Monday, September 11, 2006

Things are always sadder when they are divisible by 5.

Hearing from Howard Stern that the US was under attack and instantly believing him.

Trying to contact my wife and not being able to.

Clinky in New York and getting his 'man on the street' updates.

Calling Sparkle and persuading her to get home where it was safer.

Hoagy stuck in London. Hoagy stuck in Canada.

Neighbors stuck in Texas.

Getting home and hugging my wife and kids.

American flags everywhere.

CNN. CNN. CNN.


Where were you?

31 comments:

Anton Zip said...

I was waiting in line for the record store to open to buy that new Bob Dylan album

cake said...

Downtown, in a major non-US city, three blocks from a potential target, surrounded by police, and trying to comfort a co-worker who couldn't reach his brother who worked a block from WTC.

Yes, even I can be serious sometimes.

Lois Lane said...

I was at home in Brookline, MA, fielding calls and e-mails from friends around the U.S. and in the U.K., who were worried myself or the husband might have been flying out of Logan that morning on business, or that we were in NY.

And on my end, I was doing the same, trying to contact friends in NY to make sure they were okay.

And for what it's worth, I thought the Dylan post was quite amusing.

Fat Guy said...

I was eating

Bemisdown said...

Where else? At school, glued to the television in utter amazement, dealing with crying kids who had parents in NYC on business or friends at college, learning at some point that two of our former colleagues were in the first plane to hit the towers...

Helleva day. I hugged my kids too that day, but not my ex. In fact, I secretly wished he was ON one of those planes.

Carl said...

September 11 makes me think of the American Indian, and how easy it was to wipe them out. The biggest reason: they cannot get to the point.

If they were observing Sept 11, they would call it “ from the last corn, count seven moons and wait for the hunter-bird to fly to land of always -summer”

If they had the brains to give proper, one word names to everyday things, like days, and months, and years, they would have had more time to develop weapons that weren’t just sharp sticks, and they would still have the country to themselves.

I Ain't No Oprah said...

I agree with Carl.

Or better known as CarlWhoIsWiseWithSmallPenis

cake said...

I don't get it.

Wait, this isn't another Roger Miller song reference is it...

Phil Donahue's Niece said...

... in the shower when the 2nd plane hit. I got out of the shower and turned on the TV to see the horror. My former roommate is an American Airlines flight attendant so I called her immediately, waking her up and telling her to put on the news. Her boyfriend, an American Airlines pilot who had flown Flight 11 on several occasions, was visiting family in FL that day.

I was on the 118 freeway when the first tower fell. Thankfully it was somewhat heavy traffic and I was in a Land Rover so when the person behind me slammed into my bumper upon the broadcast of the news, I was heavy enough to stop from slamming into the person in front of me. But the chain reactions around me were frightening.

I worked for a real douchebag at the time. I called her from the freeway to tell her I was turning around and she screamed at me saying "Well I guess you don't value your job." I said "No, my life is more important to me."
Our office building was about a mile away from the Federal Building in Westwood. Going to that neighborhood, even on the 12th, was surreal. National Guardsmen on ever intersection, the quiet chaos of closed offices and light traffic on a Wednesday morning. I did publicity at the time and we had 3 press tours for clients in NYC happening in October and November. I suggested to my boss we post-pone them due to the events and she said "I will do no such thing!" I asked her if she understood what happened yesterday and she said "It'll all blow over in a week." I called 1 of the editors I had to confirm on 9/12 and she said her focus was switched from health & beauty to OBITUARIES. When I told my boss this she said "So is that a no?" I said "You can't really be that ignorant can you?" She threatened my job and I said "I'll do you one better!" I gathered my things and walked out of that office.

I thank God I didn't lose anyone close to me that day. If anything, it only made my spirit as an American stronger.

Never Forget.

25 said...

I'm bummed

50 said...

Not as much as me.

555 said...

Think how I feel.

631 said...

I'm more bummed than the three of you put together...

555gazillion said...

I'm drowning in a pool of my own tears.

777 said...

What's everyone so sad about? Things look just fine out where I'm living.

pi said...

Same here.

Infinity said...

You've been trumped!

infinity + 1 said...

I don't think so.

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I Ain't No Oprah said...

and a billion times is divisible by 5.

Bemisdown said...

I feel bad for your neighbors who were stuck in Texas.

I Ain't No Oprah said...

I feel bad for the Texans stuck in Texas.

Anunomess said...

Austin's pretty cool. Is it divisible by 5? I'm really terrible with math.

Bemisdown said...

CarlWhoIsWiseWithSmallPenis,

Not sure how nooprah is privy to that personal information, but that's between you two.

And it's time to hop aboard the Politcally Correct Bandwagon...I'm sure you meant to say "Native Americans." If you're going to bash an entire culture, at least reference them properly.

Example: Frenchies or Frogs=French People. And you don't need specific reason to insult them.

cake said...

Oh Bemisdown! What're you gonna do if PsychoTrollingAnonymousDouchebag is French and decides to take (extremely incoherent and irrational) offense to your statement!?

We're all doomed!

Bemisdown said...

Not to worry Cake.

I'm heavily medicated-very little gets to me now as I have no more actual human emotions.

Besides, if He/She DOES get offended, all you have to say is "Vichy France" or "World War II" and he/she will rush to an outdoor cafe, order a bottle of $7.00 wine (In Euros, of course) and ponder over the past glory of France when Louis XIV was King with a like minded buddy. While wearing a beret.

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eyeless in gaza (nort' part) said...

Noooopra only gives eyes to people He likes. Blessed be our Noooooooprah. Let Nooooooooopra's eyes light our days, we who live in darkness.

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I Ain't No Oprah said...

I'll give you eyes Mr.Eyeless in Gaza.

(I have no idea what that even means)

Sparkle Plenty said...

I remember hearing over and over on the radio and tv that no one knew where President Bush was. Apparently, he was hiding out in the Hall of Presidents.