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    9/11 update from the inside

    Quote Originally Posted by aLaN
    I hope that Bruce will give us his annual update.
    It's been interesting to see the city transition each year on September 11, and the days leading up to it. When I first moved up here, the whole week before was very somber, upsetting and fresh in every New Yorker's mind. Things were quieter, more pensive... introspective, sad, angry.... to put it simply -- emotional. The wounds were still fresh and deep.

    Last year had some of the same feeling, but over a much shorter span of time. People's daily routine went mostly unchanged, and the anniversary wasn't on the forefront of everyone's mind (at least not until only a day or two before). September 11th itself, was a quiet day - to me it seemed just as introspective, though a large component had disappeared - it was like a weight was lifted off the city's shoulders... maybe it's just that people are now past the grief of that day, and have transitioned to dealing with it as a time of reflection.

    Over the last year, construction at the ground zero site has been furious. The PATH (mass transit) station is open and fully functional... you actually decend into the massive pit on escalator to reach the tracks - it's refreshing to see functionality return to the site... it takes up only a tiny corner of the zone of destruction - regardless a refreshing slice of normalcy in the void of destruction. The first skyscraper is also almost finished (#7 WTC - the building on the periphery that collapsed the following day)... some return of the skyline.

    This year life went on as normal until the anniversary itself. The memorial lights were set up a day or two before, but the city went on at it's usual pace. I had to work on 9/11 this year - it was just like any other day in the hospital - unlike years past when it seemed like everyone was just trying to get through the day. The city was very quiet though. Almost no traffic. A beautiful, sunny day (much like it was in 2001) - the memorial service at Ground Zero, moments of silence (2 for when the planes crashed, and another 2 when the towers came down).

    Monday 9/12 and this whole week, the city is in overdrive - U.N. General Assembly is this week (it's the 60th anniversary) and over 200 heads-of-state in town through most of the week. The hospital I'm currently at (Bellevue) serves this whole population.... Secret Service, CIA, undercover officers abound. I'll be happy when the week is over.

    It's nice to see how resiliant Americans (not just New Yorkers) really are. As with those affected by 9/11, I'm confident those whose lives have been uprooted by the recent hurricane - as well as many of the towns and cities in the Gulf that were devastated - will recover. The wounds are fresh and deep, and a similar sense of hopelessness is in the air, but time will help these mend as well. Families reunited, cities rebuilt, and lives restarted.

    It's a testament to the character of Americans to see the outpouring of assistance from the surrounding region - aid workers, cities harboring 'hurricance refugees', donations of time, money, and sweat. It's unfortunate when tragedies like this happen, but on the individual level it truly brings the American 'Family' together.

    On a completely different subject (and state of mind) I'm still planning on making the Thursday Night ride next week (9/22). Look foward to seeing all of you degenerate rednecks. Have a beer (or three) ready. I hate you all

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    I found something very frustrating with the way FEMA is handling things.

    Example 1:
    I had a young man...........early 20's. Got his $2,000 FEMA benefit. I believe he received a Checkcard or something.
    Anyway, he came back in today to visit his family member.................

    He was sporting a BIG gold chain with a BIG gold cross, some fancy sunglasses and a pair of high dollar sneakers. He was bragging about how he bought it with his FEMA money.

    UGH!

    Example 2:
    Young couple. Husband goes down and registers with FEMA and gets his $2,000 credit. Apparently they are only given one per household. Wife is hospitalized. He calls the hospital and says he has claimed the money and is not coming back for her. He is leaving town and she is on her own.

    I called and spoke with a FEMA representative who came out to meet with patients. The woman has no recourse. The response I got was, "sorry, I don't know what to tell you..............but they only gave one per household."
    They cannot issue another credit to the female patient, so for now, her looser husband can just run off with the money.

    UGH!

    Geez.......................
    there has gotta be a better way.
    It must suck to be you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toobin' Tobin
    I had the chance to get out to one of the shelters and help out with George.

