Someone recently told me I have led an exciting life. After a few moments of denial, I admitted that my life has been pretty interesting.
A few examples…
- Growing up in a very strict household where I couldn’t watch television, wear short sleeves, or attend my school’s basketball games
- Coming out to my family at twenty years of age
- Creating a Michael Jackson fan site that became the catalyst for a trip to Germany in 2001
- Getting to see Michael Jackson in concert on 9/10/01
- Being in New York City on 9/11/01
- Meeting my partner of 9 years on the internet
- Getting to see some of the best performers on earth live in concert
- Traveling to various parts of the country
- Becoming a business owner earlier this year
- Having a scan of my Michael Jackson concert ticket included in an upcoming special on National Geographic
Even though I am typically scared of my own shadow, I am glad I have been willing to put myself out there on multiple occasions. Those are typically the moments that have been the most rewarding.
During my visit to New York City in the fall of 2001, I had the privilege of visiting the top of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The observation deck encompassed both an indoor and outdoor viewing area. I have included photos from both vantage points, as well as a photo of the original globe that rested at the foot of the towers and a model of the southern tip of Manhattan that was displayed on the observation deck.
I took the following photos with a 35mm camera on 9/9/01 – two days before the towers came down. You can read more about my experience here.
Traffic to this website over the past couple of days has created an uncanny tribute to the Twin Towers.
This photo was taken by me on 9/10/2001 while visiting Liberty Island. You can read my 9/11 story here.
This amazing graphic shows what we can expect to see when the site formerly known as “Ground Zero” is restored.
Credit: History.com & Column Five
The 1,776 foot tower designed to restore Manhattan’s skyline and replace the office space that was lost on 9/11/01 has finally begun showing signs of progress. Steelwork recently hit 160 feet above street level, but is expected to reach 20 floors in the first quarter of 2010.
Here are a few renders of the redesigned World Trade Center complex and memorial.
Follow the progress here.