What I’m Thinking About On 9/11

The last 5 months have gone by incredibly fast and incredibly slow for me, if that makes sense.  So many things continue to change, and at a sustained pace I don’t recall seeing in the past.  Amidst that backdrop, I’ve been thinking about 9/11 and what it means to me and to the country as a whole. It seems impossible to me that we’re only one year away from 2 decades since the twin towers fell.  Growing up in New York, the towers were an iconic part of the skyline. […]

18 Years After 9/11

18 years ago, I didn’t have children.  Heck, I wasn’t even married yet.  Life was very different for me. And, on a quiet drive to work in the morning on September 11, 2001 I had no idea how to expect what would come next. Shortly after we realized it was real (like, really real) my employer sent us home for the day.  I don’t remember if we came back to work the next day or not.  All I really remember was sitting on my couch not being able to take […]

Always A Day To Remember

Quite randomly, today is the 3rd year in a row that I’ll be flying on 9/11.  It’s just the way it’s worked out the last 3 years with my work schedule.  It’s typically a day of heightened awareness by security folks at the airport, but it’s also a good day to have heightened awareness of the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice. I’m sitting here at the House of Miles spending the morning learning about all the technical aspects of blogging that I’m ignorant on.  We took a break for […]

An Unexpected Side Effect For Me From The Merger of AAdvantage and Dividend Miles Has Me Thinking Of The Darkest Day In My Aviation History

There were lots of moving pieces when American Airlines and US Airways combined the two loyalty programs recently.  I heard from plenty of folks who had no problem at all and a few that had glitches to deal with. I had zero issues during the process. All my miles moved over from US Airways just fine. But, I did have one oddity arise. If you login to your AAdvantage account, you’ll see a date listed which signifies when you joined the program.  I’ve been a member of the program for […]

Remembering Those We Lost 13 Years Ago

I remember being at work on 9/11, and hearing about the first plane crash as I walked into my office.  None of the 3 or 4 colleagues there believed me, and we all turned on some form of media to confirm it.  The news started rolling in and we realized it was true. It’s the first thing I think of each year on the anniversary of 9/11, that one moment when the unthinkable became real. There were lots of memories over the hours and days that followed, very few of […]