I find myself sitting in front of the television, unable to move away to shower and get ready for work. I fell asleep watching TV as I often do and when I woke up this morning it was to clouds of smoke over the Pentagon. As my fuzzy brain started to focus I began to learn the magnitude of what had happened.
3 planes flew into each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon. The first plane hit the right tower of the WTC at 8:42 EST, just 15 minutes before the normal work day. And I know most people don't work a normal work day so the speculation is that there could have been thousands of people in each of these buildings. One of the planes was certainly hijacked on a flight from Boston to LA. They don't seem to know about the other two planes.
I just watched, about 15 minutes ago, the left tower of the WTC collapsed, as if it had been demolished, just crumbling down onto itself. New York is engulfed in smoke, like San Francisco during some serious fog. They keep talking on the news about the people trying to run down 100 flights of stairs in the WTC to get out and then the building collapsing, possibly on the emergency workers on the ground trying to evacuate survivors. The death toll must be just stunning.
I found my eyes welling up with tears, something I'm normally immune to when it comes to watching the news. But the pictures are just amazing and the thought of the people in the plane seeing this building coming toward them as their flight gets rammed into it, the thought of office workers just like me going into the Pentagon as if nothing unusual might happen only to have the floor buckle under them then the roof collapse on them, the thought of terrified workers running down stairs to get out of a burning building only to find it crumble around them...my stomach churns and my throat chokes up. The pictures of New York suddenly without twin towers is almost unbelievable.
Reports just came in that there's another report of another hijacked plane in the air heading toward Washington D.C. Good lord, I can't imagine. If I was anywhere in the city of New York or Washington D.C. I would be running, driving, swimming anywhere far far away. All the airports have been closed in the entire country. All international flights are being diverted to Canada. It's amazing that a few people, or a terrorist group, can bring our country to a standstill, and in a couple of cities, to its knees. Now there are unconfirmed reports of a car bomb outside the state department. It's really shocking.
Oh my god, the other tower of the WTC just collapsed. Wow. Wow. Wow. It's 7:29 here PST, we're hearing news people yelling where is so and so, sounding terrified. Well, I can't keep watching, I have to go to work, there are no explosions in San Francisco, thank god, at least not for now. I just can't believe this. The face of New York has been changed. The casualties are hard to fathom. A plane just crashed near Pittsburg. I don't think I can hear anymore. I have to go to work. It's a sad, scary day.
Now they're saying there were probably approximately 10,000 people in each tower. An FAA person says there are several planes unaccounted for in the air. It just goes on and on. It's 8:15. I'm leaving now for work. I'll be very late.