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I arrived in Australia for the first (and last) time on September 11th, 2001.

Of course, since Sydney is about 16 hours ahead of NYC, I went through the whole day blissfully ignorant of what was to come. The whole nightmare started around 11PM that night in Sydney, right around the time I went to bed.

My wife didn't know the hotel I was staying in, so she couldn't reach me to tell me about what was going on. I got up around 7am Sydney time on September 12th, and turned on the TV, and sat with my mouth hanging open, stunned at what I was seeing.

I was scheduled for a short trip in Sydney, then was to go to Hawaii to spend a week with my then seven months pregnant wife. She got there on time, I was delayed a day. We had a lovely vacation.
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