September 20th, 2013 @ 1:31 am
i tried to look via the waybackmachine on other websites that i used to run/own over the years, but i couldn’t find any post about when 09/11 happened in 2001. i also am not sure i ever posted about it in general, but the anniversary was just a week ago, and the topic is still fresh in my mind. i personally don’t have a story about THAT day, but the day preceding. my ex-boyfriend and i were both off from work and we slept right through it, and we didn’t wake up until around 11AM.
i had chinese food on september 9th, 2001, and i got a fortune cookie that read something along the lines of “don’t stray too far from home, you will be needed”. on september 10th, i went to my friend becca’s house in montclair, new jersey. i took that trip over there a billion times before. it was pretty easy… just take the 7 train to times square and take the decamp bus from the port authority. it’s only a half an hour from the city, if that. my friend frank (from my hometown in queens) had just moved into a house in montclair, right by becca’s apartment, so i killed two birds with one stone and saw them both that day.
for some reason i kept thinking about my fortune cookie. towards the late afternoon/early evening, becca wanted me to sleep at her house in jersey, and for some reason i just kept pulling to go back to queens. i’d gauge it at majorly fortune cookie, and partly that i just wanted to be with jeff (my bf at the time). jeff’s mom was a bartender, so she wouldn’t be home until the wee AM hours, and jeff and i both weren’t scheduled to work the next morning at the video store… that meant friends would be coming over, or just freedom in general at the house. i said fuck it, and went home to him.
when you take the decamp bus on that bus route in particular, the view of the NYC skyline coming back to the city is spectacular. the buildings look so large, because of the angle that the bus drives in on.
i wish i had taken pictures of it at some point, but those were pre-iphone/cell phone in general days, and my sister had stolen my digital camera from me. i will always have the last time i saw it burned into my brain, though. by the time i left jersey, it was dark out and the skyline was all lit up. i remember looking at the enormous twin towers, and just thinking/feeling really strange. i don’t know how to put it, but it definitely felt like the last time i’d see them. i just remember the skyline looking like one of those classic NYC wide souvenir posters or something. it looked perfect.
i was one of the last hundreds or thousands of people to see those towers lit up that night in all their glory. it’s crazy to think about that. i almost feel honored as a new yorker to say that.
even though i never got to go to the top, they were always my favorite buildings. i always used them to navigate myself around my city.
i loved being right underneath/next to them and looking up. it was such an empowering feeling, having them tower over you. one of my friends had lived in an apartment building right on greenwich st and murray st, and we used to hang out on the roof of his building a lot. if you were on the roof, it felt like they were right next door. you’d look up and it was like you could reach out and touch one of them. that’s another view i’ll never get out of my brain either.
i miss seeing them so much. pulling up to grand ave. and seeing them, the clear view from the 7 train where it made the big curve/turn by 5 pointz… those were definitely two of my favorites.
oh right, back to the fortune cookie (LOL sidetracked!). so after we watched the news and found out what happened, we heard that port authority was closed down. tunnels, bridges, everything. there was no way in the world that i would have been able to get home from jersey for DAYS (i tried to google how many days PA wasn’t functional post 09/11 and i can’t find ANYTHING. weird?). if my memory serves me correctly, i think two of my co-workers had gone to see frank at his new house and THEY got stuck there. it’s kind of a vague detail, but i’m sure i was stuck with their shifts if i’m recollecting correctly. which is where the “don’t stray too far from home, you will be needed” comes in. weird, no?
that’s my sort of 09/11 story.