-It's my Mom's birthday
-I had fallen asleep with the news on and woke up groggily thinking I had somehow changed the channel to a Tom Clancy movie
-Email friend in New York to see if they were OK
-Walking around numb
I thought a lot about an experience I had years ago. I flew from Tokyo to London on the day the IRA resumed their campaign against the Brits (late '90s I think. edit, nope, it was 1994
.) My friends and I were having lunch somewhere near Chinatown and the police came through the area getting everyone out of the restaurants because they'd gotten reports of a bomb planted in the area. We got the hell out and legged it...away.
They found a pipe bomb in a mailbox about 10' from where we were sitting.