Sunday, May 01, 2011

Some Days You WIll Never Forget / Osama Bin Laded Killed

There are some days in your life you never forget.  For me, a couple of days stand out:

October 17th, 1989 - The Day of the Loma Prieta Earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.   I was at the Polo Fields at Golden Gate Park in SF for a cross country meet when the earthquake struck at 5:04 PM.    Not being close to buildings, I wasn't aware at how large the earthquake was until my team and I left the park and saw the power out.  It took me several hours to get home due to buses getting delayed with power all over the City.

September 11th, 2001 - This day began as any other day for me.  I was up at about 4:30 AM and got on a commuter train to go to work at 5 AM or so.  I spent an hour on the train and another 30 to 45 minutes on a shuttle to get to my office.  Obviously, as I was commuting to work, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York had started but I had no idea.

I arrived at the office to a co-worker telling me that a plane had hit the Twin Towers in New York.  My co-worker thought it was a small plane.  As I tried to get onto CNN's website to see what was going on, I COULD NOT.  I tried a few other news sites and had the same problem.  Obviously something major had happened.  It would be a few hours later when the news finally broke.  My co-workers and I spent most of the day in disbelief.

May 1st, 2011 - Let's add May 1st, 2011 to the list of days you never forget.  On this day, President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden (leader of Al Queda and person who plotted 9/11 attacks) was killed in a US Military operation.  I'll save the whole political discussion about this news for a later time, but it definitely is a historic day.

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