Remembering

Nine years ago today:

I had a very normal morning. No children yet. Working for the State Dept. Of Ed at a school in N. Charleston.

A teacher came into my office and told me to turn on the radio (it was a poor school) because a small plane had crashed into a skyscraper in NYC.

I listened in in complete confusion as other faculty poured into my small, windowless office to hear the commentators try to make sense of what was happening on CBS radio.

I remember the utter horror and disbelief I felt when I heard another plane crashed into the second building and that both were in flames.

Ran to the cafeteria, sent students back to their home rooms, and turned on the TVs just in time to see the first tower collapse on live TV. That image is forever seared into my memory. Watching in shock as the other collapsed and people fled in every direction.

I remember going back to my office and hearing on the radio that all flights were being grounded. I walked outside and the air above Charleston was filled with planes waiting to land.

The radio confusion about a plane hitting the Pentagon and the “missing fourth” airliner.  When they finally found United 93, they said it was going to be shot down. We later learned that courageous people crashed it intentionally to save the lives of others. “Let’s Roll” took on a new meaning.

Frantically trying to get in touch with my dad, a resident of Manhattan, only to be face with jammed phone lines. Thanking the Lord when we finally connected. He was there in NYC and didn’t believe me when I told him the towers had collapsed. All electricity in his office building had gone out and the phones had not been working. He knew only of a plane crash. Amazed that I knew more than he did. Learned that his only personal loss was his laptop computer which was being repaired in One World Trade Center.

Remembering the many trips we made to the towers growing up and how Papa used to work in one of them.

I remember watching the news with a deep sense of foreboding for days. Schools, jobs and sporting events cancelled. Flights grounded. Wondering what would happen next? I couldn’t tear myself away. I’ve never been more frightened in my life.  The death toll increased to a magnitude I could hardly comprehend. It seemed so senseless and unspeakably cruel. The posters of people looking for loved ones moved me deeply, making the horror more real to me.

Strange names and foreign lands filled the news. I remember thinking: What have we ever done to Afghanistan? Who is Osama Bin Ladin and why does he hate us so much? Al Qaeda, Taliban?

I remember taking comfort in the many stories of bravery and self-sacrifice that emerged over the next few days. Flags flew in unlikely places. Every vehicle on the road sported a patriotic bumper sticker. Our country came alive with a common cause.

I thought that things would never be normal again after such great loss.

Yet here I am, almost embarrassed…

That I can sit on my front porch swing watching my boys play in the yard while I type this post on my iPhone, while those who sacrificed greatly for my safety may not have that same luxury today. That this afternoon I will go watch a friend play in a tennis tournament and then watch college football. That life is so… normal.

That, as I type this, the flag on our front porch is waving in the breeze and I realize it has been a long time since I looked at it and reflected on all it stands for.

I say I will never forget. But as time passes, I want to be sure that I really never do… Not just on September 11th, but I want the lessons learned on that fateful day to become part of who I am — not just a distant memory.

May I always remember.

Photo of towers courtesy of my friend Kelly Benedict’s  Facebook photos.

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Published in: on September 11, 2010 at 11:22 am  Comments (1)  
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Real Estate Report for Daniel Island – August 2010

Below is the statistical report for last month. Per MLS stats, sales are up over 70% from this time last year! That’s great news for those of us who call DI home.

For my fence-sitting friends, there are still some very good deals available. But, per the data above, our market is steadily improving and the really good deals are getting harder and harder to come by. Speculative building of custom homes has been virtually non-existent for the last three years. It seems that most short sales and foreclosures on Daniel Island have already surfaced (or been identified)  and I don’t see too much “shadow inventory” out there in our limited market.  Of course, I can’t predict the future.  BUT… I’ve been doing this for quite a while and the indicators seem encouraging. I feel that, on Daniel Island, we’ll return to a normal market fairly soon.

August Homes – Sold/Closed
– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #106, CHARLESTON, SC – $77,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #E102, CHARLESTON, SC – $195,000
– Details: 2374 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $290,000
– Details: 180 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $292,500
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #A307, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,000
– Details: 6035 GRAND COUNCIL ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $304,900
– Details: 154 CARTRIGHT ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $365,000
– Details: 4006 CROWN POINTE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $370,000
– Details: 179 SCOTT ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $400,400
– Details: 2218 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $432,000
– Details: 1244 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $495,000
– Details: 2281 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $525,000
– Details: 1433 HOOPER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $609,878
– Details: 1261 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $635,000
– Details: 315 GINNED COTTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $675,000
– Details: 1721 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $785,000
– Details: 2037 PURCELL LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $975,000
– Details: 600 CATTLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $995,000
– Details: 2465 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,200,000
– Details: 91 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,375,000

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August Homes – Under Contract

– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #7209, CHARLESTON, SC – $88,100
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #7114, CHARLESTON, SC – $91,900
– Details: 1133 THROWER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $172,235
– Details: 500 BUCKSLEY LN, #108, CHARLESTON, SC – $207,900
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #F310, CHARLESTON, SC – $275,900
– Details: 2378 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $425,000
– Details: 917 ETIWAN PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $438,900
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #304, CHARLESTON, SC – $449,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #305, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,000
– Details: 927 ETIWAN PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,000
– Details: 1260 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $599,900
– Details: 21 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,000
– Details: 2453 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $997,500
– Details: 821 CENTER PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $225,000
– Details: 6060 GRAND COUNCIL ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $349,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #303, CHARLESTON, SC – $449,000
– Details: 1536 MITCHELL WHARF ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $475,000
– Details: 224 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $760,000
– Details: 6035 GRAND COUNCIL ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $304,900
– Details: 2037 PURCELL LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $975,000

