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Sep. 11th, 2001 | 11:33 am

The World Trade Center was hit by two hijacked planes this morning. Well, it technically hasn't been confirmed that the planes were hijacked, but given that there are several other planes flying over our shut-down country that are out of communication and reported to be hijacked, chances are that these two (and the one that hit the Pentagon) were also hijacked and just the first to make an attack.

It feels like the terrorists studied Independence Day and decided to make it happen, except with humans in the United States.

And the funny thing is, even though subway service has been disconnected and Manhattan generally isolated, there's not really a large-scale panic. People are milling around wondering what to do with themselves, or walking uptown trying to get home.

It's all very surreal. Two days ago (well, two and a half is more correct I suppose, but the point still stands), I was standing on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center looking out over the city and thinking how beautiful it all is. I Smiled at the Twin Towers from the Staten Island Ferry and watched fireworks in New Jersey. I thought it one of the most beautiful sights in the city. In the world. Two days ago, I was dining at the Windows on the World Restaurant, thinking what a wonderful place that was and how the company was good and the view was beautiful and the evening was simply wonderful.

Now all I can think about is that someone I know might have died. I don't remember if he was leaving yesterday or today. I hope and pray that it was yesterday.

At least I have my own health and safety. And enough food to last me for a week or two until things get back on their feet.

And my cell phone is working, so I can call my mother and remind her that I am still okay since I know she will worry.

A brilliant action on the part of the terrorists. The hit us and hit us hard, and they started in New York City, which is in so many ways the nation's heart.

Class has been cancelled and I sorely wish it hadn't. I would give just about anything to be able to distract myself right about now.

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