People forget what September 11, 2001 was really like.
My apartment building is 5 blocks from the World Trade Center.
Try to imagine living through all that.
My building was covered with 2 inches of thick, grey ash,
You could hardly breath.
You had to wear a nose mask when you went out.
The stench, in the air, lasted for a year.
The fires kept starting for 6 months.
I had no electricity for 5 weeks,
That means NO lights, NO phone, NO air conditioning, radio or TV.
We had no water for a week.
They use our emergency generators to run the elevator, once a day,
To bring up a bottle of drinking water & a cheese or bologny sandwitch.
The area was sealed off as an emergency zone.
No cars or people were allowed in without a pass or I.D.
We later found out that was because there was millions of dollars in
gold bullion, In a secret vault, under our streets.
Cleaning up meant I had to have my walls & ceiling washed & re-painted.
Rugs were replaced, all furniture cleaned, all clothing washed or dry cleaned.
I developed a bronchitis asthma, and to this day, I have respitory problems.
I was lucky my life or building were not destroyed.
You have to have lived through it to understand.
An event that has scarred my memory forever...
But people forget.
By Lance Von Zepkan
April 19, 2008