Holy Shit!! Holy Shit!!! Holy Shit!!!!

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    Sep 20, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    I just got home and need to vent. A bunch of us went to the Mariott Hotel in Islamabad for dinner. So we went to the buffet to get our food and as i'm coming down the stairs to my seat, i feel the ground shake and a strong gush of warm air hit my face almost at the same time followed by this sudden sensation of having inhaled LOTS of dust.. I drop to the ground and i feel the ceiling fall on my head. Since it was a fiberglass ceiling...it was light...the next sound i hear is silence and some one screaming "Holy shit!! Its a Bomb!!! in Urdu" I Quickly remember my 2 friends were behing me and the other 2 at the table. I yell out for the girls and one of them screamnmy name...thank god the girls were right behing me. I grab them, get the ceiling off of me and get off the stairs. The 3 of us still had no idea what jsut happened. I yell out for the ther 2 guys that were at the table. I hear one of them yell for me and at the point, a few lights turn on for a few minutes. Enough that we grab each other and get out of there. We get the the poolside and security guides us outside the back way.

    My friends car (the one we came in) is unrecognizable and right now...i have no idea how i feel or what to think. I'm home now and i still cannot believe what jsut happened. Part of me really wants a hug while another part feels angry and another part is going "why me?? First an earthquake and now this..what did I do to deserve this". There is an element of helplesness running underneath all of this.

    I jsut needed to vent this out to see if it would help sort things out.
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    Sep 20, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    Holy shit is right! ....Damn! ....glad you lived to tell about it ... icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 20, 2008 9:09 PM GMT
    Glad to know you are alright NYSexy. I just read on MSNBC's internet site that the bomb killed 40 people. Very scary what is happening in Pakistan right now.
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    Sep 20, 2008 9:39 PM GMT
    My thoughts are with you. And thank you for that first-person account, of a story I just read online.
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    Sep 20, 2008 10:00 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies...it still feels surreal. Part of me feels like this happened to a totally different person. The scariest moment (when my heart kinda stopped) was when i called out to my friends to see if the were ok and i heard absolutely nothing for the first few seconds. U cant imagine how i felt when i heard the first of them call back to me. I'm just greatful to have gotten out of there with all my friends walking and relatively unhurt. The whole thing is still sinking in slowly. I'll probably go to the hospital tomorrow to see if n e one needs blood or if any of the doctors need help with the patients. As soon as we got up..the 5 of us collectively called out to see if anyone needed help but thank god, where we were in the hotel, the ppl were able to get out by themselves. I'm so glad the whole area where we were was made out of fibreglass or else things could have been MUCH worse.
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    Sep 21, 2008 12:53 AM GMT
    holy shit is right! You're extremely lucky to be alive! (extremely unlucky to be in it in the first place!)

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Blast_rocks_Islamabad_hotel_60_dead/articleshow/3507428.cms
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    Sep 21, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    Oh my god *hugs*.

    I can't even imagine...
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    Sep 21, 2008 1:26 AM GMT

    If it's any comfort at all, I'd like to fall on you too.
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    Sep 21, 2008 1:58 AM GMT
    I was shocked when I read the news.


    I glad you're ok.
    *hug*
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    Sep 21, 2008 2:08 AM GMT
    Thank goodness you and your friends are OK. No innocent person deserves to be subjected to such retaliation by people who are not happy with the political process going on there now. I wish these people would realize that violence never solves anything but I'm afraid THAT will be a while. Stay safe and do what you can to help those who weren't as lucky as you. Someday sanity will win out in your part of the world and things will be better. Bless you all!
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    Sep 21, 2008 2:20 AM GMT
    Scary....Glad you're okay.

