Yes!!! And I'm buying a vacation home. Am I crazy or just insane?
Ah, the joys of home ownership ... !
On Sept. 11, I watched 9/11, the documentary about, well, 9/11. It was meant to be a documentary about a rookie firefighter's first year on the job, but up to that day, what filmmaker brothers Jules and Gédéon Naudet really wasn't that interesting. The rookie firefighter the Naudet brothers chose got assigned to a firehouse that, oddly, was in a slump and hardly got any calls for an entire month, save for things like getting cats out of trees (really).
On that fateful day, they got a call to check out a gas leak, and Jules Naudet went along on the call. He captured some of the rarest footage of all: The sight of the first plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. We were all shocked to see footage of that gaping hole in the building, but there isn't much footage of how it got there.
That crew immediately went over to the World Trade Center, and Jules Naudet captured footage inside the building, while the firefighters geared up to climb 80 or so stories to get to the fire. I still marvel at that; the narrator mentions it takes about a minute and a half to climb a flight of stairs, which means these guys were looking at two hours of climbing the stairs before they could even get started on the fire. (Not to mention wearing and carrying all that heavy gear to boot.)
Back at the firehouse, brother Gédéon Naudet got man-on-the-street footage of the confusion, and captured the other plane hitting the South Tower. And after the South Tower collapsed, Jules got footage of them all rushing to get out of the North Tower before it fell down, too.
This is the fourth time I've watched this documentary, and, really, the only one I want to. Every time it airs, they do a "where are they now" update about the firefighters shown. By now, all of the command-level officers are retired, but the daughter of one is on the job, in honor of her father.
The graphic novel (read it online) of the only woman (so Far) awarded the Medal Of Honor, Dr. Mary Walker:
Don't you hate when a technology fails and you have to go back to the older method the isn't as effective?