I was awakened by the phone. My girlfriend of 11 months - who would become my wife the next year - was on the other end.
"Are you listening to the news?" We were both NPR junkies. I didn't want to tell her that I was still rubbing the sleep out of my eyes.
"No," I answered.
"You'd better turn it on." There was a tone in her voice that I'd never heard before.
I turned it on. I listened, baffled and scared.
Then I turned on the television, and watched the unbelievable, undeniable images. I turned on the computer, turned on the internet connection, opened CNN's website. It was slow to load, because everyone was doing what I was doing.
That was how the day began for me. How did it start for you?