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Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

9-11 No Typical Day

As my sister and I get on the PATH in Hoboken, New Jersey, I am overcome by the stench of hundreds of people in close proximity. It is mid July and we are on the early morning commuter subway which travels under the Hudson River and ends in the basement of the World Trade Center. I am trying to act like I do this every day but failing miserably in the attempt. This is my first trip to The City.

We go to a ticket window and purchase two tickets that will allow us on the elevator which takes sightseers to the top of the south tower of the World Trade Center. On the 107th we look out the windows to look our over parts of Manhattan. We find the elevator that will take us the final 3 floors to the roof. This is the one requiring our tickets.

As hazy as that day is, I am still thrilled by the experience. In one direction we can see the Empire State Building. In another we see the Hudson River. In another we see the New York Harbor.

Back down on the ground we walk around the WTC plaza. It is then that I get a real sense of how tall these buildings are. They seem to lean toward us as we stare up at them. (I had given up trying to look like I wasn’t a tourist.) I am in awe that man has built something so big and so tall.

The next day we take a ferry from Battery Park (located on the southern tip of Manhattan Island) to the Statue of Liberty. July 4th of that same year marked its 100th anniversary. The Statue was seeing renewed interest since its restoration earlier that year.

It has been 20 years since that trip. I have not since returned to that city of cities. But as the 5 year commemoration of 9-11 nears I ponder for a moment or two. September 11, 2001 began just like the day when my sister and I stepped off the Subway along with hundreds of commuters in the basement of the World Trade Center. There may have been a tourist or two who longed to see the view we saw from the top of the north tower. For the hundreds of commuters it was just another day of work.

But this would be no typical day.

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10 Comments:

On Tuesday, September 12, 2006 4:54:00 PM, Blogger nanc wrote...

isn't it scary when we start saying "twenty years ago"? at my age it's "thirty-five/forty years ago".

that is a touching story, kelly. i've never been to nyc - don't know if i'll ever go. i rely on others to give me the lowdown.

thanks.

 
On Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:11:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

I find myself saying, "twenty years ago" more and more these days.

I think the tragedy of 9-11 hit me as a little more personal because of my connection to the place (however insignificant that connection may be).

 
On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 4:41:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

Nanc....I understand. This year is the 20th anniversary of our COLLEGE graduation.....

Kelly, this is a nice story. I have sat in the airport at NYC in 1984 for 6 hours, but that was as close as I got. Never-the-less, just watching the events of that day made me absolutely furious. I would have felt no differently if those monsters had attacked Portland, though. They come over HERE, killing MY countrymen and I do believe they deserve everything we can give back.

 
On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 5:05:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

I wonder how many people shouted "inside job" when the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor.

 
On Thursday, September 14, 2006 5:05:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

Well, there was something akin to it in later historiography. There have been a circle of people that have tried (unconvincingly) that Roosevelt knew about the attack beforehand, and that he was in with Churchill to let the attack happen just so that the US would enter the war. At the time, though, the people that were feared as having helped were Hawaiians of Japanese decent. As it turned out, there WERE in fact Japanese spies there. So everyone in the entire west coast and Hawaii that were of Japanese ancestry were interned.

And these folks are complaining about Club Gitmo. Sheesh!

 
On Thursday, September 14, 2006 8:53:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Now that you mention it...one of those Japanese camps was here in Utah...Topaz Camp...about 150 miles south of Salt Lake County.

The gist of all this is that there will always be those who cry "Conspiracy!!"

We still haven't heard the end of Kennedy's assasination.

 
On Friday, September 15, 2006 11:18:00 AM, Blogger John Roper wrote...

go over to my blog and watch the new video I posted. I think you'll like it.

 
On Friday, September 15, 2006 11:26:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Hey, John, thanks for sharing that...awesome!!

 
On Sunday, September 17, 2006 6:58:00 AM, Blogger John Roper wrote...

Check out W on my blog making Matt Lauer look like the wuss he is. These people just don't get it.

 
On Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:39:00 AM, Blogger John Roper wrote...

Kelly, please go to my blog and read the article I just posted. It is written by a self proclaimed liberal. While there are some points in it that I disagree with for the most part it is spot on. It was published in the Los Angeles Times of all places.

 

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