Every 9-11, the main road of Longboat Key is respectfully decorated with small U.S. flags, to honor our country and those who lost their lives on that terrible, tragic day. I noticed a few blog posts today with the question of “where you were” or what you were doing when the planes hit – and we all remember EXACTLY WHERE WE WERE AND WHAT WE WERE DOING. It’s one of those horrible situations in life when there’s such an incredible amount of disbelief that something of that magnitude could happen. People of my parent’s generation can compare it to the day JFK was assassinated.
And yes, President Bush was staying here, right on Longboat Key that fateful morning, before his motorcade headed to the elementary school in Sarasota. The terrorists even seem to have connections to Longboat Key – some eyewitnesses say that two of them met at the now-defunct Holiday Inn on Sept 7 as was reported back in November 2001 by a local newspaper, and the same or others took flight lessons from local flight schools, including one in Venice.
Where was I on that fateful day? Albany, NY, just a couple of hours up the NYS Thruway. I had just dropped my barely 2-year old son off for a fun morning at preschool around 8:30 and headed for Target. I heard the news on the radio as I approached the Target parking lot, went inside, and headed right for the electronics department. My eyes darted from television to television to television, as though I would stumble across just some “normal” news. Or cartoons. Or anything other than what I was seeing. It was so horrible.
In the year before I got married, I took the train from Albany down to NYC every other Wednesday to work at my corporate office. One of my favorite things to do was to go to the summer prix fixe lunches at Windows on the World, at the top of the North Tower. FUN! And what a view. I also have to digress….I also lived in Queens and then NJ in my 20′s and I remember many a date at Windows on the World, too, LOL!
At the same time, I was discovering my passion for cooking and took many courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and likewise discovered that Master Chef Micheal Lomonaco was the culinary genius behind Windows on the World.
He was late in getting to his restaurant that morning….and it saved his life.
I watched that terrible day unfold once again today through internet photos and video clips. I’m so glad my son was too young to watch it on television that day because after a refresher today – I didn’t even need it. I remember every. last. thing.
Here’s this year’s Longboat Key Flag photo: