Tag Archives: 9/11

Never Forget…

I posted this back in 2015, but it’s just as relevant today…

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I was at home watching Oprah when a special report broke in saying the first tower in New York had been hit by a plane.  Like many others, I’m sure, I thought it was an air traffic control problem at first or some horrible accident — no one would have thought terrorism back then.

And then my phone started ringing — my sister, my mom, my husband.  One son was away at college and one was still in middle school and I remember wanting them home with me right then. 

It was all anyone could talk or think about for days, the shock and horror of it all.  Even now, it still can fill me with sadness for the senseless deaths and injuries that day.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11/01 and how it affected you?

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Hoover Dam…

 

 

Driving back to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon, we drove over the bypass highway in view of Hoover Dam at dusk.  It is pretty at night, isn’t it?

Many years ago, I had been at a conference in Los Angeles and met my girlfriends in Vegas for a few days before flying home.  Back then you could wander the whole dam, which we did on a side trip.  The old road you used to be able to drive over the crest of the dam is only used by dam visitors after 9/11 security restrictions and increased traffic in the area.

Even last week as we were traveling through the area, there was a news story of a man in a “homemade armored truck” with a rifle that shut down one of the access roads for several hours!  https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/man-holed-up-in-armored-truck-on-hoover-dam-bypass-bridge-arrested/amp/

Formerly known as Boulder Dam, the structure is pretty imposing up close and Lake Mead, created by the backed up Colorado River, is gorgeous.  But you can see by the light sides along the lake how far down the water level is.  It’s only 40 percent filled because of drought and water usage.

There are still tours you can take of the dam, which is owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, and sits on the Nevada-Arizona border.  When you consider this massive structure was built during the Depression and created thousands of jobs for otherwise unemployed people, it was a pretty amazing undertaking to provide flood control, hydroelectric power and water to Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11/01?

thI was at home watching Oprah when a special report broke in saying the first tower had been hit by a plane.  Like many others, I’m sure, I thought it was an air traffic control problem at first or some horrible accident — no one would have thought terrorism back then.

And then my phone started ringing — my sister, my mom, my husband.  One son was away at college and one was still in middle school and I remember wanting them home with me right then.  It was all anyone could talk or think about for days, the shock and horror of it all.  Even now, it still can fill me with sadness for the senseless deaths and injuries that day.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11/01 and how it affected you?