Monday, July 11, 2011

The New Millennium - Living in a Post 9/11 World

Living in a Post  9/11 World

On Tuesday September 11, 2001 I caught my regular BART train from Concord to Daly City and then transferred to the Gap shuttle to San Bruno. I was standing in a Deli across the street from the Gap Bruno when the news of 9-11started to break. Christy and I were 11 days from our wedding.

Over the next few days we took cancellations from family members in NC, FL and TX that could not make their flights. Christy’s parents drove out from Texas just to make sure they could attend. On the 22nd we were married in Berkeley on a Hornblower Yacht. The following morning, Sunday, we escaped to Puerto Vallarta for our honeymoon and a week away from the news.

Memorable Moments

Everyone has a few moments in their life that are memorable. I remember driving through Pacifica yelling "Eskimo" with Steve, Ray and Paul in 1978. I remember watching Rocky Horror Picture show in my tuxedo after HS graduation in May, 1979; standing at Lombard and Fillmore during the Loma Prieta earthquake October, 1989; watching the Oakland Hills Fire in October, 1991 and seeing first news shots of 9/11/01 at 1111 Bayhill in San Bruno.

After being witness to so much turmoil I’m glad for the memories of my wedding, honeymoon and the birth of my children. 

Christy and I used a three and five year plan to map out our life. We were able to get out of California, move to Ohio, have two kids, complete my MBA, and then move to Texas – without straining our relationship. In an eight year period from 9/11 we sold a condo, bought and sold a house in Pittsburg, rented a house in Columbus, bought a house in Powell, sold the Powell house, rented in Delaware, and bought a new home in Texas. We traveled to Mexico twice. I travelled to Ireland. We vacationed in North Carolina and Texas. I worked at Gap, Bisys and Dell.

Our plans were never set in stone. They guided us and allowed us to move without the burden of too much doubt or regret.
We're living in a post 9/11 world, and making the best of it.

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