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August Homes – New Listings

– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9116, CHARLESTON, SC – $95,000
– Details: 600 BUCKSLEY LN, #303, CHARLESTON, SC – $120,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #5108, CHARLESTON, SC – $229,000
– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #1308, CHARLESTON, SC – $239,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #H208, CHARLESTON, SC – $244,900
– Details: 1919 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,900
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #8111, CHARLESTON, SC – $257,900
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #5201, CHARLESTON, SC – $339,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #301, CHARLESTON, SC – $349,000
– Details: 123 CARTRIGHT ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $349,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #D201, CHARLESTON, SC – $365,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #302, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #307, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #308, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 2217 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $450,000
– Details: 158 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $457,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #306, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,000
– Details: 283 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $525,000
– Details: 1718 PROVIDENCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $569,900
– Details: 1710 PROVIDENCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $609,900
– Details: 1706 PROVIDENCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $649,900
– Details: 502 INDIAN CORN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $660,000
– Details: 1702 PROVIDENCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $679,900
– Details: 90 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $749,900
– Details: 11 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,350,000
– Details: 520 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,450,000
– Details: 607 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,475,000
– Details: 308 HIDDEN BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,899,000
– Details: 41 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,250,000
– Details: 2378 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $425,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #304, CHARLESTON, SC – $449,000
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #305, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,000
– Details: 1260 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $599,900
– Details: 225 SEVEN FARMS DR, #303, CHARLESTON, SC – $449,000
– Details: 1536 MITCHELL WHARF ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $475,000

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August Homes – Price Changes
– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #104, CHARLESTON, SC – $106,999
– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #308, CHARLESTON, SC – $163,000
– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #504, CHARLESTON, SC – $186,500
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #8209, CHARLESTON, SC – $204,900
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #A102, CHARLESTON, SC – $209,000
– Details: 185 CARTRIGHT ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $311,500
– Details: 116 BURNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $339,900
– Details: 138 ETIWAN PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $353,900
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B401, CHARLESTON, SC – $360,000
– Details: 185 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,900
– Details: 1897 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $389,900
– Details: 132 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $390,000
– Details: 1002 COCHRAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,800
– Details: 2042 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $529,500
– Details: 3035 BALTIMORE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $584,900
– Details: 1407 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $649,900
– Details: 324 GINNED COTTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $795,000
– Details: 86 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $895,000
– Details: 309 GUNBOAT LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $895,000
– Details: 540 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,900
– Details: 848 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,125,000
– Details: 41 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000
– Details: 520 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,450,000
– Details: 2 LAFAR ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,699,000
– Details: 355 RHODEN ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $3,590,000
– Details: 927 ETIWAN PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,000

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August Homes – Disclosed Short Sales & Lender Owned

– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9116, CHARLESTON, SC – $95,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9112, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #F203, CHARLESTON, SC – $220,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #H208, CHARLESTON, SC – $244,900
– Details: 185 CARTRIGHT ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $311,500
– Details: 406 MILNER CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $327,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B105, CHARLESTON, SC – $340,000
– Details: 1897 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $389,900
– Details: 132 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $390,000
– Details: 144 FAIRBANKS OAK, #6 3B, CHARLESTON, SC – $417,000
– Details: 1002 COCHRAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,800
– Details: 1700 DOLDRIDGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $520,000
– Details: 283 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $525,000
– Details: 1240 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $539,000
– Details: 1248 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $539,000
– Details: 1127 OAK OVERHANG ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $659,000
– Details: 2413 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $685,000
– Details: 853 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,000
– Details: 110 BELLINGER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,000
– Details: 7848 FARR ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,000
– Details: 841 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $749,000
– Details: 42 GROVE LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $749,000
– Details: 90 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $749,900
– Details: 851 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $850,000
– Details: 525 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $885,000
– Details: 86 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $895,000
– Details: 47 DELAHOW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $942,500
– Details: 521 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $945,000
– Details: 217 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $995,000
– Details: 290 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,195,000
– Details: 112 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000
– Details: 611 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000

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August Homesites – Sold/Closed

– Details: 1687 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $160,000
– Details: 1544 WANDO LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $170,000
– Details: 544 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $225,000

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August Homesites – Under Contract

– Details: 926 COCHRAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $159,000
– Details: 1331 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $189,900
– Details: 1315 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $199,900
– Details: 254 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000
– Details: 1538 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000
– Details: 1548 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $240,000
– Details: 1516 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $750,000

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August Homesites – New Listings

– Details: 43 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $225,000
– Details: 244 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $289,000
– Details: 336 RHODEN ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 16 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $175,000
– Details: 1331 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $189,900
– Details: 1315 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $199,900

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August Homesites – Price Changes

– Details: 1695 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $165,000
– Details: 74 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,000
– Details: 1422 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $745,000
– Details: 1414 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $999,000
– Details: 2 HAZELHURST ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,490,000
– Details: 254 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000

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August Homesites – Disclosed Short Sales & Lender Owned

– Details: 1778 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $139,000
– Details: 1246 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $139,000
– Details: 135 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $150,000
– Details: 274 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $174,900
– Details: 122 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $174,900
– Details: 74 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,000
– Details: 244 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $289,000
– Details: 409 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000
– Details: 258 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $317,500
– Details: 565 PARK CROSSING DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $375,000
– Details: 481 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $975,000

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The Ice Cream Man

So it’s a nice evening and we’re all in our PJs getting ready to play a serious game of Sorry and we hear the tune of the ice cream truck. We all run outside and wait for Mr. Dave to turn onto our street. For 10 minutes we hear the elusive sound. The big boys run from one corner of our block to the other accompanied by our older neighbor. Just when we almost gave up, Mr. Dave made the turn!! Everyone is happy now. Good way to begin the holiday weekend 🙂

Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm  Comments (1)  
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