Sunday, September 11, 2011


One of the saddest days in American history.

Being from the NY metro area, it was an especially raw event. Fortunately, we did not lose any direct family members or friends on that day. We know lot of people who did lose a loved one.

Around this time 10 years ago, Mr. Blondie was driving into Manhattan to his graphic design. He saw smoke billowing on the horizon, but didn't know what it was yet. Soon he would learn the extreme magnitude of what was happening.

I was finishing up a college internship, and was sitting in a Philadelphia office building watching the events unfold on TV with my co-workers.

As a physician, my dad headed to Jersey City with a triage unit to assist with flow of victims they expected to treat. They stood there waiting. There were no survivors to transport there.

What were you doing that day?

So much had changed in the past 10 years, but the day is still crystal clear in our memories. We will never forget.


  1. I was in graduate school (Purdue). I was getting ready to head in to teach my lab as a TA. I turned on the news/TV and watched the events unfold before my very eyes. I went ahead and canceled lab that day - there was no way myself or others were going to concentrate on course material that day. 10 years later 9/11 events are still incredibly gripping.

  2. I had already moved out to California after graduating in 2000 so it was like 6am. My brother-in-law (future, at the time) called us and woke us up and we sat glued to the TV.

    Summer and fall of '99 I worked across the street from WTC (internship in IT at an investment bank) so we would go eat lunch at the fountains down below. Having spent 4 years of college in Manhattan, I was pretty devastated when they fell. I didn't lose any good friends, but acquantainces, since we lost many Columbia graduates.

    I find it hard to recognize pictures of the NYC skyline without the towers. It still hard to believe they're gone 10 years later.

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  4. Without a doubt, a day that is burned in everyone's memories. Thanks for sharing your story.

  5. I was at my first job - a newspaper in DC. Thought it wasn't right near the Pentagon, it was extremely scary when we heard the news of the plane flying into it.

  6. I get shivers reading each and every recount of 9/11 and the days shortly after it. Such a tremendous event to process…It’s interesting to see what fine details everyone as tucked into their memories.

    Mr. Blondie and I were talking in the car yesterday. He's like "you know that 10 year-old who keeps beating you at races? She was on infant on 9-11" It's so weird to think there's a group of young adults out there who have no recollection of 9-11. It doesn't feel like it was that long ago at all.