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September 11 and Goals Update #34


September 11

The infamous question, “Where were you when the planes crashed into the twin towers?” For me, though I was young, I still remember this horrific day quite vividly.

Mr Vanideking, my 10th grade History teacher, was reclining in his office chair (as he often did…standing was not his thing) as he spoke about something historically I assume (history was never my best subject…). The Vice Principle poked his head in the door and waved my teacher over. As they whispered, I could definitely tell that something was wrong. Perhaps one of my fellow students was in trouble with the law, or maybe a parent had become ill and the classmate had to be notified.


“Students, it has just come to my attention that one of the Twin Towers has been struck by an aircraft. Since class is almost over, feel free to leave early and catch up on what’s happening. The live news reports are being shown in the auditorium.”

That statement shook me a little. ‘Did someone really fly into the World Trade Center? Was it an accident? I wonder if anyone was hurt?’ I left class immediately and headed toward the auditorium.

There it was, one of the twin towers with a hole in the side and billowing smoke. I could not believe what I was seeing! Was this real? It couldn’t be…

As these thoughts were racing through my head, I saw the next plane as it entered the picture….’No way.’ I thought to myself. I leaned forward in my seat, jaw open, as the second plane exploded into the wall of the other tower.

I sat in that auditorium for the majority of the morning and eventually saw the devastating demise of the first and second tower. Both of these once majestic towers were now nothing more than a pile of rubble, and they claimed thousands of lives with their defeat.

It was a terrible day in history and I’ll never forget it.

Where were you on this terrible day? Do you remember?

Goals Update

Once again, this week has been busy. My wife and I have worked on our house every night and progress is definitely visible! I’m excited to share photos with you tomorrow to give you a visual on what we’ve done so far, and how close we are to completion.

As for the site, the subscribers are pouring in! I really can’t believe how huge this promotion has become. Apparently there are quite a few people out there that would love to win an iPad 2! 🙂

When the promotion started, my subscriber numbers were hovering around 210. As of this morning, Feedburner reports that I have 423 subscribers! My numbers have more than doubled and I am ecstatic! It looks like I might hit my astronomical goal of 500 after all.

As for the eBook, I have not taken a look at it this past week. There are many excuses, but the biggest reason is the house. Every waking moment is going toward its completion. Plus, it’s been kind of fun! 🙂



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. I am glad the promotion is working out for you! Good luck reaching 500. I am sure you will make lots of progress once you finish the house. For the short story of my 9/11 experience, I woke up with one of the towers hit and was on my way to school when the second one hit. Everyone at school was wondering what was going to happen next.

    • Thanks for the good wishes! It looks like I’ll surpass 500 with ease, but I won’t proclaim victory until my Feedburner count gives the true number!

  2. I was still home and I remember seeing it on TV. It was early morning on the West Coast. As a ex New Yorker, I will always feel a special connection to the towers.

    • Wow. Did you ever consider yourself fortunate since you no longer lived in New York? Would you have been close to ground zero?

  3. Such a scary time in history. We need to be in prayer for those who lost loved ones and the troops overseas. Very thoughtful post! Thanks for sharing.

    • Very true. Those that lost loved ones still need our prayers today. It must still be tough, especially on the anniversary of that terrible day…

  4. I published what I did on this day on my blog today. I wish such an incident may never happen again

    • Let’s hope something like that never happens again., but it seems war is inevitable in today’s world…

  5. I actually had a similar experience on 9/11. In class and received the news. The teacher turned on the tv so we could see what was happening. Such a sad, sad day 🙁

    On a happier note, excited to see the house after the renovation 🙂 Always feels good to see hard work pay off. I’m sure this is what you are feeling right about now. 🙂

    • It has been exciting! Getting the pictures prepared now! 🙂

  6. Oh how my hands hurt from laying all that tile! Nice work this weekend, we make a great team. 🙂

    • We do make a great team don’t we? I love us. 🙂

  7. I’m a New Yorker and I was a freshman in college in class.
    Every day I think 911 somehow crosses my mind whether it’s the random security checks/heavy police presence or memorials or just a loud noise.
    Not seeing the towers in the skyline still makes me sad and think off all the innocent people that died.

    • Wow. I can’t imagine living in New York and having that constant reminder that we were once under attack.

  8. I had almost the same experience you did on 9/11. I was a freshman in college living in the midwest, and had shown up a little early for my 8 am class. (one hour time difference from the east coast) Our doors to class were usually locked until the teacher arrived to open it, and that particular morning the teacher was later than usual. He came running down the hall and announced that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center Towers and we were all excused to go upstairs and watch the news on the TVs in the community center. As we were watching the news coverage we saw the second plane appear on the screen and slam into the second tower. We also heard coverage about the Pentagon and the plane that went down in Shanksville. My father had been working at the Pentagon a few weeks earlier and I wasn’t sure if he was there when then plane crashed. But all lines of communication into the DC area were jammed and I could not get a hold of my family. Thankfully, he was not there when the plane crashed, but just thinking about all those who were there really sticks with me. Growing up on the east coast I know a lot of people that were supposed to be either in the Twin Towers or the Pentagon on that day, but for some reason or another had plans changed or were unable to make it to their meetings. The US was changed that day, but those of us on the East Coast felt it ten fold.

    As far as house reno – gotta love being a homeowner! I’ve been in my house for over a year now and still have so much to do! I can’t wait for the day I don’t have tools and supplies laying around!

    • Wow. Definitely a memorable story as well! I’m glad your family is safe, and was nowhere near the towers that day.

      I’d love to see your renovation photos as well!

  9. I was at work at the hospital and there was a code orange. Basically this means that no one can leave the building because all hands may be needed. They had to ground over 50 planes at our airport when the tragedy struck. Everyone was peeled to the radio and/or TV.

    • It’s most certainly a day that none of us will forget anytime soon.

  10. I was a freshman in college and, at the time, was in the Army ROTC program (you’re allowed to be part of the program for up to 2 years without making a full-on commitment to join the Army. I was “trying” it for a year to see if it was right for me or not).

    That morning we had a ROTC “land navigation” quiz, which basically was a quiz to see how well we could read topographic maps. I was studying in my dorm room when the dorm floor advisor came to my door and told me a plane with the WTC.

    She said I should switch on my TV. I told her I don’t have a TV. She invited me to her room to watch. I sat there for the rest of the day.

    Needless to say, the quiz was cancelled in ROTC class that day. We all watched TV, mostly in silence.

  11. It’s so interesting what a catastrophic event does to our memory. I can remember every detail of 9/11 down to what classmates were wearing (still 10 years later); but I can’t tell you what I had for dinner just a few nights ago.

    It’s also interesting what sort of frenzy freebies cause. Congrats on the success.

    • Yep. There are just certain things that will stick in our memory forever. Sometimes bad, sometimes good. Let’s hope for some more good memories.

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