More Personal Stories of Living in New York Right Now
911 by Jeffrey Zeldman. Jeffrey tells of what it’s like being there, living there, trying to breathe, trying to do anything within a normal routine. I won’t give the rest away. Definitely a must read.
Then, from Grant Barrett’s story of Tuesday,
“From the sky and from the ground, from the tops of buildings near and far, from neighboring buildings with unobstructed views of the mayhem and chaos, we watched the buildings burn and fall again. In that lobby, watching those televisions, were students from around the world. People who had known bombings at home, war, murder, genocide, death. They were here to move beyond that life, to strike out on new paths, to seek non-violent, educated, answers to the problems that their home countries faced. Now they were not so sure.”
Joel on Software from Wednesday’s post,
“I saw an old couple on the corner holding hands. They weren’t going anywhere, just standing outside looking at the sky, happy to be here.”
Another personal account can be found at Mike Daisy’s web log, Dilettante, including his walk across Brooklyn Bridge with countless others.
Allen Plummer has generously volunteered to post personal stories at his site: Reactions from New Yorkers on the World Trade Center Attack. And Mike Daisy has posted Paul Bacon’s story of being only 3 blocks from the towers and his building’s windows exploding, and also riding the subway right past the twin towers only moments before.
One TV anchor said he wished there was more time to talk about people’s personal stories. Is it better to repeat the same news over and over, to run the same clips of the buildings collapsing throughout the day and night, to repeatedly ask the officials about the numbers who’ve died? Must they keep repeating how many body bags the mayor has ordered?
I want to know how each person is doing. I want to know how those with missing family members, colleagues, and friends are coping. I want them to know we care, that we’re praying for them. I want them to be comforted at a time when they need it the most. It’s not the numbers. It’s the people.
As Dave Winer stated Tuesday,
Is there an opportunity for something good to come from this? I think so. . . . Perhaps a new connection between peace-loving people everywhere?