Sunday, September 11, 2005

9/11 2005, Four Years Later.

The world is a different place on this fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This time last year, I decided to hike / climb up to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier, to mark the third anniversary of 9/11. While this year, I did not climb to Camp Muir, I thought I would recall part of my day on 9/11, some four years ago.

Four years ago, I was living and working in Redmond, WA, over at the “soft”. During this time, I was the lead engineer for WindowsMedia.com, a Microsoft entrainment and news portal. I remember awaking to an onslaught of early morning pages to my cell phone, indicating various problems. From these pages, I was able to determine that our web traffic levels to our servers had sharply increased. I quickly went into my living room where my roommate was, where he mentioned two jets had flown into the World Trade Center. It was not until later in the day, I would learn the full gravity of the situation, and how the world around me had changed… including me. Our traffic levels spiked, because of the increased load on our systems from users around the world trying to find more information on the attacks. I also distinctly remember not hearing ANY jets or planes for some time, after 9/11. I could however hear late at night jets at very high altitude, although I am not sure what they were… I am guessing military. There was never before a time in my life, when I could not look up in the sky and see a plane flying over. Life seemed to somewhat normalize after the FAA started to allow both commercial and private jets to fly again… I have never been so excited too see planes fly above me.

Rob

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