    Are you coming back to the states?
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    Sep 21, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    I had just read about this event, and now to find out that one of us was in danger there at that tragedy. I'm sorry you experienced this, but so glad you and your friends were not hurt. The only way I can relate to how you feel is how I felt the day my home burned and I had to search in the black smoke to get my daughter out with me. The horror leaves a person speachless emotionally as well as verbally. I'm so glad your OK !!! Dennis
  • joggerva

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    Sep 21, 2008 3:51 AM GMT
    I'm glad to hear you and your friends are okay. And I'm sorry that you have experienced this; especially right on the heels of having gone through an earthquake.
  • SanEsteban

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    Sep 21, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    My God! I am so glad you are OK. Sending you a huge hug! Take care of yourself!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 21, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    Wow! I guess this is a testament to RealJock. I love RJ, but if I'd just been through a bombed hotel, I'm not sure this is the first place I'd go icon_eek.gif

    Glad you are okay...Now, could ya find Osama Bin Laden...I hear he's hiding out in the hills somewhere around there. Sheeeesh! icon_lol.gif
  • drakutis

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    Sep 21, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    That is just too scary!!! Glad you guys made it out alive!! WOW!
  • gumbosolo

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    Sep 21, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    So glad you're okay, and all your friends-- hopefully you've used up all your bad luck for the next ten years. What an experience to have lived through. I imagine you've never been so happy to see RJ, huh?

    By all means, vent all you need. As shocking an event as this is, you may not figure out all your own reactions for a while . . . and as it comes to you, we're still here.
  • MuslDrew

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    Sep 21, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Wow, what a nightmare!
    I'm sorry you went through that, but glad you live to talk about it.
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    Sep 21, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    Holy Shit is right!

    I think talking about it here is actually a good thing for you. The more you talk about it, the better you'll be able to deal with it.

    One thing to keep in mind, based on my own and my friends' experiences who were in Manhattan on 9/11 (note that I'm not a professional therapist), is that you're not likely going to be able to process this very soon -- it's just too outside your normal experience. It's not a given, but you shouldn't be surprised if you experience some post traumatic stress disorder later on, as you start assimilating the experience.

    But the main thing is, you're all right! Thanks for checking in.
  • ASH557

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    Sep 21, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    Oh my god. I'm sorry. That's horrifying..

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    Sep 21, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    I am glad you can vent here and feel this is a good spot. We may all have different ideas on things at times.....but really, we are all brothers of this earth. I wish for more peace and understanding and most of all LOVE for the human kind.....

    I hope we can all love one another more!
    Or at least be kind to each other!

    I am glad your ok and I feel bad for your friends and others who lost their lives.
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    Sep 21, 2008 6:09 AM GMT
    Glad you and your friends are OK
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    Sep 21, 2008 6:26 AM GMT
    Thanx alot for the support and for allowing me to vent guys. Somehow, seeing my reaction develop in writing is helping me process the whole thing. Seeing it here sorta objectifies it a bit more, which is a WHOLE lot better than plain re-counting the same account to people over and over and over again (which i've been doing all night pretty much).

    Emotions are still kinda mixed but slowly sorting out. The image of the whole this is still pretty vivid. I slept a couple of hours last night and waking up felt pretty surreal....then someone outside dropped a metal can and i jumped out of bed and was bought back to reality.

    Again...thanks alot your guys...you have no idea how much of a difference this is actually making.
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    Sep 21, 2008 7:03 AM GMT
    Im absolutly appalled, at the news of the Marriot bombing....I have partied there with my uncle, his business partners, models, and actors, just 2years ago, eating gourmet meals, and drinking highend liquor, listening to live music, having fun, enjoying each others company, and loving the view of the beautiful green, lush mountains.....i'm incredibly upset, and feel sick to my stomache, thinking that just 2years ago, the exact suite that I have been in, is now nomore....rage, anger, heartache, shock....words simply cannot describe the emotions that I am feeling at this moment.....these goddamned, bloody, murderous, extremists are nothing but cancer, that need to be eliminated at its coreicon_evil.gif....I curse all forms of extremism/terrorism, in all of its cowardly forms, religous/political/greed induced.......violence, is not the answer...it spreads chaos, and hate....wich spreads like cancer...it ravages the body/mind/spirit....hate is contagious...but so is love.....i invite you all to spread love, peace and kindness...inundate your minds and hearts with love and give some too...we all need iticon_cry.gif
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    Sep 21, 2008 7:50 AM GMT
    kind regards from down Under, the real Oz.