9/11- Then and Now

A bloggers thoughts on 9/11 and the changes since then.

I’ve lived before, during and after 9/11/01 and am who I am today because of it.  I was in the same job then that I am now.  I’ve met and married my wife since 9/11 and had children since then.  I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday:  where I was, what I did, my reactions, the smells and the tastes.   Most of the day, I was not able to see much on TV because we didn’t have them in the workplace, but when I was able to get to a TV and viscerally see all the detail that everyone was talking about, I was stunned and horrified.  I knew in my gut that the world would change, since it was an event much like December 7th in Pearl Harbor.  The next day,,,,on 9/12, I gathered the office team together and told them that they were experiencing history,,,,,and that they would never face the same world again.  I was still so very stunned on 9/12 that I got in my car with a six-pack of cheap beer,,,and drove all the way out to Joshua Tree National Park,,,,for some prospective.  That night,,,,,,there were NO planes flying.  This was an eerie thing,,,,,cause the skies over Joshua Tree National Park are the flight path for LAX and Orange County Airports,,,,,which means there’s a lot of planes.  Sitting on rocks in the park, with no planes and no noise, I fell apart.  I knew that my own world would change quickly and it did.  Since 9/11, the most of us and the country have moved on.  The US invaded Afghanistan, took out Tora Bora, invaded Iraq, removed Saddam Hussein, found and killed Osama Bin Laden and kept up the removal of the Taliban and Al Qaeda.  A group of terrorists struck us that day.  I’ll probably get negative feedback,,,but I’m not sure the Middle East had much to do with it, except the terrorists were from the Middle East.  I’ve been there on business and pleasure trips and found most folks just want to eat, drink clean water, work and support their families.  Nuff said about that.  We remember 9/11,,,,but we’ve moved on with life.  I think that’s what we need to do,,,,remember, but move on.

To those firemen, police, military and others who have given their lives or bodies since 9/11/01, I remember and shall never forget.

LET’s ROLL! 

Heard spoken prior to the plane crash in Pennsylvania on 9/11.

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