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Do something positive to help yourself recover(5 posts)

Do something positive to help yourself recoverLive Steam
Sep 13, 2001 12:34 PM
The aftermath of Tuesdays events, had left me feeling quite helpless and sad. I wanted to do something. I wanted to lash out at these freaks of the human race that caused all of this pain. I also wanted to aide our fallen friends in some way, but couldn't find a way to do so other than donating blood. I am sure my desperation came across in my earlier posts.

I did not go out to ride today as I had anticipated and as I was advised to do by some of you. Instead I went to the local armory here on Staten Island, just a block away from a small business I own, a laundromat/ dry-cleaning facility, in a commercial building I also own. I found out that there are 450 men and women of the NY National guard staying there that are helping in the recovery efforts at the WTC. I located their commanding officer and I offered our laundry services to them in gratitude for their sacrifice and hard work. He was ecstatic and grateful as they had made no plans for laundering of their fatigues that will surely be a mess.

This small gesture has helped me feel a bit less helpless. I needed to feel like I am doing my part. Doing something for the greater good. Not just going about my business as if nothing had occurred. I don't know if this is selfish on my part, but the guilt I have been living with the past few days was almost overwhelming. Where did the guilt come from? I guess I couldn't put into perspective why all of those people had to die. Why all of their friends and family had to be effected in such a horrific manner. Is it just because of geography that I was not directly effected? I know when all of this is over, I will have been effected in a more direct and sad way. My two cousins were in the WTC at that terrible time, but were thankfully able to escape without harm. However, I know people, mostly as acquaintances, that are probably not coming out of that wreck alive. They were good people. I am sure that I will also know of more than a few rescue workers that were lost too. You see Staten Island is a community that supplies on of the largest work forces to lower Manhattan. It is also a community full of firemen and policemen, many of whom are stationed around NYC's firehouses and precincts. The fire/rescue company down the street from me was completely lost the other day as they were among the first to respond to the alarm. Eleven men! I did not know any of them by name, but I did see them on a regular basis when riding past the station. They would nod or ask how far I had ridden in a neighborly way when waiting for the traffic light to change in front of their house.

I know we are all a long way away from recovering our spirits and from loosing the sadness and gloom this has brought upon us. But I guess doing something productive to help aide those who are helping all of us has had a therapeutic effect. I appreciate the opportunity to help as I am also helping myself!
CAN WE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT IT?!Allen az
Sep 13, 2001 1:39 PM
Jeez people, This is a cycling forum! We all know what happened, & we all have our opinions. Enough already. The posts here regarding the tragedy in NY are over-whelming in length, and pretty much all the same. Sorry, but I'm just sick of it. So...back to bikes please???

-Allen

BTW, I'm not directing this just to one person (Live Steam).
THEN DON'T READ THEM !!!!!!QUADZILLA
Sep 13, 2001 2:49 PM
If you have a problem with them, just don't read the non-cycling threads. I think that they are pretty easy to pick out. Furthermore, I think what Live Steam is doing is fantastic. God bless your effort. I've seen more Patriotism in the past 2 days than I have in 30 years combined. So many of us have been directly effected by this and we need to talk about it. I've read so many wonderful stories and opinions here. I guess my point is, is that you have the FREEDOM to choose not to read these threads. We here on the board are CYCLISTS who have been moved by this experience, and choose to share. May God be with us all.
THEN DON'T READ THEM !!!!!!Allen az
Sep 13, 2001 4:26 PM
"just don't read the non-cycling threads". All, (well 95%) of the posts are about the attack!

Oh well, not use arguing.
Sorry, Just venting.I feel better(nm)QUADZILLA
Sep 13, 2001 4:32 PM