Things seem calm here but maybe that’s because I haven’t tried to go out again

“I work at a news agency about a block and a half from the White House. I got out of my car a few minutes ago just as the radio news was beginning to report what they say are possibly fires and evacuations at the White House and at the Pentagon. There were crowds of people coming out of Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, and I’ve been hearing fire truck sirens outside for about ten minutes now. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling scared right now. And I’m trying not to think about the people on that plane, if indeed there was a hijacking… sigh. A black mood inside my head. Probably inside of a lot of heads.”

Posted September 12, 2001

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