I hope not to be in Clearfield again.
On the morning of 9/11/01, I sat at my desk listening to the radio. The dj first announces that a small plane hit the World Trade Center. I mention this to my co-workers. The dj then announces that it was a commercial plane and possibly terrorism. A few minutes pass and they announce that another plane hit and there are more planes circling. The radio goes out a few minutes later. I try to reach my husband on the regular phone and then cell phone. all circuits are busy. Permanently. I live about 15 miles away from NYC and our communications, radio & tv were broadcast from the towers.
As my agency scrambles to see the clients (social service agency), my husband pulls up out to the back of the agency. He tells me we need to get out of the area because of more planes circling. I go in to tell my supervisor and she tells me they just excused all state and county workers (I work for the county). We head west on Route 80 and don't stop until we hit around the 300 mile marker away from NYC. We check into a Days Inn,watch CNN and hug each other.
The following morning, we phone our building manager who is a local firefighter. His girlfriend tells us he's at the trade center and that is chaos locally. We decide to head back and on the way back get a speeding ticket courtesy of the PA State Police.
So we get home. Pet the cat. Speak to my husband's 89 year old grandparents who live in the Bronx and can't leave and watch the smoke billowing up and listen to the fighter jets and helicopters overhead.
Chris decides to fight the speeding ticket so in November, we head back to Clearwater and check into a local B&B (see accomodation). We show up at a courtroom the size of our living room, have a nice chat with the 30 year old judge and get the ticket dismissed. We then proceeded to enjoy a very nice meal in State College, PA. I woke up early the following morning, went for a really nice stroll through Clearwater and had a jacuzzi back at the B&B.
That's my Clearwater, PA story-not totally unpleasant but I wish the circumstances were different.