Vacation Plans

Date Submitted: 06/09/2002
Author Info: John (Cicero, IL, USA) 
Occupation: Customer Service/Support
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I work nights, I would not normally have been up but te phone kept ringing. I was supposed to be flying to New York on Sept 14th, that Friday to see from friends in Brooklyn and do some tourist stuff. Itr was my camera company on the phone, they had gotten in some filters that I had wanted and I was on hold while they were checking if the filters could reach me before I left on my trip. Since I was on hold I flipped on the tv to stay awake while waiting, on there was one of my tourist destinations. I really had no idea it was a trerrorist attack, I really just thought a plane hit it. I told the woman on the phone who hadn’t heard yet. I got a some instant coffee and tried to call the people I was visiting because I seemed to think my friend, Alyson’s mommight work down there. I was dialing for the 3rd or 4th time when the second plane hit. Someone on the television had said when it hit ” Maybe there is a problem in the control tower” and I thought, this is no accident. I was fairly upset, I could not get to through to Brooklyn, there were reports that maybe 5 planes were hijacked, I was supposed to change flights in Dulles and I noticed one of the planes had left from there. I went in late to work (I am in Chicago) and when i got to Union Station the situation was incredible, there were no people. My buiding (2 blocks from the Sears Tower) had been evacuated, it was odd to see everything empty. I walked back to the train station and they were running trains constantly out of the city, everyone was going home, everyone was reading the paper, no one spoke, they never asked for tickets. When I got home there was the first footage of people running away from ground zero and I kept thinking I was gonna drag everyone out there, and I don’t think I could have gotten away…. Ny friend’s mom had gotten a new job and was over by Rockafeller Center. I did re plan my trip to Manhattan for the following month and was there for the anthrax scare. I like to think that the attack made be a better person. I really try not to get too upset over the little things. Life is so short.


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