Hey all. Back at work today; we must put on a brave face. Traffic is pretty quiet in the immediate downtown area, but closer to the Capitol, around Union Station and Judiciary Square, it's a mess; coincidentally, those are the areas where police are directing traffic. But, overall, considering that we're under a state of emergency, things appear pretty normal. Then again, I haven't looked out the windows on the other side of the office towards the Pentagon (which is a couple miles away across the river).
It was very very eerie to see the smoke yesterday. It's so different seeing something like that for yourself as opposed to seeing it on TV; with TV there's still somehow the feeling in the back of my mind that maybe it's all cleverly done with a blue screen.
There were rumors that a car bomb went off in front of the State Dept also. So our building was evacuated a little after 10am yesterday and I walked home, moving at a quick pace past the FBI bldg and the Capitol. My neighborhood, which is about 15 blocks east of the Capitol, is completely normal.
Some other snippits: a friend was fishing on the Potomac when the Pentagon was hit. He took pictures, but they are from the far side of the building. http://8track.blackboard.com/internal/pix/fishing/index.cgi
The PC reunion conference planners (the official reunion, not the our mini-Malawi reunion) are meeting at 1pm EST today to decide if the conference will go on or not. I'll let ujeni-ers know what I hear.
And, Sean, please check in. I'm worried about you and Nicole.
All for now.