From: j h [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 2:20 PM Subject: I'm fine
Just wanted to let people know that I'm fine. I was sleeping in my bed when the planes hit the towers, and I was watching on tv when they collapsed. There's a "profit" outside my window yelling something about "everybody go home" and something about "booty," and I can hear the jet fighters fly overhead.
Now I'm gonna go give blood.
****** From: "Troy and Andrea Collins" To: "j h" Subject: Re: i'm fine Hi, Glad you are fine.
I knew you guys were okey dokey cause I had emailed Stacey from work. I had told her I was trying to think were you all would be at that time o the morning.
we got sent home from work, I think because our building is next to the courthouse, which shut down and posted guards.
I guess some guys are thinking about booty even during terrorist attacks.
****** From: j h [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 2:29 PM To: Burk, Kris Subject: RE: I'm fine
I don't think the awfulness of the situation has fully hit me yet. In my neighborhood, it's a beautiful Fall day, and that goddamn kid is riding his noisy motorscooter like always.
Then I watch tv, and it's like I'm watching someplace far away, instead of a couple of miles away.
You be careful--DC is as much a target as NYC...
****** Subject: RE: I'm fine Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 14:39:21 -0400 From: "Burk, Kris" To: "j h"
I know. It hit me pretty hard when I heard about it on the way in but then I didn't really let all of the horror in. I couldn't look at any of the photage until around noon. I'm also worried about what comes next.
I'm a kind of afraid to go home. Jeff says there are jet fighters flying around there, too. He's not as nervous for some reason.
And it's such a beautiful day.
Is the prophet the one riding around on the noisy scooter?
Yes, go give blood. Take a book. They told us here not to go until tomorrow because they are so backed up.
You be careful, too. And keep in touch.
--- Troy and Andrea Collins wrote:
Glad to hear you were asleep for it all, I was especially worried about Stacey. We haven't heard from her since this morning. I guess Andrea emailed her right after it happened and she said she wasn't sure when she would be able to leave. I'm assuming she's in the process of trying to get home right about now.
If you hear anything let us know.
j h wrote:
I talked to her on the phone this afternoon. Her office was evacuated, and she had to walk home across the 59th Street Bridge. Feelin' groovy, indeed.
But she is okay. She went to hang out at a friend's house (in Brooklyn, a few blocks from Stacey's apartment) tonight.
****** Forwarded Message From: Offen4@aol.com Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 10:48:40 EDT Subject: Re: World Trade Center To: IvaHan@aol.com, Jaecrn492@cs.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Iva, Bobbi, Juleann--we are fine, sort of. I'm sure Pete told you his whole story, closing the bridge, etc. Justin had the horrific event of walking south on 6th Ave.(in the Times Sq. area) from his office to his apt. when the second tower collapsed. Everything around him stopped, cars banged into each other. The people in the cars got out, people walking just stopped and stared, crying. And over all, just perfect silence. Nobody could say a word. Lines 30-40 deep at the pay phone he passed.
Justin's roommates work in the financial district. One escped form Building Seven (that later collapsed) and had to run down from almost the top floor. Another (Blake) arrived home competely debris covered from the collapse of the towers. Blake had a friend on the 103 floor of one the towers. He had to run through a fire to get out. He is hospitalized, but will be okay. These guys will never be the same.
Heather's concern is for her students, many of whom have parents in the financial district. She was very upset both times we talked to her. I'll talk to her tonight, so I'll let you know what happened.
Bye for now, Love, Ronnie
****** From: IvaHan@aol.com Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 11:16:20 EDT Subject: Re: Thank God To: email@example.com
Dear John, Take a good book and shut out the world as much as you can while in the park. I have been following the news too, and the way the New Yorkers have responded is truly magnificent. This city where people say that no one gives a damn about others, this city whose image is (or was) so bad that there are people who are "afraid" to visit, has put a whole new face to the world. It has shown the world that people are people; they care deeply about others, even if they don't know them personally, and they will go out of their way to help in any way that is possible. God bless New York and its people.
TJ's first question when he hopped off the school bus was, "Is Uncle John all right?"
For myself, I could not help but remember the St. Patrick's Day parade. All those "bonny" lads marching along; I wonder how many of those faces will be absent next year. To say it is tragic is to understate.
Well, enough of my ruminations. Do be careful, my love, and I will talk with you later on. Mom
After quite a bit of domestic yard work chain sawing old, uprooted bushes into pieces and then doing some sanding/primering to my fragile old automobile ... I find my tender little fingers tired after my full work day and then some, but I felt the need to respond to your email anyway.
First off, in general, I just want to say I agree whole heartedly with you, but of course.
It's been very interesting (read : scary) watching my red blooded co-workers get increasingly incensed by this thing as each day passes. Sometimes they partially listen to me when I try to explain to them the complexity of the situation at hand, like how this is the sort of event the rest of the world has been dealing with for years, and now it's just our turn to deal with it. Albeit naturally, on a hell of a lot larger scale (talk about baptism by fire), and with trying to find and deal with an amorphous and almost invisible enemy. (I spent three hours last night online reading about Bin Laden, quite unbelievable. I knew a little bit before, but man are we in for a difficult time)
Their response is usually something along the lines of hoping to see the entire Middle East on fire, "kill them all, then they won't have nothin' to fight about anymore", yes, that's right : Jews, Muslims, Niggers, you name it send 'em all over there and then kill 'em all. I even heard one guy talking about wishing they'd send Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton over ... and use all the countries' welfare money to rebuild New York ?!?!?!?
I'm not even quite sure how it is their brains function sometimes. If at all.
But I digress ...
Yes, Bush looks completely emotionless. Like a fucking robot even. I can't even figure out if he's annoyed that it's interfering with his formerly uneventful presidency or if this is some sort of "I'm gonna' finish this one for my Pa" type scenario. I can't seem to figure out, or even develop a gut reaction as to whether or not he's going to blow it and just do a half assed job like big daddy did, or if he's going to start WWIII ...
His recent comments lead me to believe that we might be in for some really serious shit. I certainly hope not, but all signs point to a major event. I think he might over step his bounds to try and make a point, and that's where it could all go wrong.
Although they did after all attack NY and DC, and that shit only happens in the movies ...
Not in real life.
Everything is so very different now.
I still have trouble believing it, it still seems so surreal.