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Sunday, September 11, 2005


After living overseas for about a year and a half, I was now finally home in New York. This time around I had landed a sweet apartment in Lower Manhattan. Situated about six blocks from the World Trade Center and just two from the South Street Seaport. I could stand on my balcony and see through the canyon of skyscrapers that lined John Street to catch a glimpse of the World Trade Center.

All in all, it was a great place to live -- very quiet and peaceful, especially for Manhattan.
Except for the night before the attack.

That whole day I was restless. Work was a stessful and I couldn't concentrate all day. I had decided to take my camera along and take pictures of the WTC/Battery Park City area at lunchtime, but I ended up stuck in a meeting all day.

At the end of the day, I was still quite anxious and tense. So much so, that I decided to walk around a bit before going home. I would have taken pictures but the rain that hit the area pretty much killed that idea. My digital cameras was anything but waterproof.

Even after getting home I was still restless, so I watched a little TV. Then things got wierder.

The intro to the show Third Watch contained a monologue about some guy talking about how fast things can go wrong in life and started mumbling about Chaos Theory. After that show was over, I turned to the History Channel which was playing a [surprise!] WW2 documentary. Suddenly, a few Normandy veterans started saying basically the same thing. They commented about how one minute their friend would be next to them and then the next instant they were dead.

Needless to say, this sort of stuff didn't sit well with me. So I turned off the tube and went to check my email. Imagine my shock when I saw the Yahoo Question of the Day was about Chaos Theory. At this point, I called my parents to make sure everything was OK. I was certain something bad was about to happen, but I didn't know what.

Confused, I decided to go out onto my balcony to get some fresh air. To my shock and amazement, I saw a kind of odd glow in the sky and a strange kind calm in the streets. At this point, I ran back in to get a my camera and got a few shots of this phenommenon.

Later, I would try to get some sleep, but with all the odd vibes around me, how could I? I finally fell asleep around 1:30 AM only to awaken again around 3AM from a nightmare. At 5 AM, I fell back to sleep, only to be awoken at a quarter to nine, when a loud boom interrupted my sleep.

Frank LaVigne's 9-11 photo diary

Joe Katzman at Winds of Change has collected dozens of links related to 9-11 and the aftermath.

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Here are some excellent photos of Ground Zero taken just 2 days after.


I was in Toronto on 9/11, and was disgusted with the support given to the attacks. Many people were certainly shocked by what happened, but outrage was almost absent. Instead there was satisfaction. They got what they deserved, Toronto people said. I thought to myself: "Do you really think this is going to help? It's going to make things FAR worse." And it has.

It might surprise some that I would abhor another terrorist attack on Toronto (Air India was the first). I don't want people to show sympathy for them, like they did for New Yorkers. I want Ontarians to be hated everywhere they go.

My outstanding memories from 9/11:

-Rick Rescorla, security chief of Morgan Stanley, saving all but 6 of his employees, not including himself.

-FDNY Firefighter Steve Siller running throught the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to get to the Towers, where he died.

-The firefighters who charged up while people ran out. Squad 288/HazMat1 made the ride from Maspeth, Queens to the Towers in 8 minutes. 19 of 28 died. 343 firefighters, 23 NYPD, 47 PAPD and 18 others died.

-25 NY State Court Officers ran from their nearby academy to help. 3, including their captain, died, and the rest injured.

-All those poor people who jumped. Nuff said, but under the circumstances I would have done the same thing. A couple held hands as they jumped from the top.

-Mayor Giuliani, God Bless Him. After his leadership elevated him to near-sainthood, he kept his promise to take Diane Gorumba of Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, down the aisle. Her firefighter brother was supposed to do that, but he died 2 weeks before 9/11. The Mayor then tore up the check of that Saudi billionaire. Could this guy GET any better?

-The Canadian Army snipers in Afghanistan who gave the terrorists a taste of their own medicine from 2430 yards.

-The last sight of some terrorists in Afghanistan was a BLU-82 Daisy Cutter bomb with "I LOVE NY" and "FDNY" written on it. Now that has to suck.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-09-11 10:49:28 AM

Scott: I am constantly amazed at incredible ignorance of the anti-American masses. The 911 attacks were directed by people who hate us all. They hate our freedoms, our manner of dressing or lack of, our religion or lack of, our democracy, our News Media, our outspoken manners. And, ironically, if the headhackers got their way, it'd be the liberal "progressive" crowd that would be the first get the gallows. It strikes me as being similar to the chickens cheering on the fox when he attacks the other chicken coup; or like North American Jews cheering on European fascism in the 40's. It makes no sense.

Posted by: Debris Trail | 2005-09-11 11:14:43 AM

Debris Trail: they condemn America because it's the only way to get attention. North America has more similarities than differences, so the only way for the Left to make any impact. They succeed but in a negative way, bringing shame on their cause. The US has done many things worth criticising, but 9/11 was their most ridiculous and absurd reaction. As far as I'm concerned, the anti-Americans no longer have any credibility.

God Bless America and the City of New York.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-09-11 12:13:20 PM

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