Post by shaolinmaster on Mar 1, 2015 1:06:37 GMT
Was staying at Hotel Pennsylvania in midtown Manhattan when 9/11 happened. There was a dog show scheduled for that Tuesday in the hotel exhibition hall. Saw people bringing in their dogs while on my way going down to the hotel lobby at around 9.30am. There was big commotion in the lobby, and at first I thought those darn rowdy dog owners. Then I saw on the lobby monitor the twin towers on fire. It did not hit me that it was terrorist acts. Just thought it odd that both towers would catch fire at the same time. Then I gathered from news broadcasts that planes actually hit the two towers about 15 minutes apart. Close to 3,000 souls perished that day. Pure evil on display.
My boss and my family were frantically trying to reach me, but all phone systems, land lines or cellular, were overloaded. My boss was concerned that, since it was the last day of my business in New York, I might have gone off to World Trade Center for sightseeing. But he needed not worry, because I had visited World Trade Center before, and definitely had no desire to visit it again.
Being 40 blocks away from ground zero, I was never in any danger. But since airports were shut down, instead of my original plan of flying back to L.A. that Tuesday afternoon, I ended up spending my 3 longest days in Manhattan, and not able to go home until Friday when airports were re-opened. I took the 1st flight out of Newwark Airport heading for home sweet home!