    It was an experience of a lifetime, one that I will not soon forget. I hope to get back down there again soon.
    We also had a great experience here. We reunited a 104 year old man with his family.
    It must suck to be you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishergirl
    We also had a great experience here. We reunited a 104 year old man with his family.
    That is so awesome!

    And it's sincere moments like that that makes tolerating all the other abuse and bureaucratic BS palatable. If you haven't had the opportunity like that to help reunite a family, to share in the emotional rush of seeing people who honestly had little hope that a loved one survived, it's so worth it.

    Find the time to volunteer.
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    que no hay que llegar primero,
    pero hay que saber llegar."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMD
    It's a testament to the character of Americans to see the outpouring of assistance from the surrounding region - aid workers, cities harboring 'hurricance refugees', donations of time, money, and sweat. It's unfortunate when tragedies like this happen, but on the individual level it truly brings the American 'Family' together.

    On a completely different subject (and state of mind) I'm still planning on making the Thursday Night ride next week (9/22). Look foward to seeing all of you degenerate rednecks. Have a beer (or three) ready. I hate you all

    BGMD

    Events like this bring out the best and the worst in people.

    I hate you too... See ya next week.
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    Panhandlers and just plain old street bums now tell people they are from New Orleans and lost everything in the flood. It works pretty well too from what I've seen. My own mother-in-law gave one some money. I saw him make a beeline straight to the convenience store to get his beer.
    "The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits. ..." Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave K
    Panhandlers and just plain old street bums now tell people they are from New Orleans and lost everything in the flood. It works pretty well too from what I've seen. My own mother-in-law gave one some money. I saw him make a beeline straight to the convenience store to get his beer.

    Next time, tell your mother in law to tell them to go to Kelly AFB and register with FEMA. Tell her to tell them that they can get all kinds of benefits including a $2000 debit card.
    It must suck to be you.

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    next time do what i do....just give them beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishergirl
    Next time, tell your mother in law to tell them to go to Kelly AFB and register with FEMA. Tell her to tell them that they can get all kinds of benefits including a $2000 debit card.
    From what I understand, they are not giving those out anymore. But the government will come up with another system that people can take advantage of.
    Do you want answers? I want the truth! You can't handle the truth!

    ...I'm not going to put you into a woodchipper. The rhetoric on this board is overblown. You're not a child killer or a mercenary.

    Can we get past this please? I have never molested any child nor have you murdered one. I apologize for maligning your mother. Even though I cannot remember it, I apologize for it.

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    bump

    trying to bump the white power thread off the first page.
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    /bump

    here i go again
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    Here she goes again!
    Ya'll don't know what it's like
    being male, middle class and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Toninator View Post
    Here she goes again!
    ... Spring cleaning, digging up old posts!
    I ride, therefore I bleed....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMD View Post
    ... Spring cleaning, digging up old posts!

    There is a voice from the past. In which city by the bay are you living? Still riding?
    Raise your skill level to the level of the trail, donít bring the level of the trail down to your riding level.

    Don't mind me, I'm just along for the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    There is a voice from the past. In which city by the bay are you living? Still riding?
    I'm back in NYC... rare to see the mtn bike, but I do a fair bit of road riding now!
    I ride, therefore I bleed....

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    I have heard good things about Brooklyn and its upgrading of restaurants, housing, bike sharing, and overall gentrification. We are still mountain biking here with new areas available in San Antonio and the Austin area since you left. San Antonio has completed miles of paved trails that follow the creeks and rivers, primarily Salado Creek, Leon Creek, the San Antonio River south to the missions, and Medina River. We can now ride on a few back streets and the Salado Creek Greenway from Alamo Heights to McAllister Park and then ride dirt trails and return without having to get in the car. There seems to be more road riding here as well. As you can see, most of the Mojos have moved to Facebook. Most of the BikeMojo postings are now on Austin VooDoo.
    Raise your skill level to the level of the trail, donít bring the level of the trail down to your riding level.

    Don't mind me, I'm just along for the ride.

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