I was on an interview that day and it seemed to be going really well, but the guy interviewing me said that he wanted somebody else to talk with me, however they were in a meeting at that time and he wondered if I could wait around. Hey I was already out of work for three months at this time and I drove 90 miles to get to this interview, so I assured him that would not be a problem. He suggested that I go out to a coffee shop and come back in an hour. I found a coffee shop just down the street and I ordered a cup of coffee and a pastry. I sat at a table and I was able to see the TV which had the news on and that kept me entertained.
I saw a report of a plane that hit the tower and I didn’t understand what was going on and somebody in the coffee shop said, “Turn the volume up.” This was absolutely crazy as black smoke was pouring out of this hole in the World Trade Center and then another plane struck the other tower. I didn’t want to go back for the interview and I drove straight home. There were no radio stations on the air, it was static as all radio communications were broadcast from the World Trade Center and worse yet, there was no cell coverage. I could not get a signal on my phone and all I wanted to do was call my wife and tell her what I saw. I got through to her on the land line after I reached my house, but because she was a hospital worker, she had to stay as they were told that they might be receiving a lot of emergency cases.
I sat in front of my TV the rest of the day and binge watched all the news programs. A month later I got a call from that company and they told me that I was hired. Nothing was ever mentioned about me not coming back.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is the movie title of the last movie that I just watched and this happened to be Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers.