Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning…?

11 Sep

So, this may or may not be about September 11th, not quite sure where I’m going with this yet. So, let’s start with the obvious about where were you that day. I live in the pacific time zone, so it was like 5:45 here when the 1st tower was hit. Needless to say, I was sleeping. At like 5:48, my dad comes into my room & tells me I have to go to the living that I have to see ‘this’…I asked him what he was talking about, having ZERO idea what the heck he was talking about. He would not say a word, just kept saying I had to go to the living room to see, yet again, ‘this’. Then, he went into my sisters room & woke them up in the same fashion. So, I walk begrudgingly down the hallway a little bit ahead of my sisters, & look at the TV, which is a breaking news story with 1 of the Twin Towers on fire, black smoke coming out of it. I remember being even more confused, I remember thinking to myself ‘This must be a movie he had on TV, fell asleep, & woke up now & saw this & thought it was real’. I remember asking him WHAT he was watching, what movie it was. He said it wasn’t a movie-that this was really happening. I remember being very doubtful…& in mid thought of thinking how doubtful I was, into the shot comes the 2nd plane…I remember holding my breath, thinking ‘Sh**!! THAT PLANE IS GOING TO HIT THE OTHER TOWER!!!’ I remember, also, thinking that, with the appearance of the 2nd plane, & it flying straight for, & into the 2nd tower, that we were now at war, that somebody did both of those on purpose, it wasn’t just a mere accident that 1 plane hit the towers, because now a 2nd plane blatantly took aim at & crashed into the other tower. At this point, I had a swirl of thoughts running through my head-I was scared, wondering who could do such a thing? Why? Then, I, also, thought of all those people both in both the planes as well as all the people in both buildings as well as the building immediately surrounding buildings. I pretty much knew that the people on the planes, as well as in the buildings in those areas where the planes smashed into the buildings weren’t going to survive, but then I, also wondered how the people in the buildings above & below were going to get out. I remember hearing later on that in 1 of the towers, that there was a stairway that led up to the roof, but that the door was sealed so noone could use that door to get to the roof-so those people were basically stuck between a rock & a hard spot. Then, I started hearing that people were jumping from the buildings to their death-I remember being so heartbroken because how horrible must it be IN the building that someone on the 100th floor felt the need to jump? Or felt that jumping was the better way out? How horrible the conditions must have been that they felt like jumping was a better way! Not to mention that that act might be caught on camera, & god forbid their family member or members should see that!!! OMG I could not imagine! Then, I remember hearing reports of a plane down in Pennsylvania, & 1 hitting the Pentagon…It was truly a scary time, I remember thinking ‘Where’s the next plane going to hit? Or the next attack going to happen?’ Everything was up in the air, nobody knew what was going on, in the midst of everything, a couple of planes went missing or weren’t responding, we didn’t know if there was going to be any more attacks, much less where & when they were going to be. I worked at a bank at the time, & I remembered calling my manager & asking if they needed me to come in early or what was going to happen. They told me it was business as usual. It was really quite scary because everyone was in a panic over that, & we were being told that it was business as usual…total headscrew because we were literally at war now, but we were supposed to act like it was the day before, like nothing had just happened a few hours before. So, on this, the eve of the 14th year anniversary, I would like to convey my sincerest thank you & my heartfelt condolences to every person who perished that day & to their families, as well as everyone who was affected by that day. I honestly feel that that day was our generations Pearl Harbor.

So, I feel like my job is so stressful. Ok, so maybe its not my job so much as it is the people I work with. 1 of the people I work with is SO stressed out over everything, like so much so that they blow their top at the drop of a pin. You look at them, & they explode. I just don’t get it, in my line of work, a little bit of patience goes a long way…it seems like this person starts off the day with a little bit of patience, & that quickly disappears…I don’t know where it goes, much less in SUCH a hurry, but it disappears quicker than…well, insert your analogy here because what I was thinking would probably get me kicked off this wonderful sight, so I will spare all of you readers (or offend you…either way works). Then, another person I work with is just not very sharp. They can’t navigate out of town, can’t navigate the internet (their 1st response when someone tells them to go search something on the web is that they don’t have internet.). It’s like they’re totally lacking common sense. This person is always saying ‘I want to go to *insert out of town store here*’. Mind you, this person has money to go shopping, a car to drive to said out of town store, gas in said car….SOOOOO what’s stopping this person from going? Oh, suddenly they don’t know how to get there…Well, I’ve got an answer for that-this person has a cell phone, with internet access…they can find the store, the store’s address, & the directions to the store…Oh my word! I get that this person is from a different era (said era that did not contain computers, much less laptops, even more much less the internet where you can get any & all information than you can EVER think of!!), but I know other people who are from the same general era who are MUCH more tech savvy than this person! On more than 1 occasion, I’ve gotten yelled at by this person BECAUSE this person doesn’t know what they’re doing-They were yelling AT ME like it was my fault that they didn’t know what to or how to do something or because they didn’t do something!

Ok, I’ve ran out of steam for the moment. I think I’ll call it a night before I start repeating myself…


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