That day had one of the most beautiful mornings I had ever seen...my kids still remember how the leaves were sparkling, my daughter thought they were
diamonds, everything seemed so fresh and new. I dropped my kids off at school. Came home and started making breakfast for my 2 year old while my PC
booted up. I had the TV on, but wasn't paying attention to it. I lived in North Carolina then...still do, and I telecommuted for a dotcom in
Chantilly, VA...about 10 - 15 minutes from Dulles Airport.
I started to log on to our company vpn, and I noticed that there was a breaking news alert flashing in my task bar (anyone remember MSNBC's old
desktop breaking news alert?), I clicked on it and the headline said that a small plane "may" have crashed into one of the towers at the World Trade
Center. I immediately remembered, that about a week before, some crazy Stuntguy/Paraglider had gotten tangled up on the torch of the Statue of
Liberty, so I hoped it was something like that and the media was overreacting as usual. Turned on CNN, and there was this hole in one of the towers
with smoke coming out of it. I woke up my brother who was crashing on my couch and told him something happened, and a plane crashed into the world
We're originally from the NY Tri-State area, so we were starting to worry about friends and family, my mom called me panicking. My dad, who was a
retired Marine, and a retired Army drill instructor, got on the line and told me to, "pay attention to what happens after this,"...he said "just read
up on the Reichstag fire (my dad was one of the original conspiracy theorists).
My boss sent out an email around 10am, I don't think anyone in the company had actually started working yet, he mentioned the Pentagon and told us to
take the rest of the day off. He was a retired Naval officer, and had friends working at the Pentagon that morning.
So I spent the rest of the day watching CNN, and I sat my toddler in front of Nick Jr. (something I'd never done)..they had special programming on for
the kids that weren't in school that day.
I had just flown into Dulles earlier that year, and I was supposed to have flown back on Oct 1...but I developed this intense fear of flying and
didn't get there until November...I drove.
Rest in peace to all of the victims of that terrible day.
The stuntguy/paraglider incident occurred on August 23, 2001 : www.cbsnews.com...
edit on 9/10/2015
by niobe because: added link
edit on 9/10/2015 by niobe because: typo