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The World Trade Center Aftermath

I went home to gather my wits and the phone was ringing of the hook. People I hadn't heard from in years were calling me.
I turned on the TV and saw both Towers eventually collapse. I never, ever thought they would fall down. After the first tower fell, the sky got dark from all of the ash in the air. It looked like 10:30 PM instead of AM. When the second tower came down, I couldn't decide whether to pack up the kitty and make a break for it or just stay in my apartment. For better or worse, I stayed put. After a while my curiosity got the best of me and I had to go outside and see what everything looked like...

The view from my lobby...

The corner of Fulton & Gold...

The view up Fulton Street towards the WTC complex...

Looking down..There is a few inches of soot on EVERYTHING...

Looking up...

Walking up Fulton Street...

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This is the spot where I took the close up shots on the other page....

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At this point they hadn't even started searching the wreckage. They were still organizing everyone...

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The building on fire used to be a Border's bookstore...

From there I went back home and tried to rationalize what I had just seen. I still am. Later that day I headed uptown because I knew I wouldn't be able to stay at my apartment for the forseeable future. The power to our apartment was lost that afternoon. As of 10:29 on Sunday, September 16th, it is still out.
UPDATE 9/18/01 - 5:47 PM - I finally got to return home last night. Power was restored and people are slowly returning to their homes. Armed National Guardsmen are standing on every corner in my neighborhood. The building smells like rotten food, but it's structurally sound and all of our belongings are intact. Gas and mail service should be back to normal by tomorrow, although our phones are going to be down at least until the 28th. I guess it could be worse. At least I got to sleep in my own bed last night. Thanks to everyone who passed the link around and to those that have shared their thoughts with me. Cheers.

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