Where were You on 09/11/2001?
I've tried to avoid writing a post on this subject. There are so many who have, and probably much more eloquently than I ever could. But after watching the day's events of the tenth anniversary on msnbc.com, I think it's a cathartic reaction. THIS HAS TO BE SAID.
I woke up to my clock radio at 6:30AM Pacific time. The first thing I heard in my first recollections of the day was the news that both World Trade Center towers had been hit by airplanes. Lying there in bed, not quite awake, my first thought was "Oh come on. This can't be real."
I usually take a shower first thing to wake up, but on this day I turned on the TV in the living room, and was totally awed by what I saw unfolding. The networks were replaying the first impacts. This was before the other attack on the Pentagon and before the news of flight 93, and before both towers came tumbling down. I was watching it all live, as it happened.
I ran back and told my partner what was happening, this couldn't be real. The news was speculating about other attacks across the US, especially on national landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, downtown San Francisco and others.
We just sat watching the news unfold, as the other attacks unfolded. At some point, I decided I'd better get to work. I was working in downtown San Francisco at the time as an Architect. I rushed out of the house, took the subway downtown, and exited at Montgomery Station. Walking past One California, I looked up at the high-rise, and chills ran through me. The Streets were empty.
When I reached my office at KMD Architects, everyone was in a state of shock, and a little bit of fear. We didn't know what else might happen, and being shut off from the news on TV was a little disconcerting. The internet hadn't evolved yet in 2001 to the video coverage it has today.
I and many others decided to go back home to be with our loved ones. No business would be taken care of today. That's all I remember.....
This afternoon a number of jets have flown low over the area. I hear them roar.I find myself waiting, waiting to hear an explosion.
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area