New York, New York - August 30, 1992
Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together. I’ve got some real estate in my bag so we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies and we walked off, walked off, walked off to look for America. Kathy, I said, as we boarded the greyhound in Pittsburgh, Michigan seems like a dream to me now. Took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw. They’ve all gone to look for America. All gone to look for America. Laughing on the bus, playing games with faces. She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy. I said be careful, his bow tie is really a camera. Kathy, I’m lost, I said, although I knew she was sleeping. I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why I’m counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike and they’ve all gone to look for America. All gone to look for America. All gone to look for America.I went to New York, exactly one week after Hurricane Andrew hit Miami. It was quite a relief for me to go out of town because I didn’t have electricity at my home in Kendall during that entire week, and the heat was unbearable. Staying in an air-conditioned hotel room in Manhattan was certainly a lot more comfortable. On February 26, 1993 (about six months after this picture was taken), a massive bomb exploded in the parking garage of the north tower of the World Trade Center building in New York City, killing six people and leaving a crater six stories deep in the building’s basement floors. I would have never imagined, that several years later, on September 11, 2001, both Twin Towers would be completely destroyed not by radical Islamic terrorists but by controlled demolition, which was obviously an inside job. It was very ironic that I left Miami, shortly after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, to go to the site where an even worse disaster would strike only a few years later. Pictured behind me to the left way in the distance is the Empire State Building.By some incredible coincidence, the two photos of me standing at the top of the World Trade Center were taken exactly 9 years and 11 days before the Twin Towers were destroyed by the terrorist attacks! I have had many coincidences in my life but none like this one.