When I walked into the break room upon arriving at work this morning was confronted with the rebroadcast of MSNBC\’s 9/11/2001 programming, I was taken aback.

While I had it in my mind that today was the 5th Anniversary of the events of 9/11/2001 (And isn\’t it hard to use the word \”Anniversary\” with something like this?  To me, \”Anniversary\” has such a positive connotation, but I digress…), it didn\’t become real to me until I stood there staring at the same images I watched 5 years ago.  But there it was, as it was on that day.  The same broadcast synched up to the minute. 

Most everyone knows where they were that morning.  Most everyone has a story (some small, some not so small) that has a 9/11 connection.  I have many.  I worked as a consultant at the time, thankfully I was working locally.  However my fiancee was in Delaware, and we were 10 short days away from being married on Long Island.  In addition we had reservations at Windows on the World, the restaurant on the 107th floor of north tower, for September 22nd. 

Sadly I had to find out about that day\’s events when I flipped on KQ92, my radio morning show of choice at the time.  I called Chelle, in Delaware, to ask \”what is going on out there\”.  Much in the same way that people who live on the coasts view themselves at the center of the world, I view Chelle as the sole representative of everything that happens on the east coast. 

By the time I arrived at work it was obvious that not much work was happening.  People were glued to their computers, refreshing CNN.com (or their news website of choice) constantly.  At some point a TV was wheeled out and surprisingly there was only a small group of us who watched… although the area of the building I was in was mostly call centers and they are like shift workers, if they aren\’t on break, they are at their desk. 

I\’ll never forget later that day when one of our Accenture managers told us to basically \”get back to work\”.  Over half of the people I worked with were travelling from out of town; away from their families.  Nearly all had flown into town the morning before, and were faced with the questions of: How they would get back home.  When would planes be flying again?  Do I ever want to get on another plane for the rest of my life?  How could this person (and I use that term loosely) expect these people to \”get back to work\”?  And how do these soulless people end up in management anyway?

For better or worse, life has gone on in the past 5 years.  But I hope everyone takes a moment today to think about the events of that day.  Please share your memories below in the Comments.







4 responses to “9/11/2006”

  1. alex Avatar

    I think that this speaks for me pretty well. I’ve tried to write more, but the subject of politics makes me extremely bitter and cynical these days, and I don’t have the energy for this particular subject.

  2. wadE Avatar

    I was actually trying to keep the post as apolitical as possible.

    I agree with much of what K.O. says, but the fact that ground zero is still a hole in the ground goes much deeper than the President, than Republican vs. Democrat, it’s all about money. That is very valuable land, but yet it is hallowed ground. I think building anything in the five years since would have actually been too soon.

    But that’s one of the few points I disagree with him on.

    I need to write a whole other commentary on the lack of outrage in this country.

  3. alex Avatar

    I find it hard to be truly outraged, because I don’t know how to focus my anger. Let’s say that I consider health care and taxation to be screwed up. Who’s responsible? Politicians? Lobbyists? Corporations? All three? And without a proper understanding of how legislature *and* the issues themselves function, how do I describe what I think needs fixing to a politician who will get far more money from the lobbyists and corporations to further his ‘career’ than he ever will from me? I’m pretty close to saying that the entire political process is screwed… I’m outraged, but I don’t know what to do about it.

  4. blondebombchelle Avatar

    I’m just outraged as to how many people have seem to forgotten…. so I can focus my outrage on the countless number of people who didn’t take any personal lessons from this tragedy. If there is one thing all this has taught me is that life is precious and we need to take more time for the people we love and the things we like to do. Before September 11th, I was well on the way to becoming a top notch executive someday. After September 11th, my focus changed and suddenly it was more important to be a better friend, sister, daughter and wife… We all changed that day, but some of us changed for the better.

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