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9/11 Remembered: Paradise Interrupted

9/11 Remembered: Paradise Interrupted

(On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Tales Told From The Road ran stories from its readers and other sources about their experiences traveling in the days surrounding 9/11. Over the coming days we will re-run many of those stories to commemorate a day in the history of the United States and the world that will long be remembered.)

“9/11 Remembered: Paradise Interrupted” By Tom Wilmer

I was in Washington, D.C. days before 9-11, then flew to Hawaii one day before 9-11.

(Wikipedia Commons photo)

I was on Oahu. Powerful stuff: No aircraft in the sky; typically there are more than 1,000 take-offs and landings daily on Oahu so a plane free sky was a real stark anomaly on the island.

No boats on the sea other than a lone Coast Guard Cutter.

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(Updated October 15, 2020)

Follow this five-step plan and you, too can “win” a one-year stay on Hawaii with “free room and board.”

First, Pick an island, any island that normally welcomes tourists.

Second, book a flight to and a hotel room on that island.

Third, take the flight.

Fourth, check into the hotel and go to your room.

Fifth, and the most important step: Ignore the mandatory 14-day quarantine, leave your room, get arrested, get fined, go to jail (without passing “Go” and collecting $200) for an entire year.

If you think I’m joking, read on.

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