Waking up today was an odd experience. You have to kind of come to the realization all over again that yesterday actually happened.... not that I ever fully came to that realization anytime yesterday, which is probably what made it so strange today. The city is closed below 14th Street and I'm on 9th, which should be interesting to say the least.
Last night, Jen, Devanshi, and myself walked down to Houston; everything below Houston and west of Broadway was totally blocked off to everyone except emegency personnel... even residents were being turned away and told they should try to make arrangements for the night. We spoke to a police officer: Officer Williams who was one of the many officers directing the proper people in and others away. She said she'd been on duty since 6:30 that morning (it was now around 9 or 10 pm). Unfortunately, at one point her family hadn't know where she'd been when all the trouble was happening earlier in the day and it took her a while to get to a phone. All she wanted to do was get home to her six year old son, but, unfortunately, they don't work in shifts... they simply work until relieved. We saw lots of people heading past that point down to the WTC... including a city bus full of military personnel decked out in camouflage, but I'm sure the people at the check points probably get releived less often. They may not be pulling people out of the rubble, but you could tell just by watching how much they were doing to help in the rescue efforts and the trauma to the city. They were all taking the time to try and explain to everyone why they could not go through and trying to respect those who were upset by it. And some people were just being complete assholes to them. The area had apparently been closed off for some time, but people would approach them saying that they'd just left their home in the closed area. Now why would you walk out of a completely closed area at all if you wanted to get back in? Some people just don't make sense. Of course, most people seemed to be understanding, or, at least, realized that arguing was ridiculous in the face of what had happened already. Most people acted decently. The police get a bad rap a lot of times in this town, but I don't think anyone can deny that they have done more in this situation than anyone else possibly could have and it is because of them that the city is so relatively calm right now.
I urge anyone who may read this to please respect the officers you see on the street. They're doing so much to help us all right now.
9/12/2001 10:39:44 AM : :
I wonder if it's the U.S. bombing Afghanistan or if it's someone else. (?) I know I only lived through the end of the Cold War, but this seems even worse right now.
9/11/2001 06:02:32 PM : :
This is getting weird... the news and everyone spoken to who may be an authority seems to have gone from complete shock to pushing for retalliation and perhaps war. Oddly enough, the streets just outside my window seem to be among the calmest place in the nation... and now I'm watching CNN reports of bombing in Afghanistan.
9/11/2001 06:01:24 PM : :
9/11/2001 01:34:03 PM : :
The World Trade Center doesn't exist anymore. This is very weird.
9/11/2001 11:48:46 AM : :
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