On 9/11/2001 I was on the 25th floor of 111 Wall Street working for Citibank as SQL developer/dba. That is the last building on Wall Street by the East River. I went to
work at 8am on a remarkably beautiful sunny day, by 8:50 the 25mph wind blowing down Wall Street was bringing paper sheets like snowflakes by my window. My happy SQL-ing was interrupted by the unfolding immense tragedy. At 10:30am I was escaping amid nuclear
war like conditions in white smoke burning my eyes and airways, F-16-s roaring overhead unseen because of the smoke. At that time I was confused, later I figured it out: I was in the thinning white smoke of the World Trade Center South Tower collapse, while
the billowing white dirt cloud of the North Tower collapse was coming toward me. I did not know if I will live or die, just kept walking toward the Brooklyn Bridge.
After six blocks of nuclear winter type marching with thousands of others, the Sun appeared again: I am going to live!
Kalman Toth, SQL Server & Business Intelligence Training
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