The attacks on September 11th, 2001, were some of the most horrific and heart wrenching moments in American history. That Tuesday will probably be remembered forever, written down in the pages of history books for future generations to read about much like our generation reads about the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor that sparked the United States into World War II. It had a defining impact on the daily lives of everyone in our country, including the huge increase of blog postage about the attack on the web. New Yorker David Wertheimer posted a blog on
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The attacks on September 11th, 2001, were some of the most horrific and heart wrenching moments in American history. That Tuesday will probably be remembered forever, written down in the pages of history books for future generations to read about much like our generation reads about the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor that sparked the United States into World War II. It had a defining impact on the daily lives of everyone in our country, including the huge increase of blog postage about the attack on the web. New Yorker David Wertheimer posted a blog on <www.netwart.com/ideapad/sept11_me> that gives us a firsthand account and look at the impact it had on New Yorkers on the days including and immediately following September 11th.
David witnessed firsthand and in person the tragedies of 9/11. He gives us an emotional, detailed, sorrowful story of how many lives were affected in the general area of ground zero, where the two towers once stood. David wishes to inform us with his blog about the true chaos and heartfelt sorrow and grief that flooded New York on that eventful day. David tells of the panic that engulfed him and his family as they worried about the safety of each other, and explains the difficulty to reach loved ones due to the chaos going on in the streets. He shares how much everyone was affected; even his brother's roommate had an office in the World Trade Center. David tells how businesses closed so everyone could stand in the streets and watch the Towers burn, then collapse. Later on in the evening, stories start coming in of people David knew. There were stories about coworkers whose husbands were trapped in the towers and couldn't get out or how they haven't heard from family members in hours who worked at the Trade Center. David explains how he stayed strong, trying to support his friends without breaking down in emotions.
In the following days, David tells of how life slowly tried to turn back to normal, but it was near impossible and the sheer weight of grief, sorrow, and mourning "hung over the city". Smoke covers the city, infecting just about every home with the smell of burnt "rubber and steel and paper and plastic and tears and life". He imagines the smell of burnt flesh, from the smoldering ruins and wreckage of the nightmare just downtown. The wind blows the stench and smoke to every corner of New York. David also shares how it is hard to go anywhere; bus stations, subways, tunnels all close and open at random. These bomb threats were almost as random a numerous. The rain "smothers the good humor that began hinting around".
David feels ashamed for doing anything except mourning, even going on the internet and looking up baseball. He states he "doesn't eat right, sleep right, and even think right" and feels that most people in New York are the same way. To try to recover some normalcy in his life, he and his fiancée Amy go out one night. They notice the emptiness of the streets and the nonexistence of New York's famed traffic. On the way home, they crossed Union Square and the brief happiness they had for that evening quickly subsided on the scene they encountered. Thousands of candles and tributes lined the Square, in tribute to those who lost their lives in the buildings. Pictures of fire trucks and policemen were hung on the fence posts, in memory of the rescue workers who lost their lives saving others. All the emotions from nearly a week and a half that were built up in David quickly were brought back. David, overcome with the emotions, finally broke down and wept with Amy. "10 days of strength, of consoling friends and loved ones, were all I had", he said.
The emotions were evident in David’s blog. He allows us to see, in a first person view, the panic and chaos that surrounded the streets on 9/11, along with the sadness, grief, and sorrow following in the days after. The details are very descriptive, allowing us to form a very visual image in our minds of the events that will forever be etched in American history. David is just one of the many hundreds of people when felt this tragedy first hand, even though it affected everyone in the country sooner or later.