I work in banking in Lower Manhattan, and have for almost 20 years now. I've worked for companies like Chase Manhattan, Citibank, and Credit Suisse/First Boston to name a few. That's the way it is in IT on Wall St., you often wind up bouncing from one company to another when a promotion is blocked, or a change of career presents itself.
It makes for an environment where you see people on occasion that you haven't seen in years, as they too move from one bank to another; from large brokerages to boutique shops, from Fixed Income in one place to Equities in another, to an Investment Banking division in a third. From server teams, network operations types, to desktop support staffs; you work with so many people at each stop. You meet and get to know a lot of people, and over time the people you know know people you used to know, and the community gets a little smaller still.
Hardly a month goes by when I don't find out about someone else I used to work with back in the day who got caught at work on 9/11. I found out recently about a very nice Indian girl named Goumatie Thakurdeen whom I'd known at Credit Suisse. She was a real pain in the backside to a guy I hated with a passion, so I naturally thought the world of her
i didn't get to miss her until she was gone nearly 5 years. It does make you stop and think sometimes about all of the people you used to know, and go to lunch with during the San Gennaro fest which is coming up again, and who used to be a part of your team. You can't know how they all made out that day, but too many didn't.
Anyway, without bringing even a HINT of politics into this, I just wanted to raise a toast to all the people who died that day, in New York, and Washington, and the fields of Pennsylvania. I don't care what events led up to that day, and won't bring it up. That sort of discussion can happen on any day, and often does. The 11th doesn't need that.
So, To all of those who fell, we remember you, and your spirits carry on. Rest in peace, forever with us.