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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-10-2006, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-10-2006, 11:16 PM
 
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Amen, brother, Amen.

God rest their souls.

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Hope they all Rest in peace.
Remember people...
Sooner or later, justice will be served. When it does, I'll be the first one to crack on a champagne raise a real toast to their spirits.
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Justice is being served... We're doing a great job of it!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

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God bless all of us and that is sad hope they all rest in peace
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My dad was a firefighter for 25 years in Baltimore City. When he went to work each day, I never knew for sure if he was going to come home at the end of his shift.

My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones on that tragic day. As the son of a retired firefighter, I feel a special bond to the public servants who gave their lives to help innocent civilians. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't think about the police officers, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters and military that are gone. Without their heroic actions, the number of lives lost at the WTC would have been much greater.
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Heartfelt condolences to the lives lost and families shattered.Best wishes to all that had to rebuild their lives.
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Happy birthday mom.
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RIP to all the firefighters and americans who lost their lives during this terrible event.
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Justice is being served... We're doing a great job of it!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

~ Katrina
How about you bless the rest of the world too?
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Bless all who have lost their life to senseless violence or political/religious ideology.
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How about you bless the rest of the world too?
Agreed Davey

A toast! My heart goes out to all the victims and their families. Hard to believe it's been 5 years.

Nice story Jim
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Bless all who have lost their life to senseless violence or political/religious ideology.
Good man.

If there is one statement that pisses me off completely it's "God bless America" It might as well be "God bless us lot, but f**k you guys"

Anyway, my sincere condolences to all that had losses on that terrible day, I'll be raising a glass tonight for you
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Bless all who have lost their life to senseless violence or political/religious ideology.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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"What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our
World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn?
Whatever it was, please know that you failed. Did you want us to
respect your cause? You just damned your cause.
Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.
Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together... So I ask again: what was it you hoped to teach us?
It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred.
If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange:
You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of.
You don't know what you just started. But you're about to learn.
~~ Leonard Pitts, Jr., 12 Sep 2001 "We'll go forward from this Moment"
in Miami Herald

God bless and hold each soul senselessly taken by this acts of cowardice.
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