago on 9/10--you could see the Twin Towers--almost a straight line. And the wind brought that smell right to my block--a smell I will never forget.
On 9/11 all that changed. Luckily it did not happen on a Thursday--cause I used to work right behind those towers in a much smaller building (only 6 floors)--I would have been ringing the bell to get in when the first Tower was hit. As it happened I was working in Connecticut that day. My bosses son, daughter-in-law and new born lived down there but on the West Side--The Towers were on the East side. The phones were not working---finally he got through using my cell phone and I got through to my friends who have a store right outside Grand Central station and my Mom. Everyone was trying to get me as well-cause no one was absolutely positive I was not down there. Needless to say I could not reach the person I worked for down there. He only lived a couple of blocks away with his wife, 2 dogs and 3 birds!! It took a month but I finally contacted him via email--they were all okay. I did go back to work down there for about a month after the supposed all clear was given to return to the area. It was not okay--the stench in the air was indescribable--and there no birds at all in that immediate area. I also worked for a Lawyer down there in one of the tall buildings on the other side of the Towers--he said he had just walked into his building and felt the ground rumble--he walked straight back out and proceeded to go home!! That building was affected--he was one of the lucky ones--I really think what saved a lot of people that day was that there was an election going on in NYC and many people went to vote first so were going to work late!
Then yesterday-I think I heard on the radio that there was another threat--for NYC and Washington DC. And as I was driving home from NJ I got to the George Washington Bridge and noticed a LOT of Police who were getting ready to stop suspicious looking vehicles. I managed to get through just before it created a massive traffic jam-(my Mom called me to find out if I had gotten stuck in it).
At any rate, I am sitting here and remembering all the people who lost their lives that day and all who managed to survive--and to this day if there is a low flying plane I get kinda nervous--
New Yorker's are resilient, and even though NYC has never been off high alert-life has continued until a loud noise is heard-you will still see people looking up-wondering---------and then hear the sigh of relief when it was just a building coming down under controlled conditions---or some other construction noise. And they all look at each other and smile--then go on to whatever it was they were going to do. And Life Goes On.
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