9-11 has caused some subtle changes in my life. Strange but ordinary NYC life has put me in some hair raising situations that did not affect me. I have seen drive by shootings in the Bronx, A bizarre incedent of the SI Ferry involving a bezerk man and a machette in the 80's , car accidents galore, indcustrial accidents, blackouts, Hurricanes and blizzards and of course the WTC 93 bombing that I am a survivor of. None of those incedents changed me so why should 9-11. The reason is it was not death alone as I have seen it more then a normal person would. Death is part of our lives.
Industrial accidents are an unfortunate part of work . People fall , get run over and machines malfunction and hopefuly nobody gets hurt too badly but it happens. Sadly, in reference to the machette wielding lunatic in the eighties people break down . The man was obviously deranged and it is sad but unfortunate. This is also why
mental health and people taking their medication is so important. The forces of Nature are also a part of life as Nature blesses us with her bounty sometimes we endure her wrath. Fires, Car accidents, blackouts and a certain amount of crime are just inevitable in a big city. Even the 93 blast the toll of death was slight and I certainly did not see it, despite being in the building.
The WTC was not an exotic place for me as I passed there daily. My usual partner was my coworker thne Late Big Bad Larry Yeah Yeah. He recently passed away having nothing to do with 9-11. The place was alive with energy even at 2AM one could find workers scurring to and fro and there was a shopping center with a Borders Bookstore among other stores and Resturants. Beneath that were a maze of trains carrying people everywhere.
The site looks alot larger on TV. People often wonder about how small the site is when they see it in person. Yet this is where my life and some of yours were changed
forever. Many people tell me of weeping at home or at work. The question of my generation is often where were you on 9-11. I walked through the parking lot at work in VT and was touched to see a plaque and a tree planted . 9-11 was larger then a NYC event and many people around the country and the World were horrified and wept at the pointless horror of death, chaos and mayhem for no reason. The victims were going to work or racing to save lives and represented a cross section of NYC and the world. Pointless death is life's ultimate crime and to cavalierly waste life on some religious or political idiocy is evil incarnate.