.@JeffJarvis' Extraordinary Tale from #911

In the deluge of 9/11 memories emerging today, this one warrants special attention. Journalist Jeff Jarvis shares his experiences in and around the WTC during the fateful moment when the planes hit. Raw, sobering, thoughtful, and reflective. To be read and shared.
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Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
This is my memory from 9/11 that I cannot talk about: http://t.co/BuCfQ79
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I was on my way into work now, driving to Jersey City and the (last) PATH train to the World Trade Center. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I stood on the last PATH train. Crowded, as usual. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I didn't want to go to New York that day. My 10 am meeting was to plan layoffs at CondéNet. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I didn't notice what a beautiful morning it was until I looked up at the North Tower and the sky. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
At this moment at Journal Square, I got on that last PATH train to the WTC. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
It was just another commute to New York. Not sure why I took the World Trade Center PATH instead of the train to midtown. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
My PATH train was probably going under the river about now. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
At this moment, my PATH train entered the World Trade Center. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
The first jet hit the first tower now. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I got off my PATH train, noticing nothing different at first. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I came up the long, broad escalator to the Trade Center's concourse. Something was different, quite odd: Silence. It was never quiet. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
At the top of the escalator, I saw virtually no one. It was never not crowded. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I wondered what had happened. Behind me, I saw a small bit of smoke. I thought it was a minor track fire. I didn't rush. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I saw the concourse of the World Trade Center dotted everywhere with empty women's shoes. I could not imagine why. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I turned to a stranger; said, "What's up with the shoes." He gave me a dirty look for talking to him. That was the last old-NY moment. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I just walked through the concourse, seeing no cause for concern yet. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I wanted to buy a newspaper but was peeved that the newsstand was in the process of closing. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I came up under WTC 5 and the bookstore there. Still quiet. Still not concerned, just puzzled at what was happening. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I came out of the Trade Center and a woman cop there screamed at us: "RUN! RUN!" I will always remember her face, with gratitude. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
I ran across the street amid debris. I did not keep running. I stopped between the hotel and Century 21 and turned around. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
Now I saw black smoke and orange flames from the top of the North Tower with debris still raining. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
No one knew what had happened. The news was speculation,. Some thought a plane had hit. It sounded impossibly absurd. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
We hardly spoke, the strangers there. We just stared up. #911
Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis
Now I noticed what a beautiful sky we had that morning. #911
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