My Ground Zero Story

If you’ve read my bio and glanced at the calender recently you may have guessed what the focus of this next story is.

After September 11th, 2001 I spent six or so months working as part of the Ground Zero recovery project.  I started as a truck checker at the not very busy Pier 6 offloading site and wound up as a swing supervisor bouncing between the not very busy Pier 6 and the insanely busy Pier 25 as well as bouncing between the day and night shift.

A few years ago I got around to writing a story about that time, condensing those six months into one night.  It’s an odd story for a number of reasons, some of which I can’t really put my finger on.  One thing I do know is that I had a very hard time cutting scenes out, resulting in a long story.  Basically I wanted my main character to touch base in some way with every member of the crew.  It didn’t seem right to cut anyone out because of length reasons.  Still doesn’t.

The weird thing is that the characters are more of a mash-up of people I met all over that job as well as those I met working in my family’s scrap yard growing up, so really it was more like I didn’t want to cut scenes out because I wanted my main character to touch with every post at the job even though the characters I put at those posts were fictional.  It’s confusing.  For a number of reasons.

At any rate, though, that’s what the story is about and it will be posting tomorrow morning.


  1. Haven’t read your bio but thought I’d say hi – landing here thanks to the Black Boxes blog widget. I may come back and read tomorrow’s post if I get the chance 🙂

  2. josephdevon says:

    Come on back, Pete, and read away. At least I think your name is Pete. As I mentioned, though, it’s a long story. If you’re looking for a quicker sample of my fiction head over to the Stories page up top. Plenty there to go around. But if you’re looking for something to really sink your teeth into, tomorrow’s story should be just fine.

  3. I found your blog through black boxes? I just wanted to see where it directed me. I read a couple of your blog posts and really enjoy them.

    Thanks for letting me stop by.

  4. Nice blog. Sorry to hear about Coney Island. I used to work in the Old Coney section of Kings Island in Ohio. Not the original but I guess it had a similar flavor. I found your blog through the black box widget.