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  •  'mornin dear friend. (23+ / 0-)

    I was in Tyson's that morning at home.

    I had just taken a separation package from a DotCom the week before. I had just made up my mind to take a month or two off to recover.

    Some of the folks at my old Dot.Com had just recently gone to work at a new company....in the WTC.

    Tough day on that front. Near misses for a lot of my contacts who were working on IT projects for the Pentagon.

    I've since moved into a neighborhood near the Pentagon, where one of my (former) neighbors was an ex-Air Force pilot who was captaining the plane that went down in Pennsylvania.

    The DC-area has been quite tight-lipped about the amount of pain and vulnerability that this area has felt since that fateful day.

    Glad to know you.

    NOW LETS GO HAVE A [GD] SNACK!!! -NYJets Coach Rex Ryan.

    by malharden on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 06:20:34 AM PDT

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    •  One other thing... (20+ / 0-)

      While there is no civilian-accessible "ground zero" type site here in DC, it chilled me for years to drive past the Pentagon on the Route 110 side and always see soldiers in HumVees actively manning 50-caliber guns off to the side of a major commuter road. 24-hours a day. For years.

      Even after the road construction finished up a year or two ago I have no doubt that road is covered by a network of guns and missles that could strafe anything incoming at a moment's notice. I'm always creeped out driving down that road. I think that's about the closest thing we have to a Ground Zero site here.

      NOW LETS GO HAVE A [GD] SNACK!!! -NYJets Coach Rex Ryan.

      by malharden on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 06:25:59 AM PDT

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      •  I was in Arlington that morning (12+ / 0-)

        looking out at the smoke and the helicopters flying around the pentagon. Since i was not connected to the news I thought I was just watching a really bad fire from an explosion at the pentagon.

        Shortly thereafter the orange line started dumping passengers in Roslyn and hundreds of people were walking up Wilson Blvd.  

        I don't know how long the orange line was shut down but my most vivid memory of 9-11 is all those packs of people just somberly walking up the street. Women were carrying their high heels and walking in their bare feet.

        Those humvees around pentagon were chilling and yes it did seem like they were there for years.  

        "I want you to hold our government accountable. I want you to hold me accountable." -- Barack Obama.

        by ScienceMom on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 06:56:51 AM PDT

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      •  it's not creepy. (1+ / 0-)
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        We should have an antiaircraft defense around the Pentagon, because now we know that nuts who don't care about their own lives can and do fly planes into buildings: including the guy who flew the Cessna into the IRS office in Texas, killing a few people when he hit.  If he had filled up his plane with explosives or even gasoline, that would have been a much bigger tragedy.  

        So we have to protect certain critical facilities, including the key centers of government (the WH, Congress, the SC), our national defense (the Pentagon), critical infrastructure (nuclear reactors, oil refineries, natural gas storage facilities), and potential major hazards (chemical plants).  We've barely begun to scratch the surface on these, but it's a start.

        I trust that the young men & women on duty at these places, with whatever weapons they have, are well trained and capable of responding to threats without putting civilians at needless risk.  

      •  My partner's office was above Pentagon City Mall (3+ / 0-)
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        Across the street from the Pentagon, and he commented to me that morning when I finally reached him that he felt the building shake from the force of the explosion, across eight (?) lanes of US395.  And for the first week after 9/11 I drove him to work because there were rumors about the Metro system being a target.  The vision of the constant stream of fire trucks and armed humvees leaving the Pentagon was otherworldly.  And the looks on the faces of the first responders as they drove by...I imagine that's the look soldiers have who witness the consequences of combat.

        My most vivid experience of that day was walking home through the Mall from my office in Foggy Bottom to my home in Capitol Hill.  The Metro had been closed, so the people who took the Metro to work were forced to hit the streets in an attempt to get home.  There's nothing more earth-shattering than walking in a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people, all looking over their shoulders towards the west.  There were rumors that another plane was on its way to the White House or Capitol Hill, so everyone was on edge.  Up to that point, I don't think Americans identified much with the vulnerability people feel who live in countries that are torn by war or the threat of terror.  I think everyone walking home on the Mall that day felt a bit of that and I know I'll never forget it...

    •  Hugs Mal. (12+ / 0-)

      It was a brutal day.  And it IS interesting how low key remembrances here are.  I remember in the days following going out to the Naval Annex right on 244 wehre a bunch of people just spontaneously gathered every day to commemorate, be together, and leave flowers.  It's almost like we ignore it here now.  VERY different than what I see happening in NYC.

      •  IMHO... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...as much as I love this city I think we intentionally ignore many things. I think the military is a bit "macho" for a teary commemoration and the civilians take pride in being able to ignore politics as convenient.

        NOW LETS GO HAVE A [GD] SNACK!!! -NYJets Coach Rex Ryan.

        by malharden on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 12:00:13 PM PDT

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