Eggs sunny side up served as the order of the day at Price Hill Chili, until the news hit.
"The hair on my arms stood up," recalled one patron.
"I just heard it was two planes that crashed," said another.
"Our land hasn't been under attack to this degree since Pearl Harbor," claimed a third.
When the Japanese attacked the naval base in Hawaii 60 years before, the nation had to wait for details from President Roosevelt.
"These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed."
However, the terrorists succeeded in briefly leaving us stunned. Parents rushed to pick up children from schools and day care centers. Malls and business shut down.
Drivers fearful of a Mid-East fallout filled gas tanks. Interrupted bus service left other riders stranded. In the sky, the FAA diverted commercial airlines to the nearest airports and ordered all civilian planes grounded indefinitely.
"It could have been us," said one reflective passenger. "It could have been anybody."
Tri-State attention quickly turned from remorse to relief. Donors overwhelmed Hoxworth Blood Center. Other volunteers headed off for New York within hours
"I think the terrorists completed one of their missions: