I really don’t know how to write about today, as it is the anniversary or an event that changed many people lives, and still changes lives throughout the world today. You think after 13 years the memory of that day would just fade, but somehow it doesn’t’. The events of 9-11 cost people their lives, my home country countless dollars in wars and events that continue today. I was in the middle of moving everything the Nashville and putting up a full demo prototype of the show idea we had.
I didn’t’ realize that day was the beginning of the end with how aviation, entertainment and tourism would all suffer for a few years. Not a clue. But I haven’t forgotten how painful that ride was and how it still hurts today. to most 9-11 was a sudden shock. To me, that event was the iceberg of what turned out to be a Titanic with the show in my life.
I would rather tell you about Betty and the first time I met her in a starbuck's in Sausalito. My friend was dating her, i was impressed when he showed up with the vibrant, kind, and endearing lady. Betty had a wonderful external beauty, yet, when you looked into her eyes, there was simply a sense of caring that was more beautiful. I never did make it to her families chinese beef jerky shop.
The events of 9-11 had me recently moving to Nashville, I really knew no one there. we just found a room big enough to test in that didn't cost a fortune. I had a conversation with my friend in NY about her job interview the next day and the prospect of working on all the sever farms on the trading floors for a new job. She was nervous but excited, I was listening to the equipment list and thinking, “wow, that sounds pretty cool for computational resources.” We said goodbye, i wished her luck for her trading floor interview on 9-11.
The next morning, I picked a place to meet and have breakfast in a pavilion that had a bunch of ethnic foods and markets in it. I went up to get a cup of coffee and I really didn’t notice people were quiet or somber; I walked up to the counter and saw a plane flying into the world trade center. Then a replay of it.
I remember saying, “What movie is that from, that is the most realistic special effects I have ever seen.”
The owner of the little space looked at me, “you don’t know? That isn’t fake, that really happened.”
Like everyone else, I think I just wandered around numb for the rest of the day while watching the television and hearing whatever updates came out after the towers collapsed.
I figured my one friend was dead.
A few hours went by and I got a call from her, “would you believe that I got a call at 7:30 from the guy doing the interview asking to reschedule for another day?”
As I watched the events unfold in the cavernous rehearsal building, there wasn’t much going on, the owners were upset at what they were seeing and through the day, you heard various angry comments over the din of the television.
The reality of 9-11 still is a bit haunting to me. I felt blessed that the people I knew had somehow been spared and given grace from the day.
Then at 8:42 pm, I was going through my emails and I think my heart stopped for a moment as my friend somehow typed up a short email and relayed the news about Betty and what she felt and thought of me.
13 years later, the thing I remember most is the voice from the recordings of Betty’s last words on this earth.
I just pray that wherever she is in the universe that she is experiencing the love and peace that we as humans can’t seem to figure out by ourselves on this earth.