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Have You Forgotten…9-11 Ten Years Later

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It was a very normal day.  The sky was sunny and the air was calm as the work day was just getting underway.  This peaceful calm day would turn tragic within minutes. I was sitting in a cubical in lower Manhattan emailing a client when I heard a strange sound. My office building was a few blocks north of the Twin Towers. All of us in the office heard a loud noise and our lives changed in an instance.

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I quickly went to a window to see the North Tower of the World Trade Center in flames. A few minutes later a co-worker ran into the building screaming “I just missed getting hit by falling debris, its crazy outside”. He described how it looked like a war zone in front of the World Trade Center. People were jumping, pieces of the building were falling.  Ambulances, police and firefighters were rushing to the scene all while people were getting out of subways cars to start their work day.

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My eyes were glued to the Trade Center through the window in my office as I watched the North Tower burning.

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As I was watching in shock, I heard a muffled noise that was getting louder, and their it was.  A second plane was flying in the sky tracking right towards the World Trade Center…and then it crashed right into it.  That was horrifying.  Now I was nervous our building would be the next target. Very soon after the second hit I was evacuated from my building.  There were about twenty of us watching outside our building in disbelief as two of the tallest building in the world were burning in flames. Some of us were panic stricken, some were crying, and I was watching in disbelief thinking how could this happen in our city. This is not supposed to happen to us. This happens on CNN, not in our F’in homeland.

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People were now consoling each other and trying to figure out how they were going to leave the city as we were watching two buildings burn in downtown Manhattan. Then, we all heard a deep rumbling noise. A few seconds later, in the midst of a sunny day with 2 buildings burning a few blocks away from us, a whistling wind started blowing at us followed by an enormous smoke plum that was spitting up pieces of debris and a thick gray ashe in our direction. That’s when people started running to avoid getting hit by a building that was violently melting to the ground.

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I started walking from lower Manhattan to Greenwich Village which was only a few blocks away. I stopped in a local café around 10:30 to listen to the News to see if their was information on who was behind these senseless strikes on the Towers.  The café was packed with people wondering what the fuck was going on. I usually don’t drink during the day, but I made an exception and ordered a beer as I sat listening to the news.

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I tried calling my fiancé but my cell phone didn’t connect my call. The phone at the café had the same problem. After my second beer I figured I should try to leave downtown and go to Grand Central station to catch a train home.  Since the subway trains were not running, I needed to walk forty blocks uptown to Grand Central Station to catch a commuter train to Westchester.

The city was eerily quiet on my walk as many people like myself were just walking slowly towards Grand Central like mindless zombies.

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Their were cabs pulled over to the side every few blocks with their doors wide open and radio blasting so people could hear what was happening at the towers. One cab had a large crowd around it listening to Howard Stern describing the scene that I was literally now looking back on. When I finally made it to Grand Central there was no train service. Strangers were asking me where I lived to see if I wanted to share a cab ride out of the city. I waited it out and when service was re-establish in the early afternoon I was on the first train leaving Manhattan toward Westchester. As the train left the city I could see the burning towers out the side of the train.

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I felt like I was watching a World War II movie showing prisoners shuttled on trains in Nazi Germany.

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This day will always bring me pain and great anger when I think about it. This isn’t supposed to happen where I live.  Not in our country. Not in New York City.  Not with our great intelligence and military superiority. But it did, and I will never forget this.

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In case you are wondering about the picture of that telephone, it was During the cleanup of the World Trade Center destruction crews found a battered payphone several blocks away. The phone was traced to its location in the 107th floor Observation Deck-3 of the World Trade Center Building Two.  Joining the collections of the AT&T Archives and History Center in late 2001, the phone serves as a tangible and poignant reminder of that dark day in our nation’s history.   Next week, the phone will move from the AT&T Archives and History Center to spend three years in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

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How Adversity Crushes Some and Defines Other- Insight into Richard Branson

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Many people like to judge their mentors, bosses, world leaders, and favorite athletes by how they face adversity.

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The average person in a relationship usually has to deal with adversity on a daily basis. The perfect relationship could change on dime once adversity gets injected into the equation.  Suddenly your perfect man or women who you loved when you dated, had a f’in blissful engagement with and an insane honeymoon is not the person you fell in love with.

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Maybe money is tight.  Maybe you realize your significant other has very annoying habits that drive you crazy.  You now start questioning each other on what your spending money on, why you don’t look to get a better job, and then you start questioning each other’s feelings about each other as your relationship starts to quickly erode.

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3 Things People Need To Know About Your Women Friends on Facebook

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I will be featured again on The Balancing Act today which is a fun informative morning show which airs on the Lifetime Network that is predominately watched by women- so I thought it would be fitting to highlight some interesting findings about women on Facebook.

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In a survey done by a relatively new player in the social coupon groupon space, a company called Eversave came across interesting feelings women have towards their friend’s social behavior on Facebook.

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Remarkably, a whopping 85 percent of women say they have been annoyed by their friends on Facebook. I know I can have somewhat hateful thoughts at times of some people outside my inner circle of friendom, but 85% sounds awful high for a survey of 400 random women of a coupon site.  Maybe this survey group was filled with an extraordinary amount of nasty mean spirited people that were very hungry at the time of the survey.  Or maybe it was a statistical error.

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Well, if we can all assume this survey represents all of Facebook women users hungry or not, here are some other stats about the three social behaviors on Facebook that just piss women off.  Please use this information wisely.

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  1. Complaining all the time—63 percent
  2. Sharing unsolicited political views—42 percent
  3. Bragging about seemingly perfect lives—32 percent

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Now, even though women have many friends with negative social behaviors to overcome while on Facebook, statistically speaking about 110 ½ each, they as a group are overwhelming in-love with Facebook for the sites built-in stalking and yentaish features.

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  • Seeing friends’ photos and videos—91 percent like
  • Searching and reconnect with long lost friends—76 percent like

Now if you are a guy that is reading this posting and are wondering what you is in it for me besides gaining the insight of three things women hate, w ell here’s a site about women on Facebook you may enjoy.  Click here.

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Facebook Rule Broken by Buchingham Palace Guard

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Scots Guard  Cameron Reilly, yes, he is a Buckingham Palace guard that protects the Royal family has been suspended from his wedding duties because he broke the knucklehead rule on Facebook.  The Knucklehead rules is a simple rule that clearly states “don’t be a knucklehead”.  Someone should send this poor soul a copy of Facebook Rules.

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Kate Middleton has great teeth for a Brit

 

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Anti-Gay, Anti-Semite, or Regular Prankster? You Decide.

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Remember when leaders could openly make derogatory remarks about Gay people, Jews, and people of other ethnic or racial background. This was common place in Germany in the nineteen forties as well as other nations across the world.

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Today in America we aren’t used to our public employees, private enterprise employees, or our leaders in either sector being able make disparaging references to someones sexual orientation and or religious faith in the work place or online to other co-workers with out some consequence.

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