- i lied, one more.
Dear Friends and Relatives,
We are safe and are grateful for your concern. This morning Brit and Wm
both went to their offices in mid town as usual and then walked home when
their offices were closed in mid morning. (Brit to our Brooklyn house and Wm
to his upper, upper West Side apt.) We have tried to return your calls,
all telephone circuits out of NYC are overloaded and we can't call out.
Except for the roiling black smoke column in the air, this was a
beautiful fall day in Brooklyn. The air smells acrid and is a constant
reminder that many of our neighbors have lost loved ones. Churches are
Schools are closed. Burnt paper is falling in our neighborhood; a friend
found a partly burned loan application from the WTC on her deck. We are all
partly in a state of shock.
When Brit was walking across the Manhattan Bridge, he spoke with a man
who had escaped from the 50th floor of the WTC. It took the man 2 hours to
gather the courage to walk across the bridge because he feared that the
bridge could also be a target. The man told Brit that as he was coming down
the stairs firemen were going up; some of these firemen were probably
when the building collapsed.
Two of our friends escaped from the WTC buildings minutes before they
collapsed. We are worried about another friend; he worked on the 100th
floor of the second building to be hit and he spoke on the phone with his
wife after the first building was hit and she hasn't heard from him since.
All day long as I went about teaching, after I had spoken to Wm and
before I could reach Brit, I thought about how well NYC was dealing with
attack -- which is really an act of war. Even though all transportation in
Manhattan was halted (no subways, no busses, no automobiles), the phones
within the city worked. Email worked. Radios worked. One regular TV
and the cable TV stations worked. (The TV stations that broadcast from the
WTC stopped working.) All electricity and water and gas utilities worked.
The hospitals and fire departments and police departments functioned. I am
so concious that when attacks like this happen in other countries that are
less developed, people are in much worse shape. I didn't absolutely know
about Brit's safety until 3:00 (I really thought that he was safe because he
wasn't supposed to be anywere near the WTC), but I can't imagine how auful
must be for people who don't know about the safety of their loved ones.
Good night and stay safe.