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*Originally published on September 11, 2011.

The 10th anniversary of 9/11...

(yes. I have 'tweaked-it' since)

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,

I have decided to share with you my 'thoughts and actions'

during this unbelievably despicable

'Moment of History'.

On Tuesday,

11 September 2001 at approximately 7:59am (est),

our World changed forever,

with the departure of American Airlines Flight 11

from Boston's Logan Airport bound for Los Angeles.

This flight,

which is one of four planes that will be hijacked that day

by members of the extremist group Al-Qaeda,

crashes into the North Tower

of the World Trade Center located in New York City, NY

at approx 8:46am (est).

Killing all 81 passengers, the flight crew of 11,

and hundreds of Tower occupants immediately.

Everyone will remember 'exactly' where they were,

what they were doing,

and who they were with when these

horrific events unfolded.

As for myself;

I was living in Las Vegas w/my 'now' former wife,

and had just finished my shower and sat down

w/my first cup of coffee

when I turned-on CNN Headline News.

I can still vividly recall the very first images I saw that morning of the North Tower smoking,

that extremely large gapping hole,

and the chitter-chatter of the reporters of CNN not really sure about what exactly happened.

After it was confirmed that it was a passenger jet that

had crashed into the Tower,

I was taken aback at how a plane could not maneuver past. And then after the second plane hit the South Tower

at approx 6:03am (pst)

(which was only about 5min after I had began watching), did the thought of America being under probable attack come into the discussion.

I remember at that exact moment feeling

'overwhelmed with emotion'

and unbelievable grief immediately.

At the moment of the second impact,

my former wife,

who was then sitting with me on the couch commented

"thousands of people just died".

Within minutes of the second Tower being hit,

my home phone rang and it was my Security Manager

from the Venetian Hotel & Casino

(where I worked as the Security Public Relations Officer), asking me to get to the Casino as soon as possible.

I was 'on the road' enroute to the Las Vegas Strip within

ten minutes of the call.

As I drove the 15 miles to the Venetian,

I listened to a local radio station who had begun to

receive it's transmissions from a 'national' news channel.

All the reports were coming from witness's of the event's

that had just occurred 30min prior,

and I remember thinking 'everyone sounded scared.

Really scared!

Once I arrived at the Venetian,

I parked and met my Security Manager

in the briefing room,

and we discussed what 'special precautions' were to

be taken that day.

It was during this time when I witnessed the collapse

of the South Tower.

The rest of the day I was on-duty at my

normal assigned post,

the Security Information Podium located adjacent to the main cashier on the casino floor.

I can't tell you how many guests I interacted with that day, or what I had for lunch.

But I can tell you that a 'certain'

Casino Security Supervisor

was making disgusting remarks about 'New Yorkers'

and how they all deserved to die a horrible death.

*I can't really remember why he hated people

from the East coast, but he did/does.

The guy was always an asshole,

so I'm sure karma will fuck him up good one day.

My wife's dentist office closed at noon that day,

and she told me as she was shopping at

our local grocery that afternoon,

no-one talked, no-one smiled,

and everyone who was there walked in a haze.

The 'rumor-control-mill' was very active that day at the Venetian Casino & Hotel;

employees were hanging-on every word

of the news updates,

and adding their own assumptions on the 'goings-on'.

At times of such duress,

some people just seem to thrive on misery,

and the spreading of falsehoods.

I guess these maggots love to live on

the mishaps of others.

Assholes. All of them!!!

That evening,

my then wife and I listened to 'Peter Jennings' all night,

only to be interrupted by President Bush'

national address.

It was a day I will never forget.


The flight paths of the four hijacked planes used in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001


1) 7:59 a.m.

American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767,

departs Boston's Logan Airport bound for Los Angeles

with 81 passengers and crew of 11.

2) 8:14 a.m.

United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767,

also departs Boston for Los Angeles

with 56 passengers and crew of 9.

3) 8:20 a.m.

American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757,

departs Washington's Dulles Airport for Los Angeles

with 58 passengers and crew of 6.

4) 8:42 a.m.

United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757,

leaves Newark for San Francisco

with 37 passengers and crew of 7.

5) 8:46 a.m.

American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower

of the World Trade Center.

6) 9:03 a.m.

United Airlines Flight 175 slams into the South Tower

of the World Trade Center.

7) 9:37 a.m.

American Airlines Flight 77 hits the Pentagon.

Hijacked from Dulles,

Flight 77 slams into the West side of the Pentagon.

8) 9:59 a.m.

The South Tower collapses.

9) 10:03 a.m.

United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,

80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

10) 10:28 a.m.

The North Tower collapses.



The following is an 'entire list' of ALL who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

*If you do click-on the following link;

the names may not mean that much to you personally,

but to thousands of other people,

they are 'everything'.

They were fathers/mothers, brothers/sisters, sons/daughters,

and friends/family to many, many people.

Respect must be given...


San Francisco 'The Examiner'



September 12, 2001