I was working with a client in Queens and on 9/10, had the day off. So I went into the city to see the Gugenheim and then to go up on the tower to the top floor restaurant. It was the most beautiful day I've ever experienced in the city. As I was walking down Lexington on my way to the towers, I came upon the building next to the Chase building. It was built without the first 10 floors! There was the elevator shaft coming out the bottom and four huge pilons supporting the corners. Something about it really spooked me about that, so I got on the Subway, Collected my stuff from the hotel and headed to Kennedy. The last thing I saw of NYC was the glint of the setting sun reflected off the towers.
The next day I was sleeping in when my wife came and got me and we watched in a state of shock. I knew a couple of people who worked in that building, but their business opened about 10 a.m. so they were safe. Many leading doctors I work with lived and taught in NYC, andr for the next couple of years, at meetings they shared that they'd lost friends in that attack.
I had to fly again about 2 weeks later. The plane was nearly empty, but every passenger shared that if anyone acted out, we'd all just kill him, no waiting, just act. And I recall that happened during that time. Traveling for the next year or so was the same. There was a passenger from India aboard with a head wrap, and he was watched closely and seemed very quiet and intimidated.
I recall learning that the symbolism of 911 is that was the year of the furthest penetration of Islam into Europe. Only in recent times has Islam penetrated any further.
The history of humanity is filled with war and conflict. An amazing lot of that was driven by relitious zealots intent on spreading their brand by force. And that hasn't changed a bit.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.
Last edited by DesertRatTom; 09-10-2017 at 12:02 PM.